Statement of Solidarity:
CCIJ published a statement expressing its solidarity with Namibian journalists, including CCIJ member Sonja Smith, calling on Namibian officials to uphold its promise to a free press.
“Our community is deeply troubled by the recent incident involving journalist Edward Mumbuu, his interview of Namibian President Hage Geingob and the Namibia Press Agency (Nampa) which resulted in a leaked communique in which the state-owned agency’s management distanced itself from the journalist’s conduct. This incident runs directly counter to the constitutional guarantees of freedom of the press as well as to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to which the Namibian government has committed itself to.”
Read the whole statement here.
This week, CCIJ launched the 71% series, which puts past reports and investigations by CCIJ members into a national and global context, providing insights from journalists, public health experts and activists around the globe. It poses the question: If 71% of our planet is covered in water, why are so many people living without it?
Follow the series here.
Lead in drinking Water:
To kick off the series, CCIJ member Jane Johnston explored the United States’ long standing issue with lead in drinking water. Even years after the Flint Water Crisis put the problem in a national spotlight, the problem persists widely across the country.
The 71% series is part of CCIJ’s H2OFail Project. Check out the rest of that project here:
CCIJ highlighted CENOZO, an investigative reporting organization in West Africa, in this week’s Partner Spotlight. CENOZO’s Program Manager, Aurnaud Ouedraogo, told CCIJ about the organization’s mission and how their work has been affected by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.