Pacific Corruption: OCCRP Journalists Discuss Illicit Money Flows and Political Intrigue in the Pacific Islands

Published: 17 April 2023

Pacific Corruption Webinar


OCCRP’s Pacific Editors Aubrey Belford and Dan McGarry will speak about their investigations into organized crime and corruption in the Pacific region in a live OCCRP Discussion on Monday, April 24, 2023.

Far from being a “backyard” for countries like Australia, the Pacific is a key nexus for global trends in crime and corruption. It’s a haven for crypto scammers, the home to the world’s most profitable shipment route for meth and cocaine, and a key staging ground for the rivalry between the West and China.

For the past 18 months, OCCRP’s newly formed Pacific team has been breaking ground investigating corruption and geopolitical maneuvering in the region. So far, we’ve uncovered how Chinese triads and businessmen with powerful connections have tried to build political influence in small Pacific nations. We’ve revealed the cozy ties between a Korean doomsday cult and Fiji’s former government, and we’ve exposed questionable transactions related to major infrastructure deals in Papua New Guinea.

Our Pacific editors will share their thoughts in a live discussion on:

Monday, April 24, 2023
18:00 AEST/10:00 CET

Make a donation to join this discussion. Access to OCCRP Discussions is one of the perks you get as a member of our Accomplice program.

In the one-hour event, Belford and McGarry will discuss:

  • Trends in organized crime and corruption in Australia and the Pacific region
  • The growing geopolitical rivalry in the region between China and the West
  • Open-source resources and techniques that OCCRP uses to investigate the region

This webinar is perfect for journalists, financial crime investigators, and anyone interested in the Pacific. After you make a donation, we will email you a receipt with a registration link to the event.