Strengthening Journalism: TIB Empowers Reporters Against Corruption

Published: 27 August 2023

Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) took a significant step towards bolstering journalistic prowess by hosting an investigative workshop aimed at combating corruption. The event, held on August 26, 2023, brought together 37 dedicated members of Reporters Against Corruption (RAC), a collective of Bangladeshi journalists committed to uncovering and addressing corruption.

Enthusiasm filled the air as journalists from print and electronic media gathered for the immersive full-day workshop at TIB's Dhaka office. Aptly titled "Investigative Journalism Workshop for RAC," the event comprised four distinct sessions that delved into the intricacies of investigative, cross-border, and data journalism, along with an exploration of ACC law and money laundering.

Distinguished experts from prestigious international media outlets, including The New York Times and the Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN), took on the role of mentors. Their hands-on guidance provided participants with invaluable insights and practical skills, equipping them to undertake comprehensive investigations with confidence.

Highlighting the pivotal role of data journalism during the workshop, Dr. Iftekharuzzaman, TIB's Executive Director, emphasised, "Data journalism has transformed global reporting over the past decade, resulting in impactful stories based on meticulous data analysis. While we are relatively new to this facet, we must seize the opportunity to embrace data journalism and foster continuous learning. As the world advances, journalists must evolve alongside it."

Recognising journalists as vital stakeholders in the fight against corruption, TIB reaffirmed its commitment to offering unwavering support whenever needed. The organisation also unveiled plans to intensify efforts in the realm of data journalism, acknowledging its potential to drive impactful narratives.

The investigative workshop hosted by TIB stands as a testament to the organisation's dedication to nurturing a cadre of skilled journalists equipped to unearth corruption and champion transparency. As the media landscape evolves, TIB's proactive approach ensures that journalism remains a potent weapon against corruption, safeguarding the principles of truth and accountability.