Investigative journalism helps to promote open, accountable and fair democracy by exposing mistakes and holding power accountable. However, investigative journalism faces internal threats (resource constraints in a changing and commercial media environment) and external threats (laws, policies and restrictive practices).
Investigative journalism is an expensive and risky investment. You need time and resources to succeed; discover facts beyond the apparent; to keep the mighty ones in mind.
In a purely commercial environment, investigative journalism often struggles to compete with instantly gratifying journalism and fast food - the type that sells newspapers today, but involves the fish tomorrow.
Non-profit, donor-funded models represent an alternative to gaining ground around the world. Adequate non-profit funding helps to ensure that public interest in exposing crime is met.