Statement by the Foundation in Connection with the Increased Pressure on Journalistic Projects and Jounalists in Russia

State­ment by the Foun­da­tion in Con­nec­tion with the Increased Pres­sure on Jour­nal­is­tic Projects and Jounal­ists in Russia

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About Us

Community of Investigative Journalists – Fond 19/29 (Sdružení investigativních novinářů – Fond 19/29)

- the num­bers refer to the free­dom of expres­sion Arti­cles of the Uni­ver­sal Dec­la­ra­tion of Human Rights and of the Russ­ian Con­sti­tu­tion — is an inter­na­tion­al NGO reg­is­tered in 2015 in Prague, Czech Repub­lic (iden­ti­fi­ca­tion num­ber 04222792) by two inde­pen­dent Russ­ian journalists.

Statu­to­ry Goals:

  • pro­vid­ing pro­fes­sion­al, finan­cial and legal assis­tance to inde­pen­dent Russ­ian jour­nal­ists in their investigations;
  • help­ing inves­tiga­tive reporters and blog­gers to devel­op their pro­fes­sion­al skills, using new media tech­nolo­gies, putting togeth­er pro­fes­sion­al jour­nal­ism skills and poten­tial of cit­i­zen jour­nal­ism and social media to achieve high-stan­dard broad inves­tiga­tive reporting;
  • mon­i­tor­ing cas­es of jour­nal­ists who are in trou­ble due to their work, as well as the state of offi­cial inves­ti­ga­tions into crimes against journalists;
  • mon­i­tor­ing assaults against inves­tiga­tive reporters, vio­la­tions of their rights, cas­es of pre­ven­tion jour­nal­ists from get­ting infor­ma­tion from offi­cial institutions;
  • net­work­ing with inves­tiga­tive reporters globally;
  • encour­ag­ing trans-bor­der inves­ti­ga­tions of cor­rup­tion and crim­i­nal cases.

Fond 19/29 is a mem­ber of the Glob­al Inves­tiga­tive Jour­nal­ism Net­work (GIJN); part­ner­ing with Orga­nized Crime and Cor­rup­tion Report­ing Project (OCCRP); mem­ber of the EU-Rus­sia Civ­il Soci­ety Forum.

 

Our Team

Co-founder, Direc­tor

Co-founder, Head of Programs

Our Projects:

Investigative School

2015 – present. Sem­i­nars and mas­ter class­es in the Russ­ian regions and Prague for inves­tiga­tive reporters and blog­gers will­ing to devel­op their pro­fes­sion­al skills, improve inves­tiga­tive tech­niques, mas­ter new tech­nolo­gies and legal intri­ca­cies, tak­ing into account the rapid­ly chang­ing Russ­ian leg­is­la­tion; mas­ter new tech­nolo­gies and effec­tive­ly com­bine oppor­tu­ni­ties of pro­fes­sion­al and cit­i­zen journalism.

The Com­mu­ni­ty of Inves­tiga­tive Jour­nal­ists – Fond 19/29 team has been doing train­ings in Moscow, Yaroslavl, St. Peters­burg, Gunib (Dages­tan), Yakut­sk., Vladimir, Voronezh, Stavropol, Kazan, Podol­sk, Tom­sk, Kyzil, Niznevar­tovsk, Kalin­ingrad, Petroza­vod­sk, Perm, oth­er Russ­ian region­al cen­ters and Prague. The lead­ing Russ­ian and for­eign inves­tiga­tive jour­nal­ists (includ­ing col­leagues from the OCCRP), legal and cyber secu­ri­ty experts, are invit­ed as guest-lec­tur­ers and train­ers. Appli­cants had to send to the orga­niz­ers their CVs and moti­va­tion let­ters. Each sem­i­nar can host 15 stu­dents. The train­ing is free.

Mem­bers of the CIJ-Fond 19/29 team keep con­tact with the for­mer par­tic­i­pants con­sult them on their inves­ti­ga­tions and help with plan­ning and editing.

In view of Covid-19 pan­dem­ic hit­ting the world and each coun­try and region a pro­gram of webi­na­rs is being devel­oped to adjust the plans already out­lined and expand the oppor­tu­ni­ties for poten­tial participants.

Rebooting Regional Investigative Journalism in Russia

2018–2019. Joint project with Orga­nized Crime and Cor­rup­tion Report­ing Project (OCCRP). Eight three days and two days train­ings in the Russ­ian regions accord­ing to the pro­gram « Inves­tiga­tive Jour­nal­ism: new chal­lenges, trends, techniques».

The project was designed for young region­al jour­nal­ists work­ing in tra­di­tion­al and online media, as well as for civ­il soci­ety activists mas­ter­ing intri­ca­cies of anti-cor­rup­tion investigations.

The goal was to pro­vide col­leagues with the best world prac­tices, to improve the qual­i­ty of inves­ti­ga­tions, to acquaint par­tic­i­pants with new trends and prospects that cross-bor­der inves­ti­ga­tions and inter­ac­tion of reporters from dif­fer­ent coun­tries open up.

The mul­ti­me­dia and video tech­niques, basics of data jour­nal­ism, specifics of open source inves­ti­ga­tions,  essen­tials of phys­i­cal, legal and dig­i­tal secu­ri­ty in the envi­ron­ment hos­tile to inves­ti­ga­tor — all this was includ­ed in the pro­gram, with­in which the best Russ­ian pro­fes­sion­als col­lab­o­rat­ing on OCCRP projects shared their knowl­edge and experience.

Jour­nal­ists and civ­il activists from the regions have got the oppor­tu­ni­ty to build the hor­i­zon­tal net­work in Rus­sia and out­side Rus­sia, and also see them­selves as part of the inter­na­tion­al pro­fes­sion­al com­mu­ni­ty. The best inves­ti­ga­tions of par­tic­i­pants were pub­lished in the Russ­ian inde­pen­dent media.

Investigative Journalism. Pressure Points of the Regions

2016–2017. The pro­gram was designed for inves­tiga­tive reporters from the Russ­ian regions will­ing to build up their pro­fes­sion­al skills, broad­en their knowl­edge of new media tech­nolo­gies and data jour­nal­ism, pro­vide them with instru­ments to strength­en their safe­ty while doing investigations.

The free train­ing includ­ed sem­i­nars in Moscow and Prague by lead­ing jour­nal­ists of CIJ-Fond 19/29, Novaya Gaze­ta and Vedo­mosti (Rus­sia) and Czech col­leagues from OCCRP. First appli­cants had to send their CVs and moti­va­tion let­ters to the orga­niz­ers. Those who were picked up as par­tic­i­pants also sent the top­ics of the sto­ries they plan to do as part of the project. In-between inter­ac­tive sem­i­nars par­tic­i­pants worked on their inves­ti­ga­tions being con­sult­ed by the pro­gram tutors. The best inves­ti­ga­tions were pub­lished in Novaya Gaze­ta (Rus­sia) and biggest inde­pen­dent Russ­ian Inter­net media.