OCCRP Reporters Speak at International Journalism Festival in Italy

Published: 06 May 2014


Paul Radu at the International Journalism Festival. Photo credit: IRPI


Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) executive director Paul Radu and lead investigative reporter Miranda Patrucic presented workshops at the April 30-May 5 International Journalism Festival in Perugia, Italy.

In their “Follow the Money Techniques” workshop, Patrucic and Radu discussed how criminals and corrupt politicians make their money, and how stolen funds can disappear into the hands of bankers, lawyers, offshore companies, and criminal associates.

Patrucic and Radu explained how to follow the missing funds through tools like OCCRP’s Investigative Dashboard, which lists databases, tax havens, and business records in more than 120 countries.

Patrucic also spoke at the “Whistleblowing for Investigative Journalism” workshop, which covered how to protect the identity of anonymous tipsters, as well as the role journalists play as watchdogs in society.

Radu said the eighth annual festival was a good platform for OCCRP to push for cross-border collaboration between journalists around the world. 

“It takes a network to fight a network and we introduced the audience, journalists from all over the world, to new investigative techniques that can be very efficient in exposing transnational organized crime and corruption,” he said. 

“Together with our partners and friends from the Global Investigative Journalism Network, Investigative Reporting Project Italy, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, and other investigative reporting organizations, we can ignite more and better quality investigative reporting across frontiers."