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What's On at the Thomson Reuters Foundation

This month at the Thomson Reuters Foundation: we open applications for the Trust Conference scholarship scheme and the Stop Slavery Award; our Wealth of Nations programme helps a journalist in Egypt uncover a loophole for tax avoidance; and Place publishes an investigation into ‘The Politics of Death’.

This newsletter keeps you up to date with the latest news, events, and developments from our key programmes: free legal assistance, media development and training, coverage of the world’s under-reported news, and Trust Conference.

Foundation Wins Big at the SOPA Awards

Our South Asia Chief Correspondent, Nita Bhalla, scooped Journalist of the Year at the 2017 SOPA Awards for Editorial Excellence, held in Hong Kong on June 15. Our investigation into unreported child deaths in India's illegal mica mines was described by the judges as a "brave expose╠ü of the deadly conditions for Indian children involved in the production of mica [...] that shows the real fools are the illegal mine operators who thought their crimes would go unreported." Myanmar Now, an independent news platform run with support from the Foundation, was also shortlisted for its investigation into abuses in the country’s forgotten labour camps.

TrustLaw Hits 4,000 Members

Our TrustLaw programme, the world's biggest pro bono legal support network, celebrated its 4,000 member milestone. The 4000th member is Romero Pineda & Asociados, a law firm based in San Salvador. The network now boasts 3,300 of the best NGOs and social enterprises from around the world, plus 700 leading law firms and corporate counsels providing them with free legal assistance and ground-breaking research. 

Join us at Trust Conference

Applications to both the Stop Slavery Award and the Trust Conference Scholarship Scheme are now open. The Award recognises companies that are showing real leadership in tackling the issue of forced labour in supply chains. The scholarships allow human rights defenders across the world to join us at the Trust Conference. Check out this year's agenda to find out more about the upcoming Trust Conference.

Foundation-trained Journalist Uncovers Major Tax Avoidance

The findings of an Egyptian journalist trained by our award-winning Wealth of Nations programme, funded by Norad, prompted an important change in Egyptian law. Her investigation on tax avoidance revealed that billions of dollars are lost each year because of “free zones”, which are not subject to various taxes and fees. She explains how it all happened in this blog.

The Politics of Death

Thousands have been attacked and hundreds murdered this year as the global race for resources gathers pace. Are the documented killings just the tip of the iceberg? Place, our portal dedicated to the best land rights reportage from around the world, travelled to Russia, Brazil, Cambodia, Honduras, India, and Kenya this month to bring you a shocking look behind the deaths of land rights defenders worldwide. Explore The Politics of Death microsite today.

Reporting Elections

This month, we partnered with the British Embassy in Beirut to train 12 leading Lebanese journalists on how to report the UK General Elections. The training focused on the role of media in democratic elections and the essential elements needed to guarantee free and fair elections. Participants flew to London to experience a mix of classroom teaching and field reporting. They interviewed voters and candidates, and filed stories for their news outlets every day. Their coverage was acknowledged by a BBC article outlining how the rest of the world reacted to the UK election. One participant reflects on his experience here.

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