Bangla editor/Head of program and communications, GIJN/Management and Resources Development Initiative (MRDI)
Miraj is the editor of the GIJN Bangla initiative as well as the head of program and communications at Management and Resources Development Initiative (MRDI). He has 14 years experience in journalism, mainly in broadcast. He specialized in business and economics, with notable investigations that revealed Bangladeshi political leaders lobbying in the US and the Bangladesh Bank cyber heist. He holds a Masters in International Relations.
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From hate crimes to extrajudicial killings, the abuse of human rights takes many forms. In many cases these violations would remain unknown without the work of investigative journalists. In some countries it is difficult or impossible to investigate these abuses, and fact-finding on the ground needs to be supplemented with tools and techniques such as video, text messages, satellite imagery, and mobile phone imagery and audio. Here are some remarkable case studies of journalists exposing the truth in their home countries: out-of-control security forces in Brazil’s favelas; forced sterilization in Japan; and extra-judicial killings in Venezuela.
Media development is usually defined as foreign assistance to develop independent media in developing and transitioning countries. The field took off after Communism collapsed in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union, and billions of dollars have been spent to foster a free press around the world.
Only recently have donors prioritized investigative journalism as an area for funding. But how well are those funds being spent? Are the models being used appropriate? Here are three veteran nonprofit managers with years in the field in Bangladesh, Myanmar, and West Africa.
French translation for this session is provided by CFI, the French media development organization.