June 2012 newsletter / Bulletin Juin 2012 / Boletim Junho 2012

FAIR Newsletter June 2012

During June 2012 FAIR member Eric Mwamba investigated how rapacious mining in the DRC’s Katanga province kills, maims and poisons, whilst ‘friends of government’ do good business. The article was refused by two media in DRC before it was published by Le Phare in French. Mwamba’s observations regarding complicity of leaders in this ‘hell of mining’ were particularly revealing, and some government-friendly VIP’s in Katanga province have opinionated, apparently, that ‘such stories should not have been published’.

Says Mwamba: “The editor of the newspaper that published the story, L’Eveil, wrote to me to say that he has received some threats and much criticism after the story was published on 3 July. People phone in to ask who has dared to write such things about the governor of Katanga and the government. But like it or not, it is on the agenda now and people tell me that the story will have an effect. I hope it will, because people are dying. So far, the DRC’s budget for 2013 has again left out income for the country from mining, meaning that our leaders admit that donor money must fund our state and they will keep the proceeds from mining for themselves.”

Mwamba will present the story, which was refused by two DRC media houses before it was eventually published by (first) Le Phare and then L’Eveil, as a case study at FAIR’s upcoming southern African regional conference, to be held in Lusaka, Zambia, during August 2012. The story was enabled by a FAIR Grant and by support from the Belgian Pascal de Croos Fund. Read Mwamba’s article here: http://fairreporters.net/censored-stories/dr-congo-the-hell-of-mining-in-katanga-rdcongo-lenfer-des-mines-au-katanga/

Other member stories published in June:

* ‘A certain death sentence’, Reece Adanwenon’s expose on the fate of HIV positive prisoners in Benin: http://fairreporters.net/censored-stories/benin-hiv-aids-in-jail-death-penalty-in-a-country-that-abolished-it/

* Wanjohi Kabukuru’s in-depth look at jatropha plantations in Kenya: http://fairreporters.net/2012/06/29/member-stories-mystery-shrub-jatropha-joy-for-farmers-or-ploy-to-grab-land/

* Also in Kenya, Patrick Mayoyo followed up on revelations from the UK that a British woman may have been involved in the recent Mombasa bomb blasts: http://fairreporters.net/2012/06/29/news-british-woman-linked-to-mombasa-night-club-blasts/

* Our Nigerian Premium Times team went into tobacco: http://premiumtimesng.com/business/5939-INVESTIGATION-Tobacco-giant-British-American-Tobacco-caught-intensive-smuggling-corporate-espionage.html. Premium Times also had Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan admitting, on the record, in a revealing interview, that he was not declaring his assets because he thinks it is wrong to make such a demand on public officials.

* Zack Ohemeng Tawiah investigated an upsurge in maternal deaths in Ghana, and found that worsening road infrastructure and bad management in hospitals are to blame for the deaths of pregnant women who could have been saved. The radio report was broadcast on Joy FM in Ghana.

Other FAIR members in the news during June included:

* Wanjohi Kabukuru, who was a winner in the 2012 Diageo Business Reporting Awards with his feature on Mobile Banking (published in The African Banker, Kenya);

* Anas Aremeyaw Anas, who won in the Diageo agribusiness and environment category with his undercover documentary ‘Fool’s Gold’ broadcast by Al Jazeera: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gT-MCSY8vYs

* Idris Akinbajo, Kassim Mohamed and Selay Kouassi, who were featured in Radio Netherlands’ radio doccie on investigative journalism in Africa: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gT-MCSY8vYs

* Evelyn Groenink, whose opinion piece on investigative non-profits and member associations was published on the Global Investigative Journalism Network’s site: http://www.gijn.org/2012/06/21/900/

Latest FAIR projects:

* The FAIR Grants 2012 were launched, check the announcement here and send in an application if you want to do an in-depth story but you don’t have the time and resources to do it: http://fairreporters.net/2012/06/20/fair-announces-2012-general-investigative-grants-fair-annonce-ses-subventions-denquetes-2012-fair-tem-o-prazer-de-anunciar-subvencoes-para-o-jornalismo-de-investigacao/. Deadline: 31 July 2012.

* The FAIR Awards 2012, for the best investigative stories on the continent, are open, send in your best work! Check details here: http://fairreporters.net/2012/06/29/awards-entries-for-african-investigative-journalism-awards-2012-now-open/

* If you reside in the southern African region, you may want to apply to participate in FAIR’s regional conference, to be held in Lusaka, Zambia, during 13-15 August 2012. FAIR is looking for investigative case study presentations, particularly on investigating extractive industries. Find the call for proposals here: http://fairreporters.net/2012/07/05/conference-call-for-papers-investigating-extractive-industries/

* If you are from West or East Africa, you may be reporting on the War on Terror taking place in your region (Nigeria, Mali in West Africa; Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda in East Africa). If you want to be part of our upcoming trans-regional investigation into this subject, please send us your story plan: admin@fairreporters.org.

* African Investigative Journalism Conference: if you want to present your investigative work, together with fellow top performers and veterans of African and international investigative reporting, at the AIJC in October 2012, now is the time to update your FAIR membership. Only updated members, who have been applying best practice in their investigative reporting in 2012, will be invited, so make sure you check your membership and updating needs by email: admin@fairreporters.org.

Note: FAIR now announces all continental projects and opportunities in French, Portuguese and English. Please spread the above continental announcements to colleagues in lusophone and francophone, as well as Anglophone, Africa.

FAIR is interested in empowering and encouraging African journalists to deepen their investigative skills, access more information and liaise with more publishing outlets. Let us know what you think of our website and activities. We need your feedback to grow our strength as a professional association and to improve our services.

Bulletin d’information FAIR Juin 2012 

Le mois de Juin a ete marquee par les revelations du membre de Conseil de FAIR Eric Mwamba (RDC) sur l’exploitation minière rapace qui empoisonne, mutile et tue les populations dans les villages de la province du Katanga en RDC, tandis que les «amis du gouvernement» font de bonnes affaires. L’article a été refusé par deux médias en RDC, avant d’etre publié par deux journaux, Le Phare et L’Eveil paraissant a Kinshasa et distribues dans le pays.

Eric Mwamba a fait des observations concernant la complicité entre les dirigeants et les compagnies qui exploitent dans cet “enfer minier”. Les reactions ne se sont pas faites attendre. Les ‘VIP’ favorables au gouvernement dans la province du Katanga ont protesté, que «ces histoires ne devraient pas etre publiées”. Eric Mwamba a declare que «le rédacteur en chef du journal l’Eveil qui a publié l’histoire, m’a écrit qu’il a reçu des menaces et beaucoup critiques après la publication de l’article a la Une de son journal. “ Les gens m’ont telephone pour demander qui a osé écrire de telles choses sur le gouverneur du Katanga et le gouvernement”, avait dit le redacteur en chef de l’Eveil.

“Mais qu’on le veuille ou pas, l’article est a l’ordre du jour et fait l’objet de multiples conversations des gens qui disent que l’histoire aura un effet. J’espère qu’elle le fera, parce que les gens sont en train de mourir. Jusqu’à présent, le budget de la RDC pour l’année 2012 a de nouveau laissé de côté les revenus de l’exploitation minière. Cela signifie que nos dirigeants financeront le budget de l’Etat avec l’argent des donateurs occidentaux. Ils continueront a garder la mainmise sur les produits de l’exploitation minière pour eux-mêmes.”

Eric Mwamba présentera cette histoire comme une étude de cas a la prochaine conference régionale de l’Afrique australe de FAIR, qui se tiendra à Lusaka, en Zambie, au cours du mois Août 2012. L’histoire a été rendue possible grace a une subvention de FAIR et par le soutien du ‘Pascal de Croos Fonds’ de la Belgique. Lire l’article Mwamba ici: http://fairreporters.net/censored-stories/dr-congo-the-hell-of-mining-in-katanga-rdcongo-lenfer-des-mines-au-katanga/.

Histoires d’autres membres publiés en Juin:

* «Une condamnation à mort certaine», Reece Adanwenon ecrit sur le sort des détenus séropositifs au Bénin: http://fairreporters.net/censored-stories/benin-hiv-aids-in-jail-death-penalty-in-a-country-that-abolished-it/

* Wanjohi Kabukuru sur les plantations de jatropha au Kenya:: http://fairreporters.net/2012/06/29/member-stories-mystery-shrub-jatropha-joy-for-farmers-or-ploy-to-grab-land/

* Toujours au Kenya, Patrick Mayoyo a suivi sur les révélations du Royaume-Uni qu’une femme britannique pourrait avoir été impliquée dans les explosions recents a Mombasa: http://fairreporters.net/2012/06/29/news-british-woman-linked-to-mombasa-night-club-blasts/

* Notre équipe nigériane ‘Premium Times’ a entré dans le tabac: http://premiumtimesng.com/business/5939-INVESTIGATION-Tobacco-giant-British-American-Tobacco-caught-intensive-smuggling-corporate-espionage.html

Premium Times a aussi le président nigérian Goodluck Jonathan en admettant, sur le dossier, dans une interview révélatrice, qu’il n’a pas déclaré ses actifs parce qu’il pense qu’il est erroné de faire une telle demande sur les fonctionnaires.

* Zack Ohemeng Tawiah a enquête sur une recrudescence de la mortalité maternelle dans Ghana, et a constaté que l’infrastructure routière et de mauvaise gestion dans les hôpitaux sont à blâmer pour les décès de femmes enceintes qui pourraient ont été sauvés. Le rapport a été diffusé sur la radio Joy FM au Ghana. Autres nouvelles des membres de FAIR au cours de Juin incluent:

* Wanjohi Kabukuru était un gagnant dans les Prix 2012 Diageo avec son article sur Mobile Banking (publié dans Le African Banker, Kenya);

* Anas Aremeyaw Anas a gagné dans la categorie ‘agroalimentaire’ de Diageo avec «Fools’ Gold», son documentaire d’infiltration diffusé par Al-Jazira: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gT-MCSY8vYs

* Idris Akinbajo, Kassim Mohamed et Selay Kouassi ont été présentés dans la radio aux Pays-Bas dans un interview sur le journalisme d’investigation en Afrique: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gT-MCSY8vYs

* Une piece d’opinion d’Evelyn Groenink a été publié sur le Global Investigative Journalisme Réseau site: http://www.gijn.org/2012/06/21/900/.

Derniers projets FAIR:

* Les subventions FAIR 2012 ont été lancé! Vérifiez l’annonce ici et envoyer une demande si vous voulez faire une histoire en profondeur, mais vous n’ont pas le temps et les ressources pour le faire: http://fairreporters.net/2012/06/20/fair-announces-2012-general-investigative-grants-fair-annonce-ses-subventions-denquetes-2012-fair-tem-o-prazer-de-anunciar-subvencoes-para-o-jornalismo-de-investigacao/ Date limite: 31 Juillet 2012.

* Les prix FAIR 2012, pour les meilleures enquête sur le continent, sont ouverts, envoyer votre meilleur travail! Vérifiez les détails ici: http://fairreporters.net/2012/06/29/awards-entries-for-african-investigative-journalism-awards-2012-now-open/

* Si vous résidez dans la région de l’Afrique australe, vous pouvez soumettre une demande de participation à la conférence régionale FAIR, qui se tiendra à Lusaka, Zambie 13-15 Août. FAIR est à la recherche des études de cas, portant notamment sur des enquêtes dans les industries extractives. Trouvez l’appel à propositions ici: http://fairreporters.net/2012/07/05/conference-call-for-papers-investigating-extractive-industries/

* Si vous êtes de l’Afrique de l’Ouest ou en Afrique orientale, vous pouvez être des rapports sur la guerre contre le terrorisme qui se déroule dans votre région (Nigeria, Mali en Afrique de l’Ouest; Somalie, le Kenya, la Tanzanie, l’Ouganda en Afrique de l’Est). Si vous voulez participer dans de notre prochaine trans-régionale enquête à ce sujet, s’il vous plaît envoyez-nous votre plan de l’histoire: admin@fairreporters.org.

* Conférence africain du journalisme d’investigation: si vous voulez presenter votre travail d’investigation, en collaboration avec des collègues les plus performants et des anciens combattants de journalisme d’investigation africain et international, à la AIJC en Octobre 2012, il est maintenant temps de mettre à jour votre adhésion FAIR.
Seuls les membres à jour, qui appliquent les meilleures pratiques dans le journalisme d’investigation en 2012, seront invités, alors assurez-vous que vous etes sur la liste de Sindisiwe et vérifiez votre adhésion avec elle par e-mail: admin@fairreporters.org.

FAIR annonce maintenant tous les projets continentaux et les opportunités en français, portugais et anglais. S’il vous plaît partager ce bulletin d’information avec des collègues francophones.

FAIR est intéressé dans l’autonomisation et encourage les journalistes africains d’approfondir leurs compétences en investigation, l’accès aux renseignements et assurer la liaison avec les maisons de medias. Faites-nous savoir ce que vous pensez de notre site web et nos activités. Nous avons besoin de vos commentaires pour faire croître notre force comme association professionnelle et améliorer nos services.

Boletim FAIR Junho 2012  

Em Junho de 2012, o membro do conselho do FAIR Eric Mwamba (RDC), revelou sobre os contornos do processo de exploração de minerais no RDC que vão desde morte, mutilação, envenenamento de pessoas em aldeias na província de Katanga, enquanto os “amigos do governo” em o pais faz pechinchas. Antes artigo ter sido publicado pelo Le Phare e L’Eveil, dois meios de comunicação do RDC rejeitaram – no

Comentários a respeito da cumplicidade de líderes neste “inferno de mineração” foram particularmente reveladoras e, um “VIP” favorável ao governo na província de Katanga aparentemente protestou para que “estas histórias na tivessem sido publicadas “.

Mwamba disse: “O editor do jornal que publicou a história, L’Eveil, escreveu me a dizer que recebera ameaças e muitas críticas após a história ter sido publicada. As pessoas questionaram sobre quem poderia ter sido o autor do artigo, tais coisas sobre o governador da província de Katanga e o governo. Mas, gostem ou não, está na agenda. Agora e as pessoas dizem me que a história terá um efeito. Espero que ela tenha, porque as pessoas estão morrendo. Até agora, o orçamento da RDC, para a mineração em 2013 mais uma vez ignora a renda para o país, o que significa que os nossos líderes reconhecem que o dinheiro dos doadores deve financiar nosso Estado, e eles vão continuar a ter os produtos da mineração por si mesmos. “

Mwamba irá apresentar a história que durante dois meses foi recusada pelos meios de comunicação na República Democrática do Congo antes de finalmente ser publicado, como um estudo de caso para a próxima conferência regional da África Austral do FAIR, a ser realizada em Lusaka, Zâmbia, 13-15 Agosto de 2012. O história foi activado por uma concessão da FAIR e com o apoio do Fundo “Pascal DeCroos” da Bélgica. Leia Mwamba aqui: http://fairreporters.net/censored-stories/dr-congo-the-hell-of-mining-in-katanga-rdcongo-lenfer-des-mines-au-katanga/

Outras histórias publicadas por membros da FAIR em Junho:

* “A sentença de morte certa”, Reece Adanwenon escreve sobre o destino de
HIV-positivos presos em Benim: http://fairreporters.net/censored-stories/benin-hiv-aids-in-jail-death-penalty-in-a-country-that-abolished-it/

* Wanjohi Kabukuru em plantações de Jatrofa no Kenia: http://fairreporters.net/2012/06/29/member-stories-mystery-shrub-jatropha-joy-for-farmers-or-ploy-to-grab-land/

* Também no Kenia, Patrick Mayoyo seguido das revelações do Reino Unido apenas uma mulher britânica poderia ter sido envolvido nas explosões recentes em Mombasa:

http://fairreporters.net/2012/06/29/news-british-woman-linked-to-mombasa-night-club-blasts/

*Nossa equipa ‘Premium Times’ nigeriana entrou no tabaco: http://premiumtimesng.com/business/5939-INVESTIGATION-Tobacco-giant-British-American-Tobacco-caught-intensive-smuggling-corporate-espionage.html

Premium Times também cita Presidente Goodluck, em uma entrevista reveladora, que ele não declara seus bens, porque ele acha que é errado fazer tal pedido sobre os funcionários.

* Zack Ohemeng Tawiah está investigando um aumento da mortalidade materna em Gana, e descobriu que a infra-estrutura rodoviária e má gestão nos hospitais são as principais causas de morte de mulheres grávidas. O relatório foi transmitido pela rádio Joy FM em Gana.

* Em Moçambique, Lazaro Mabunda investigou a água de Chicualacuala, que contém altos níveis de carbonato de cálcio, nitratos e cloretos. Uma analise mostrou que a água é imprópria para o consumo. A população local enfrenta problemas de infecção urinária e as autoridades de saúde suspeitam que a doença seja causada pela água: http://www.opais.co.mz/index.php/sociedade/45-sociedade/19856-populacao-de-chicualacuala-sobrevive-de-agua-com-altos-teores-de-calcario.html

Outras realizações dos membros durante o mês de Junho:

* Wanjohi Kabukuru foi vencedor do Prémio Diageo 2012, com seu artigo sobre Mobile Banking (publicado em O Banker africano, Quénia);

* Anas Anas Aremeyaw ganhou com “Fools Gold”, seu documentário transmitida pela Al Jazeera: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gT-MCSY8vYs

* Idris Akinbajo, Kassim Mohamed e Selay Kouassi têm sido destaque em rádio na Holanda, em uma entrevista sobre jornalismo de investigativo na África: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gT-MCSY8vYs

* Uma breve opinião de Evelyn Groenink foi publicada no site do Global IJ Network: http://www.gijn.org/2012/06/21/900/.

Última exposição de projectos:

* Os subsídios FAIR 2012 foram lançados. Verifique o anúncio hiperligação abaixo. tenciona fazer uma história em profundidade, mas faltam meios financeiros, tempo, inscreva-se: http://fairreporters.net/2012/06/20/fair-announces-2012-general-investigative-grants-fair-annonce-ses-subventions-denquetes-2012-fair-tem-o-prazer-de-anunciar-subvencoes-para-o-jornalismo-de-investigacao/ Prazo: 31 de Julho de 2012.

* Preços FAIR 2012, para a melhor pesquisa do continente, estão abertas, envie o seu melhor trabalho! Confira os detalhes aqui: http://fairreporters.net/2012/06/29/awards-entries-for-african-investigative-journalism-awards-2012-now-open/

* Se você reside na região do sul da África, pode aplicar para participar da conferência regional a ser realizada em Lusaka, Zâmbia 13-15 Agosto. FAIR está à procura de estudos de caso, incluindo pesquisas de mineração. Encontre aqui o convite à apresentação de propostas:

http://fairreporters.net/2012/07/05/conference-call-for-papers-investigating-extractive-industries/

* Se você é do oeste da África Ocidental ou da África Oriental, você pode relatar sobre a guerra contra o terrorismo ocorrendo em sua região (Nigéria, Mali, na África Ocidental; Somália, Quénia, Tanzânia, Uganda na África Oriental). Se você quiser participar da nossa pesquisa trans regional sobre este assunto. Por favor envie-nos seu plano da história: admin@fairreporters.org.

* Conferência Africano de jornalismo de investigação: se você quer apresentar
seu trabalho de investigação, em colaboração com colegas do jornalismo investigativo Africano e internacional, para AIJC em Outubro de 2012, agora é hora de actualizar a sua adesão ao FAIR. Apenas os membros até o momento, aplicando as melhores práticas emjornalismo investigativo, em 2012, serão convidados, por isso verifique se o seu nome consta na lista da Sindisiwe e verifique com ela por e-mail sobre a sua participação: admin@fairreporters.org.

FAIR agora traduz todos os seus projectos continentais e oportunidades em Francês, Português e Inglês. Por favor divulgar este boletim no seio dos colegas.

FAIR está interessado em capacitar e incentivar jornalistas africanos para expandir suas capacidades de investigação, acesso à informação ligação com os órgãos de comunicação. Queremos saber o que você pensa sobre o nosso site e nossas actividades. Precisamos do seu retorno para ajudar a crescer a nossa força como uma associação profissional e melhorar nossos serviços.

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