The Investigative Journal held its official launch in London this month. The group of international journalists, former political prisoners, and icons for truth, will focus on issues of health, the environment, terrorism and press freedom and more of the most pressing issues of our time.
Mohamed Fahmy, CEO of The Investigative Journal, delivered the opening remarks and noted that TIJ’s board of advisors is dubbed the “board of prisoners” because of their past. Five of them have been incarcerated, harassed and kidnapped, Fahmy said. Despite this, “they continue their mission to try to bring the truth” to the world.
Some of these members include Lindsey Snell who was kidnapped by Al Qaeda’s Al Nusra Front in Syria and survived, Martin Karl Schibbye, a Swedish journalist who was jailed for 438 days in Ethiopia, Africa, for a crime he didn’t commit; Fahmy similarly was jailed in Egypt for fabricated terrorism charges when he was the Editor in chief of Al Jazeera.
TIJ’s international legal team is led by renowned international lawyer Amal Clooney.
Panelists included Taha Siddiqui, an award-winning Pakistani journalist and founder of SAFEnewsrooms.org now living in exile in Paris after surviving an abduction; Kerim Balci, the former editor-in-chief of Turkish Review and Chief Communications Officer of London Advocacy Group now living in exile in the UK; and Sarah Clarke, the head of Europe and Central Asia for Article 19, an international organization defending freedom of expression and information.
Yalda Hakim documentary filmmaker, and BBC World News presenter and correspondent moderated the official launch event.
“It’s surprising,” Fahmy said. “We are much stronger than we think we are” when placed in the most difficult situations, referring to his own time in solitary confinement.
TIJ also announced that it has partnered with Rappler in the Philippines.
Tamara Pearl, sister of the late Daniel Pearl, addressed the audience by video. Daniel Peal was kidnapped by a terrorist group in Pakistan in 2002 which then sold him to Al Qaeda at the hands of which he reached his early demise. “Exposing injustice is crucial for human rights,” she said. “But exposing human rights is dangerous.”
Maria Ressa, the chief executive officer and co-founder of Rappler, who delivered the keynote address, read from a speech she wrote titled, “Creating the Future Together.”
“This is not just an existential moment for journalists but it is also an existential moment for all democracies around the world,” Ressa said. She noted that collectively, we are living in unprecedented times and that you’re “damned If you do and damned if you don’t. Where crisis is opportunity and fear can either save your life or doom your future.”
“It is both a course and a privilege to be a senior journalist in my country today,” she said of her homeland, the Philippines. However, she noted that at this critical juncture of our world’s history, every decision each journalist makes will help determine the world’s future. “without facts, we don’t have truth. Without truth, we have no trust. Journalists are the gatekeepers of facts,” Rissa said. “Here we are in our generation, trying to fight for the facts. That is the battle of our generation.”
She praised Fahmy for his dedication to bringing the truth to the masses through The Investigative Journal. She ended her remarks by noting that “investigative journalism is needed more than ever.” She said, “It’s a brazen world” and as journalists, “We investigate. We expose. And then, we rebuild.”
The topics addressed how social media has been weaponized in dictatorships like Turkey and Pakistan, the role of governance in civil society and in protecting journalists, and the battle for the truth and how to create lasting change for the future.
Siddiqui said in Pakistan today about 80 percent of journalists self-censor out of fear of losing their lives. He noted that the editor of Dawn.com – the leading and biggest newspaper in Pakistan – said, “earlier they were trying to kill journalists and now they’re trying to kill journalism.”
2018 was the worst year on record for journalists.
Balci noted that in Turkey 1,954 press cards have been canceled in the last three years. He noted that press cards are only given by government organs. “I never applied for that because I believe a press card that is given by a government organ is not a press card. It has to be given by an independent organization, which we lack in my country.”
Clarke said that “In Europe and Central Asia, which is the region I focus on, the targeted attacks on journalists, especially who are reporting on high levels of corruption in governments and in organized crime…are higher than ever because the institutions that protect them, have been hollowed out.”
Fahmy recalling his own experience told the audience, “You worry, in that cell, that you are just going to become another statistic. He also noted that it is “important that countries use sanctions as one tool” to push back against countries who continue to imprison journalists, human rights activists, and others. “As a journalist, the thin line between journalism and activism can get you in trouble sometimes,” Fahmy said.
TIJ is about to begin filming in New York an interview show that will bring experts on topics the publication has written about and issues that are dominant on the news. Fahmy noted that TIJ will “take it a step further.”
Swedish Migrant Charged with Raping a 3-Year-Old Girl and Giving Her an STD
Sweden is enjoying the fruits of diversity and multiculturalism.
A Swedish migrant is being charged with raping a 3-year-old girl and giving her a sexually transmitted disease (STD) during the depraved act.
The migrant is a 32-year-old man originally from the African country of Eritrea whose name is currently being withheld from the public due to Swedish privacy laws. He lives in the Sundbyberg Municipality north of Stockholm and has been in the country since 2010 and is an Eritrea national.
Authorities have determined that the rape took place in either January or February of this year, and the little girl became infected with the STD following the assault. After it was determined that she had the STD, the alleged Eritrean perpetrator tested positive for the same disease as well.
The migrant has been interrogated by police, who say that the man is denying that he committed the crime. Even though he has been living in Sweden for a decade, he still cannot speak the native language and apparently has not assimilated to his new culture.
This brutal child rape occurred despite the fact that Swedish authorities have poured significant resources into teaching migrants that rape is wrong.
Big League Politics has reported on how the Swedish government had to create a website to inform the incoming invaders that rape is bad:
The Swedish government is in the process of developing a website for teaching African and Middle Eastern migrant about consensual sex.
“The government is now pushing SEK 5 million to the Ministry of Youth and Civil Affairs (MUCF),” says Swedish site Friatider. “The money will include the further development of youmo.se, the government’s sex information site in Dari, Arabic and Somali.”
Lessons on the site include teaching the definition of rape.
“To do something sexually with someone who does not want it is a sexual abuse”, it says.
“You need protection against pregnancy if you do not want the intercourse to lead to a pregnancy,” the site continues. “You may also need protection against sexually transmitted diseases.”
According to the government, the site is not just for migrants, but also fro those who work with migrants when they arrive in Sweden.
“The mission includes expanding the information on youmo.se, expanding skills-enhancing efforts for professionals who meet young new arrivals, as well as providing long-term skills supply for professionals through the development of web-based education,” the Swedish government says.
Sweden is being enriched hard by diversity and multiculturalism after opening their doors up to the third-world.
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