WHO WE ARE
Founded in 2006 by Drew Sullivan and Paul Radu, the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) is a non-profit media organization providing an investigative reporting platform for the OCCRP Network. OCCRP is operated by the Journalism Development Network, a US-based 501(c)3 organization dedicated to improving reporting and newsroom management around the world.
We now connect 45 non-profit investigative centers in 34 countries, scores of journalists and several major regional news organizations across Europe, Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America. We work to turn the tables on corruption and build greater accountability through exposing the abuse of power at the expense of the people. We serve all people whose lives are affected by organized crime and corruption. Our highest aim is for the stories we produce to give citizens and governments the information and tools they need to bring about a fair system in which criminality and injustice are fought with transparency, knowledge, and empowerment.
OCCRP is committed to transnational investigative reporting and promoting technology-based approaches to exposing organized crime and corruption worldwide. Having produced more than 90 cross-border investigations informing more than six million readers and viewers in 2018 on our website alone, OCCRP has emerged among the largest producers of investigative content in the world. In 2017, we reached an additional 200 million readers and viewers through legacy media that published, commented and wrote about our work.
A network of investigative journalists and editors working across four continents, we expose wrongdoing through unique investigative reporting rooted in rigorous editorial standards and a fierce adherence to the truth. With world-class reporters overseen by experienced editors, verified by relentless fact-checkers, and supported by cutting edge software programmers and security experts, OCCRP releases over 80 major projects each year that expose corruption and the abuse of precious national resources at the highest levels.
Beyond reporting the news—often in environments where the free press is under threat—we are working to reinvent global investigative journalism for the 21st century to ensure that the media can fulfill its central role as democracy’s greatest watchdog:
Crossing borders: We work across borders because we know that corruption crosses borders and that the criminal networks that compound the influence of some of the world’s worst human rights abusers exploit legal and financial loopholes continents away. Because police do not cross borders, journalism is the only natural global enemy of corruption.
Independent Media Capacity: With 45 non-profit member centers, scores of journalists, and a growing number of partners, we are building the capacity and hardening the skills of independent media in dozens of countries at a time when advertising models, media capture, and rampant disinformation threaten their existence.
Cutting-edge Tech Tools: Through focused tech development, we are working to equip journalists with cutting-edge tools to follow the money, distill webs of relationships, and accelerate public access to actionable information.
Multimedia Reach: Empowering citizens to act for accountability requires widespread understanding. Through a rich mix of storytelling and data visualization approaches, we are pioneering new ways to build public awareness of illicit networks and their real-world effects.
Creative Partnerships: By partnering in creative ways with public and private media and civil society groups around the world, we work to uphold the highest journalism ethics while accelerating impact and justice.
Investing across and bringing these elements together, we aim to serve as a common platform for credible investigative work worldwide—generating trusted, actionable information essential for citizens to hold power to account.
OCCRP’s first ten years prove that access to the truth— and actionable information—can help bring about the right kind of change.
OCCRP's Growing Impact
Over US$ 5,500,000,000 in fines levied, assets frozen or seized by governments
More than 100 criminal investigations and government inquiries launched as a result of its stories
More than 100 calls for action by civil, public or international bodies
More than 150 arrest warrants issued
More than 20 major sackings, including a president, a prime minister, and CEOs of major international corporations
More than 1,400 company closures, indictments and court decisions
OCCRP is supported by the generosity of the Bay and Paul Foundation, the Catherine Hawkins Foundation, the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), Google, IJ4EU, the International Center for Journalists, Luminate/Omidyar Network, the National Endowment for Democracy, the Open Society Foundations, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the Sigrid Rausing Trust, the Skoll Foundation, the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA), the United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Office, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the U.S. State Department Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL).
Also on this site are projects and programs funded in part or done in partnership with other organizations including the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), the Stockholm School of Economics, In Sight, Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism (ARIJ), Connectas, and the African Network of Centers for Investigative Reporting (ANCIR).
OCCRP is a registered name of the Journalism Development Network, a Maryland-based charitable organization (501(c)3).
Check out OCCRP's latest annual report for more about what we've been doing.
Our Current Projects
Besides its regular investigative and daily reporting, OCCRP is regularly involved in a number of projects including:
Training & Capacity Building
Capacity building and training for skills, standards and security are at the core of the OCCRP's activities. We are teamed up with the Stockholm School of Economics Media program in Riga to offer world class investigative reporting, safety, management and other trainings.
OCCRP provides specialized training and consulting to partners like ARIJ, Connectas and its member organizations to build a thriving international network of investigative reporters.
Our reporters and editors are in high demand around the world for their expertise and wanted as speakers and trainers, being asked to participate in more than 50 events a year, in locations ranging from Iceland to Brazil.
This international influence comes solely from the practice of core journalism skills. The Panama Papers project conducted in partnership with the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) has garnered international attention and impact. Our YanukovychLeaks reporters experienced worldwide interest in how they discovered and uploaded the documents that were hurled into an ornamental lake as the outgoing president fled.
Moreover, OCCRP's top-of-the line Tech Team trains reporters in information and communication security giving them an edge over criminals and hostile governments.
Our members collaborate extensively with journalists from international media on individual stories, enabling them to access the information they need via our research tools. We work with reporters in Africa, the Middle East, South and Central America, the Pacific, and North America as well as dozens of media in Europe through to Central Asia.
OCCRP has developed online research resources for journalists such as Investigative Dashboard (ID). ID provides international reporters with access to OCCRP’s investigative research team via a simple web interface.
OCCRP designed ID as a transnational collaborative effort to help journalists and civil society researchers. ID hosts three core tools: a crowd-sourced database of information and documents on persons of interest and their business connections, a worldwide list of online databases and business registries, and a research desk where journalists can go for help in sourcing hard to find information.
Within ID, the OCCRP Tech Team has developed ID Search, a growing research database of public information documents gathered from sources around the world launched in 2016. The Tech Team is regularly collecting open source public data such as court documents, property records, leaks, government reports, asset declarations by public officials, political financing data, and much more.
OCCRP has a staff of more than a half dozen programmers and system IT specialists that help our members and partners by developing new tools, providing infrastructure support and research and development.
Our Tech Team works directly with reporters spearheading innovation and use technology to support investigative journalism. For example, the team assisted the YanukovychLeaks reporters in digitizing hundreds of thousands of documents ex-Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych sought to destroy.
Tech Support & Information Security
OCCRP's Tech Team provides information security, infrastructure maintenance, and rapid response teams to react to threats and attacks against our partners while developing tools and resources for journalists. They also design the OCCRP's websites and project pages and help partners protect their sources through an array of tools and applications, such as OCCRP Leaks, allowing sources to securely leak information and documents to us.
The Tech Team also works with OCCRP's partner centers in developing tools for their websites and stories including a mobile publishing tool and a syndication system that is currently under development.
OCCRP has also developed Visual Investigative Scenarios (VIS), a data visualization platform designed to assist investigative journalists, activists and others in mapping complex business or crime networks. VIS provides professionally designed, customizable, dynamic html5 visualization templates to illustrate entities, networks and complex configurations of data.
We Are Reinventing the Way Journalism is Done
At the dawn of the “golden age of global muckraking,” OCCRP is innovating the way we use technology to increase efficiency in finding and connecting information on crime and corruption at a global level. With over 60 investigative stories published per year, more than any other news outlet in the world, we are major source of change in our world. But we are also reinventing investigative journalism as we seek ways to amplify social and political impact, improve the reader experience and interactivity with information, increase story output and research efficiency, keep reporters safer and protect our sources better.
OCCRP is thinking ahead in new ways of making investigative journalism more efficient and effective as we collaborate across borders.
Our successes are ultimately driven by our people: our reporters, editors, fact-checkers, researchers and IT experts that make our work possible. OCCRP is breeding a new generation of investigative journalists and we will continue evolving the profession as a whole into the future.
“The world is changing at a breathtaking speed and investigative reporting must change to meet not only the new needs, but it must predict future needs to stay relevant. We are committed to help us all get there.” - Drew Sullivan, Editor.