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  • 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

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.'

  • OCCRP Activities

    "More than 70 percent of all reporters who are killed worldwide are killed because of their work. There are no safety programs that teach journalists how to report safely at the nexus where criminal networks meet corrupt government. Our mission is to keep reporters not only alive but feeling sufficiently safe to continue their work. We have developed our own unique safety program. At its heart is the importance of professional standards of research, writing and editing as a means of increasing accuracy and safety. We work with newsroom leaders as well as reporters on a story by story basis to determine the risks and to design procedures that are sometimes unique to a story. Our training is continuous and holistic – it has become a daily part of all of our lives." Drew Sullivan

     Capacity building and training for standards and security are at the core of OCCRP activities. The OCCRP works regularly with international non-profit partners like Connectas, Columbia; the Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism (ARIJ); and ANCIR, the African Network of Centers for Investigative Reporting modeled after OCCRP. We also train at conferences, trainings and workshops worldwide, ranging from Tunisia to Nepal to Kazakhstan.  Our members collaborate extensively with journalists from international media on individual stories, enabling them to access the information they need via our research tools.  We work with reporters in Africa, the Middle East, South America, Central America, the Pacific, and North America as well as dozens of media in Europe through to Central Asia.

    OCCRP reporters and editors are in high demand as international speakers and trainers, being asked to participate in more than 50 events a year, in locations ranging from Iceland to Brazil. This international influence comes solely from the practice of core journalism skills.  Other organizations in developing countries, recognizing OCCRP’s achievements, are seeking advice, training and relationships with OCCRP.  This, in turn, helps to build the relationships between member centers far beyond their borders and allows them to leverage their international reporting more effectively.  Some of the organizations who invited us recently include the OSCE, the UNODC, the World Economic Forum, Google Ideas, GIJN, Investigative Reporters and Editors and many more. Our YanukovychLeaks reporters are experiencing worldwide interest in how they discovered and uploaded the documents that were hurled into an ornamental lake as the outgoing president fled...

    Some recent events:

    OCCRP Reporters Speak at Point Conference, Sarajevo:

    Stevan Dojcinovic was joined by Vlad Lavrov and Anna Babinets, who came to talk about YanukovychLeaks and the Euromaidan protests.

     

    OCCRP Reporters Speak At International Journalism Festival In Italy

    OCCRP executive director Paul Radu and lead investigative reporter Miranda Patrucic presented workshops at the April 30-May 5 International Journalism Festival in Perugia, Italy.

     

    Investigative Journalism and National Parliaments Combating Corruption

    Khadija Ismayilova made a presentation on corrupt practices within the public sector in Azerbaijan; Paul Radu illustrated some investigations conducted by OCCRP.

     

    Tunisia: OCCRP Reporters Train Journalists At Investigative Seminar

    OCCRP reporters Miranda Patrucic, Paul Radu, and Rosemary Armao conducted trainings at an April 21-23 seminar for the first graduating class of investigative journalism students at Tunisia's Institute of Press and Information Sciences (Institut de Presse et des Sciences de l’Information, IPSI)

  • Awards

     

    2020 AWARDS

    WINNER: SKOLL AWARD FOR SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP

    Drew Sullivan and Paul Radu accepted the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship in an online global forum on April 2, 2020. Read the full announcement here.

    Jeff Skoll, the founder and chairman of the Skoll Foundation, said: "The Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship shines a light on emerging leaders who fearlessly work in their own way to create a more sustainable, peaceful, and prosperous world for all."

     

    WINNER: 2019 TOM RENNER AWARD FROM INVESTIGATIVE REPORTERS AND EDITORS

    A joint team from OCCRP, RFE/RL's Radio Azattyk, and OCCRP member center Kloop won the top U.S. award for crime reporting for “Plunder and Patronage in the Heart of Central Asia,” a series of stories that expose a massive outflow of dark money from Kyrgyzstan. Read the full announcement here.

     

    WINNER: THE SIGMA AWARD FOR BEST DATA-DRIVEN REPORTING (LARGE NEWSROOMS)

    Jury's comment: In a field of strong entries, the substantial effort, investment and not inconsiderable risk in piecing this story together, were some of the factors appreciated by the jury in selecting the Troika Laundromat…The security and scrutiny undertaken for a project of this size is evident with real consequences for political leaders. The showcasing of detail in networks, locations and personalities embellished an already strong entry. This project in places read part thriller, part blockbuster, part spy movie. Do yourself a favour and dive in.

     

    FIRST PLACE: EGIZBAEV AWARD (KYRGYZSTAN)

    OCCRP member center KLOOP

    Plunder and Patronage in the Heart of Central Asia

     

    SECOND PLACE: EGIZBAEV AWARD (KYRGYZSTAN)

    OCCRP member center KLOOP

    Ataturk Park: Public Lands, Private Hands

     

    2019 AWARDS

    WINNER: KNIGHT INTERNATIONAL JOURNALISM AWARD

    Stevan Dojčinović, OCCRP editor and founder of OCCRP member center KRIK

     

    WINNER: INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S MEDIA FOUNDATION “COURAGE IN JOURNALISM” AWARD

    Anna Babinets, OCCRP regional editor and Editor-In-Chief and co-founder OCCRP member center Slidstvo.Info

     

    2018 AWARDS

    WINNER: DIG AWARD, “KILLING PAVEL,” (ITALY)

    OCCRP and member center Slidstvo.info

     

    WINNER: INVESTIGATIVE REPORTERS AND EDITORS MEDAL, “KILLING PAVEL”

    OCCRP and member center Slidstvo.info

     

    WINNER: INDEPENDENT JOURNALISTS ASSOCIATION OF SERBIA INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM AWARD

    OCCRP member center KRIK journalist Bojana Pavlovic 

     

    WINNER: CEI SEEMO AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING MERITS IN INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM

    OCCRP journalists Stevan Dojčinović and Dragana Peco and OCCRP member center CIN Bosnia and Herzegovina journalist Nino Bilajac

     

    FIRST PRIZE: BEST USE OF MEDIA 3.0 TECHNOLOGIES FROM TVAPATUM (DIGISTORY)

    OCCRP member center Hetq (Armenia)

     

    2017 AWARDS

    WINNER: PULITZER PRIZE FOR EXPLANATORY REPORTING, PANAMA PAPERS

    OCCRP was among a number of media that shared the Pulitzer Prize for its work on the Panama Papers series. The Pulitzer Prize Board lauded the Panama Papers investigation for “using a collaboration of more than 300 reporters on six continents to expose the hidden infrastructure and global scale of offshore tax havens.” The award was bestowed on the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, McClatchy, the Miami Herald, Süddeutsche Zeitung and other international media partners for reporting on the project, including OCCRP Network.

     

    WINNER: EUROPEAN PRESS PRIZE FOR INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING, CINS

    OCCRP network member CINS won the EPP for Investigative reporting for their work on stories that exposed corruption charges framed and then forgotten: “These revelations fulfil the most basic promise of investigative journalists to their readers: they lift the curtains of corruption and let the light shine in,” EPP judges said.

     

    WINNER: FRITT ORD FREE MEDIA AWARDS

    OCCRP partners MeydanTV and Armenian reporter Zaruhi Mejlumyan of Hetq were named winners of the 2017 Fritt Ord Free Media Awards paying “tribute to intrepid, independent journalism.”

     

    HONORARY MENTION: EUROPEAN PRESS PRIZE FOR INNOVATION, ATLATSZO.HU

    OCCRP network member Budapest-based Atlatszo.hu led by Editor-in-Chief Tamas Bodoky impressed EPP judges with an interactive map of European Union funds approved for Hungarian use – and seeing what became of the money. “The judges found it both involving and horrifying.”

     

    WINNER: LITHUANIA INVESTORS’ FORUM “BUSINESS JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR”

    Sarunas Cerniauskas, investigative editor for OCCRP network member 15min.lt, was honoured as “Business Journalist of the Year” by the Investors’ Forum of Lithuania for his record of reporting seeking transparency and holding business and political leaders accountable.

     

    WINNER: VILNIUS UNIVERSITY AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM

    Vilnius University’s Faculty of Communications and Journalism bestowed Sarunas Cerniauskas, investigative editor for OCCRP network member 15min.lt, with the Award for Excellence in Investigative Journalism, the first of its kind in Lithuania. The faculty plans to give the award our annually to “the most deserving investigative journalist whose activities made the greatest impact on society.”

     

    WINNER: NUNS ONLINE INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM PRIZE, MAKING A KILLING

    OCCRP and Balkan Investigative Reporting Network’s (BIRN) ‘Making a Killing’ won the online investigative journalism prize organized by the Independent Society of Journalists in Serbia (NUNS). BIRN also won the print media award for the same project. In addition, OCCRP network member CINS also won the NUNS online investigative journalism prize for exposing that the governor of the National Bank of Serbia plagiarized her thesis. OCCRP network member KRIK also received special recognition at the NUNS ceremony for its Database of Serbian Politicians’ Assets.

     

    2016 AWARDS

    Winner: 2016 EU Prize for Journalism

    Studio Monitor's Nino Ramishvili and Giorgi Mgeladze won the EU Prize for Journalism in the category of ‘Best Investigative Audio or Audiovisual Story in Broadcast or Online Media’ for their video report "Agent provocateur in service of the government 2”. Their reporters Tskriala Shermadini and Giorgi Mgeladze also received an honourable mention for “Sacrificed to the hard work“ and one more honourable mention went to Natia Chekheria and Nana Biganishvili for their report “Police system against a citizen”.

     

    Winner: Oxfam Food Award

    Hetq reporter Tatev Khachatryan was declared the winner of Armenia’s branch of Oxfam’s Food Safety and Nourishment competition in the category of Internet reporting.

     

    Winner: 'Suitcase 2016' Annual Media Competition

    Armenian Hetq reporter Yeranouhie Soghoyan won first prize at the “Suitcase 2016” annual media competition on key migration issues in the print media category.

     

    Winner: Two COAF Media Awards

    Hetq reporter Naira Hayrapetyan won two media awards in a competition organized by the Children of Armenia Fund (COAF).

     

    Winner: Four Awards at the annual journalistic gala held in Bucharest - November 2016

    The first place for investigative reporting went to Ana Poenariu of RISE Romania for her series on Gabriel Oprea the former vice prime minister. The second place went to Rise Romania/Rise Moldova for their work on the Panama Papers. The first place for TV&Video for the OCCRP documentary Clear Cut Crimes, was awarded to Romana Puiulet. The main award for the night also went to RISE Project/Romana Puiulet for the same OCCRP/RISE documentary-Clear Cut Crimes. Finally, there was an honorary award for local reporting for RISE Moldova, for their work on elections.

     

    Winner: UNDP Award for Investigative Reporting

    Reporter Jasna Fetahović from the Center for Investigative Reporting in Sarajevo (CIN), together with  reporters from RISE Moldova, Dumitru Lazur and Olga Ceaglei, as well as the regional editor of the Organized Crime and Corruption Report (OCCRP) Miranda Patrucić, have become the recipients of the third award for investigative reporting as granted by UNDP Moldova.

     

    Winner: Inaugural Trace International prize

    OCCRP won the inaugural Trace International prize for reporting on bribery with Wall Street Journal.

     

    Winner: Four Digistory Awards

    OCCRP partner HETQ won four awards at the Digistory Conference in Yerevan, Armenia.

     

    Winner: World Summit Awards

    Digital databases of the Center for Investigative Reporting in Sarajevo have been declared one of the five best digital projects in the category of online media and journalism by the World Summit Awards (WSA). CIN’s databases about politicians’ property holdings, public procurement and energy resources of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) have been acknowledged at the world level for its quality among nearly 400 submissions from 86 countries.

     

    Winner: IRE 2015 Tom Renner Award

    OCCRP reporters and editors, including many working both inside and outside Azerbaijan, have been awarded IRE's 2015 Tom Renner Award recognizing outstanding crime and corruption reporting for The Khadija Project, in which OCCRP continued the work of our then-jailed partner Khadija Ismayilova.

     

    Winner: UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize 2016

    Awarded to then-jailed OCCRP partner and RFE/RL Azerbaijani reporter Khadija Ismayilova “in recognition of her outstanding contribution to press freedom in difficult circumstances.”

     

    Winner: Golden Shovel Award (Sweden)

    OCCRP reporter and regional editor Miranda Patrucic, OCCRP/RFE/RL's Khadija Ismayilova and representatives of SVT and Swedish news agency TT were recognized with Sweden’s prestigious Golden Shovel award for their work on Telia Sonera’s activities in Azerbaijan.

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    Winner: Serbian National Award for Investigative Reporting

    Stevan Dojčinović and Dragana Peco from KRIK and Atanas Tchobanov from Bivol won the Serbian National Award for investigative reporting for 2016 for investigative stories on Sinisa Mali, mayor of Belgrade.

     

    Winner: Pulitzer Memorial Award (Hungary)

    Atlatszo was awarded the prestigious Pulitzer Memorial Award, the Hungarian prize for quality journalism,  the most prestigious journalism award in the country, named after Hungarian-born journalist Joseph Pulitzer. Atlatszo was its sole recipient for 2016.

     

    Winner: Sozial Marie Award (Austria)

    Awarded to Atlatszo for the creation of an online tool, KiMitTud, implemented to provide easier access to important public information and in recognition of the initiative’s innovative nature and social impact.

     

    Winner: “Best Investigation of the Year,”Honor of the Profession Award 2016 (Ukraine)

    OCCRP partner Lyubov Velychko was recognized in Ukraine for her investigation into Kalush chemical clean-up.

     

    2015 AWARDS

    Received Honors: ACCOUNT Awards

    Aladin Abdagić received honors for the best corruption reporting in 2015 from the Anti-Corruption Network in Bosnia and Herzegovina (ACCOUNT) in Sarajevo.

     

    Winner: The Sergei Magnitsky Human Rights Award

    The OCCRP was honored in the very first Sergei Magnitsky Human Rights Awards for “outstanding investigative journalism.” OCCRP’s Paul Radu, executive director, and Novaya Gazeta's Roman Anin accepted the award given to journalists who had done the most in the Magnitsky case.

     

    Winner: Global Shining Light Award

    Global Shining Light Awards were awarded to OCCRP for Unholy Alliances. Miranda Patrucic (OCCRP), Dejan Milovac (MANS), Stevan Dojčinović (KRIK), Lorenzo Bodrero (IRPI), and Lejla Camdzic (OCCRP) were the reporters on the project. The jury also honored the OCCRP-linked project YanukovychLeaks, which exposed the corruption of the former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych. OCCRP's Armenian partner Hetq were among the finalists for its 2013 story Cyprus Troika exposing the suspicious dealings of an offshore company based in Cyprus that used the church, state and business sectors to further its interests.

     

    Winner: EU Investigative Journalism Prize (Montenegro)

    Awarded to OCCRP reporter Miranda Patrucic and MANS reporter Dejan Milovac for "Unholy Alliances," which was published in Montenegrin dailies Vijesti and Dan. The investigation reveals the connection between politics, business and organized crime in Montenegro.

     

    Winner: EU Investigative Journalism Prize (Macedonia)

    OCCRP journalists Saska Cvetkovska and Pavla Holcova have been awarded the European Union investigative journalism prize for 2014’s best investigative story from Macedonia. Cvetkovska and Holcova were honored for their story The Landlord Spy, which probed the assets of Macedonia’s then-chief of secret police, Saso Mijalkov.

     

    Winner: Dusko Jovanovic Foundation (Montenegro)

    Stevan Dojčinović of KRIK, Serbia, took the second prize for his project on alleged Balkan drug-lord, Darko Saric.

     

    Winner: Josh Friedman Excellence in Investigative Journalism

    Three Georgian reporters were bestowed this award for their investigations: OCCRP reporter Nino Bakradze for her story on the botched investigation of the murder of a forest ranger; Nino Zuriashvili of OCCRP/Studio Monitori also won this award for her video story on TB patients who were declared terminal in Georgia but were later cured in France; and Studio Monitori reporter Giorgi Mgeladzefor a TV story he did on the Georgia postal service.

     

    Winner: The Theodore Heuss medal from Theodore-Heuss-Stiftung (Germany)

    Atlatszo was awarded this prize “for its outstanding contribution to a clean and lively civil society on the road to a peaceful development of democracy in Hungary.”

     

    Winner: Tvapatum 2015 – Stories about Change

    Hetq won medals in three categories: Investigative Reportage (Ani Hovhannisyan and Marine Madatyan), Best Use of Reforms (Zaruhi Mejlumyan), and Best Use of Technology (Ani Hovhannisyan and Narek Aleksanyan).

     

    Winner: Press Freedom Award

    The National press club honored Khadija Ismayilova of Azerbaijan.

     

    Winner: John Aubuchon Press Freedom Award of The National Press Club (United States)

    OCCRP/RFE/RL reporter Khadija Ismayilova won the US National Press Club’s most prestigious press freedom award in 2015.

     

    Winner: PEN Award

    The US PEN association of writers honored Azerbaijani journalist Khadija Ismayilova with the 2015 PEN/Barbara Goldsmith Freedom to Write Award for her hard-hitting investigations revealing corruption at the highest levels of power in Azerbaijan.

     

    Winner: Swedish National Press Club Award

    Khadija Ismayilova was honored with the Swedish National Press Club's Freedom of Speech award for 2015. The award commemorates slain Russian reporter Anna Politkovskaya.

     

    Finalist: IRE 2014 Tom Renner Award

    OCCRP was named a finalist for IRE's Tom Renner award, for the project Unholy Alliances. This was the first occasion on which OCCRP was nominated as an organization, as opposed to having individual journalists nominated. All but 2 of the 70 finalists covered US-related topics.

     

    Winner: 2015 Universal Rights “Media Excellence” Award (Armenia)

    OCCRP/Hetq reporter Zaruhie Medjlumyan was honored with this award at the 2015 Universal Rights awards ceremony in Yerevan, Armenia, for her professionalism and coverage of the rights of those sentenced to life imprisonment.

     

    Winners: Fritt Ord Foundation and Zeit Foundation Press prize

    The 2015 Fritt Ord Foundation and the ZEIT Foundation Press Prizes for Russia and Eastern Europe were awarded to six courageous journalists and media outlets from Russia, Ukraine and Georgia. The winners included OCCRP member Slidstvo.Info and the journalists Serhiy Harmash and Valentyna Samar from Ukraine (with both of whom OCCRP collaborates), along with OCCRP partner Netgazeti.ge from Georgia.

     

    Winner: European Press Prize Special Award

    Unexpectedly, a special award was given to the OCCRP, described by judges as “a memorably motivated, determined force for good everywhere it operates. Its members do not get rich, but the societies they serve are richer and cleaner for the scrutiny that only true, independent journalism can provide.”

     

    Winner: Alison Des Forges Award of Human Rights Watch

    Human Rights Watch (HRW) awarded the Alison Des Forges Award for extraordinary activism to Azerbaijani investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova. The award celebrates those who risk their lives to protect the rights and dignity of others.

     

    Finalists – European Press Prize

    The OCCRP had two stories shortlisted for the investigative reporting category: The Russian Laundromat series (which launched large-scale investigations in the United Kingdom, Moldova and Russia) and the Unholy Alliances project from 2014.

     

    Winner: Annual Award for Best Investigative Reporting

    The MediaPedia project created by a team including OCCRP member Saska Cvetkovkska won the annual award for best investigative reporting given by the Macedonian Association of Journalists.

     

    Winner: Freedom of Expression Award

    OCCRP member Atlatszo.hu won the Freedom of Expression 2015 award given by the Index on Censorship, in the category of digital activism.

     

    Winner: EU Prize for journalism in Georgia

    Reporter Nana Biganishvili working for OCCRP’s Georgia partner Studio Monitori was awarded for an OCCRP-assisted report on citizens’ efforts to block development in Tbilisi’s Vake Park. As a result of this and other stories and public protests, the development project is currently on hold.

     

    Winner: Georgian Charter of Journalism Ethics prize

    Another Studio Monitori reporter, Tskriala Shermadini, won a prize for an OCCRP-assisted report on how some diesel gasoline being sold in Georgia far exceeded pollution standards.

     

    Winner: Macedonia Institute for Media Award

    Saska Cvetkovska of NOVA received the third prize under the category "Best investigative story for 2014" for a story on pollution and cancer cases.

     

    Recognized: Macedonia Institute for Media

    SCOOP Macedonia’s Marija Mitevska and Vladimir Kalinski were also recognized in the category "Best investigative story of 2014."

     

    2014 AWARDS

    Winner: Macedonia Institute for Media Award.

    Mence Toci from NOVA TV won the second prize under the category "Best investigative story of 2013" for an OCCRP-supported story on industrial pollution.

     

    Winner: USAID Best Investigative Story Award

    Joint research by CIN Sarajevo and CINS (Serbia) on the purchase of international awards won the Best 2014 Investigative Story awarded by the American Embassy in Serbia and the Independent Journalists’ Association of Serbia (NUNS).

     

    Winner: European Citizen Prize (European Parliament)

    The European Parliament awarded Atlatszo with the European Citizen Prize describing it as “one of the last bastions in Hungary which stands for the freedom to hold opinions and to receive an impart information without interference by public authorities.”

     

    Awarded to Iurie Sanduta, reporter of then-Ziarul de Garda and now-director of RISE Moldova for his story on the Moldavan Forest Mafia.

     

    Winners: M100 Media Award

    The international media conference M100 Sanssouci Colloquium concluded with the bestowal of the M100 Media Award on the Mayor of Kiev, Vitali Klitschko, and on YanukovychLeaks reporters Natalie Sedletska and Kateryna Kapliuk.

     

    Winners: BOBS Award

    The YanukovychLeaks team from Ukraine received the “Best of Online Activism” (The BOBs) award from German broadcaster Deutsche Welle, in the “Reporters Without Borders” category.

     

    Winner: 2014 Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism

    OCCRP partner Kyiv Post won this award for superior journalism throughout the publication’s history.

     

    Special Mention: SEEMO

    YanukovychLeaks team member Anna Babinets of Slidstvo.info, Ukraine, received a Special Mention at the 2014 South East Europe Media Organization (SEEMO) award ceremony, for her reporting from the Kyiv barricades.

     

    Winner: SEEMO Award

    South East Europe Media Organization (SEEMO) honored three interns of CIN Sarajevo with the Award for Outstanding Journalism, in the category of Young Professionals. Their story on foster families led to a new law.

     

    Winner: USAID Journalism Award

    The same story was recognized by USAID in Bosnia and Herzegovina, under its project Strengthening Government Institutions and Processes in BiH (SGIP BiH).

     

    Recognition: “100 Information Heroes”

    Reporters Without Borders, a non-profit organization focusing on freedom of expression and information featured Assen Yordanov of Bivol/OCCRP and Khadija Ismayilova on their list.

     

    Winner: ACCOUNT Awards

    OCCRP member CIN, Sarajevo, was recognized at the Bosnia and Herzegovina Anti-Corruption Civic Organizations Unified Network (ACCOUNT)’s annual journalism awards ceremony for the fourth time. Reporters Aladin Abdagić and Mubarek Asani jointly received the best video award and Aladin Abdagić received the best investigative story award. Both stories led to police investigations and one man was sentenced to 11 years in prison.

     

    Winner: Media Excellence prize

    OCCRP’s Armenian partner www.hetq.am won the “Media Excellence” prize at the 2014 Universal Rights ceremony held in Yerevan for its professionalism in the field of investigative journalism and in exposing human rights issues.

     

    Winner: Freedom of Speech Prize

    Hetq received the Freedom of Speech Prize for its disclosures of offshore accounts and related issues. The Prize was presented by “Asparez” Club of Journalists (Armenia).

     

    Winner: Georgia’s Best TV Story of the Year

    Studio Monitori journalist and OCCRP partner Nana Naskidashvili’s investigative story “Tabatskuri Lake and the Trouble of Fishermen” was named the best TV story of the year by the Republic of Georgia’s Civil Society Institute.

     

    Winner: Lielais Kristaps Film Festival awards

    Re:Baltica’s Arta Giga saw ‘Modris’, a film by her Red Dot media company, honored for best debut and best actress as well as receiving the audience award. The film premiered in the Toronto International Film Festival and received special recognition in Spain’s San Sebastian film festival. (Director Juris Kursietis received the “Silver Prometheus” at the Tbilisi International Film Festival.)

     

    Winner: Biodiversity Prize

    This is the second year in a row that OCCRP’s Bulgarian partner Bivol was awarded the prize for environmental journalism by the Foundation “Biodiversity.”

     

    2013 AWARDS

    Winner: Global Shining Light Award

    Khadija Ismayilova and Nushabe Fatullayeva (Baku), together with Czech journalists Pavla Holcova and Jaromir Hason were acknowledged for uncovering the questionable dealings of the Azeri President’s family.

     

    Winner: Knight International Journalism Award

    In November, OCCRP reporter and Novaya Gazeta journalist Roman Anin received the 2013 Knight International Journalism Award.

     

    Winner: SEEMO Professional Journalist Award

    Mahir Šahinović (CIN Sarajevo) was acknowledged for uncovering an international stock exchange scam. Mahir also gained an award from the Open Society Foundation that enabled him to attend the Global Investigative Journalism Conference in Rio de Janeiro.

     

    Finalist:  2013 Global Shining Light Award

    Miranda Patrucic, Valerie Hopkins, and Drew Sullivan were nominated for their two-year “First Family, First Bank” investigation  of how Montenegro Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic exploited his control over the government to benefit himself, siblings and friends.

     

    Contributed to second Global Shining Light Award winner

    Swedish Television was acknowledged for revealing corruption in a deal between Swedish telecom TeliaSonera and the daughter of Uzbek President Islam Karimov. OCCRP’s Miranda Patrucic and Roman Anin were acknowledged in the story for their role.

     

    Finalist:  Daniel Pearl Award 2013

    OCCRP’sProxy Platform” project uncovering the nest of companies used for draining billions from Russia, was one of six finalists for Outstanding International Reporting.

     

    Winner: Independent Journalism Center “Top 10 Journalists of 2013” Prize (Moldova)

    Awarded to Iurie Sanduta, reporter of then-Ziarul de Garda and now-director of RISE Moldova.

     

    Finalist: European Press Prize 2013

    Paul Radu, Mihai Munteanu, Luke Harding, Ion Preașcă, Iurie Sănduță and Cristi Ciupercă were nominated for the series titled “A Murderer’s Trail”.

     

    Finalist:  Gannett Foundation Award 2013

    OCCRP’sFollowing the Magnitsky Money” investigation  was a finalist for the Innovative Investigative Journalism awards.

     

    Winner: Jurg Grizelj Award

    Stevan Dojčinović of OCCRP/CINS (Serbia) won Serbia’s top investigative award, for exposing organized crime.

     

    Winner: NUNS investigative award

    CINS also won the NUNS (Independent Association of Journalists, Serbia) investigative journalism prize for a story on public transport.

     

    Winner: Anti-Corruption Network Award

    CIN (Bosnia and Herzegovina) won Bosnia and Herzegovina’s top investigative journalism award for a story on the indirect taxation authority that led directly to investigation by Bosnian prosecutors.

     

    Winner: UNICEF 2013 prize for promotion and protection of children’s rights

    Renata Radić-Dragić of CIN won this prize for a story on how local children deal with dual alphabets.

     

    Special Mention: UNICEF 2013 prize for promotion and protection of children’s rights

    Aladin Abdagić of CIN was specially mentioned by UNICEF under the same category.

     

    Winner: Josh Friedman Prize

    Studio Monitori (Georgia) and OCCRP partner Nanka Naskidashvili was awarded for a video report investigating failed water distribution projects.

     

     Winner: National Contest held by Transparency International

    Studio Monitori won two awards: Giorgi Mgeladze was awarded first prize for investigating a member of parliament who seized control of a prime ski area. Tskriala Shermadini won second prize for investigating deception concerning new type of corn which resulted in catastrophic harvests.

     

    Winner: Best Journalism on Bulgarian Wildlife

    Bivol/Бивол investigated the "absorption" of lucrative public lands by people close to power.

    bivol awardAssen Yordanov at the awards ceremony.

    2012 AWARDS

    Winner: USAID Award for Investigative Journalism

    The US Embassy in Serbia & Independent Journalism Association of Serbia (NUNS) Award recognized CIN and CINS under the Investigative Journalism 2012 for series of stories on “Project Copic”.

     

    Winner: Knight International Fellowship

    Roman Anin, OCCRP's lead reporter on Following the Magnitsky Money, qualified for this prestigious fellowship.

     

    Winner: Google & Global Voices Breaking Borders Award

    Awarded to OCCRP Hungarian partner Atlatszo.

     

    Winner: International Women's Media Federation Courage in Journalism Award

    Khadija Ismayilova received this award for reporting under duress.

     

    Winner: Gerd Bucerius Prize for Free Press in Eastern Europe

    Khadija Ismayilova received this award from the ZEIT Foundation, Germany.

      

    Finalist: IRE 2011 Tom Renner Award

    OCCRP/Khadija Ismayilova were nominated for three stories on The Hidden Wealth of the Azerbaijani President.

     

    Ranking in The Atlantic’s Brave Thinkers of 2012

    Khadija Ismayilova was ranked at no. 2

     

    Finalist: European Press Prize

    A team led by Paul Radu and Mihai Munteanu was nominated for The Proxy Platform project.

     

    Robert F. Kennedy Award for Excellence in Journalism

    Renata Radic, of CIN Sarajevo, received the international social media award.

    renata awardRenata Radic of CIN receives the Robert F. Kennedy Award

     

    Winner: Thompson Reuters Foundation and Media Center Sarajevo

    Mirjana Popovic of CIN received Thompson Reuters Foundation & Media center Sarajevo Award for Best Story on Governance and Corruption, 2012.

     

    GIPA Friedman Prize

    Nana Biganishvili of Studio Monitor received this for an investigative report revealing Tbilisi City Hall’s non-transparent spending and money laundering.

     

    Winner: Medal of Commendation

    The Council on Trafficking Issues awarded Hetq with a medal of commendation for its on-going coverage of human trafficking and ways to prevent it.

     

    Winner: Hrant Dink Freedom Award

    This was presented by The Armenian Bar Association to Edik Baghdasaryan of Hetq in acknowledgment of his heroic defence of Liberty and Free Speech in the service of the people of the Republic of Armenia

     

    SOME AWARDS WON BY OCCRP AND ITS MEMBERS IN 2011 & PREVIOUSLY

    • NUNS Award for Investigative Reporting

    • Time for Free Press Prize (Armenia)

    • The ITS Prize: Young Journalists Against Corruption

    • Whitman Bassow Award (Overseas Press Club)

    • The Daniel Pearl Award for Outstanding Investigative Reporting

    • Global Shining Light Award for Investigative Reporting Under Duress

    • The Knight International Journalism Award

    • First Prize for Best Investigative Film of the Year (Internews Armenia)

    • “Environment and Human Rights” for Journalists First prize (OSCE)

    • The Overseas Press Club Award (with ICIJ)

    • IREX Moldova “Special Mention” for Promoting Investigative Journalism

    • IREX Moldova “Young Journalists Against Corruption” Prize Winner

    • The Tom Renner Award for Crime Reporting

    • Investigative Reporters and Editors (with ICIJ)

    • The first ever Global Shining Light Award

    • The Transparency International Integrity Award

    • USAID award for the best investigative journalism series (Serbia)

    • Freedom of Speech Prize (Armenia)

    • "Special Mention", For Promoting The Investigative Journalism Which Approaches The Corruption Phenomenon Under Various Thematic Aspects (Iurie Sanduta)

    • “Defender of Armenia Freedom”

      

     stevan bojana mahir awardStevan Dojčinović and Bojana Jovanovic of CINS and Mahir Sahinovic of CIN

     

     

  • Board of Directors

    JDN/OCCRP Board of Directors

    Marina Gorbis, (President)
     
     
    Marina Gorbis
    Gorbis is the executive director of the Institute for the Future (IFTF). She created the Global Innovation Forum, a project comparing innovation strategies in different regions, founded the Global Ethnographic Network (GEN), and led IFTF’s Technology Horizons Program, focusing on interaction between technology and social organizations. She has authored publications on international business and economics, with an emphasis on regional innovation.
    David Boardman, (Treasurer)
     
     
    David Boardman

    David Boardman is Dean of the Klein College of Media and Communication at Temple University in Philadelphia. He has academic and financial responsibility for one of the largest and most comprehensive programs of its kind, with more than 3,000 students and 250 faculty members.

    Previously, Boardman was Executive Editor and Senior Vice President of The Seattle Times, the largest news organization in the Pacific Northwest. Under his leadership, The Times won four Pulitzer Prizes and produced 10 Pulitzer finalists.

    Boardman personally has been the recipient of numerous other major national awards, including the National Ethics Award from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Goldsmith Prize in Investigative Reporting from Harvard University, the Worth Bingham Prize in Investigative Reporting, the Investigative Reporters and Editors Award and the Associated Press Managing Editors Public Service Award.

    He is chair of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, the Lenfest Insitute for Journalism and the Solutions Journalism Network. He also serves on the boards of the American Society of News Editors Foundation, the Fund for Investigative Journalism and the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project. He sits on the advisory boards of ProPublica, the New England Center for Investigative Reporting and Investigative Reporting Denmark. Boardman serves on the Accrediting Council for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication and is its immediate past president.

    Boardman also is a past president and board member of Investigative Reporters and Editors and of the American Society of News Editors, and served as chairman of the National Advisory Board of the Poynter Institute for Media Studies. He is a Poynter Ethics Fellow. He is a former member of the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation Board and has served four times as a juror for the Pulitzer Prizes.

    Boardman has conducted seminars for journalists in Denmark, Bosnia, Belgium, the Netherlands, Poland, Ukraine, Turkey, Hong Kong and South Africa.

    He is a member of the Temple University Press Board of Review.

    Before joining The Times in 1983, Boardman was a reporter and editor at several papers in the Northwest, and worked on a construction project in Liberia, West Africa. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and has a graduate degree from the University of Washington. He is an inductee of both the Medill Alumni Hall of Achievement and the University of Washington Communications Hall of Fame.

    He has volunteered as a youth basketball coach and has served on advisory boards supporting music and journalism programs in public schools.

    He is married to Barbara Winslow Boardman, a writer and editor. They have two daughters. He enjoys kayaking, hiking, yoga, reading, cooking, wine, travel, music, and cheering on the Temple Owls and the Northwestern Wildcats.

    Victor Jacobsson
    Victor Jacobsson is an Entrepreneur, Investor and Advisor. He currently manages a private investment firm based in Stockholm. As an entrepreneur, Victor co-founded Klarna Bank in 2005 where he served in various roles, primarily as Chief Financial Officer. Victor has a master degree from the Stockholm School of Economics.
    Anders Alexanderson
     
     
    Anders Alexanderson

    Anders Alexanderson is Executive Vice President at Stockholm School of Economics in Riga (SSE Riga). He is one of the founders of The Centre for Media Studies at SSE Riga, which provide further education in investigative reporting for journalists from former Soviet republics and Russia.

    He has a background in the media in Sweden and has held management positions at several newspapers. He is a media entrepreneur and was the founder of one of the first internet consulting companies in western Sweden and one of the first private radio stations in Sweden. Before his position at SSE Riga he worked in public affairs positions in Scandinavia, the Baltic countries and in Russia.

    Sue Gardner
     
     
    Sue Gardner

    Sue Gardner’s work is motivated by the desire to ensure that everybody in the world has access to the information they want and need, so they’re equipped to make the best-possible decisions about their lives. Sue spent the first decade of her career as a journalist, working in radio, TV, print and online. In 2003 she became head of CBC.CA, the website of one of Canada’s best-loved cultural institutions, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. In 2007 Sue became executive director of the Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit that operates Wikipedia, the world’s largest and most popular encyclopedia. Today she serves as an advisor or board member for a variety of non-profit, grantmaking and policy organizations, mostly related to technology, media, gender and digital freedoms.

    Sue has an honorary doctorate of laws from Ryerson University, was named a Technology Pioneer for the World Economic Forum at Davos, has been ranked by Forbes magazine as the world’s 70th most powerful woman, was the inaugural recipient of the Knight Foundation’s Innovation Award, received the Cultural Humanist of the Year award from the Harvard Humanist Association, and is a proud recipient of the Nyan Cat Medal of Internet Awesomeness for Defending Internet Freedom.

     

    OCCRP Member Representative

    Saska Cvetkovska
     
     
    Saska Cvetkovska

    Saska Cvetkovska is investigative reporter and media freedom activists. She is co-founder of the Investigative Reporting Lab – Macedonia, a non-government organization whose mission is to fight misinformation with real investigative reporting through inter-disciplinary approaches that include technology, academic research and investigative reporting. Cvetkovska has won more than ten domestic and international awards. She is author of Mediapedia, the first database of Macedonian media ownership, a project that has mapped online news media since 2014. Since 2016, she was a lead reporting in the project Spooks and Spins- The Information wars in the Balkans looking at how Macedonia became a haven for propaganda.

    Cvetkovska has worked on a series of national and cross-border investigations that exposed corruption, the illicit trade of arms, espionage and the global information wars. She is also the author of Getdata, the first Macedonian online tool that guides researchers and reporters how to find data online and offline in Macedonia and the region. Many of the stories Cvetkovska and her team broke was while they were under constant threats, attacks and long-term surveillance including a years long wiretapping program by the former government.

    In 2018 she was elected by Macedonian journalists to represent them on the Board of Directors of the Association of Journalist of Macedonia. The organizations mission is to improve the conditions in which Macedonian journalists operate.

     

    Ex-Officio Members

    Drew Sullivan
     
     
    Drew Sullivan
    Sullivan is the editor and co-founder of OCCRP and served as the first director. He founded the Journalism Development Network, an innovative media development organization with programs worldwide. He has served on the board of directors of Investigative Reporters and Editors and the National Institute for Computer Assisted Reporting. Before becoming a journalist, he was an aerospace engineer on the Space Shuttle Project for Rockwell International Space Systems. He worked on stories with OCCRP that have been awarded the Daniel Pearl Award, the Online Journalism Award for investigative reporting, the Global Shining Light Award for reporting under duress, the Tom Renner award for Crime Reporting and many other international awards.
    Paul Radu
     
     
    Paul Radu
    Radu is the executive director of OCCRP and a co-creator of the Investigative Dashboard concept, the Visual Investigative Scenarios software, and the RISE Project, a new platform for investigative reporters and hackers. He has held a number of fellowships including the 2008 Knight International Journalism fellowship with the International Center for Journalists as well as a 2009-2010 Stanford Knight Journalism Fellowship. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the Knight International Journalism Award, the Investigative Reporters and Editors Award, the Global Shining Light Award, the Tom Renner Investigative Reporters and Editors Award and the Daniel Pearl Award for Outstanding International Investigative Reporting.
  • Moldova: Pro-Russia Party Banned from Elections After OCCRP Expose

    Patria, a pro-Russian political party has been struck from the slate of upcoming parliamentary elections in Moldova by a ruling from the country's Appeals Court on Thursday.

    Renato Ustatii
    Renato Ustatii

    A decision to bar the party from the polls was reached after the emergence of surreptious recordings made by authorities of an interview between an OCCRP reporter and party leader, Renato Usatii, where he talked about his relationship with Russian state interests. He also made threats against the life of Russian banker German Gorbuntsov.

  • OCCRP Nominated for European Press Prize Investigative Reporting Award

    The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) is one of six finalists for the 2013 European Press Prize’s Investigative Reporting Award, which is given to “the individual or team effort which has done most to unearth facts that the public – and society – has a right to know.”

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