Investigative journalist, Center for Mozambique Investigative Journalism CJIMOZ
Estacio Valoi is a Mozambican investigative journalist (print, broadcaster, documentary, photography ) who assists Oxpeckers with transnational investigations into environmental problems in the sub-Saharan region. As a member of the African Investigative Publishing Collective, he has covered a wide range of investigations, including rhino and elephant poaching, and how the country has been robbed of its natural resources by a myriad of criminal syndicates, often connected to the highest levels in government. One of his latest investigations saw him duck and dive bulldozers and security companies' machine guns in Montepuez, an area ravaged by destructive mining practices, which also saw the forced removal of local villagers. His investigations have been featured by the Forum for African Investigative Reporters, Le Monde, Mail & Guardian, Foreign Police, AlJazeera, Daily Maverick, The Star, German radio station Deutsche Welle, CNN, and Reuters Thompson Foundation, among others.
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Investigating how natural resources are used and abused is a critical area for investigative reporters. This session focuses on water and timber – resources in great demand that are highly profitable and increasingly scarce. Their exploitation has a major impact on individuals, wider society, climate change and the environment generally. Hear tips from experienced reporters on how to investigate these two sectors: Tom Johnson, from Mongabay and The Gecko Project, looks at the corruption driving Asian land grabs and destruction of rainforests; Fabiola Torres shares her experience exposing industry problems in Latin America; and Oxpecker’s Estacio reports on what’s happening in his native Mozambique.
Covering disasters -- whether natural or human-caused -- takes a special set of skills. Investigative journalists today are using a combination of tech-savvy approaches with time-tested methods of on-the-ground reporting. They are also learning to better deal with the tragedy and trauma around them. Here are veteran journalists who have experienced very different disasters -- hurricanes, collapsed dams, earthquakes -- and learned how to both dig and cope under pressure.