Investigative journalism

  • Russian Journalist Roman Anin Questioned Again After Raid on Apartment

    Russian authorities questioned Roman Anin, the founder of independent media outlet IStories and an OCCRP partner, again on Monday about his work on a 2016 investigative story which alleged that the owner of a multi-million dollar yacht was the current head of the Russian state oil company Rosneft.

  • Senior Editor of Serbian CINS Receives Threats

    A lawyer from the Independent Journalists Association of Serbia (NUNS) filed a criminal complaint with the Special Prosecutor’s Office for High-Tech Crime against a person who sent threats to the Editor-in-Chief of the Center for Investigative Journalism of Serbia (CINS).

  • Report: Most Financial Crime and Corruption Journalists Face Threats

    Most journalists who took part in a survey conducted by the Foreign Policy Center said they were threatened or harassed while investigating financial crime or corruption, the U.K.-based international affairs think tank revealed on Monday.

  • OCCRP Concerned by Serbian Government’s Selective Inquiry into Investigative Journalism Outlets and Civil Society Organizations

    The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) is concerned by what appears to be a selective inquiry by Serbian authorities into several investigative journalism outlets and civil society organizations in the country.

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  • Investigative Journalist Severely Beaten in Bulgaria

    Three masked men attacked an investigative journalist, beating him with metal bars near his home in the capital city Sofia, authorities said on Wednesday.

  • Media Coalition: Persecution of Journalists is Getting Worse

    Reporting is getting more and more dangerous each year, with a total of 1,350 journalists killed worldwide since 1992, according toCommittee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).

  • Iraq: Sunni and Shi’ite Leaders United Against a TV Station

    Iraq’s media regulator shut down the U.S.-funded Arab-language Alhurra TV on Monday for three months, saying its reporting was biased and defamatory. The move came after the station aired a report alleging corruption in both Sunni and Shi’ite religious communities in Iraq.

  • Thank a Whistleblower

    When people think of whistleblowers they think of Chelsea Manning, Edward Snowden or Daniel Ellsberg.

    Yet whistleblowers seldom gain fame. Most remain anonymous by choice, content to provide investigative reporters with facts and evidence for crucial stories and then simply fade away.

    WhistleWhistle (Photo: Zephryis BY CC 3.0)At some level, almost every journalist’s source is a whistleblower. Million-page document dumps are important, but so is disclosure of one page or even just one fact that a government or oligarch doesn’t want you to know.

    Seldom acknowledged and almost never thanked, insiders who blow the whistle are the unsung heroes of a just society. Without them, corruption would run rampant, public institutions could evade accountability and the rapacious would go unchecked.

  • Green Blood: Journalists Killed or Silenced for Environmental Reporting

    Around the world, journalists investigating the environmental and human impact of the mining industry are facing threats, harassment and violence. OCCRP and Forbidden Stories – a consortium of 40 journalists in 15 countries – takes a look at examples from three continents, in Guatemala, Tanzania, and India.

  • Bulgarian Deputy Minister Resigns in Wake of Investigation

    Bulgaria’s Deputy Minister of Economy resigned Wednesday following the publication of an investigation by OCCRP member center Bivol that suggested he used a guesthouse built with EU money as his own private vacation home.

  • PACE: We Must Act Against Money-Laundering ‘Laundromats’

    Citing money-laundering scandals such as the ‘Global Laundromat,’ the ‘Azerbaijani Laundromat’ and the ‘Troika Laundromat’ the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has urged swift and substantial action to strengthen anti-money laundering provisions and improve international cooperation in the fight against such ‘laundromats.’

  • Venezuela: Prominent Journalist Released After 24-hour Detention

    A prominent Venezuelan journalist who had been reporting on the country’s political crisis was released from detention by authorities late Tuesday after spending over 24 hours in lockup.

  • Slovakia Arrests Suspects in Journalist’s Murder

    Slovakian police arrested Thursday eight people in connection with the brutal murder of a local journalist who was shot dead at close range in his home in February while investigating the infiltration of the Italian mob into his home country.

  • Montenegro: Investigative Journalist Shot and Wounded

    Unknown attackers shot an investigative reporter in the leg on Tuesday night in Podgorica, prompting an outcry by Montenegrin and international authorities for the perpetrators to be found and journalists to be protected.

  • A Murdered Journalist's Last Investigation

    Edin Pašović, OCCRP

    In late February 2018, Jan Kuciak, a young Slovak investigative journalist, was murdered by a single bullet. His fiancée was killed alongside him.

  • Mukhtarli Lawyers Seek Questioning of Azerbaijan Passenger

    Lawyers for Afgan Mukhtarli, the Azerbaijan journalist who disappeared from Tbilisi and was next seen two days later in a Baku prison, asked a judge on Thursday to further question a witness of what Mukhtarli claims was his abduction.

  • Reporters Baffled by Defense in MEP Spending Case

    Reporters who filed complaints against the European Parliament for not revealing how its members were spending their allowances were baffled by the arguments of the defense at last week’s court hearing, one of the plaintiffs told OCCRP Tuesday.

  • Report: Ukraine Investigation "Comes up Empty" One Year After Journalist Pavel Sheremet’s Murder

    A special report published Wednesday urges the Ukrainian government to step up its commitment to investigating the July 2016 murder of Pavel Sheremet, a prominent investigative reporter who was killed in Kiev by an improvised explosive device planted under his car.

  • Journalism for Future Challenges 2017 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. 

    sse rigaWe are looking for early career journalists from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, or Ukraine who are looking to expand their investigative reporting skills, with a focus on organized crime and corruption, as well as to expand their professional network.

  • IRE Awards OCCRP and Partners in 2016 Contest

    The Panama Papers project led by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) and Süddeutsche Zeitung, of which the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) was a partner, won two categories of the 2016 Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) Award.  OCCRP and Serbian partner Crime and Corruption Reporting Network (KRIK) were also named finalists of the 2016 Tom Renner Award.

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