International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Investigative Journalism in Portugal, Brazil And Angola:A Comparative Study
Helena Moreira, Rita Amorim, Raquel Baltazar

Investigative Journalism consists ofspecialized news articles that verse on the exposure of erroneous situationsin search of the truth. It is an extremely valuable form of journalism, as these news reports are frequently controversialand inconvenient but of great public interest. More often than not, they bring to light issues that involve serious crimes, corporate wrongdoing or political corruption. This study examinesand contrasts investigative journalism in Portugal, Brazil and Angola, members of the Community of Portuguese-speaking countries, by carrying out a content analysis of twoinvestigative news articlesfrom each country considering their codes of ethics. Complementary interviews to journalists from these countries revealed their perception of the relevance of stories in the media and compliance with the codes of ethics. This study shows that investigative journalism differs from country to country due to the political background of the country, the existence of overt or covert censorship,the working environments of the journalists and their security.

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