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NED REPORT CALLS FOR MORE FUNDING FOR INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM

Investigative journalism needs much more funding, says a new report from the Center for International Media Assistance, a project at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED).

Of the estimated $142 million spent annually on international media assistance by U.S. organisations alone, relatively little goes to support investigative reporting around the world, "despite its frontline role in fostering public accountability, battling crime and corruption, and raising standards in the news media," says the study. And the little that does is largely uncoordinated and episodic.

"Global Investigative Journalism: Strategies for Support," a report by David Kaplan, a veteran investigative journalist and media consultant, examines the best strategies for donors to support investigative journalism in developing and democratising countries, and calls for major increases in aid to investigative journalism programmes overseas.

The report includes the first global survey of non-profit centres for investigative journalism - 39 centres worldwide, including IFEX members the Brazilian Association of Investigative Journalism (ABRAJI), the Center for Journalism and Public Ethics (CEPET) in Mexico, and the Institute of Press and Society (IPYS) in Latin America.

Read the full report here: http://tinyurl.com/2dnqch

(8 January 2008)

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