• OCCRP Accepts 2015 IRE Tom Renner Award at Ceremony in New Orleans

    The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) has received the 2015 Tom Renner Award for investigative journalism from the Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) organization at its 2016 conference in New Orleans, LA.

    From left to right: Ola Westerberg, Miranda Patrucic, Joachim Dyfvermark, Drew Sullivan and Lorenzo Di PietroFrom left to right: Ola Westerberg, Miranda Patrucic, Joachim Dyfvermark, Drew Sullivan and Lorenzo Di Pietro

  • OCCRP At The Heart of the Global Debate on Corruption

    In forums from London to New York to the San Francisco Bay, the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) is playing a significant role in the global discussion regarding international crime and corruption. Senior representatives from the organization have shared their insights on the sophisticated criminal structures behind illicit financial flows recently as world leaders discussed possible measures to combat corruption.

  • OCCRP’s Miranda Patrucic Wins 2016 Knight International Award

    Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) regional editor Miranda Patrucic has won this year's prestigious Knight International Award. Given by the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), the award acknowledges excellent reporting that has had major impact.

  • OCCRP denounces media repression on World Press Freedom Day


    With one partner journalist in jail, an online TV channel fighting off criminal charges and collaborators facing daily harassment, surveillance and character assassination in Mafia-friendly media outlets, the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) took a pause on World Press Freedom Day to touch base with member news organizations for their reflections.

  • The Panama Papers: The World Reacts

    The Panama Papers are provoking a tsunami of reaction on social media and on headlines across the globe. The impact ranges from debates among readers, to officials at the center of stories, to governments, prosecutors and law enforcement authorities.

  • ICIJ/OCCRP Panama Papers project yields unprecedented access to high level offshore corruption


    One of the biggest leaks in journalistic history reveals the secretive offshore companies used to hide wealth, evade taxes and commit fraud by the world's dictators, business tycoons and criminals.

  • The Faces of Romanian Extremism

    the-faces-of-romanian-extremismThey are few but they are vocal. They are religious and march with icons by they also wear military clothes. They love God, but hate war refugees and minorities. They believe they defend their country, but regularly flout its laws.

  • Ukraine: Suspicion Over Construction Project For War Veterans

    A Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) project to give apartments to families of war veterans has come under fire, with critics calling it  a “business project that uses servicemen as a smokescreen,” according to theKyiv Post.

  • Albania: Drug Destructions Could Mark the Fall of ‘Cannabis Kingdom’

    Nearly all the cannabis plants being grown in Albania have now been destroyed, officials said Wednesday.

  • EU Approves Use of Force Against Trafficking Boats in International Waters

    The European Union (EU) member states approved a plan on Monday to allow military action against human traffickers in the Mediterranean, according to the Agence France Presse (AFP).

  • Uzbekistan: More Karimova Associates Arrested in Corruption Probe

    Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) has reported that Uzbek authorities have arrested nine more suspects in their investigation into corruption surrounding Uzbekistan President Islam Karimov’s daughter, Gulnara Karimova.

  • Uzbekistan: US Seeks to Seize $1 Billion of Assets in Karimova Corruption Probe

    The US is reportedly seeking to seize US$ 1 billion in European assets as part of investigation into alleged corruption between three major telecoms companies and Gulnara Karimova, daughter of the President Islam Karimov of Uzbekistan. 

  • OCCRP Reporters and Partners Honored With EU Investigative Journalism Prize

    DSC 5996Saska Cvetkovska, center left, with the ambassador to the EU delegation in Macedonia, Aivo Orav, center rightOCCRP journalists Saska Cvetkovska and Pavla Holcova have been awarded the European Union investigative journalism prize for 2014’s best investigative story from Macedonia.

  • OCCRP Reporter, Two Partners Win Georgia Prizes

    OCCRP reporter Nino Bakradze was among six Republic of Georgia journalists who were honored in the fourth annual Josh Friedman Excellence in Investigative Journalism contest Tuesday.

  • OCCRP, global reporters release first “Khadija Project” stories

    Ilham-AliyevWhen 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

    dataminingOver 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 Wins Special Award at the European Press Prize


    The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) has been honored by the European Press Prize (EPP) as a “force for good” in independent journalism, with the panel of judges giving the organization a special prize for achievement.

  • OCCRP Double Finalist for European Press Prize

    eu press prize 2014 The European Press Prize's annual European Awards for Journalism shortlist includes two OCCRP investigations.

  • OCCRP Launches New Website. Welcome!

    OCCRP has launched its new website. Operating in HTML5, the site is primed to look just as beautiful and operate just as smoothly on mobile devices as it does on larger screens.

  • History of OCCRP

    InvestigathonPaul Radu

    "OCCRP wasn't really planned – it was born of necessity. We were all working on the same intractable problems in our own countries. But a couple of us realized this, and communicated. Then more. Then even more. We found each other." Drew Sullivan
    "We realized that this was the time to experiment, to take investigative journalism to a a cross-border level where the latest technologies would help reporters match both the creativity and almost unlimited resources of organized crime and corrupt leaders." Paul Radu

    OCCRP can trace its origins to 2003, when Drew Sullivan and Paul Radu first met at an International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) training in Bulgaria. Paul had recently founded the Romanian Center for Investigative Journalism in Bucharest, while Drew was in the process of starting up the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIN) in Sarajevo.

    'I was supposed to be giving a talk on trafficking in human beings,' recalls Drew. 'But when I talked to Paul, I quickly realized that he knew a lot more about trafficking than I did. So I asked ICFJ if he could become a co-trainer for the next training and that's how we started working together.'

    During the next couple of years Drew and Paul were in weekly contact, trading advice on safety, cybersecurity, public records – and above all the people of interest whom they were trying to track across borders. They found they were often working in parallel – tackling the same issues.

    ‘We were looking at the same people. So we looked at other countries where these same criminals were busy,' Paul said.

    drew conferenceDrew Sullivan

    Their first joint effort came in 2005, when they joined to follow a cluster of companies operating in the energy sector.  Recruiting friends and colleagues from Bulgaria, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Romania, they pooled their resources on what became the Power Brokers Project, which won the first-ever Global Shining Light Award from the Global Investigative Reporting Network (GIJN).

    In its award announcement, GIJN described it this way: "The project investigated an energy crisis that caused massive power outages across Romania, Bosnia, Bulgaria, and Albania. The series exposed questionable deals by shadowy businessmen operating across the Balkans that returned huge profits to power traders but resulted in exorbitant electricity rates applied to impoverished citizens."

    To them, the experience proved the efficacy of cooperating regionally. They felt encouraged to take it further.

    'That was a wake-up call. We realized that we could do more together than separately,' says Drew. 'And we could save money by centralizing some of the more burdensome costs like media insurance, access to commercial databases, tool development and even research and fundraising.'

    The United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF) funded them on building this central hub and the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project was born.

    ‘The name OCCRP came from the title of our original grant proposal – it even sounds like a grant proposal title,' Drew says. 'But OCCRP became the tool we needed.'

    The OCCRP network opened an office in Sarajevo sharing offices with CIN and immediately started to grow with new centers joining on a monthly basis. But Radu soon left to accept a Knight Fellowship at Stanford University.

    The departure was a blessing in disguise.  At Stanford, Paul saw what the best minds were designing in Silicon Valley and the power of technology. Energized from the experience, Paul immediately began designing new tools including the Investigative Dashboard, or ID, which is a virtual research center that helps expose complex networks of crime and corruption. This grew directly out of the needs of centralizing research and finding more efficient ways to follow money all over the world.


    ID was launched after Paul’s fellowship, then recalibrated and renewed with help from Google Ideas several years later. Meanwhile, Paul designed a complementary tool: a data visualization instrument called Visual Investigative Scenarios (VIS). This illustrates the type of complex international networks revealed by ID research. Both VIS and the ID would not have been possible without significant contributions from OCCRP and GIJN members - as well as contributions from hackers and visual artists.

    As OCCRP kept growing, Paul and Drew registered the Journalism Development Network, or JDN, and made OCCRP a trade name. They formed a board of directors including some of the most respected journalists in the business. Drew became JDN's executive director, and Paul became executive director at OCCRP, but it’s their close working relationship, cooperation and communication that has shaped OCCRP. OCCRP expanded again by opening an EU-based branch in Bucharest in 2011, co-located with the RISE Project (another OCCRP member, co-founded by Paul).  It has full-time editors working in Tbilisi, Belgrade, Kyiv and Moscow.

    Over the years, OCCRP has grown from six journalists working in five countries to more than 150 journalists in 30 countries. Its staff and collaborators are some of the best journalists who are active today, winning every major award and speaking around the world.  And during this time the model of networked, country-based centers working together has proven its value over and over – and is now being imitated around the globe.

    The country-based center model inspired the formation of similar centers in Serbia, Romania, Moldova, Ukraine, Georgia, the Czech Republic, Latvia, Bulgaria, Hungary, Italy, and other countries across the world.  OCCRP covers the world by cooperating with other partners including Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism (ARIJ), the African Network of Centers for Investigative Reporting (ANCIR), Connectas and InsightCrime in Columbia and others. OCCRP is a member of the Global Investigative Journalism Network.

    OCCRP has quietly become one of the world’s largest and most effective investigative reporting organizations, regularly winning international awards and working with the best news organizations globally. The network is active from Europe to Central Asia but also works in Latin America and the Middle East/North Africa.

    ‘We have been told that OCCRP is an ideal model for media development,' Drew says. 'That's great. But its design has always been driven by the immediate needs of our reporting and our members. And it always will be.'


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