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Amnesty International is introducing its own news unit in a bid to produce its own stories.

Speaking at media140 in Barcelona, Amnesty International head of news Rob Winder said the organisation would like to continue working with news outlets, but also play a larger role in the production of news based on the information it has access to.

Last month, Amnesty International gave its death penalty report to the Guardian, for its team of data journalists to work on, but Winder said the organisation would also like to do more in-house.

"Amnesty International's work has always focused very much on its long-term research projects and that will continue to be the place, but what we believe as professional journalists is that we can get a lot of that important information out quicker and to new audiences with the work of the unit.

"However, we've got a team of five people. So we don't know how much it will be.

"We'd very much love to be doing things like data journalism, we see it as an important part of the work that we can do in the future.

"What we're trying to do is set up a news output, so we wont just be doing PR, so that's a good thing, we want to be the port of call for all human rights news, for every story.

"We still want to push that information to journalists, but more like news stories with context."

During the conference the role of charities and non-governmental organisations in funding journalism efforts was also broached, which Winder said is something that should be considered.

"At the moment we pass on information to the news organisation to break it.

"Could we do more like that or maybe go into a world where journalists find it difficult to find funding and set up our own news wire? It is an interesting area we should think about."

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