Angelo Izama is a Ugandan journalist, writer, analyst and frequent contributor on current affairs for local and international publications and broadcasters. After over a decade and a half as a journalist, Mr. Izama’s interests have spanned national and regional security, political economy and international organisations as well as rights associated with free expression. He is presently researching a book on the political economy of decision-making in Uganda’s oil sector and is a co-founder of a Ugandan think-tank, Fanaka Kwa Wote. A recipient of several fellowships including the Knight Fellowship at Stanford University and the Open Society Fellowship, Mr. Izama focuses on how effective public knowledge can affect economic and political outcomes in Uganda and within the East African region. He splits his time between Kampala, Palo Alto and Abu Dhabi.
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Keeping Investigative Journalism Alive in the times of uncertainty and COVID-19
The watchdog role of investigative journalism has never been more important than during a crisis, when transparency becomes a life-or-death issue and power players must be held to account. During Covid-19 for example, there has been rampant corruption of the financial flows; fraudulent tests, treatments and vaccine candidates; and dangerous lies by politicians and power players that must be revealed for the public good. What role has investigative journalism played in uncovering critical issues during the Covid-19 pandemic, and which effects have these investigations had? What are the challenges facing investigative journalists in Uganda and Africa during this time of multiple crises and a struggling media sector? What are innovative responses, opportunities and examples of successful models that can help investigative journalists on the continent thrive?