Bulgarian Investigative Journalists Detained

Two journalists investigating fraud in European Union-funded projects in Bulgaria and Romania were detained by authorities last week. Dimitar Stoyanov, a reporter for the Bulgarian investigative journalism website Bivol, and Attila Biro of RISE Project Romania, were taken into custody for several hours by authorities in western Bulgaria as they attempted to prevent and document the destruction of evidence related to an investigation funded by International Press Institute’s #IJ4EU grant program. On Monday, Bivol published a report detailing what it described as “large-scale and wide-spread corruption” in EU-funded projects in Bulgaria worth hundreds of millions of Bulgarian leva.

Source: IPI

Posted on: September 28, 2018

IJ4EU Awards 12 Investigative Projects

An independent jury has selected 12 investigative journalism projects for funding under the inaugural round of the IJ4EU fund. The fund is designed to encourage cooperative investigations that cross European borders and is supported by the European Commission and the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom and managed by the International Press Institute. Winners include teams of journalists investigating child abuse and neglect in Greece and Cyprus, climate change denial in the EU, corruption in cancer diagnosis and treatment in Central and Eastern Europe, the misuse of EU funds and a project investigating Hungarian public money, among others.

Source: IPI

Posted on: June 18, 2018

New €450,000 EU Fund for Investigations

A fund of up to €450,000 to support cross-border investigative journalism in the European Union is being launched today by the International Press Institute and the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom. The Investigative Journalism for Europe (#IJ4EU) fund, backed by a European Commission grant, is intended to foster and strengthen collaboration among EU-based journalists and newsrooms on revelations in the public interest and of cross-border significance. Teams of investigative reporters or media outlets based in at least two EU countries can apply for grants up to €50,000 to produce investigations on a topic of cross-border relevance and public interest.

Source: IJ4EU

Posted on: March 19, 2018