Peru Cops Raid IDL-Reporteros after Judicial Exposé

After an exposé of recordings implicating judicial officials in corruption, authorities in Peru yesterday raided the offices of GIJN member IDL Reporteros, demanding documents and data. The recordings "open a window onto the almost wholesale trading of favors — job positions, lenient sentences or shelving of cases, votes for court candidacies—by the chief justice on the Superior Court of Callao, a justice on the Supreme Court, and three members on the National Magistrates Council, which appoints judges and officials," according to the Peruvian Times. Press groups have denounced the raid. 

Source: Peruvian Times, RPP

Posted on: July 11, 2018

India Sting Bares Papers on the Take

GIJN member Cobrapost has the biggest story in India but the Indian press is all but silent about it. The reason? Cobrapost ran a sting operation exposing widespread readiness by major media to accept payoffs for stories biased toward the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Hindu nationalism. Cobrapost dubbed the story "Operation 136" -- a reference to India's poor ranking in the 2017 World Press Freedom Index.

Source: BBC News, Cobrapost

Posted on: June 1, 2018

Angolan Journalist Indicted for Story

Angolan Journalist Rafael Marques de Morais has been indicted for the second time for exposing government corruption. In an article published on his anti-corruption watchdog website Maka Angola, Marques exposed the illegality of Angola’s Attorney General to act as a property and real estate developer in addition to his legal duties. The article also questioned the tolerance of the president, José Eduardo dos Santos, towards his subordinates who openly disobey the constitution. Marques was indicted upon his return from Washington, DC, where he was honored with the National Endowment for Democracy’s 2017 Democracy Award. Marques was previously imprisoned for calling President Dos Santos a dictator in an article in 1999. He was released after international advocacy efforts on his behalf.

Source: National Endowment for Democracy

Posted on: June 26, 2017

Journalists Covering Corruption Honored

The US-based National Endowment for Democracy will present its 2017 Democracy Award on June 7 in Washington, DC in a ceremony on Capitol Hill. Of the five awards presented, two will be given to investigative journalists. Rafael Marques de Morais, who has been imprisoned in Angola for his work, investigated government corruption and abuses in the country’s diamond industry. Denys Bihus leads TOM 14, a group of investigative journalists in Ukraine, and hosts the anti-corruption TV program, Nashi Hroshi (Our Money)

Source: NED

Posted on: June 5, 2017

Facebook Censors Investigative Journalist

Matthew Caruana Galizia, a member of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists’ Panama Papers team, was temporarily locked out of his Facebook account over four posts, which were deleted for violating the social network’s community standards. Caruana Galizia published a series of posts alleging corruption by the prime minister of Malta and his associates. Written in Maltese, each post included images of documents from the Panama Papers leak. The censorship comes amid political turmoil, where a snap election is scheduled for 3 June.

Source: The Guardian

Posted on: May 19, 2017

New OCCRP Database on “Exposed Persons”

A new platform, ID Search, is now available to search for documents and data on crime, corruption, and "Politically Exposed Persons." Developed by the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, the database integrates over two million documents drawn from official watchlists, gazettes of commerce, company records, leaks, and court cases.

Source: OCCRP

Posted on: May 31, 2016

Study: Corruption a Leading Indicator of Unrest

Corruption is a leading indicator of social and economic instability, according to a new study by the Institute for Economics and Peace, a Sydney-based think tank. The report identified 64 countries at tipping points for which small increases in corruption lead to large decreases in peace.

Source: Institute for Economics and Peace

Posted on: June 1, 2015

New j4t Group Takes on Corruption in Food Supply

“Spoiled: Corruption from Farm to Table" is the first project of the new Journalists for Transparency (j4t). The multimedia effort investigates corruption of the food supply in a half-dozen countries. This cross-border initiative grew out of the talented young journalists group working with the International Anti-Corruption Conference.

Source: Journalists for Transparency

Posted on: September 6, 2014

BBC Interactive Map: Countries and Bribes

One person in four has paid a bribe to a public body in the last year, according to a survey carried out in 95 countries by Transparency International. The poor record of some African nations on bribery stands out. The countries with the lowest rate are Denmark, Finland, Japan and Australia.

Source: BBC News

Posted on: July 18, 2013