MediaLab Investigation


Supporting the specialisation of investigative journalists in the field of health and the production of quality investigations.




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September 2019
August 2021


The problems encountered by investigative journalists in the Arab world are manifold: lack of time, lack of financial resources, isolation, physical threats, legal action, etc.

To address these challenges, CFI launched MédiaLab Investigation in September 2019. This project supports the specialisation of investigative journalists from nine countries in the Arab world in the field of health, through networking and support for the production of investigations. It also allows for working with investigative media for specific needs.

More specifically, CFI has chosen to provide support for investigations relating to health. Indeed, a study has revealed that the challenges in this field deserve better journalism coverage in the Maghreb and Mashriq countries.

MédiaLab Investigation falls within the “International Strategy for French Language and Plurilingualism".

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• Investigative journalists from nine countries in the Arab world

• Selected media outlets for personalised support

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1.Networking of investigative journalists

Invitation of around thirty journalists to three international meetings:
- The GIJN (Global Investigative Journalism Network) Conference in Hamburg in September 2019;
- The annual ARIJ (Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism) Conferences in Jordan, in November 2019 ;
- and November 2020.

MediaLab Investigation launched at the GIJN’s Global Conference

October 15, 2019

Ten journalists from Arab countries attended the Global Investigative Journalism Conference, which was organised by the GIJN (Global Investigative Journalism Network) and took place in Hamburg between 26 and 29 September 2019. It provided the perfect opportunity to officially launch MédiaLab Investigation.

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Investigative journalists invited to the ARIJ forum by CFI

December 4, 2019

Nine journalists, selected by CFI, participated in the ARIJ (Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism) forum in Amman, (Jordan), on 23 and 24 November 2019, for training and discussions with colleagues.

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2.Training investigative journalists in the field of health and support for the production of investigations

- Call for investigation projects and organisation of a panel on the subject of investigation in the field of health, during the GIJN Conference in September 2019.
- Support for the production of eight investigations: training sessions supervised by three experts and financial contribution to the costs of conducting the investigations.
- An award given to the best investigation, during the International Journalism Conference in Tunis in 2020.

Call for projects to investigate health in the Arab world

September 24, 2019

As part of the MediaLab Investigation project, CFI is looking for candidates capable of producing investigations (in any media) in the general field of health.

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MediaLab Investigation: Eight investigations into health selected

November 22, 2019

MediaLab Investigation's selection committee convened on 15 November 2019. Eight investigations were selected out of the 26 eligible entries. Investigative journalists will receive support in 2020 to carry out their investigations.

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3.Specific support for investigative media outlets in the Arab world

- Identification of three media outlets in need of personalised support: economic model development assistance, training, legal assistance, etc.
- Final seminar bringing together journalists, media outlets, philanthropists and citizens: presentation of investigation published and their impact, feedback and project assessment.

The French language is at the heart of this project, with translation into French of all investigations published, translation into French of workshops during the GIJN conference in Hamburg and a launch panel entirely in French (with simultaneous interpreting into English) at that conference.

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