Posted on 12 Nov, 2015
Check out the live stream of Plenary IV at the 16th International Anti-Corruption Conference.
Posted on 5 Nov, 2015
Miranda Patrucic is a lead investigative reporter for the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, based in Sarajevo, Bosnia. She recently shared first prize in the Global Shining Light Awards, for Unholy Alliances: How Organized Crime, Government and Business Interact in Montenegro. The award was given at the Global Investigative Journalism Conference on October 10 in Lillehammer, Norway, where we caught up to her to ask what it’s like to investigate a Mafia state.
Why is this investigation important?
A government with close ties to organized crime does not work for the people
Some countries pretend to be democracies, or pretend to be strong developing countries with something to offer to Europe. On the other hand, they have strong ties with organized crime. A government with close ties to organized crime does not work for the people. It works for its own interest. With this project, we unveiled that the Prime Minister and his family have enabled criminals to launder their money. The government tried to give pubic resources to organized crime figures.
Posted on 2 Nov, 2015
Today is the UN’s ‘International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists’. The day was created two years ago through a resolution passed by the UN General Assembly. The resolution condemns violence against journalists, ensure journalists’ safety, and to hold those accountable when violence occurs.
How bad is it?
Posted on 2 Nov, 2015
Across the porous Brazil-Paraguay border, cigarette smuggling is overtaking marijuana and cocaine as the most profitable illegal trade. One in four cigarettes consumed in Brazil is now smuggled. In some regions of Colombia, illegal cigarettes make up 50% of the market share. At the centre of the web is Paraguay and its President, Horacio Cartes. He owns the companies which control much of the production of the smuggled cigarettes. In turn, the racket finances two of the most violent criminal organizations of the Americas: the illicit trade is reshaping the geopolitics of organized crime in the region. Peru is the only country where smuggling has declined, but it still accounts for 20% of the market.
Posted on 21 Sep, 2015
By IACC Young Journalist Stephanie Anderson
Investigative journalists have always faced threats; of intimidation and violence, as well as in the political sphere or the courts.
According to the Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN), more than 1,000 journalists have been killed since 1990.
David Kaplan from the GIJN said that figure did not take into account journalists who had been beaten, or intimidated.
“There’s a war out there on independent media,” he said at a session on investigating corruption at the 16th International Anti-Corruption Conference.