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.

OCCRP Denounces Assault on Press Freedom in Slovenia

By Nathan Goldman

A Ljubljana District Court judge has approved the indictment of Anuška Delić, an OCCRP partner and journalist for the Slovenian newspaper Delo, for allegedly publishing classified information.

Delić published several stories during the 2011 parliamentary election campaign revealing connections between members of the Slovenian Democratic Party (SDS) and the neo-Nazi group “Blood and Honour.” SDS came in second place in the election, with its leader Janez Janša elected Prime Minister of a coalition government; Janša later lost his position as prime minister in an unrelated corruption case, and is currently serving a two-year prison sentence.

BiH: CIN Wins Two Anti-Corruption Awards

The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIN) was recognized at the Anti-Corruption Civic Organizations’ Unified Network (ACCOUNT)’s annual journalism awards ceremony.