Financial Investigative Journalism and Digital Security Training Course, 29 June - 3 July, 2020, Finance Uncovered, Africa


March 09, 2020

Event Date:

June 29, 2020 - July 03, 2020

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Financial Investigative Journalism and Digital Security Training Course

We are delighted to invite applications from journalists, campaigners and academics based in AFRICA who would like to attend our five-day financial investigative journalism and digital security training course in NAIROBI.

The dates for our Nairobi training will be: Monday 29 June 2020 – Friday 3 July 2020.

The deadline for applications is Monday 9 March at 18h00 GMT.

You do not need to have a financial background to apply but we consider it important when selecting candidates working in AFRICA to see evidence of your investigative experience. Class instructions will take place in English.


Over three days, you will be shown how to investigate corporate accounts, offshore activity and corporate corruption. We will show you where to find documents, how to analyse them and other practical tools to help uncover financial secrecy.

We will also demonstrate how you can secure those involved in your investigation by improving your risk assessment and security skills.

A combination of hands-on training and guidance from senior practitioners will give you the basis to investigate financial corruption as well as offering the opportunity to network with other journalists and activists.

The course aims to help participants understand:

  • The building blocks of the offshore world
  • How to access and interpret company accounts
  • Where to access other company information
  • The methodology behind the ground-breaking tax avoidance investigations by the journalists who conducted them
  • How to investigate and report corruption stories
  • How to track the international policy agenda relating to illicit financial flows
  • How to keep your research safe.


Investigative journalists following the money often work with sensitive information that some people and organisations do not want to see publicised.

So keeping you, your data and your sources secure is paramount.

This is why during the second section of our training, Free Press Unlimited will focus on advanced digital security techniques, including encryption, secure communication and methods to stay “under the radar” during investigations. We will cover:

  • Device security, how to keep one’s equipment secure
  • Online security, how to safely operate online
  • Mobile security, how to safely use digital equipment on-the-road, including telephones and other devices
  • Social media security, how to safely use social media for research and publication


Bursaries are available for working journalists and activists who are based in AFRICA. Bursaries cover visa fees, travel and accommodation.

Due to the limited number of bursaries, journalist applicants will be selected on their demonstrable investigative journalism prowess. As part of your application we will ask you to supply no more than six links to your work

Activists will have to demonstrate some economic justice research and campaign experience. As we tend to be over-subscribed some candidates may be placed on a waiting list for subsequent courses next year.


To apply, please fill in this online application form. Please do not copy and paste entire articles into the form. Where possible, please provide links or a few lines summary of the article plus date of publication. Choose no more than six examples of your work.


The deadline for your application is Monday 9 March at 18h00 GMT. We aim to inform successful participants before the end of March.

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