• Upcoming events

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    EU DISINFOLAB VIRTUAL CONFERENCE

    29 September 2020 - 30 September 2020
    Brussels
    Belgium
    Oct 18

    WORLD PRESS FREEDOM CONFERENCE 2020

    18 October 2020 - 20 October 2020
    The Hague
    Netherlands
    Mon 20

    INTERNATIONAL SBCC SUMMIT 2021

    20/09/2021 - 24/09/2021
    Morocco
  • ARIJ MENA’s Research & Data Desk Project

    Launched by Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism, ARIJ MENA’s Research & Data Desk Project is a trail-blazing project in the world of Arab journalism by the leading organization promoting and supporting investigative reporting in the region.

    The main idea and motivation behind the data desk is creation of a singular, coordination online data desk that collects as much diverse data as possible from open sources in ARIJ target countries. These are Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, UAE, and Yemen.

    Journalists need the data collected on property, taxes, legal actions and finances to complete meaningful and evidence-based investigative reports.

  • Bellingcat's Online Investigation Toolkit

    In an effort to promote open-source intelligence (OSINT) tools (data collected from publicly available sources), Bellingcat has launched a freely available online open source investigation toolkit. The list includes satellite and mapping services, tools for verifying photos and videos, websites to archive web pages, and much more. It also includes guides at the end of the document, highlighting the methods and use of these tools in further detail. You can access the resource here

    Additionally, Bellingcat provides tailored digital forensics workshops as well as three-to-five day open source investigation workshops. For more information, contact Christiaan Triebert.

  • BIRN's Investigative Resource Desk

    The Balkan Investigative Reporting Network’s (BIRN) Investigative Resource Desk (BIRD) is an innovative interactive platform created for journalists who want to keep up-to-date with the fast-changing world of technology without sacrificing their ethics or the standards of professional journalism. BIRD provides investigative journalists with various types of assistance, and a set of tools and resources relating, but not limited, to freedom of information, data access and protection, cybersecurity, and open source datasets. Assistance is free and provided on a needs basis. It also includes a resource centre that includes job, fellowship, grant, and research opportunities, links, best practices, and other resources. See more here

  • Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) Impact Tracker

    The Impact Tracker is an interactive database where staff can create records for all the real-world change associated with their work. For this to be useful, your organization first needs to set impact priorities and socialize these throughout the newsroom so everyone knows what counts and should be entered.

  • Collaborative Investigative Journalism Tools

    This spreadsheet contains a crowdsourced list of links, resources, and other information about collaborative investigative journalism tools and projects around the world.

  • Data Journalism Den

    The Data Journalism Den is a global hub by the Global Editors Network, dedicated to serving the international data journalism community through the collaborative exchange of data, tools, and resources. The Den is open to all journalists, developers, designers, and organisations committed to the practice and development of data journalism. The Global Editors Network (GEN) is an international association of over 6,000 editors-in-chief and media executives with the mission of fostering digital innovation in newsrooms all over the world.

  • DW Akademie's How to fund investigative journalism: Insights from the field and its key donors report

    This report is designed to give funders a succinct and accessible introduction to the practice of funding investigative journalism around the world, via major contemporary debates, trends and challenges in the field. It is part of a series from DW Akademie looking at practices, challenges and futures of investigative journalism (IJ) around the world.

    The paper is intended as a stepping stone, or a springboard, for those who know little about investigative journalism, but who would like to know more. It is not a defense, a mapping or a history of the field, either globally or regionally; nor is it a description of or guide to how to conduct investigations or an examination of investigative techniques. These are widely available in other areas and (to some extent) in other languages already.

    Rooted in 17 in-depth expert interviews and wide-ranging desk research, this report sets out big-picture challenges and opportunities facing the IJ field both in general, and in specific regions of the world. It provides donors with an overview of the main ways this often precarious field is financed in newsrooms and units large and small. Finally it provides high-level practical advice—from experienced donors and the IJ field—to help new, prospective or curious donors to the field to find out how to get started, and what is important to do, and not to do.

    Read the full report here

  • EJC's Data Journalism Handbook

    The Data Journalism Handbook is one of the world’s leading journalism resources and used by students, researchers and practitioners learning about the state of the ever-evolving field of data journalism. In partnership with the Google News Initiative, the European Journalism Centre is currently working on a revised second edition of the Handbook that will reflect the current state of data journalism.

    EJC also produces its Conversations with Data podcast, hosted by DataJournalism.org

  • EU Investigative Journalism Awards

    The EU award for investigative journalism aims at celebrating and promoting outstanding achievements of investigative journalists and improving the visibility of quality investigative journalism in the Western Balkans countries and Turkey. It follows the EU Enlargement strategy which recognizes strong need for ensuring freedom of expression in the media, and for support to investigative journalism to monitor the reform processes and to keep the historical momentum toward the EU accession. The award also aims at promoting a young generation of investigative journalists.

  • Fact Checking & Investigative Journalism Tools

    Public Alliance Media is providing a collection of tips, platforms and other resources to better practice fact checking and investigative journalism. With political influence over the media and the rise of user generated content via social media, it is becoming harder to distinguish between fact and fiction. When crises, emergencies, elections, and other social conflicts arise, journalists often need to be at the forefront, making sure they provide accountable and timely information.

  • First Draft

    First Draft is a global non-profit that supports journalists, academics, and technologists working to address challenges relating to trust and truth in the digital age. They host a global verification and collaborative investigation network through their CrossCheck International initiative, work in partnership with their expanding community to conduct innovative and experimental research projects, and continuously develop online and offline training designed to expand and embed best practices in newsrooms and journalism schools around the world. With a firm focus on tackling information disorder, First Draft is building on its pioneering work around elections in the US, France, UK, Germany, Brazil, and Nigeria.

  • Global Investigative Journalism Conference (GIJC) Citizen Investigations Guide

    This guide and toolkit from GIJN aims to help both journalists who are just starting out as well as help non-journalists investigate even more. The sections in this guide teach the techniques used by investigative journalists, including: Planning and carrying out an investigation; Ethics and safety; Searching the Internet; Researching individuals; Finding out who owns corporations; Looking into government records; Investigating politicians; Digging up property records; and more.

  • Global Investigative Journalism Conference (GIJC) Cross Border Investigation Tips

    Cross-border projects have grown in popularity and sophistication.  At the 11th Global Investigative Journalism Conference, muckrakers who have worked on the Panama Papers, Implant Files and Troika Laundromat shared their lessons from collaborating across borders.

  • Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN) Guide to Tracking Aircraft Around the World

    GIJN’s new guide to tracking aircraft around the world offers a valuable overview of how to track the movements of planes and other aircraft; an increasingly valuable skill for investigative journalists. According to GIJN, this knowledge has helped investigative journalists to:

    • Virtually observe a Russian oligarch’s jet making suspicious trips to the Middle East and Africa;
    • question the use of private planes — by Hungary’s president, among others;
    • expose rendition flights by the Turkish government;
    • follow the travels of government officials;
    • learn about military operations;
    • watch the movements of corporate executives;
    • analyse aircraft accidents; and more.
  • Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN) Help Desk and Resource Center

    The Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN) is an international association of nonprofit organisations that support, promote, and produce investigative journalism.

    The GIJN Help Desk is a space designed to help investigative journalists around the world. Network’s fortnightly bulletin brings the latest news from GIJN, useful tips, tools and the best investigative stories around the world.

    One of GIJN’s first tasks was putting together a guide to all the investigative reporting guides out there. You’ll find on the following links three dozen guides in various languages, plus a selection of resources for teaching and training.


    Data Journalism is now an essential part of investigative journalism, and almost every day new tools and tips appear. GIJN developed a comprehensive guide to the field in Data Journalism Resources plus a handy tip sheet for newsrooms in the Data Journalism Toolkit.

    GIJN created a page to guide journalists into prominent journalism awards competitions around the world. It refers especially awards that are of special interest to investigative journalists, that are open to international entries, and that are global or regional in scope.

  • Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN) How Tos for Investigative Journalists

    The Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN) is an international association of nonprofit organisations that support, promote, and produce investigative journalism. In 2020, they published a “How Tos for Investigative Journalists” guide, which features some of their most popular how tos from our story archives – as well as select items from their growing Resource Center – to offer up solid tutorials on a range of tools that could help you in your investigations, whether you need to track planes, extract data from PDFs, or build a GIF using satellite image imagery.

  • Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN) Indigenous Journalists Guide

    The Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN) and the Native American Journalists Association have created a resource to help Indigenous journalists doing in-depth and watchdog reporting. This unique guide is designed to encourage Indigenous journalists worldwide and to empower them with tips, tools, and sources for information.

  • Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN) New Guide to Citizen Investigations

    Citizens can investigate, and they do — all over the world. This new GIJN Guide can help non-journalists investigate even more. It’s full of techniques used by investigative journalists that will be helpful to citizen investigators, too. These include searching the internet, finding out who owns corporations, investigating politicians, and much more.

  • Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN) Global Shining Light Award

    Every two years, the Global Investigative Journalism Network presents the Global Shining Light Award, a unique award which honors investigative journalism in a developing or transitioning country, done under threat, duress, or in the direst of conditions.

  • Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN) Women's Group

    The Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN)’s Women Group serves as a forum to discuss topics related to women in investigative journalism. The group’s mailing list is used to share news, updates, resources, and events relevant to the work of women investigative journalists.

  • ICFJ & OCCRP partnership: The big bet

    The reporting project established in partnership with ICFJ and OCCRP will result in a regional corps of seasoned investigative journalists who understand and practice the highest standards of journalism, ethics and safety. It will prepare skilled investigative editors to train a new generation of investigative journalists.

  • ICFJ Knight Fellowships Tools and Projects

    ICFJ Knight tools is a curated a list of resources for  journalists and technologists around the globe. Fellows and the ICFJ Knight team are available to help you get started. International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) empowers journalists to deliver trustworthy news essential for vibrant societies.

  • IJ4EU Grants from ECPMF and IPI

    Investigative Journalism for Europe (IJ4EU) grants are intended to foster and strengthen collaboration among European journalists and newsrooms based in EU member state and candidate countries on revelations in the public interest and of cross-border significance. The grant aims to support investigations that reflect the media’s watchdog role and that assist the public in holding those in power accountable for their actions and to their obligations. In so doing, it seeks to contribute to the sustainability of democracy and the rule of law in the EU.

  • Internews Network’s resources

    Internews trains journalists in investigative reporting, produces content to encourage dialogue on corruption, and helps reform media laws and expand freedom of information rights and internet freedom policies and practices.  

    They also have a rich practice in data journalism, helping seasoned and emerging professionals locate, clean and present data that supports their investigative work.

  • Mother Jones

    Mother Jones is a non-profit magazine that focuses on news, commentary, and investigative reporting on topics including politics, the environment, human rights, and culture.

  • New York Times Data Journalism Course

    The New York Times developed an extensive, in-house course to teach their reporters basic data skills needed for work in a modern newsroom. They have recently made the course contents publicly available for use by reporters, newsrooms, and any other media professionals.

  • OCCRP Documents Library

    The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project Resource Center is a collection of important resources for journalists and researchers on organized crime and corruption. OCCRP has used these tools, reports, public records, court cases and other materials in their reporting.

    Also, OCCRP launched the Investigative Dashboard, an online platform to help journalists anywhere to investigate and to trace people, companies and assets across the globe.

    The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) is an investigative reporting platform formed by 40 non-profit investigative centres, scores of journalists and several major regional news organisations around the globe.

  • OECD's survey : The role of media and investigative journalism in combating corruption

    OECD launched a survey on Investigative Journalism in Combating Corruption including the good practices and the challenges in the detection of international corruption cases via media reporting and investigative journalism.

    The media and investigative journalism play a crucial role in bringing allegations of corruption to light and fighting against impunity. International consortiums of investigative journalists are an example of an international cooperation that leads to tangible results in bringing financial and economic crime to the attention of the public and law enforcement authorities.

  • Poynter's International Fact-Checking Network

    The International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) is a unit of the Poynter Institute dedicated to bringing together fact-checkers worldwide. The IFCN was launched in September 2015 to support a booming crop of fact-checking initiatives by promoting best practices and exchanges in this field.

  • UNESCO Manuals

    UNESCO has constantly fostered debate on media accountability and professional and ethical standards, which provide journalists with guiding principles and training materials on how to best exercise their profession. In collaboration with Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism (ARIJ), UNESCO launched the first manual for investigative journalists in Arab States, entitled Story-Based Inquiry: A Manual for Investigative Journalists in 2009.

    Following the successful launch of the Manual which has been adopted by many journalism programmes in the Arab States, Asia, the United States of America and the Russian Federation, UNESCO presented The Global Investigative Journalism Casebook, as complementary material for training purposes.

  • Verification Handbook

    Edited by Craig Silverman and written by leading journalists from the BBC, Storyful, ABC, Digital First Media and other verification experts, the Verification Handbook is a new resource for journalists and aid providers. It provides the tools, techniques and step-by-step guidelines for how to deal with user-generated content (UGC) during emergencies.

CONFERENCES

  • 2018 Regional Conference on Investigative Journalism

    Under the Investigative Reporting Initiative in the Americas (IRIA) project, ICFJ, in partnership with Connectas, invites bilingual Caribbean journalists to apply to attend a regional conference program on investigative reporting and digital security practices. Since 2013, IRIA has encouraged and strengthened independent and quality journalism in Latin America by offering support to investigative journalists.

    Deadline to apply: October 28

  • Annual Forum for Investigative Journalism

    ARIJ Annual Forum is one of the largest and most influential gatherings for investigative journalists and editors in the Middle East and North Africa region.

    More than 450 media professionals and investigative reporters will meet in Jordan 30 November- 2nd December, 2018, to recharge their skills, learn new tools, get acquainted with latest trends in investigative reporting, and network with TV broadcasters, technology companies, leading media companies and universities from around the globe.

    Special guests will include award winning pioneers in the fields of investigative and data journalism, storytelling and technology. This year’s forum topic will examine the role technology plays in investigative reporting: “The future of Investigative Reporting: Trends, Tools and Technologies”.

  • Data Press Conference

    The “Towards In-depth Data Journalism” conference, organized by the Arab Data Journalists’ Network, was launched in partnership with the Danish Egyptian Dialogue Institute”. The conference will organize around 30 sessions with almost 300 participants and 50 lecturers from different nationalities. The sessions will discuss the concept of in-depth journalism; data collection, cleaning, extraction and verification; how to use Google spreadsheets and present press topics in an interactive way. Other subjects are to be discussed such as the principles of statistics, mathematics, coding and other related topics.

  • GIJN Conferences

    The Global Investigative Journalism Conference is the world’s largest international gathering of investigative reporters. The conferences are held every two years. Since the first gathering in Copenhagen in 2001, they have brought together more than 6,000 journalists from 130 countries. The next global conference, GIJC19, will be held in Hamburg, Germany in late September 2019. GIJN also co-hosts an Asian regional conference, Uncovering Asia, which was held in Manila, Philippines (2014) and Kathmandu, Nepal (2016) and Seoul, South Korea (2018). For the most up-to-date information, see this page.

  • International Congress of Investigative Journalism

    Abraji organizes yearly the International Investigative Journalism Conference, an event that gathers around 900 people with several lectures and practical courses in São Paulo at the end of June.

  • Workshop on Investigative Journalism

    As part of the “In depth Journalism” training being held this year at the Danish Egyptian Dialogue Institute DEDI, the media club organized two workshops on investigative journalism from the 11th to the 15th of April and from the 18th to the 22nd of April. The workshop included four daily sessions dealing with several aspects such as: different types of deep journalism, differences between traditional and investigative journalism, how to find ideas for investigative reporting, building hypothesis in investigative reporting, investigative journalism ethics, the legalities of using hidden cameras, the process of the planning and implementation of an investigative report and risk measurement.

GFMD MEMBERS

  • Abraji

    The organisation Abraji was founded in December 2002, few months after the television reporter Tim Lopes was murdered in Rio de Janeiro. Since the beginning, they have been inspired by the IRE and tried to develop activities designed to help journalists to a better job in a healthier environment. All Abraji projects fall in one of three main axis: freedom of the press, right to access public information and capacity building.

    Abraji dedicates to promote the freedom of the press, advocating against judicial censorship and fighting violence against journalists. The three axis are aligned with the ideal of improving the standards of Brazilian journalism and strengthening democracy.

  • Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism (ARIJ)

    The Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism (ARIJ) is the first and leading media organization in the region dedicated to promoting investigative journalism in Arab newsrooms, still a new practice. The mission of ARIJ is to enhance excellence in investigative journalism, which is essential in a free society and remains key to ensure transparency, accountability and a diversity of views and opinions based on documented facts, research and multi-sources.

  • Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN)

    Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN) is a network of nongovernmental organisations promoting freedom of speech, human rights, and democratic values in Southern and Eastern Europe.

    BIRN has developed a specific network structure that includes local independent organisations, gathered around an umbrella organisation – Balkan Investigative Regional Reporting Network (BIRN Hub) – a structure that has the advantage of combining local, country-based expertise with unique regional cooperation. While the country organisations address local needs, BIRN Hub, registered in Bosnia and Herzegovina, also implements regional and international programs. BIRN Hub brings extensive expertise to journalists in post-communist and post-conflict societies, mainly through sharing the accumulated knowledge from the Western Balkan region. BIRN strives to empower people to access their rights by providing accurate and relevant information and creating opportunities for them to participate in democratic processes.

    They also publish Balkan Insight – an English-language resource covering news in the Balkans

  • Danish Egyptian Dialogue Institute (DEDI)

    The Danish Egyptian Dialogue Institute is an intergovernmental body funded by the Danish Arab Partnership Programme (DAPP). DEDI was established in 2004 and the core task of the Institute is to promote political, social, and cultural understanding between Denmark and Egypt and Europe and the Arab World, with dialogue as the main tool.

    With its diverse portfolio of projects within its three priority areas : civic engagement, arts and culture, and media; it works towards engaging a wide and continuously expanding group of partners representing governmental and civil society institutions in accordance with its Principles of engagement.

  • Deutsche Welle Akademie (DW-A)

    Deutsche Welle Akademie (DW-A) supports the development of independent, transparent media systems, quality journalism, and media expertise. They help rebuild media in post-crisis and post-conflict environments and contribute internationally to the professional training of media workers. DW Akademie often features important research and resources related to investigative journalism, including After the Scoop – How investigative journalism affects media and research on How to fund investigative journalism.

  • European Federation of Journalists (EFJ)

    European Federation of Journalists is the largest organisation of journalists in Europe, representing over 320,000 journalists in 70 journalists’ organisations across 44 countries.

    EFJ fights for social and professional rights of journalists working in all sectors of the media across Europe through strong trade unions and associations. The EFJ promotes and defends the rights to freedom of expression and information as guaranteed by Article 10 of the European convention on human rights.

  • Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN)

    GIJN is an international association of journalism organizations that support the training and sharing of information among investigative and data journalists—even in repressive regimes and marginalized communities.

    Investigative journalists are now on the job in more than a hundred countries, following trails and connecting with their colleagues in a more organized, more profound way than ever before. They have become, in effect, the “special forces” of global journalism. To succeed, journalists worldwide need the best training and technology to do their jobs. That’s why the Global Investigative Journalism Network is here.

  • International Center for Journalists (ICFJ)

    The International Center for Journalists works at the nexus of journalism and technology, building the expertise and storytelling skills of reporters worldwide. Through their work, journalists are enhancing news coverage and connecting more deeply with their audiences. As a result, the organisation is increasing the flows of reliable, trustworthy news – a cornerstone of healthy democracies. They believe that better journalism leads to better lives.

  • Internews

    Internews works to ensure access to trusted, quality information that empowers people to have a voice in their future and to live healthy, secure, and rewarding lives. Internews envisions a world where everyone can communicate freely with anyone, anywhere, and exchange the news and information they need to shape their communities and the world.

    Independent media and open information serve a crucial watchdog function, providing citizens with the information they need to keep the public and private sectors accountable. In many countries repressive legal environments inhibit the media’s ability to play this role and some journalists and civil society actors lack the skills to conduct the in-depth investigative reporting that is essential to accountability.

    Internews also established the Earth Journalism Network (EJN) in 2004 to enable journalists from developing countries to cover the environment more effectively. The EJN is a global network working with reporters and media outlets in virtually every region of the world. In their mission to improve the quantity and quality of environmental reporting, EJN trains journalists to cover a wide variety of issues, develops innovative online environmental news sites, and produces content for local media – including ground-breaking investigative reports.

  • Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP)

    The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), founded in 2006, is a consortium of investigative centers, media, and journalists operating in Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, Central Asia, and Central America. OCCRP is the only full-time investigative reporting organisation that specialises in organised crime and corruption. It publishes its stories through local media and in English and Russian through its website. In 2017, NGO Advisor ranked it 69th in the world in their annual list of the 500 best nongovernmental organisations (NGOs), and they have taken leading roles in investigative journalism projects that range from the Panama Papers and Paradise Papers, to the Troika Laundromat.

OTHER ORGANISATIONS AND INITIATIVES

  • Bellingcat

    Bellingcat is an independent international collective of researchers, investigators, and citizen journalists using open source and social media investigation to probe a variety of subjects – from Mexican drug lords and crimes against humanity, to tracking the use of chemical weapons and conflicts worldwide. With staff and contributors in more than 20 countries around the world, they operate in a unique field where advanced technology, forensic research, journalism, investigations, transparency, and accountability come together.

  • Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ)

    The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is an independent, nonprofit organisation that promotes press freedom worldwide, and defends the right of journalists to report the news safely and without fear of reprisal.

  • CORRECTIV

    CORRECTIV is the first non-profit newsroom and investigation centre in the German-speaking region. They’re investigating injustice and abuses of power, while also promoting media literacy and are implementing educational programmes. They have offices in Essen and Berlin, and their goal is an enlightened society because only well-informed citizens can solve problems and bring about improvements democratically. Their team of reporters conducts investigations on topics of high relevance, uncovers injustices and abuses of power, and makes complex interrelations understandable.

  • European Centre for Press & Media Freedom (ECPMF)

    ECPMF unites media, press organisations and academia to counter attacks on press and media freedom both nationally and internationally.

    The Centre has established a database of media law in Europe to document attacks on it. It organises working parties to support other national and international organisations that advocate for media freedom. ECPMF supports national media associations and individuals who are fighting for the freedom of the press and media and it supports individual journalists who are harassed by the authorities.

    It also features a Helpdesk,which acts as a central tool for responding to the individual needs of journalists at risk or under threat. They coordinate offers of support for media professionals across Europe and assist exiled journalists in Germany. It includes multiple resources focusing on scholarships, legal support, training, trauma therapy, and security.

  • Forbidden Stories

    Forbidden Stories is a non-profit network of journalists whose mission is to continue and publish the work of other journalists facing threats, prison, or murder. Founded by Freedom Voices Network and a frequent collaborator with the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) and other GFMD members, their goal is to keep their stories alive and to make sure a maximum number of people have access to uncensored news on such crucial topics as the environment, health, human rights, or corruption. By protecting and continuing the work of reporters who can no longer investigate, they send a powerful signal to enemies of the press: even if you succeed in stopping a single messenger, you will not stop the message. In March 2018, Forbidden Stories received the “Journalism Project of the Year Grand Prize” at the French Annual Journalism Summit (journalisme.com). Some of their most important stories include Project Miroslava, Green Blood, and the Daphne Project.

  • International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ)

    The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) is an independent, Washington, D.C.-based international network. Launched in 1997 by the Center for Public Integrity, ICIJ was spun off in February 2017 into a fully independent organisation, which includes more than 200 investigative journalists and 100 media organisations in over 70 countries who work together on issues such as cross-border crime, corruption, and the accountability of power. The ICIJ has exposed smuggling and tax evasion by multinational tobacco companies and organized crime syndicates, investigated private military cartels, asbestos companies, and climate change lobbyists, and broke new ground by publicising details of the Iraq and Afghanistan war contracts. They are best known for their work exposing the Panama Papers and the Paradise Papers.

  • International Press Institute (IPI)

    International Press Institute is a global network of editors, journalists and media executives who share a common dedication to quality, independent journalism. Together, they promote the conditions that allow journalism to fulfill its public function, the most important of which is the media’s ability to operate free from interference and without fear of retaliation. Their mission is to defend media freedom and the free flow of news wherever they are threatened.

  • Reporters Without Borders (RSF)

    Reporters Without Borders – Reporters Sans Frontiers (RSF) in French – is an independent NGO based in Paris whose foreign sections, its bureaux in 10 cities, including Brussels, Washington, Berlin, Tunis, Rio de Janeiro, and Stockholm, and its network of correspondents in 130 countries give RSF the ability to mobilise support, challenge governments, and wield influence both on the ground and in the ministries and precincts where media and Internet standards and legislation are drafted. They also provide support to investigative journalism around the world, such as Forbidden Stories, and publish the World Press Freedom Index annually.

  • The Bureau of Investigative Journalism

    The Bureau of Investigative Journalism is an independent, not-for-profit organisation that holds power to account. Founded in 2010 by David and Elaine Potter, The Bureau of Investigative Journalism tackles big subjects through deep reporting that uncovers the truth with the aim of informing the public about the realities of power in today’s world. The Bureau is particularly concerned with the undermining of democratic processes and failures to accord with fair, legal, and transparent practices.

  • UNESCO

    United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) seeks to build peace through international cooperation in Education, the Sciences and Culture. UNESCO’s programs contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals defined in Agenda 2030, adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2015.

    Investigative Journalism means the unveiling of matters that are concealed either deliberately by someone in a position of power, or accidentally, behind a chaotic mass of facts and circumstances – and the analysis and exposure of all relevant facts to the public. In this way investigative journalism crucially contributes to freedom of expression and media development, which are at the heart of UNESCO’s mandate.

RESOURCES
  • ARIJ MENA’s Research & Data Desk Project

    Launched by Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism, ARIJ MENA’s Research & Data Desk Project is a trail-blazing project in the world of Arab journalism by the leading organization promoting and supporting investigative reporting in the region.

    The main idea and motivation behind the data desk is creation of a singular, coordination online data desk that collects as much diverse data as possible from open sources in ARIJ target countries. These are Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, UAE, and Yemen.

    Journalists need the data collected on property, taxes, legal actions and finances to complete meaningful and evidence-based investigative reports.

  • Bellingcat's Online Investigation Toolkit

    In an effort to promote open-source intelligence (OSINT) tools (data collected from publicly available sources), Bellingcat has launched a freely available online open source investigation toolkit. The list includes satellite and mapping services, tools for verifying photos and videos, websites to archive web pages, and much more. It also includes guides at the end of the document, highlighting the methods and use of these tools in further detail. You can access the resource here

    Additionally, Bellingcat provides tailored digital forensics workshops as well as three-to-five day open source investigation workshops. For more information, contact Christiaan Triebert.

  • BIRN's Investigative Resource Desk

    The Balkan Investigative Reporting Network’s (BIRN) Investigative Resource Desk (BIRD) is an innovative interactive platform created for journalists who want to keep up-to-date with the fast-changing world of technology without sacrificing their ethics or the standards of professional journalism. BIRD provides investigative journalists with various types of assistance, and a set of tools and resources relating, but not limited, to freedom of information, data access and protection, cybersecurity, and open source datasets. Assistance is free and provided on a needs basis. It also includes a resource centre that includes job, fellowship, grant, and research opportunities, links, best practices, and other resources. See more here

  • Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) Impact Tracker

    The Impact Tracker is an interactive database where staff can create records for all the real-world change associated with their work. For this to be useful, your organization first needs to set impact priorities and socialize these throughout the newsroom so everyone knows what counts and should be entered.

  • Collaborative Investigative Journalism Tools

    This spreadsheet contains a crowdsourced list of links, resources, and other information about collaborative investigative journalism tools and projects around the world.

  • Data Journalism Den

    The Data Journalism Den is a global hub by the Global Editors Network, dedicated to serving the international data journalism community through the collaborative exchange of data, tools, and resources. The Den is open to all journalists, developers, designers, and organisations committed to the practice and development of data journalism. The Global Editors Network (GEN) is an international association of over 6,000 editors-in-chief and media executives with the mission of fostering digital innovation in newsrooms all over the world.

  • DW Akademie's How to fund investigative journalism: Insights from the field and its key donors report

    This report is designed to give funders a succinct and accessible introduction to the practice of funding investigative journalism around the world, via major contemporary debates, trends and challenges in the field. It is part of a series from DW Akademie looking at practices, challenges and futures of investigative journalism (IJ) around the world.

    The paper is intended as a stepping stone, or a springboard, for those who know little about investigative journalism, but who would like to know more. It is not a defense, a mapping or a history of the field, either globally or regionally; nor is it a description of or guide to how to conduct investigations or an examination of investigative techniques. These are widely available in other areas and (to some extent) in other languages already.

    Rooted in 17 in-depth expert interviews and wide-ranging desk research, this report sets out big-picture challenges and opportunities facing the IJ field both in general, and in specific regions of the world. It provides donors with an overview of the main ways this often precarious field is financed in newsrooms and units large and small. Finally it provides high-level practical advice—from experienced donors and the IJ field—to help new, prospective or curious donors to the field to find out how to get started, and what is important to do, and not to do.

    Read the full report here

  • EJC's Data Journalism Handbook

    The Data Journalism Handbook is one of the world’s leading journalism resources and used by students, researchers and practitioners learning about the state of the ever-evolving field of data journalism. In partnership with the Google News Initiative, the European Journalism Centre is currently working on a revised second edition of the Handbook that will reflect the current state of data journalism.

    EJC also produces its Conversations with Data podcast, hosted by DataJournalism.org

  • EU Investigative Journalism Awards

    The EU award for investigative journalism aims at celebrating and promoting outstanding achievements of investigative journalists and improving the visibility of quality investigative journalism in the Western Balkans countries and Turkey. It follows the EU Enlargement strategy which recognizes strong need for ensuring freedom of expression in the media, and for support to investigative journalism to monitor the reform processes and to keep the historical momentum toward the EU accession. The award also aims at promoting a young generation of investigative journalists.

  • Fact Checking & Investigative Journalism Tools

    Public Alliance Media is providing a collection of tips, platforms and other resources to better practice fact checking and investigative journalism. With political influence over the media and the rise of user generated content via social media, it is becoming harder to distinguish between fact and fiction. When crises, emergencies, elections, and other social conflicts arise, journalists often need to be at the forefront, making sure they provide accountable and timely information.

  • First Draft

    First Draft is a global non-profit that supports journalists, academics, and technologists working to address challenges relating to trust and truth in the digital age. They host a global verification and collaborative investigation network through their CrossCheck International initiative, work in partnership with their expanding community to conduct innovative and experimental research projects, and continuously develop online and offline training designed to expand and embed best practices in newsrooms and journalism schools around the world. With a firm focus on tackling information disorder, First Draft is building on its pioneering work around elections in the US, France, UK, Germany, Brazil, and Nigeria.

  • Global Investigative Journalism Conference (GIJC) Citizen Investigations Guide

    This guide and toolkit from GIJN aims to help both journalists who are just starting out as well as help non-journalists investigate even more. The sections in this guide teach the techniques used by investigative journalists, including: Planning and carrying out an investigation; Ethics and safety; Searching the Internet; Researching individuals; Finding out who owns corporations; Looking into government records; Investigating politicians; Digging up property records; and more.

  • Global Investigative Journalism Conference (GIJC) Cross Border Investigation Tips

    Cross-border projects have grown in popularity and sophistication.  At the 11th Global Investigative Journalism Conference, muckrakers who have worked on the Panama Papers, Implant Files and Troika Laundromat shared their lessons from collaborating across borders.

  • Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN) Guide to Tracking Aircraft Around the World

    GIJN’s new guide to tracking aircraft around the world offers a valuable overview of how to track the movements of planes and other aircraft; an increasingly valuable skill for investigative journalists. According to GIJN, this knowledge has helped investigative journalists to:

    • Virtually observe a Russian oligarch’s jet making suspicious trips to the Middle East and Africa;
    • question the use of private planes — by Hungary’s president, among others;
    • expose rendition flights by the Turkish government;
    • follow the travels of government officials;
    • learn about military operations;
    • watch the movements of corporate executives;
    • analyse aircraft accidents; and more.
  • Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN) Help Desk and Resource Center

    The Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN) is an international association of nonprofit organisations that support, promote, and produce investigative journalism.

    The GIJN Help Desk is a space designed to help investigative journalists around the world. Network’s fortnightly bulletin brings the latest news from GIJN, useful tips, tools and the best investigative stories around the world.

    One of GIJN’s first tasks was putting together a guide to all the investigative reporting guides out there. You’ll find on the following links three dozen guides in various languages, plus a selection of resources for teaching and training.


    Data Journalism is now an essential part of investigative journalism, and almost every day new tools and tips appear. GIJN developed a comprehensive guide to the field in Data Journalism Resources plus a handy tip sheet for newsrooms in the Data Journalism Toolkit.

    GIJN created a page to guide journalists into prominent journalism awards competitions around the world. It refers especially awards that are of special interest to investigative journalists, that are open to international entries, and that are global or regional in scope.

  • Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN) How Tos for Investigative Journalists

    The Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN) is an international association of nonprofit organisations that support, promote, and produce investigative journalism. In 2020, they published a “How Tos for Investigative Journalists” guide, which features some of their most popular how tos from our story archives – as well as select items from their growing Resource Center – to offer up solid tutorials on a range of tools that could help you in your investigations, whether you need to track planes, extract data from PDFs, or build a GIF using satellite image imagery.

  • Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN) Indigenous Journalists Guide

    The Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN) and the Native American Journalists Association have created a resource to help Indigenous journalists doing in-depth and watchdog reporting. This unique guide is designed to encourage Indigenous journalists worldwide and to empower them with tips, tools, and sources for information.

  • Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN) New Guide to Citizen Investigations

    Citizens can investigate, and they do — all over the world. This new GIJN Guide can help non-journalists investigate even more. It’s full of techniques used by investigative journalists that will be helpful to citizen investigators, too. These include searching the internet, finding out who owns corporations, investigating politicians, and much more.

  • Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN) Global Shining Light Award

    Every two years, the Global Investigative Journalism Network presents the Global Shining Light Award, a unique award which honors investigative journalism in a developing or transitioning country, done under threat, duress, or in the direst of conditions.

  • Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN) Women's Group

    The Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN)’s Women Group serves as a forum to discuss topics related to women in investigative journalism. The group’s mailing list is used to share news, updates, resources, and events relevant to the work of women investigative journalists.

  • ICFJ & OCCRP partnership: The big bet

    The reporting project established in partnership with ICFJ and OCCRP will result in a regional corps of seasoned investigative journalists who understand and practice the highest standards of journalism, ethics and safety. It will prepare skilled investigative editors to train a new generation of investigative journalists.

  • ICFJ Knight Fellowships Tools and Projects

    ICFJ Knight tools is a curated a list of resources for  journalists and technologists around the globe. Fellows and the ICFJ Knight team are available to help you get started. International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) empowers journalists to deliver trustworthy news essential for vibrant societies.

  • IJ4EU Grants from ECPMF and IPI

    Investigative Journalism for Europe (IJ4EU) grants are intended to foster and strengthen collaboration among European journalists and newsrooms based in EU member state and candidate countries on revelations in the public interest and of cross-border significance. The grant aims to support investigations that reflect the media’s watchdog role and that assist the public in holding those in power accountable for their actions and to their obligations. In so doing, it seeks to contribute to the sustainability of democracy and the rule of law in the EU.

  • Internews Network’s resources

    Internews trains journalists in investigative reporting, produces content to encourage dialogue on corruption, and helps reform media laws and expand freedom of information rights and internet freedom policies and practices.  

    They also have a rich practice in data journalism, helping seasoned and emerging professionals locate, clean and present data that supports their investigative work.

  • Mother Jones

    Mother Jones is a non-profit magazine that focuses on news, commentary, and investigative reporting on topics including politics, the environment, human rights, and culture.

  • New York Times Data Journalism Course

    The New York Times developed an extensive, in-house course to teach their reporters basic data skills needed for work in a modern newsroom. They have recently made the course contents publicly available for use by reporters, newsrooms, and any other media professionals.

  • OCCRP Documents Library

    The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project Resource Center is a collection of important resources for journalists and researchers on organized crime and corruption. OCCRP has used these tools, reports, public records, court cases and other materials in their reporting.

    Also, OCCRP launched the Investigative Dashboard, an online platform to help journalists anywhere to investigate and to trace people, companies and assets across the globe.

    The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) is an investigative reporting platform formed by 40 non-profit investigative centres, scores of journalists and several major regional news organisations around the globe.

  • OECD's survey : The role of media and investigative journalism in combating corruption

    OECD launched a survey on Investigative Journalism in Combating Corruption including the good practices and the challenges in the detection of international corruption cases via media reporting and investigative journalism.

    The media and investigative journalism play a crucial role in bringing allegations of corruption to light and fighting against impunity. International consortiums of investigative journalists are an example of an international cooperation that leads to tangible results in bringing financial and economic crime to the attention of the public and law enforcement authorities.

  • Poynter's International Fact-Checking Network

    The International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) is a unit of the Poynter Institute dedicated to bringing together fact-checkers worldwide. The IFCN was launched in September 2015 to support a booming crop of fact-checking initiatives by promoting best practices and exchanges in this field.

  • UNESCO Manuals

    UNESCO has constantly fostered debate on media accountability and professional and ethical standards, which provide journalists with guiding principles and training materials on how to best exercise their profession. In collaboration with Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism (ARIJ), UNESCO launched the first manual for investigative journalists in Arab States, entitled Story-Based Inquiry: A Manual for Investigative Journalists in 2009.

    Following the successful launch of the Manual which has been adopted by many journalism programmes in the Arab States, Asia, the United States of America and the Russian Federation, UNESCO presented The Global Investigative Journalism Casebook, as complementary material for training purposes.

  • Verification Handbook

    Edited by Craig Silverman and written by leading journalists from the BBC, Storyful, ABC, Digital First Media and other verification experts, the Verification Handbook is a new resource for journalists and aid providers. It provides the tools, techniques and step-by-step guidelines for how to deal with user-generated content (UGC) during emergencies.

CONFERENCES

  • 2018 Regional Conference on Investigative Journalism

    Under the Investigative Reporting Initiative in the Americas (IRIA) project, ICFJ, in partnership with Connectas, invites bilingual Caribbean journalists to apply to attend a regional conference program on investigative reporting and digital security practices. Since 2013, IRIA has encouraged and strengthened independent and quality journalism in Latin America by offering support to investigative journalists.

    Deadline to apply: October 28

  • Annual Forum for Investigative Journalism

    ARIJ Annual Forum is one of the largest and most influential gatherings for investigative journalists and editors in the Middle East and North Africa region.

    More than 450 media professionals and investigative reporters will meet in Jordan 30 November- 2nd December, 2018, to recharge their skills, learn new tools, get acquainted with latest trends in investigative reporting, and network with TV broadcasters, technology companies, leading media companies and universities from around the globe.

    Special guests will include award winning pioneers in the fields of investigative and data journalism, storytelling and technology. This year’s forum topic will examine the role technology plays in investigative reporting: “The future of Investigative Reporting: Trends, Tools and Technologies”.

  • Data Press Conference

    The “Towards In-depth Data Journalism” conference, organized by the Arab Data Journalists’ Network, was launched in partnership with the Danish Egyptian Dialogue Institute”. The conference will organize around 30 sessions with almost 300 participants and 50 lecturers from different nationalities. The sessions will discuss the concept of in-depth journalism; data collection, cleaning, extraction and verification; how to use Google spreadsheets and present press topics in an interactive way. Other subjects are to be discussed such as the principles of statistics, mathematics, coding and other related topics.

  • GIJN Conferences

    The Global Investigative Journalism Conference is the world’s largest international gathering of investigative reporters. The conferences are held every two years. Since the first gathering in Copenhagen in 2001, they have brought together more than 6,000 journalists from 130 countries. The next global conference, GIJC19, will be held in Hamburg, Germany in late September 2019. GIJN also co-hosts an Asian regional conference, Uncovering Asia, which was held in Manila, Philippines (2014) and Kathmandu, Nepal (2016) and Seoul, South Korea (2018). For the most up-to-date information, see this page.

  • International Congress of Investigative Journalism

    Abraji organizes yearly the International Investigative Journalism Conference, an event that gathers around 900 people with several lectures and practical courses in São Paulo at the end of June.

  • Workshop on Investigative Journalism

    As part of the “In depth Journalism” training being held this year at the Danish Egyptian Dialogue Institute DEDI, the media club organized two workshops on investigative journalism from the 11th to the 15th of April and from the 18th to the 22nd of April. The workshop included four daily sessions dealing with several aspects such as: different types of deep journalism, differences between traditional and investigative journalism, how to find ideas for investigative reporting, building hypothesis in investigative reporting, investigative journalism ethics, the legalities of using hidden cameras, the process of the planning and implementation of an investigative report and risk measurement.

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  • Abraji

    The organisation Abraji was founded in December 2002, few months after the television reporter Tim Lopes was murdered in Rio de Janeiro. Since the beginning, they have been inspired by the IRE and tried to develop activities designed to help journalists to a better job in a healthier environment. All Abraji projects fall in one of three main axis: freedom of the press, right to access public information and capacity building.

    Abraji dedicates to promote the freedom of the press, advocating against judicial censorship and fighting violence against journalists. The three axis are aligned with the ideal of improving the standards of Brazilian journalism and strengthening democracy.

  • Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism (ARIJ)

    The Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism (ARIJ) is the first and leading media organization in the region dedicated to promoting investigative journalism in Arab newsrooms, still a new practice. The mission of ARIJ is to enhance excellence in investigative journalism, which is essential in a free society and remains key to ensure transparency, accountability and a diversity of views and opinions based on documented facts, research and multi-sources.

  • Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN)

    Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN) is a network of nongovernmental organisations promoting freedom of speech, human rights, and democratic values in Southern and Eastern Europe.

    BIRN has developed a specific network structure that includes local independent organisations, gathered around an umbrella organisation – Balkan Investigative Regional Reporting Network (BIRN Hub) – a structure that has the advantage of combining local, country-based expertise with unique regional cooperation. While the country organisations address local needs, BIRN Hub, registered in Bosnia and Herzegovina, also implements regional and international programs. BIRN Hub brings extensive expertise to journalists in post-communist and post-conflict societies, mainly through sharing the accumulated knowledge from the Western Balkan region. BIRN strives to empower people to access their rights by providing accurate and relevant information and creating opportunities for them to participate in democratic processes.

    They also publish Balkan Insight – an English-language resource covering news in the Balkans

  • Danish Egyptian Dialogue Institute (DEDI)

    The Danish Egyptian Dialogue Institute is an intergovernmental body funded by the Danish Arab Partnership Programme (DAPP). DEDI was established in 2004 and the core task of the Institute is to promote political, social, and cultural understanding between Denmark and Egypt and Europe and the Arab World, with dialogue as the main tool.

    With its diverse portfolio of projects within its three priority areas : civic engagement, arts and culture, and media; it works towards engaging a wide and continuously expanding group of partners representing governmental and civil society institutions in accordance with its Principles of engagement.

  • Deutsche Welle Akademie (DW-A)

    Deutsche Welle Akademie (DW-A) supports the development of independent, transparent media systems, quality journalism, and media expertise. They help rebuild media in post-crisis and post-conflict environments and contribute internationally to the professional training of media workers. DW Akademie often features important research and resources related to investigative journalism, including After the Scoop – How investigative journalism affects media and research on How to fund investigative journalism.

  • European Federation of Journalists (EFJ)

    European Federation of Journalists is the largest organisation of journalists in Europe, representing over 320,000 journalists in 70 journalists’ organisations across 44 countries.

    EFJ fights for social and professional rights of journalists working in all sectors of the media across Europe through strong trade unions and associations. The EFJ promotes and defends the rights to freedom of expression and information as guaranteed by Article 10 of the European convention on human rights.

  • Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN)

    GIJN is an international association of journalism organizations that support the training and sharing of information among investigative and data journalists—even in repressive regimes and marginalized communities.

    Investigative journalists are now on the job in more than a hundred countries, following trails and connecting with their colleagues in a more organized, more profound way than ever before. They have become, in effect, the “special forces” of global journalism. To succeed, journalists worldwide need the best training and technology to do their jobs. That’s why the Global Investigative Journalism Network is here.

  • International Center for Journalists (ICFJ)

    The International Center for Journalists works at the nexus of journalism and technology, building the expertise and storytelling skills of reporters worldwide. Through their work, journalists are enhancing news coverage and connecting more deeply with their audiences. As a result, the organisation is increasing the flows of reliable, trustworthy news – a cornerstone of healthy democracies. They believe that better journalism leads to better lives.

  • Internews

    Internews works to ensure access to trusted, quality information that empowers people to have a voice in their future and to live healthy, secure, and rewarding lives. Internews envisions a world where everyone can communicate freely with anyone, anywhere, and exchange the news and information they need to shape their communities and the world.

    Independent media and open information serve a crucial watchdog function, providing citizens with the information they need to keep the public and private sectors accountable. In many countries repressive legal environments inhibit the media’s ability to play this role and some journalists and civil society actors lack the skills to conduct the in-depth investigative reporting that is essential to accountability.

    Internews also established the Earth Journalism Network (EJN) in 2004 to enable journalists from developing countries to cover the environment more effectively. The EJN is a global network working with reporters and media outlets in virtually every region of the world. In their mission to improve the quantity and quality of environmental reporting, EJN trains journalists to cover a wide variety of issues, develops innovative online environmental news sites, and produces content for local media – including ground-breaking investigative reports.

  • Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP)

    The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), founded in 2006, is a consortium of investigative centers, media, and journalists operating in Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, Central Asia, and Central America. OCCRP is the only full-time investigative reporting organisation that specialises in organised crime and corruption. It publishes its stories through local media and in English and Russian through its website. In 2017, NGO Advisor ranked it 69th in the world in their annual list of the 500 best nongovernmental organisations (NGOs), and they have taken leading roles in investigative journalism projects that range from the Panama Papers and Paradise Papers, to the Troika Laundromat.

OTHER ORGANISATIONS AND INITIATIVES

  • Bellingcat

    Bellingcat is an independent international collective of researchers, investigators, and citizen journalists using open source and social media investigation to probe a variety of subjects – from Mexican drug lords and crimes against humanity, to tracking the use of chemical weapons and conflicts worldwide. With staff and contributors in more than 20 countries around the world, they operate in a unique field where advanced technology, forensic research, journalism, investigations, transparency, and accountability come together.

  • Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ)

    The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is an independent, nonprofit organisation that promotes press freedom worldwide, and defends the right of journalists to report the news safely and without fear of reprisal.

  • CORRECTIV

    CORRECTIV is the first non-profit newsroom and investigation centre in the German-speaking region. They’re investigating injustice and abuses of power, while also promoting media literacy and are implementing educational programmes. They have offices in Essen and Berlin, and their goal is an enlightened society because only well-informed citizens can solve problems and bring about improvements democratically. Their team of reporters conducts investigations on topics of high relevance, uncovers injustices and abuses of power, and makes complex interrelations understandable.

  • European Centre for Press & Media Freedom (ECPMF)

    ECPMF unites media, press organisations and academia to counter attacks on press and media freedom both nationally and internationally.

    The Centre has established a database of media law in Europe to document attacks on it. It organises working parties to support other national and international organisations that advocate for media freedom. ECPMF supports national media associations and individuals who are fighting for the freedom of the press and media and it supports individual journalists who are harassed by the authorities.

    It also features a Helpdesk,which acts as a central tool for responding to the individual needs of journalists at risk or under threat. They coordinate offers of support for media professionals across Europe and assist exiled journalists in Germany. It includes multiple resources focusing on scholarships, legal support, training, trauma therapy, and security.

  • Forbidden Stories

    Forbidden Stories is a non-profit network of journalists whose mission is to continue and publish the work of other journalists facing threats, prison, or murder. Founded by Freedom Voices Network and a frequent collaborator with the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) and other GFMD members, their goal is to keep their stories alive and to make sure a maximum number of people have access to uncensored news on such crucial topics as the environment, health, human rights, or corruption. By protecting and continuing the work of reporters who can no longer investigate, they send a powerful signal to enemies of the press: even if you succeed in stopping a single messenger, you will not stop the message. In March 2018, Forbidden Stories received the “Journalism Project of the Year Grand Prize” at the French Annual Journalism Summit (journalisme.com). Some of their most important stories include Project Miroslava, Green Blood, and the Daphne Project.

  • International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ)

    The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) is an independent, Washington, D.C.-based international network. Launched in 1997 by the Center for Public Integrity, ICIJ was spun off in February 2017 into a fully independent organisation, which includes more than 200 investigative journalists and 100 media organisations in over 70 countries who work together on issues such as cross-border crime, corruption, and the accountability of power. The ICIJ has exposed smuggling and tax evasion by multinational tobacco companies and organized crime syndicates, investigated private military cartels, asbestos companies, and climate change lobbyists, and broke new ground by publicising details of the Iraq and Afghanistan war contracts. They are best known for their work exposing the Panama Papers and the Paradise Papers.

  • International Press Institute (IPI)

    International Press Institute is a global network of editors, journalists and media executives who share a common dedication to quality, independent journalism. Together, they promote the conditions that allow journalism to fulfill its public function, the most important of which is the media’s ability to operate free from interference and without fear of retaliation. Their mission is to defend media freedom and the free flow of news wherever they are threatened.

  • Reporters Without Borders (RSF)

    Reporters Without Borders – Reporters Sans Frontiers (RSF) in French – is an independent NGO based in Paris whose foreign sections, its bureaux in 10 cities, including Brussels, Washington, Berlin, Tunis, Rio de Janeiro, and Stockholm, and its network of correspondents in 130 countries give RSF the ability to mobilise support, challenge governments, and wield influence both on the ground and in the ministries and precincts where media and Internet standards and legislation are drafted. They also provide support to investigative journalism around the world, such as Forbidden Stories, and publish the World Press Freedom Index annually.

  • The Bureau of Investigative Journalism

    The Bureau of Investigative Journalism is an independent, not-for-profit organisation that holds power to account. Founded in 2010 by David and Elaine Potter, The Bureau of Investigative Journalism tackles big subjects through deep reporting that uncovers the truth with the aim of informing the public about the realities of power in today’s world. The Bureau is particularly concerned with the undermining of democratic processes and failures to accord with fair, legal, and transparent practices.

  • UNESCO

    United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) seeks to build peace through international cooperation in Education, the Sciences and Culture. UNESCO’s programs contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals defined in Agenda 2030, adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2015.

    Investigative Journalism means the unveiling of matters that are concealed either deliberately by someone in a position of power, or accidentally, behind a chaotic mass of facts and circumstances – and the analysis and exposure of all relevant facts to the public. In this way investigative journalism crucially contributes to freedom of expression and media development, which are at the heart of UNESCO’s mandate.