Investigative Journalism: Covid-gate Scandal

In this unit, we will look into the concept of investigative journalism, its tools and features, and study the case of the covid-19 corruption scandal to have a better insight into the issue.

BACKGROUND

Investigative journalism is a systematic in-depth and original reporting. Its essential components are

● forming a hypothesis and testing it by fact-finding, fact-checking and fact analysis

● using public data and public records

● exposing secret or hidden information

● focus on social justice and accountability.

Investigative journalism can often be confused with leak journalism, which is a one-off leak of confidential information or a document. A leak can become a start of investigative reporting, but journalists must do their own digging, verify information and provide context.

TASK 1

Follow the links to study the case of investigative journalism in Zimbabwe and answer the questions below:

1) What did Hopewell Chin’ono expose?

2) What consequences did the investigation lead to?

3) What requirements to the Zimbabwean government have been laid down by human rights activist groups?

TASK 2

Search the internet for the most significant cases of investigative journalism (of the last five years).

What common features do they have?