IJAsia16: Why the world needs investigative journalism – The …



It is often said that the media’s role is that of a watchdog; to remain curious and have a relentless desire to dig in order to hold to account those in power.

In his opening remarks at the second Asian Investigative Journalism Conference, Uncovering Asia, GIJN Executive Director David Kaplan stated: “The world needs what we do”.

David Kaplan. PHOTO: GIJN

In the following three days, from September 23 to September 25, over 300 journalists from 50 countries gathered at the Yak and Yeti Hotel in Kathmandu, Nepal to discuss challenges, exchange ideas and to share their expertise on investigative journalism and why it matters.

These included some of the biggest names in the industry, including key note speaker Walter V Robinson, who headed Boston Globe’s pulitzer winning

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