Danske Bank Named Corrupt Actor of 2018

Denmark's Danske Bank beat out a record 22 other contenders to be named Corrupt Actor of the Year by the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project. The bank, tied to a €230 billion money laundering scandal, won the dubious honor over Russian President Vladimir Putin, Hungarian President Viktor Orban, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and US President Donald Trump.

Source: OCCRP

Posted on: December 29, 2018

Int’l Stories Honored by 2018 IRE Awards

The just-announced IRE awards honor powerful stories ranging from U.S. sex harassment to murders in Kiev and London. Winners of IRE's top honor, a medal, included the documentary Killing Pavel, on the murder of a Russian journalist in Ukraine, produced by GIJN members Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project and Slidstvo. "This year’s entries were among the finest examples of investigative reporting I’ve seen since I began my tenure on the awards committee," said contest chair Jill Riepenhoff.

Source: IRE

Posted on: April 2, 2018

Thousands March as Media Join Kuciak

Thousands marched in Bratislava and other Slovak cities on Friday to honor slain investigative journalist Jan Kuciak, who was murdered this week while finishing work on how the Italian mafia had infiltrated his homeland. Demonstrators demanded swift action to a killing that has shaken the country and its coalition government. Meanwhile, Kuciak's work was completed by GIJN members Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), Czech Centre for Investigative Journalism, and Investigative Reporting Project of Italy, and republished by major media including Bild, Die Welt, Le Temps, Politico, and Business Insider. A special newsroom will open in Bratislava to continue the work, comprised of top journalists from the Ringier Axel Springer Media group, which owned Kuciak's outlet, the Aktuality.sk website. Said Aktuality.sk’s Editor Peter Bárdy, "We need to say to the perpetrators: You will never browbeat us.” 

Source: Slovak Spectator, Reuters

Posted on: March 3, 2018

Ján Kuciak’s Deadly Last Investigation

Ján Kuciak, a young Slovak investigative journalist, was murdered this week, alongside his fiancée. Before his death, Kuciak had been working with the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project and his outlet, Aktuality.sk, on an in-depth investigation about the Italian 'Ndrangheta, one of the world's most powerful and fearsome criminal groups, and their infiltration into his country. His reporting was carried out in collaboration with two OCCRP partners: the Czech Center for Investigative Journalism and the Investigative Reporting Project Italy. Here you can find Jan's final stories, published to honor his memory, set the record straight, and minimize the danger to his colleagues.

Source: OCCRP

Posted on: February 28, 2018

Kremlin Assault on Democracy in 21 Nations Detailed

Russia's far-ranging intrusions to undermine democracy in Europe and the United States are detailed in a new report by Democratic Party staffers of the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. This disturbingly detailed 206-page report on Russian interference relies heavily on investigative reporting by independent media, including GIJN members OCCRP, Re:Baltica and ProPublica. The report describes Kremlin use of state foundations, NGOs, think tanks, political extremists, the Russian Orthodox Church, the energy industry, organized crime and corruption.

Source: US Senate

Posted on: January 10, 2018

Killing Pavel

Killing Pavel, a documentary that reveals new details about the killing of journalist Pavel Sheremet in Ukraine last year, is now available on the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) YouTube channel in Ukrainian, Russian and English. The 44-year-old was killed by a car bomb in the Ukrainian capital in July 2016. For over nine months, reporters at OCCRP and its Ukrainian partner Slidstvo.info conducted their own investigation, both into the murder and into the unsuccessful police probe.

Source: OCCRP

Posted on: May 12, 2017

OCCRP, 14 GIJN Members Track $21B

How do you track $21 billion in laundered money from Russian banks? The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project and Russia's Novaya Gazeta obtained detailed banking records for over 120 suspect accounts, and shared the data with reporters from over 30 outlets (including 14 GIJN members). Dubbed "The Russian Laundromat Exposed," the project details "how more than $20.8 billion was taken out of Russia and laundered, who got the money, and why some of the world’s largest banks failed to shut the scheme down."

Source: OCCRP

Posted on: March 20, 2017

$6M Anti-Corruption Initiative Builds on Investigative Reporting

The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) and Transparency International (TI) are joining forces in a unique partnership to attack grand corruption on a global scale. Called the Global Anti-Corruption Consortium, the initiative has raised nearly $6 million in support from the governments of the United States, Argentina, Australia, Denmark, and Norway, and the Open Society Foundations. OCCRP and TI are actively seeking reporting partners.

Source: OCCRP

Posted on: December 7, 2016

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

Investigative Reporters Win Knight Int’l Award

Investigative reporters from Bosnia and Mexico who have exposed financial crimes and misconduct at the highest levels are winners of the 2016 Knight International Journalism Award. Honors went to Miranda Patrucic of the Sarajevo-based Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project and the investigative team at Aristegui Noticias, a Mexican news site led by Carmen Aristegui.

Source: International Center for Journalists

Posted on: May 19, 2016