Environmental Justice: Connecting the dots between racism and environmentalism

Environmental justice, as it is widely known as throughout the United States, is a movement that explores the intersection between environmental and race issues while advocating for systematic change.

CCIJ Round-Up: June 26

Your need-to-know news from CCIJ this week.

My CCIJ Journey

It is when ordinary people can see themselves in stories, through whatever medium we publish, that our survival is ensured. Speaking truth to power means that we need to give a platform to those who all too often are forgotten and left to suffer in silence.

Malawi 2020 Presidential Election: Will the country crawl back to normalcy?

Malawi goes to fresh presidential polls today, exactly 141 days after the Constitutional Court annulled the May 2019 presidential election on 3 February, 2020 citing “massive” irregularities. Will the country crawl back to normal life after today’s polls?

Beninese journalist Ignace Sossou’s story and the suppression of the press in West Africa

After 6 months in jail for accurately reporting on governmental corruption and illicit financial flows in Benin, Ignace Sossou is finally being released. Yet his arrest represents a larger decline in the freedom of the press in Benin and West Africa.

SheWrites, SheLeads: Bettie Johnson-Mbayo looks back on a year of mentorship

Over the past year, Johnson-Mbayo and her team have worked with 13 young women, aged 15-25, and drawn from various regions in the West African nation. The group completed a two-week training, learning the ropes of investigative journalism with a focus on telling women’s stories. Now, they’re putting these new skills to the test.

#MiningyourWater: Tracking water use licences in South Africa

Oxpeckers’ #MineAlert, a CCIJ member organization, is empowering users to track and share water use licenses approved for mining with the Mining your Water project.

#thewaterless: We are born guardians of water

Khaled Sulaiman, who has just connected with CCIJ and recently authored Water Guards: Drought and Climate Change in Iraq, writes movingly about the mulberry tree that stood beside his childhood home and how to solve the global issue of water scarcity.

Benin still holds journalist Ignace Sossou in jail despite mounting evidence of his innocence

The Benin authorities have continued to show their disdain for the rule of law and the principles of natural justice by keeping in jail one of the country’s top journalists.

Network Gains: Promising Signs

Launching a non-profit during a pandemic is particularly tough, but thanks to the motivated people who have taken CCIJ’s mission to heart we’re solidifying our network and pressing forward on journalism that truly matters.