Category : Journalism

Plenary 4: Plenary IV: Don’t Let Them Get Away With It: Investigating & Exposing the Truth

Check out the live stream of Plenary IV at the 16th International Anti-Corruption Conference.

Learn more about Plenary IV: Don’t Let Them Get Away With It: Investigating & Exposing the Truth

Categories: 16th IACC, Human RIghts, Investigations, Journalism, Whistleblowing

Interview: Miranda Patrucic on Investigating a Mafia State

By Luigi Serenelli

Miranda PatrucicMiranda Patrucic receiving the Global Shining Light Award at the Global Investigative Journalism Conference in Lillehammer. Photo: Kristine M. Gutterød. 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.

Cigarette loading point on the island of St. Nikola. Photo: Vijesti


Categories: GIJN, IACC Young Journalist, Journalism

Ending Impunity for Crimes against Journalists

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?


Categories: Journalism

Empire of Ashes

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.


Categories: Corruption, Investigations, Journalism

“There’s a war out there”: Investigative journalists report back

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.


Categories: 16th IACC, Corruption, IACC Young Journalist, Journalism

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