New York Times reporters challenge shady governments in latest 'The Truth Is Worth It' spots

Sometimes getting to the real story requires a little dishonesty

Published On
Jan 15, 2019

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The New York Times’ “The Truth Is Worth It” campaign has drawn attention to the work (and money) it takes to produce good, informative, investigative journalism. Now new spots from Droga5 focus on the courage required of reporters who must defy the authorities to find out the real story.

In Myanmar, the government has suppressed information about the genocide of the Rohingya ethnic minority. Times reporter Hannah Beech faked an illness to get away from an official press tour so she could interview refugees. Even they toed the government line, but the children told her stories of burned villages, murders and rapes at the hands of the military. Her ordeal plays out in simple lines of text that detail the arduous steps she took to get to the truth, finally ending with the headline of her published story.

Times Mexico City Bureau Chief Azam Ahmed noticed something wrong with his phone. A human rights lawyer confirmed the government was hacking the phones of its critics, and Azam proved it by testing phones at a forensics lab, all while the government was watching through his phone’s camera.

Previous entries in the campaign showcased the long path to uncovering the truth about the separations of migrant children from their families and revelations about President Trump’s inheritance.