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.

The CIN Decade

By The Center for Investigative Reporting

The Center for Investigative Reporting in Sarajevo (CIN), an OCCRP partner organization, is marking the 10th anniversary of its work. Around 880 stories on various subjects were published during the past decade. Some of the stories have had deep impact on the society and others led law enforcement agencies to file criminal complaints or indictments.

Serbia: Measures Discouraging Investigative Journalism Introduced

“Follow the money.” It’s a simple principle that guides many investigative journalists. But what happens when a government lets those journalists themselves be tracked in the process?

Serbia's Business Register Agency recently introduced measures that could seriously discourage journalists and others from obtaining information about Serbian companies. The agency now demands that users register before accessing documents such as company history, ownership structure or financial reports, removing the safety of investigating dubious businesses anonymously.