How They Did It: The Azerbaijani Laundromat

In September, the Danish national newspaper Berlingske, in partnership with the OCCRP and other international media partners, exposed a complex money laundering scheme led by Azerbaijan’s elite. The stories revealed that, between 2012 and 2014, $2.9 billion connected to the country was siphoned through European companies and banks. Here’s how they got the story.

Mongolia Holds Pioneering IJ Conference

Mongolia held its first international investigative reporting conference earlier this month, drawing over 100 attendees from 10 countries, including trainers from Germany, Japan and the United States. The event recognized the enterprising work being done by local journalists while launching Central Asia’s first nonprofit investigative newsroom, the Mongolian Centre for Investigative Journalism.

Stunned Open Government Community Searches for Solutions

December might be when thoughts turn to the holidays, but this year it’s also when anti-corruption activists and advocates for transparency and accountability came together at two major international events: the 17th International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC) and the 2016 Open Government Partnership summit.

COLPIN Showcases Latin America’s Best Muckraking

The seventh Latin American Investigative Journalism Conference ended on Monday, bringing together 150 journalists from some 15 countries in Lima, Peru. The conference, held November 20-23, presented awards to an impressive array of stories from across the region. Noting the quality of the awards submissions, veteran journalist Gustavo Gorritti declared, “El periodismo de investigacion se ha salvado.” (“Investigative Journalism has been saved.”)

Research Desk: Data on Human Rights, Corruption, Terrorism

Time for a new collection of tools and reports. This week we’ve got a human rights database, file conversion for 208 formats, and nine new reports from research organizations, ranging from terrorism and corruption to European migration. Got a suggestion for The Research Desk? Write me at gprice@mediasourceinc.com.

Holding Big Fish Accountable: How to Uncover Corruption

In a 2011 Transparency International survey, more than 3,000 business executives from around the world were asked to assess the effectiveness of various approaches to weeding out corruption. The result: nearly half (49%) indicated that investigative journalism played a critical role. Respondents from Pakistan (73%) and Brazil (79%), countries where the press reports fiercely on suspected acts of corruption, placed particular faith in the media’s ability to uncover wrongdoing. Why did the participants feel so strongly that journalists can help?

Global Corruption: The 2013 Index by Transparency Int’l

Since 1995, Transparency International has surveyed and analyzed how corruption is perceived around the world. Through its Corruption Perceptions Index, TI has shown that abuse of power, secret dealings, and bribery are widespread and not confined to a handful of developing countries. The just-released 2013 index measures the perceived levels of public sector corruption in 177 countries and territories. It “demonstrates that all countries still face the threat of corruption at all levels of government, from the issuing of local permits to the enforcement of laws and regulations,” according to TI Chair Huguette Labelle.

Today: Int’l Day to End Impunity

Today is International Day to End Impunity. IFEX, the global network of 88 groups defending free expression, is coordinating events worldwide calling for an end to attacks on journalists and others who speak out. Over the past ten years, more than 500 journalists have been killed, and in 9 of 10 cases their killers have escaped — with impunity. Check out this map to see events scheduled worldwide. The campaign asks you to take five minutes to support five people under threat for speaking out. According to the International Press Institute (IPI), thousands of journalists have been killed for reporting on issues of public interest and social justice, including 97 media workers so far in 2013.

Latin American Investigative Journalism Awards Now Open

Applications are open for the coveted Latin American Investigative Journalism Awards. Organized by the Instituto Prensa y Sociedad (IPYS) and Transparency International, the competition offers US$30,000 in awards, including a grand prize of $15,000. Deadline to apply is June 14. The awards will be presented at the Global Investigative Journalism Conference in Rio this October.