ACME admitted to the prestigious Global Investigative Journalism Network

The African Centre for Media Excellence (ACME) has broken new ground in becoming the first organisation Uganda to be admitted into the distinguished Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN). This expands GIJN’s global reach to 250 members across 91 countries, solidifying its role as a critical support system for investigative journalists worldwide.

ACME joins a strong contingent of newcomers to GIJN. Among them are Oštro, a center for investigative journalism in the Adriatic region (Croatia), Fondazione Lelio e Lisli Basso Onlus (Italy), CU SENS Media Project (Moldova), The Project / Proekt (Russia), and The Gecko Project (United Kingdom). All share a dedication to impactful investigative journalism, tackling critical issues within their respective regions.

ACME boasts over a decade of experience empowering journalists through training, mentorship, applied research and even limited grant support. It has equipped over 100 rural and urban Ugandan journalists with in-depth investigative skills, with additional training reaching individuals in Kenya, Tanzania and South Sudan. ACME further champions investigative journalism through initiatives like the Uganda National Journalism Awards, the largest and most prestigious journalism awards programme in the country.

GIJN’s executive director, Emilia Díaz-Struck, lauded the new members’ crucial work in tackling diverse issues ranging from climate change and corruption to human rights abuses. She emphasised their commitment to accountability and journalistic excellence, values she sees as vital “during these crucial times for society and journalism.”

Read the full announcement from GIJN here.

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