OCCRP Network Members
INK CENTRE FOR INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM
INK Centre for Investigative Journalism is an independent, nonprofit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest. INK has created an independent newsroom, located in Gaborone and led by some of the nation’s most distinguished editors, and staffed at levels unprecedented for a non-profit organisation. The centre supports and imparts basic investigative reporting skills to young reporters in newsrooms that have significant budget constraints and are struggling to maintain investigative journalism desks. It has six publishing partners, which includes the Sunday Standard, Botswana Gazette and Business Weekly & Review. To achieve this, the centre also publishes stories in The Namibian and the Mail & Guardian through the M&G Centre for Investigative Journalism (amaBhungane).
New Narratives (NN) is a non-profit platform for African journalists providing resources, editorial and business support to help leading African news media deliver independent, honest news that Africans use to drive change. NN editors, managers, commentators, photographers and reporters are top journalists at independent media houses. In Liberia we have the country’s largest audience, reaching 2/3 of the people and making sure every story has maximum impact. NN reporters have broken stories on taboo subjects such as female genital cutting, child labor, teen pregnancy, rape, teen prostitution, unsafe abortions and major news issues such as misdeeds by foreign resources companies and coup plots. Too few journalists reporting from Africa are African. NN believes Africans are better placed to give in-depth analysis on their own countries that will ensure world leaders have the nuanced information they need to make decisions that impact the continent.
THE CENTRE FOR INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM MALAWI
The Centre for Investigative Journalism Malawi (CIJM) was established 2013. CIJM is an independent centre of investigative journalists. The centre is committed to promoting effective, ethical and original reporting. Its reporters take a systematic and contextualised exposure of corruption, exploitation, and other social-justice issues. The CIJM is a member of NAMISA, Media Council of Malawi, African Network of Centre of Investigative Reporters, Mail & Guardian (amaBhungane) in South Africa.
L’Evenement is a private news outlet established in 2013 initially as a bimonthly publication but soon increasing its output to twice a week. The outlet has branded itself for its hard-hitting investigative stories, including whistleblowing. Its stories have resulted in provoking resignations of high-level officials, putting criminals in jail and having them pay reparations. They’ve exposed corruption, trafficking and pharmaceutical counterfeiting and have partnered with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) on the Panama Papers, among other projects. Their editors have been awarded press freedom prizes for their work along with the African Media Award in 2015.
The Namibian is a national daily newspaper in Namibia established in 1985 by Gwen Lister. Stories produced by the newspaper include investigative articles and current affairs. The editor of the newspaper is Tangeni Amupadhi who also oversees the investigative unit of the paper.
The Oxpeckers Center for Investigative Environmental Journalism is Africa’s first journalistic investigation unit focusing on environmental issues. The Center combines traditional investigative reporting with data analysis and geo-mapping tools to expose eco-offences and track organised criminal syndicates in southern Africa. Oxpeckers is a non-profit company that aims to dramatically improve the quality and impact of African environmental journalism.Oxpeckers uses best-of-breed mapping visualizations and geo-data analysis to track and expose the criminal syndicates, corrupt officials and greedy corporations that are looting Africa’s natural resources across international borders. Oxpeckers is headed by pioneering South African environmental journalist Fiona Macleod.
L’Alternative is the leading Togolese investigative news outlet. It was established in April 2008 by Ferdinand Mensah Ayite. The journal is published bi-weekly on Tuesdays and Fridays. L’Alternative is a partner of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) and has participated in the "Panama Papers" project. Its reporting on the Panama Papers was distinguished in December 2016 for best reportage at the Pan-African competition of excellence in journalism "Zimeo" organized by the African Media Initiative (AMI).
Inkyfada.com is a Tunisian online magazine created by a team of journalists, developers and graphic designers. Here we take the time to write news that counts and sought-after content. Inkyfada.com provides key information to comprehend and reflect on the society in which its readers live. The magazine uses new online technologies in its reporting to make navigating each story a unique experience.
Hetq Online is a bilingual (Armenian and English) online newspaper published since 2001 by The Investigative Journalists, an Armenian non-governmental organization. With more than 200,000 monthly readers in Armenia and abroad, Hetq has established authority and credibility amongst foreign readers. The investigative articles of Hetq Online are republished by leading Armenian media outlets. The Investigative Journalists, publisher of Hetq, is a nongovernmental organization founded in 2000 when 17 journalists from Armenia participated in a one-month course on investigative reporting in the US. Upon their return to Armenia, the group decided to establish this organization with the goals of strengthening and developing investigative journalism, freedom of speech and democratic principles in Armenia.
Meydan TV is a Berlin-based Azerbaijani non-profit media organization. Founded by dissident blogger and former political prisoner Emin Milli in 2013, Meydan TV publishes news in Azerbaijani, English, and Russian. Meydan TV’s mission is to inform active members of the society about the state of affairs in politics, economy and social issues; and provide a platform for open and diverse discussions on all topical issues concerning Azerbaijani society.
OCCRP partner and Rustavi-2 TV investigative reporter Lasha Kveseladze scours mandatory government financial declaration documents for stories and blog items for this website and for TV stories on PS, the top-rated news show in the Republic of Georgia.
Studio Monitori is an independent investigative journalism team that produces hard-hitting half-hour documentary news stories every two weeks that are shown in Georgia on the Maestro TV station. Founded in 2005, Monitori is considered the most neutral source for developed news reporting in a country where almost every media outlet ends up taking a pro-government or pro-opposition stance in news coverage. Monitori reporters investigate and report stories regardless of the political affiliations or influence of the subjects. The winner of most major journalism awards in Georgian journalism, Monitori has resisted lucrative television deals that would offer financial independence but would seriously compromise journalistic independence.
OCCRP partner ifact.ge is made up of an investigative team that prepares stories and actively places them in top Georgian TV and online news websites. The team has a closed Facebook group with Georgian producers and editors that offers story ideas and cooperation. They produce and distribute via Facebook daily infographics, some of which are developed into stories either by ifact.ge or other Georgian media. ifact.ge also researches and publishes data from Azerbaijan.
DOSSIER is Austria’s first independent nonprofit newsroom for investigative and data-driven journalism. Founded in October 2012, DOSSIER aims to produce and promote journalism in the public interest. Our mission is to pursue stories of public concern, investigate them comprehensively and publish the findings in a fair and balanced way. In this process DOSSIER combines proven journalistic skills with state of the art storytelling methods. Our content is freely accessible on our website.
BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA
THE CENTER FOR INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING IN BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA (CIN)
CIN is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to helping the people of Bosnia and Herzegovina understand what is happening in their country. Its goal is to give citizens the information they need to make informed decisions in a participatory democracy. A founding mission is to hold government and government officials accountable and to promote transparency through improving free access to information. It is Bosnia’s most respected news organization and it remains a rare, truly independent media voice demanding accountability and transparency in government. CIN has worked hard to establish the highest local standards for investigative reporting, independence, accuracy and fairness.
Bivol.bg is a private independent investigative journalism organization based in Sofia, Bulgaria founded by investigative reporters Assen Yordanov and Atanas Tchobanov in 2010. They named the organization after the Bulgarian word for 'bull' (Bivol) signifying a decisive fearlessness to seek out the truth and challenge both censorship and self-censorship. Bivol's investigations, focused on conflict of interests, corruption and state-mafia nexus in Bulgaria triggered some of the most prominent political scandals in the country for the past years. Since March 2011, Bivol is an official partner of the whistle-blowing site Wikileaks for Bulgaria and the Balkans. Bivol won a number of prestigious awards for investigative journalism and, in 2014, Assen Yordanov became one of the "100 Heroes of Information" of Reporters Without Borders.
ČESKÉ CENTRUM PRO INVESTIGATIVNÍ ŽURNALISTIKU
České centrum pro investigativní žurnalistiku (Czech Center for Investigative Journalism/CCIZ) was founded in 2013 by a group of Czech journalists whose mission is to promote, protect and train investigative journalists, while help local journalists master new media trends and standards. CCIZ is the only national representative for the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project as well as other professional networks. Its members are professional journalists with strong ethical principles, academic qualifications and human rights background. Members of CCIZ developed training modules for independent journalists in authoritarian regimes as well as e-learning modules for training the Czech NGO sector in elements of journalism and media communication.
In July 2011, a Hungarian group of pro-transparency and anti-corruption journalists, lawyers, IT-specialists, academics and other independent experts launched atlatszo.hu (atlatszo means transparent in Hungarian). This online portal for investigative journalism promotes transparency and freedom of information in Hungary. Atlatszo.hu produces investigative reports, accepts information from whistleblowers, files freedom of information requests, and launches freedom of information lawsuits in cases where its requests are refused. Atlatszo.hu is published by Atlatszo.hu Nonprofit Ltd., a Hungarian watchdog NGO founded in June 2011, based in Budapest. The aim of the founders was to launch the first Hungarian watchdog NGO, which produces investigative journalism financed by civil, nonprofit sources.
Direkt36 is a non-profit investigative journalism center in Hungary with the mission to expose wrongdoings and abuse of power through fair but tough reporting, the kind of journalism vital for any democracy. They provide Hungarian and international audiences with in-depth - often data-driven - reporting that most Hungarian media outlets do not have the resources to pursue. Direkt36 is not part of the competition of news organizations covering daily events, which allows them to focus their resources exclusively on conducting systematic investigations.
INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING PROJECT ITALY (IRPI)
IRPI is an independent non-profit organization based in Italy that conducts and promotes investigative journalism in the public interest with a transnational perspective. IRPI’s investigations focus is on public spending, organized crime, environmental disasters, corporate abuses and social injustice. Founded in 2012, the association currently counts 16 journalists based in different parts of the Italian peninsula.
BIRN Kosovo, as part of the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN), is an independent non-governmental organization whose aim is to provide momentum to the democratic transition process, promoting accountability, rule of law and policy reform. BIRN Kosovo’s approach is to combine its projects with those of the regional BIRN Network with a view to long-term sustainability of results and institutions. BIRN Kosovo aims to serve as a watchdog of public institutions, monitoring the work of governing and public institutions and supporting their reform and their path towards meeting the criteria and standards of the European Union.
Re:baltica is a non-profit organization that produces investigative journalism in the public interest. Founded in August 2011, it focuses on in-depth investigations of socially important issues in the Baltic region, such as corruption, crime, finances, entrepreneurship, health and human rights. Re:Baltica’s journalism encourages transparency and reform. It is based in Riga, with journalists and board members from all Baltic states: Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia.
15min.lt is the second-largest news portal in Lithuania with a monthly audience of 1 million people. In 2015,15min.lt became the first online news outlet in the country to establish an Investigative Journalism Department. The first year of the department's work, a team of four reporters, lead to several resignations, sparked criminal probes and revealed numerous cases of abuse of power, fraud, land-grab and other kinds of corruption. Recommended by OCCRP, 15min.lt also took part in the Panama Papers investigation and contributed to reporting on Sergey Roldugin's offshore empire.
SCOOP-Macedonia is a nongovernmental nonprofit organization that aims to promote, support and stimulate investigative journalism. Its purpose is to support journalists in their daily work with financial or professional help, as they work to develop investigative journalism in the country, region, and also globally. The aim of SCOOP-Macedonia is to continue to promote and stimulate the development of investigative journalism in Macedonia and the wider region; to fight organized crime and corruption; to strengthen democratic capacities; and to improve the professional qualities of journalists as well as the democratic atmosphere in Macedonia in general.
ASSOCIATION OF INDEPENDENT TV JOURNALISTS (ATI)
The Association of Independent TV Journalists is a leading Moldovan non-profit established in 2004 by former journalists from the state-owned Teleradio-Moldova. ATI publishes a weekly independent investigative newspaper Ziarul de Garda and produce investigative television reports broadcast on Moldova 1 TV channel.
RISE PROJECT MOLDOVA
RISE Moldova is a community of investigative reporters, programmers and activists in the Republic of Moldova and in Romania. RISE Moldova employs the latest investigative data visualization techniques to investigate and expose corruption and organized crime. RISE Moldova is the recipient of investigative journalism awards such as the 2014 investigative journalism Press Club award.
ZIARUL DE GARDĂ (ZDG)
Ziarul de Garda is a regional publication in Republic of Moldova. This Romanian-language newspaper appeared in 2004 and is printed electronically and as print publication.
MANS is a non-governmental organization devoted to fighting corruption and organized crime in Montenegro. MANS investigates corruption and organized crime, monitors the implementation of legislation and government policy, provides free legal aid to citizens and civil society organizations, media and businesses, develops law and policy proposals and analysis and conducts advocacy campaigns. MANS’s strategic goals are to combat high level corruption; reduce opportunities for organized crime; increase the transparency of institutions and encourage public participation in fighting corruption and organized crime.
The RISE Project is a Romanian non-governmental organization of investigative journalists, activists, programmers and graphic designers who use cutting-edge investigation techniques and technology to produce high quality investigative reporting on local and cross-border organized crime and corruption networks. The organization produces investigative articles, visual databases and advanced investigation tools as well as teaching other journalists and the public how to research complex corporate structures used by organized crime and corrupt officials.
Novaya Gazeta is a Russian liberal opposition newspaper well known in the country for its critical and investigative coverage of Russian political and social affairs. Four Novaya Gazeta journalists, including Yury Shchekochikhin and Anna Politkovskaya, have been murdered since 2001 in apparent retaliation for their work. It is published in Moscow, in regions within Russia, and in some foreign countries. As of 2009, the print edition is published on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; English articles on the website are published at irregular intervals.
CRIME AND CORRUPTION REPORTING NETWORK (KRIK)
Crime and Corruption Reporting Network (KRIK) is a non-profit organization founded in April 2015 by a team of young journalists who have been engaged for years in exposing crime and corruption, and who have received many awards for their work. KRIK is dedicated to revealing organized crime and corruption that permeates all levels of society. Their goal is to help their readers better understand how crime and corruption affect their lives. KRIK seeks to provide in-depth investigative stories, as well as the latest news in this field, and also building an online database of documents.
CENTER FOR INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING IN SERBIA (CINS)
The Center for Investigative Reporting in Serbia (CINS), based in Belgrade, is unique organization in Serbia, engaged in investigative reporting with organized crime and corruption as its main focus. CINS works on investigative projects and stories in all spheres of society: education, sport, health, employment, politics, drugs and cigarette smuggling, falsification of documents and medicines, financial fraud and more. It was founded in 2007 by The Independent Journalists' Association of Serbia. Today it is a modern, autonomous and independent news agency whose stories are often republished by local and regional print and electronic media. Major news websites in Serbia publish CINS’s stories and the number of visitors to its website is continuously increasing. CINS’s work is available to all media free of charge and can be republished with attribution.
THE KYIV POST
The Kyiv Post is Ukraine’s leading English-language newspaper. It has developed a reputation for outstanding reporting, independent opinion and world-class journalism. The Kyiv Post played a vital role as one of the few independent media outlets under former President Leonid Kuchma. Over the years, the weekly newspaper has led the charge for a free press in Ukraine, and has played roles in the Georgiy Gongadze scandal, the Orange Revolution and other significant Ukrainian events. It is produced by a team of Western and Ukrainian journalists.
MEDIA DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION
The Media Development Foundation is a non-profit organization founded by Kyiv Post journalists to improve Ukraine’s journalism profession through three main activities: investigative/enterprise journalism, journalism exchanges and specialized training. The organization brings together prominent media managers, editors, writers and students from Ukraine and abroad. The Media Development Foundation was established in 2013 and for more than two years the organization has been operating at full capacity and strives to expand its activities on a continuous basis. Despite still being a start-up, the Media Development Foundation actively cooperates with Kyiv Post and more than 30 media and public organizations all over Ukraine to achieve common goals.
Founded in 2014, Slidstvo.info is a Ukrainian non-profit investigative project focused on high-level crime, political corruption and war crimes. The organization’s key product is a weekly investigative program “Slidstvo.info” broadcast by “First National”, “24” and “ZIK” TV channels, Internet television “Hromadske TV” (Public TV) and 15 regional TV channels in Ukraine.
The Middle East
ARAB REPORTERS FOR INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM (ARIJ)
Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism (ARIJ) is the first and leading media organization in the Middle East dedicated to promoting investigative journalism in Arab newsrooms, which is still a relatively new practice. The Amman-based ARIJ was formed in early 2005 to support independent quality professional journalism, through funding in-depth journalism projects, and offering training and media coaching. ARIJ helps journalists working in print, radio, TV and on-line media in Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Iraq, Bahrain, Palestine, Yemen and Tunisia.
OCCRP Regional Partners
The following media outlets and centers are not network members but have worked with us on various projects in their regions.
Europe/Central Asia/The Caucuses
RADIO FREE EUROPE/RADIO LIBERTY
RFE/RL journalists report the news in 23 countries where a free press is banned by the government or not fully established. We provide what many people cannot get locally: uncensored news, responsible discussion, and open debate. We broadcast in 26 languages to 23 countries, including Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Russia. With over 400 full-time journalists, 750 freelancers, and 17 local bureaus, RFE/RL is one of the most comprehensive news operations in the world.
CONNECTAS is a non-profit journalism project that promotes the production, sharing, training, and dissemination of information with a transnational perspective on key issues for development in the Americas. CONNECTAS aims to create alliances with journalism and media organizations, and operating as a logistical hub that provides technical and professional support, facilitates training programs, and does fundraising for activities related to its mission.