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Fighting bungs, Backhanders, Bribes and Baksheesh

Times National Desk - December 3rd, 2012

Journalists in Bangladesh are being urged to help the global battle against corruption in a competition organised by the Thomson Foundation – the leading media development charity.
The Bangladesh Inquirer Award aims to reward the country’s best investigative work in print, radio and TV which has looked into a corruption issue during 2012.
The project, which is sponsored by the UK High Commission to Dhaka, involves the Thomson Foundation holding a series of workshops on investigative reporting on corruption with its local training partner, the Management and Resources Development Initiative (MRDI).
The first was held in Dhaka and more than 40 reporters from across Bangladesh took part – covering issues ranging from access to information requests, understanding audits, interview techniques and story construction.
David Quin, the foundation’s project development manager,who led the training, said: “Whether you call it a bung, backhander, bribe or baksheesh – corruption is a huge global problem which undermines states, development and security.
“The Thomson Foundation has delved deep into how to report this murky world in an effort to help the Bangladesh media get to grips with a major issue affecting the country’s future.”
Entries for the competition need to have been published or aired between March 12th, 2012 and February 11th, 2013. They must demonstrate independent research, sourcing and depth.
A panel of expert judges will assess the stories and will announce the winners of the print, radio and TV categories in March next year. The three winners will receive a one-week study trip to London where they will meet with senior editors, politicians and academics engaged with Bangladesh and anti-corruption efforts.
The Thomson Foundation is a British charity devoted to encouraging truthful and unbiased journalism as a way of promoting civil society. It has a 50-year track record of training journalists in ethical standards and quality reporting. It works with media organisations, governments, civil society organisations and commercial bodies, principally in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, who wish to sponsor professional standards in communications. The Foundation’s three main areas of work are: training, strategic communications and consultancy.