Inaugural Gavin MacFadyen Investigative Fellow Appointed

    The CIJ is very happy to announce that the inaugural Gavin MacFadyen Investigative Fellow is Mexican investigative journalist, Irving Huerta.

    Huerta will work with the CIJ and Forensic Architecture at Goldsmiths University on investigations into human rights abuses around the world through 2017. This new fellowship seeks to keep alive the spirit of Gavin through supporting investigations that hold power to account and shine a light on injustice.

    Huerta has a long history as an investigative journalist, working on stories about corruption, money laundering, and public administration breakdowns in his home country and the Americas.

    He is a former member of the Special Investigations Unit leaded by the journalist Carmen Aristegui, which persistently disclosed wrongdoing at the highest levels of the Mexican government, such as the 'white house' scandal (‘la "casa blanca" del president Peña Nieto’) and, afterwards, its connection to an offshore scheme uncovered in the Panama Papers.

    The unit used to air its stories in the radio station Noticias MVS, until they joined the whistleblowers’ platform Mexicoleaks, and suddenly the media owners decided to fire the entire team. The journalists considered that move as censorship directed by the Presidency, in retaliation for publishing the 'white house' scandal.

    In order to keep publishing long-term investigations, the Special Investigations Unit regrouped in the website www.aristeguinoticias.com, where their work received different prizes, like the 2016 Knight International Journalism Award (ICFJ), 2015 IPYS Award, and the 2015 Gabriel Garcia Marquez Award.

    In September 2016, Huerta moved to London to pursue a PhD degree in the Politics Department at Goldsmiths University, w