BREAKING THE SHACKLES OF ONE-WAY NEWS, LITMUS NEWS OFFERS THE POWER OF TWO WAY REPORTING TO - EVERYONELITMUS NEWS represents a new take on a familiar mission: using the power of the keyboard to hold government, citizens and businesses accountable. Corruption siphons more than $900 bn from the national economies of developing nations, according to the Global Financial Integrity Project. For every $1 that enters India in development aid, some $10 leaves the nation in illegal cash transfers. This is money that could be used to build roads, schools, water treatment plants, and hospitals.
Here “your views” are the news. We invite anyone to be a responsible citizen and use our platform to share views about your surroundings. LITMUS NEWS is a revolutionary news organization, dedicated to forging new frontiers in responsible journalism. We join millions of the professional & rookie reporters with whistle-blowers and journalists across the globe, to report on corruption in all its forms. The organization, spearheaded by veteran correspondents of top-tier news outlets, aims to raise the caliber, impact and visibility of citizen-driven investigative journalism, as a means of promoting transparency and good government.
BOLD. True journalism is fearless so are we. We’re working with citizens–the first victims of graft and cronyism–to expose the corruption around them, and bringing these citizens into the reporting of stories where possible. Thanks to advances in technology and heightened transparency among international institutions, we are in an unprecedented position to know and report more than ever before on both the flow of illicit cash, and on the spending habits of government officials and their friends.
At a time when dictators regularly employ the latest technology to plunder their nations–wiring ill-gotten gains to offshore accounts, buying lavish properties far from their countrymen’s eyes, using family and friends to skim a percentage off government contracts–we believe that the only effective challenge to that corruption is through a similarly global effort, uniting the observations and experiences of citizens the world over with the most solid journalistic skills.
Our goal is to embrace this web platform’s potential to build new forms of journalism around a towering, intractable global issues.
With initial backing from gearBoB, we are building a multiplatform site where sources can submit–anonymously, if necessary–news tips and evidence of corruption. These will become the raw material for stories to be reported and written by our professional journalists, and presented in hard-hitting news reports available to a worldwide audience. Where feasible, our reporters will work hand-inhand with citizen journalists. We do not require formal journalism education, but if you still need one. Signup INstead.
We are forging partnerships with other news operations, and belong to the assesss Intelligencia Network, which offers our stories throughKrea.Ti.v.Ti. Labs to a select group of chief editors. We are eager to form partnerships with other news outlets.
Our mission is to uncover corruption of all sorts, from the pervasive bribery that raises the cost of ordinary government services, to corruption at large.
Beyond foundation support, we have secured legal representation on a pro bono basis from Chandigarh IN based firm CA Kansal Singla & associates. We are seeking additional funding from donors and foundations interested in the future of journalism, and in promoting democracy and government accountability. Over the long term, we plan to raise revenue through syndication, reader donations, conferences, training and fundraising events.
To my fellow indians – Desh Badlega … Hum Badlenge Isey
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