Why Good Reporting Isn't Dead

Jun 20, 2019 | 09:45 GMT

Italian journalists rally in Rome in defense of press freedom on Nov. 13, 2018.

Italian journalists rally in Rome in defense of press freedom. Journalists in much of the world risk imprisonment and violence when they provide evidence of official criminality.

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Sometimes old journalists like myself feel for the Roman captives who called out to Emperor Claudius, "Ave Imperator, morituri te salutamus -- Hail, Emperor, we who are about to die salute you." Sometimes, though, a great scoop comes along to give our profession a stay of execution. It has just happened in Brazil, where disclosures published by The Intercept Brasil have severely wounded the country's new political establishment. In case you missed it, reporting by Intercept journalists Andrew Fishman, Rafael Moro Martins, Leandro Demori, Glenn Greenwald and Amanda Audi has exposed Brazil's much-vaunted anti-corruption investigation, "Operation Car Wash," to accusations that it was, in large measure, a political tool used to rig last year's presidential elections. For Brazil, it is Watergate times 10. This scoop came courtesy of a whistleblower who has put himself at risk. The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists has documented the murders of 42 Brazilian journalists...

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