The People Behind Bars in Baku

prison In Azerbaijan today, at least 80 people are jailed on what human rights groups say are bogus, politically motivated charges.

New Khadija Project website launches

azerbaijani first family big on banking Azerbaijan hopes to dazzle the world with the first-ever European Games, opening with a lavish ceremony in Baku.

As journalists from across Europe descend on the oil-rich state, President Ilham Aliyev is banking on them to show the ancient city’s transformation to a 21st century playground.

OCCRP, global reporters release first “Khadija Project” stories

Ilham-Aliyev When Azerbaijani investigative reporter Khadija Ismayilova was jailed in Baku last December on trumped-up charges, her colleagues believed the real reason for her incarceration was her reporting on rapacious business deals involving the family and friends of President Ilham Aliyev.

Deploying data mining in cross-border investigative journalism

datamining Over the past few years we have seen the huge potential of data and document mining in investigative journalism. Tech savvy networks of journalists such as the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) have teamed together for astounding cross-border investigations, such as OCCRP’s work on money laundering or ICIJ’s offshore leak projects. OCCRP has even incubated its own tools, such as VIS, Investigative Dashboard and Overview.

OCCRP Launches First Investigative Documentary

killers incb OCCRP launches “Killers Inc.,” an  independently produced investigative documentary solely produced by OCCRP staff. The film is the result of a two-year, multi-country investigation examining a violent feud between businessmen connected to the Kremlin, and the criminal groups and assassins-for-hire tasked with settling their scores.

Journalism for Future Challenges Program

The OCCRP is partnering up with the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga (SSE Riga) Center for Media Studies to present the Journalism for Future Challenges program again this year. 

OCCRP 2014 End of Year Letter

Dear Friends, Colleagues and Supporters,

It’s been a year to remember at OCCRP, though in many ways a hard year - and for some of us, a dangerous year as well. Our thoughts are with our reporter Khadija Ismayilova, who will see the dawning of 2015 from an Azerbaijani jail cell. We’ve had to fight off multiple lawsuits and a few of our reporters have had to make midnight runs to escape detention. To our colleagues and friends in prison, and to those who still face legal harassment, we wish them all a better new year.

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