The event “Defending Truth: Unveiling Insights from Investigative Journalism” is being held in Sweden, and is organized by the Global Media Defense Fund. The Association of Journalists of Macedonia has its representative. , Maja Jovanovska, vice president of AJM and journalist at the Investigative Reporter’s Laboratory (IRL).
The event’s purpose is for GMDF participants and partners to share their experiences, challenges, and best practices in investigative journalism, specifically related to investigating crimes against journalists. During the sessions, there will be an opportunity to make recommendations on how the GMDF can strengthen its support for investigative journalism in the future.
According to UNESCO’s 2022 report on the safety of journalists, the global impunity rate for killing journalists remains high at 86%, which has a chilling effect on press freedom, independent journalism, and investigative reporting. Murders of journalists are the most brutal form of silencing, but physical attacks ranging from physical assaults to online violence, (gender) misinformation, and surveillance by state and non-state actors are not left out, there is often a widespread lack of justice and high rates of impunity, which leads to more violence and the inability of journalists to do their jobs safely.