Jordan recently sponsored the 10th annual Arab Investigative
Reporters forum “ARIJ”, held under the theme “Investigative
Journalism: Battling Fake News”. The three-day event held at the
Dead Sea, saw the participation of more than 400 experts and
journalists in the field of investigative journalism.
Jordan's sponsorship of the 10th ARIJ forum, which
attracted a large number of Arab media professionals in the region
and the Kingdom, came about due to its support of the media sector
and its key role in development. A step, which falls in line with its
corporate social responsibility plan, inspired by the main objectives
of its five-year corporate strategy “Essentials 2020”, which
focuses on media issues, and supports various events and activities
that will benefit the local community.
forum provided the participating journalists an opportunity to attend
interactive training sessions and special workshops to hone their
skills in battling fake news, which has become an issue that affects
everyone globally and sheds light on the importance of investigative
journalism as a tool to uncover the truth.
also aimed at facilitating the sharing of experiences and techniques
through 45 intensive sessions and training workshops. It also
contributed to the exchange of expertise developed by ARIJ network
during the last decade, through excellence in instilling
investigative culture in Arab editing rooms and among freelance
journalists, as a tool to serve the public interest and to promote
transparency and accountability in a legal, political, social and
professional environment full of challenges and obstacles.
Cay Johnston, an investigative reporter in the US and author of the
book “The Making of Donald Trump” delivered the opening speech
where he talked about the mechanics of his work, which led to the
publishing of fabricated sensitive news and the closing down of a
major media network. Other sessions, featured a number of journalists
who presented their experiences in investigative journalism as well.
over a decade, ARIJ has trained more than 2,000 journalists, media
professors and students. It has also established investigative units
in newsrooms in Jordan, Tunisia, Palestine, Yemen, Egypt and Lebanon.