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~ George Orwell

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lateral thinker, media manager & consultant

Nangarhar: Descent into chaos

Sleeping shopkeepers caught in the crossfire. Three school guards beheaded by armed men. The only Sikh candidate due to stand in coming parliamentary elections blown up in a suicide attack. This is a month in Nangarhar, a once relatively quiet province in eastern Afghanistan.

Lithuania and Romania fined for helping CIA run secret prisons on their soil

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has censured Lithuania and Romania for their complicity in the CIA secret rendition programme after the 9/11 attacks in 2001 which resulted in suspected terrorists and extremists being kidnapped and held at secret detention sites around the world.

On story-telling

As part of our on-going training at the Bureau, we spent part of Monday (and the week before) discussing how to work on our story-telling techniques. It's particularly tricky for us as investigative journalists, as the need to put the revelations at the top can be seen to fight with the desire to craft an immersive narrative. We've been lucky enough to discuss these thorny issues with two experts in the craft, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Mike Rezendes, and award-winning writer and journalist, Brian Cathcart. They both visited our offices to give us a sense of how to surface narrative in investigative journalism.