CGNet Swara Report on Faulty Bridge Exposes Corruption
Using CGNet Swara, a mobile news service developed by Knight Fellow Shu Choudhary, citizen journalist Prakash Gupta reported on a faulty bridge built in a rural area of Chhattisgarh, India. The report, picked up by CNN-IBN, also exposed an attempt to bribe Gupta to remain quiet.
To date, Choudhary has trained more than 100 citizen journalists to produce audio news reports through CGNet Swara, which receives an average of 200 calls a day from people accessing and sending in reports from isolated areas. Officials have directly addressed at least 48 problems or complaints first reported by the service.