The Khmer version of UNESCO’s handbook "Story-based Inquiry: A Manual for Investigative Journalists" is now available

Story-based inquiry: a manual for investigative journalists. Photo by Department of Media and Communication

Cambodian reporters have now available a new handbook to support them in writing investigative stories: the Khmer version of UNESCO’s "Story-based Inquiry: A Manual for Investigative Journalists". This new publication fills the gap in resources, handbooks and manuals in Khmer language related to investigative journalism and it will greatly help reporters and encourage editors to publish and broadcast more and better investigative stories.

Investigative journalism unveils matters that are concealed behind a chaotic mass of facts and circumstances. It helps the public getting a better understanding of complex issues and current affairs, allows greater accountability and strengthens democratic governance.

This investigative journalism manual focuses on the hypothesis-based inquiry approach and provides a guide to basic methods and techniques of investigative journalism. The methods and skills applying to every step of the investigative process, from conception to research, writing, quality control and dissemination, have been thoroughly analysed and are well illustrated by case studies in each chapter of this handbook.

This publication was translated into Khmer by the Cambodian Journalists Alliance (CamboJA) as part of the project focusing on the promotion of investigative journalism, funded by UNESCO’s International Program for the Development of Communication (IPDC). The handbook was launched at an online event organized by CamboJA on the 31st of August 2021, which included participation from the Ministry of Information, journalists from across the country, journalism educators and senior investigative reporters.

Download the Khmer publication here