Founder, Centre for Investigative Journalism, New Delhi
At the CIJ, India we stand for free, independent and watchdog journalism. Our aim is to share the skills, values and expertise to serve the larger public good and advance the cause of free society. Our endeavour is to create networks of innovation, collaboration and cooperation to grow and make a difference. The change is not only possible, it’s happening.
David E. Kaplan, Executive Director
Global Investigative Journalism Network, Washington
If you care about democracy, accountability, and transparency, then you should care about the new Center for Investigative Journalism in India. The CIJ is in the forefront of a global movement that is taking on corruption and abuse of power, by spreading the tips, tools, and techniques of cutting-edge investigative reporting.
Dr Eric Loo, Media educator,
founding editor of Asia Pacific Media Educator and teaches at the University of Wollongong, Australia.
The Center for Investigative Journalism in New Delhi is timely and, I believe, will be instrumental in reclaiming that 'mission and service', and in time, set the benchmarks of best journalism practices in the context of India's dynamic sociocultural, economic and political environments.
Prasad Kunduri, Senior Journalist
& former APSA-US Congressional Fulbright Fellow
Over the past three decades, journalism in India has grown in strength with accent on specialised reporting. Journalists are now more focussed on issues following developments with deep and abiding interest. I wish CIJ the best and hope it offers a credible platform for serious, unbiased and in-depth reportage.
Nava Thakuria, Guwahati-based journalist
covers India's north-east and neighbouring countries such as Myanmar, Bhutan and Bangladesh.
Working in insurgency hit Assam, Manipur, Tripura, Nagaland, Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh is increasingly becoming dangerous for journalists. The ongoing insurgency and unrest among the youth of this region, where over 15 armed outfits have been fighting New Delhi on various demands varying from sovereignty to self-rule, put tremendous challenges on local journalists.
Josy Joseph, Editor Special Projects
with the Times of India, New Delhi and a leading investigative journalist.
India will become home to a new powerful tradition of independent, investigative, path-breaking journalism. It is not that Indian media has not shown repeatedly that it is capable of going after the corrupt and exposing the nefarious nexuses that snatch away our freedom, and the last slice of bread from our poor. But those were only glances of what is possible.
Surya Gangadharan, Chief Editor
of Defence & Technology Magazine and former International Affairs Editor at CNN IBN, New Delhi
Good journalism is about great stories founded on facts, backed by sound research and great writing. Investigative journalism is all of that, and an instrument to deepen awareness and strengthen civil liberties. In India, as in many parts of the world, this is of critical relevance given the pressures of development and diversity.
David Blackall, Filmmaker,
cinematographer, consultant director and teaches at the University of Wollongong, Australia.
Documentary filmmaking is not always about drama, rather about acquiring footage, and where relevant, that footage is used to push the story forward in television journalism. This builds public awareness, increasing the chances of the project attracting money from public funding bodies.
Prof. M.M. Ansari, Former Information Commissioner
and member of the University Grants Commission of India
"Media has a critical role to monitor the implementation of various provisions of the RTI Act and expose the departments, which do not comply with the disclosure requirements. The media must make a concerted effort to collect, compile and analyse relevant information and data.”