The Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) is an independent, non-profit media agency that specializes in investigative journalism. Since 1989, it has done reportage beyond the ordinary newspaper and broadcast coverage. It was founded by nine Filipino journalists and is currently headed by a Board of Directors including David Celdran, Howie Severino, Sheila Coronel and Malou Mangahas.
PCIJ believes in media's role as a catalyst for social debate, the strengthening of democratic institutions, the promotion of public welfare and the defense of values such as press freedom, freedom of information and freedom of expression. In order to educate the public in these tenets, PCIJ aims to help them make informed decisions by encouraging a culture of investigative journalism in both print and broadcast media.
PCIJ has published over 1,000 investigative reports and over 1,000 other stories in print, documentaries, and books. The organization also holds seminars for journalists and news organizations in the Philippines and Southeast Asia. Some of PCIJ's projects include its blog for institutional news and analysis, Money Politics — a citizen's resource for research on elections, public funds and governance in the Philippines, and ifoi.ph — a resource for research on freedom of information.
PCIJ's board of editors evaluates proposals for investigative reports; the organization then funds the research effort and proponents are expected to report regularly to the PCIJ for updates on their research. PCIJ also accepts proposals for fellowships that have to do with the environment, governance, politics, development, poverty, agriculture, human rights, and education, among other things.
These efforts have been rewarded; PCIJ has received over 150 major awards, including numerous National Book Awards, citations from the Jaime V. Ongpin Awards for Investigative Journalism, the Agence France-Presse Kate Webb Award, and recognition from the House of Representatives. Also, some of the reports have become instrumental in government action on issues like corruption, and triggered the resignation of public officials, and served as evidence in the impeachment trial of former President Estrada. More recently, documentaries on issues like the Maguindanao Massacre have been produced.
PCIJ is a member of various organizations and networks such as the Freedom Fund for Filipino Journalists and the Access to Information Network. It also maintains its ties with media organizations in other countries.
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