The investigative unit of The Namibian newspaper was formed in 2014 to focus on in depth journalism. It has covered a broad range of issues which affect the national interest, from the abuse of national resources to the abuse of public money. It has also been part of three international investigative collaborations with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists – Fatal Attraction, the Panama Papers and Paradise Papers, as well as supporting global initiatives such as Green Blood (environment) and Mauritius Leaks.
Training and Interns
The unit has prioritised training. Not only does it provide a broad cross-discipline experience, investigative reporters who fall under the unit are also attached to the newsroom to produce stories for the daily newspaper.
In addition, the unit has a training partnership with the amaBhungane Centre for Investigative Journalism in South Africa. AmaBhungane takes in Namibians as interns for three months.
To date, six journalists have benefited from their training programme. AmaBhungane also assists the unit with cross-checking and collaboration on investigative stories
Support: The centre is funded by The Namibian with support from Osisa.