The Claude Leon Foundation



The M&G Centre for Investigative Journalism (amaBhungane)

AmaBhungane (isiZulu for “the dung beetles”) is a South African non-profit company which develops investigative journalism in the public interest – important to promote open, accountable and just democracy and a free press worthy of the same duty. It does so by:
• engaging in the best practice of investigative journalism;
• transferring investigative skills to other journalists; and
• doing advocacy to secure the information rights investigative journalists need to do their work.
AmaBhungane launched in April 2010 and has become known for its oft-agenda-setting investigative stories.
AmaBhungane’s intern alumni are spread across Southern Africa, where some of them are emerging as leaders in the investigative journalism field. And amaBhungane has secured important legal reforms through its advocacy efforts, helping to stem secrecy and advance access to information.
The Claude Leon Foundation has contributed to amaBhungane’s efforts to “exercise” the Promotion of Access to Information Act inter alia by litigating for the release of information regarding public expenditure at the South African president’s Nkandla estate.


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