Investigative journalists from around the world are presently gathered in Hamburg for 2019 Global Investigative Journalism Conference (GIJC).

The Global Investigative Journalism Conference is the world’s largest international gathering of investigative reporters. The conferences are held every two years.

Since the first gathering in Copenhagen in 2001, they have brought together more than 6,000 journalists from 130 countries. Later conferences were held in Copenhagen (2003), Amsterdam (2005), Toronto (2007), Lillehammer (2008), Geneva (2010), Kyiv (2011), and Rio de Janeiro (2013). Rio was the 8th GIJC, and the first in the southern hemisphere, and was followed by a return to Lillehammer (2015) and then our first GIJC in Africa, Johannesburg (2017).

The conferences are widely credited with playing a key role in the rapid global expansion of investigative reporting over the past decade. By focusing on skills and training, they have helped spread state-of-the-art investigative reporting, data journalism, and cross-border collaboration around the world. Attendees have returned home to run groundbreaking projects into corruption and abuse of power, launch investigative teams and nonprofit centers, and spread investigative reporting to where it is needed most.

Each GIJC is hosted by a member organization of the Global Investigative Journalism Network, which oversees and co-sponsors the conference. Producing the event requires intense planning, fund-raising, and operational skills.

According to the organisers, this year’s edition has over 1,700 journalists participating from 130 countries.

It will feature nearly 250 panels, workshops and special events as well as over 400 speakers from different countries.

The conference began at 6 p.m. on Wednesday with a welcome reception while other sessions and training will commence on Thursday.

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