Story Behind the Story


The Story Behind the Story gives an insight into the work that goes into IWPR articles and the challenges faced by our trainees at every stage of the editorial process.

This feature allows our journalists to explain where they get the inspiration for their articles, why the subjects matter to them, and how they personally have felt affected by the often controversial issues they explore.

It also shows the difficulties writers can face as they try to get to the heart of a story.

19 Oct 2011

The process of preparing exclusive interviews with selected candidates for the presidential election on October 30 turned out to be an interesting exercise.

3 Dec 2010

When I started working on an article on Uzbekistan, published as Uzbek Prison Abuses Cause Psychological Damage, I realised I would face many difficulties in trying to report in this closed country.

27 Jul 2010

I was only three years old the last time there were major clashes between the Kyrgyz and members of the large ethnic Uzbek minority in southern Kyrgyzstan, 20 years ago.

8 Apr 2008

I first learned about baby trafficking in a conversation with my husband’s relative, who works for the Prosecutor General’s office in Tajikistan. She said that the trial of a woman who sold her child for 90 US dollars was about to begin.

28 Jan 2008

While working on a report about the impact of propaganda by Tahir Yoldash, the exiled leader of the banned religious group Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, IMU, in southern Kyrgyzstan, I came across members of another underground Muslim organisation, Hizb ut-Tahrir (Party of Liberation).

10 Dec 2007

An idea to write a story about trade on the Kyrgyz-Chinese border came to me when I read a Russian-language Chinese magazine aimed Russian-speaking visitors to China. I’d always been interested in old books with descriptions of various towns and settlements along the old Silk Road. And now I had the idea to see it with my own eyes.