By Moutaz Ali.
Tripoli, 2 November 2o16:
The need for investigative journalism in Libya, particularly in regard to exposing corruption, was endorsed at a workshop the subject today in Tripoli.
It was organised by the new Libyan Institute for Investigative Journalism (LIFIJ).
“The foundation of LIFIJ was inspired by the pioneer experience of the Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism (ARIJ). Our ambition as an institute is to join it and be one of its affiliates in order to get as much benefits as possible from it,” Jalal Othman, co-founder and chairman of LIFIJ, told the Libya Herald.
Libya desperately needed investigative journalism in order to get to the truth, the other co-founder Khaled Gulam said, pointing to a number of scandals in recent years
“This kind of journalism requires more than a skills. It needs brave journalists who are able to build good PR networks inside the institutions which they wants to investigate,” he told this paper.
LIFIJ will start shortly to prepare independent investigative reports. It says that it has chosen the corruption file as a priority one.