Hamburg is to host the 2019 Global Investigative Journalism Conference (GIJC) following an application by members Netzwerk Recherche – the German association of investigative journalists, the Interlink Academy for International Dialog and Journalism, and the non-profit Correctiv newsroom. GIJC is the biggest international conference for investigative journalism and is held every two years in a different place.
Freedom of the press and speech
A delighted Dr. Carsten Brosda, Senator for Culture and Media, noted: “Critical journalism is coming under more and more pressure worldwide. A free society needs critical journalism. The media city of Hamburg does not call itself the Free and Hanseatic City by coincidence. In these difficult times, we are therefore proud to welcome investigative journalists from all the world to GIJC 2019 in Hamburg.” Julia Stein, CEO of Netzwerk Recherche and member of the Global Investigative Journalism Network’s Board of Directors, added: “We are really delighted that members of the Global Network have expressed their trust in us. Together with our partners, we are beginning two exciting years full of work.”
Hamburg beats Riga, Lima and Dublin
GIJN members chose the host city during the 10th Global Investigative Journalism Conference in Johannesburg. GIJN has 155 member organizations each of which is entitled to one vote. Netzwerk Recherche is a founding member of GIJN. Other contestants vying to host the conference in 2019 were OCCRP/SSE Riga/Re:Baltica, the Instituto Prensa y Sociedad (IPYS) in Lima and the Mary Raftery Journalism Fund in Dublin.
Sources and further information:
Global Investigative Journalism Network
Interlink Academy for International Dialog and Journalism