• Uzbekistan Probes Possible Theft of UNESCO Grants

    Uzbekistan’s Ministry of Culture wants to know where the money UNESCO granted for the management of two World Heritage sites went after suspicious documents emerged, hinting at corruption.

  • Letter: When UNESCO’s Director General Broke Her Silence

    Khadija Ismayilova is an investigative journalist with Radio Free Europe and OCCRP. She responds to UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova’s letter to the Guardian about UNESCO’s relationship with her country’s repressive government.  Ismayilova spent 18 months in an Azerbaijani jail for her reporting about the ruling Aliyev family of Azerbaijan.

    Photo courtesy of Khadija IsmayilovaKhadija Ismayilova (Photo by  Aziz Karimov)

  • EU Plans Crackdown on Antique and Art Smuggling That Funds Terror

    The EU proposed new rules Thursday intended to curb the illegal import of archaeological objects that terrorist groups such as ISIS use to fund their activities.

  • World Press Freedom Day: Azeri Reporter Wins UNESCO Press Freedom Prize From Behind Bars

    Azerbaijani investigative reporter Khadija Ismayilova won the 2016 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize today from behind bars in a Baku prison. The award marks World Press Freedom Day and will be received at an awards ceremony by her mother, Elmira, today in Helsinki, Finland.

  • Bulgaria: UN Candidate Property Wealth Raises Questions

    The Director General of UNESCO and a Bulgarian candidate for UN Secretary General, Irina Bokova, owns US$ 4.7 million in properties across London, Paris and New York, despite an estimated family income in recent years of only US$ 2.7 million, reported OCCRP partner center Bivol.  


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