August 27, 2013
The journalists – from Serbia, Slovenia, Kosovo, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, Bulgaria, Austria, Estonia, France and Romania – heard on the first day about investigative stories, methods of online research and the challenges of reporting on human trafficking.
|Prof. David Leigh ©Vedat Xhymshiti|
Renowned British journalist David Leigh explained that working on investigative stories is a dangerous game. “In essence, you’re blundering along blind, because you don’t know what you’re looking for, but despite this, it is your job to collect the evidence and proof,” said Leigh.
He added that the longstanding principles of Britain’s newspaper – honesty, integrity, courage, fairness and a sense of duty – are applicable to modern investigative journalism.
Leigh told the participants about a seven-year-long investigation that he was part of, which uncovered bribery in arms dealings in Britain, highlighted the need for patience and hard, written evidence for investigative stories. “Comment is free, but facts are sacred. This is why it is the job of journalists to get the facts right,” said Leigh.
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