Investigative journalism is time-intensive, expensive, and often not affordable for smaller media outlets. Short-term courses and targeted interventions can fill gaps in skills, if a country’s media industry is vibrant and fairly strong. However, in a context of a weak industry, it is useful to consider a more comprehensive, long-term approach that includes individual professionals and media companies, in order to build institutional capacity within a wider perspective. This Brief analyses the obstacles to investigative journalism in the East African region, focusing on Kenya and Uganda, and discusses what can be done to help address these barriers.
Bohnstedt, A. Investigate without peril: How to support investigative journalism in East Africa. U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre, CMI, Bergen, Norway (2011) 4 pp. [U4 Brief, September 2011: 9]