We're supporting young investigative journalists to work on cross-border corruption across the Mediterranean
In recent years journalists have been at the forefront of exposing the systems that have allowed cross-border corruption to occur – with the Panama Papers last year exposing the ways leaders from across the world used tax havens to hide their wealth and showing the huge impact that investigative journalists can have in exposing assets that have been hidden, in identifying the systems used to hide those assets, and in putting pressure on governments to act.
We’re supporting young North African and European journalists through an investigative journalism training programme. This programme is supporting a new generation of journalists to write about ongoing cases and potentially identify new stories about public asset theft.
Importantly, this programme is about collaboration – we want to build a group of young, investigative journalists that works together to identify stories across North Africa and Europe, now and in the future.
With this project, we provide young journalists with the tools to effectively investigate grand corruption, write stories on ongoing cases and expose the systems that allow cross-border corruption to flourish.
We gathered 20 young investigative journalists, 15 from North African countries and 5 from European countries. Through lectures, interactive sessions and workshops, they learned from leading international asset recovery professionals, senior investigative journalists and regional experts on how to conduct an investigative report into public financial crime and be supported to work together to produce high quality journalism on this topic.
In late 2017 participants attended an Investigative Journalism Workshop in Berlin. This four-day workshop introduced them to principles and techniques of investigative journalism, how public money is stolen, how it’s returned and how to report on it.
In early 2018, we held a three-day Investigative Journalism Camp in Tunis, revisiting technical skills for financial investigations and identifying stories together that can be worked on collaboratively across the Mediterranean.
During this whole period, participants were accompanied by a mentor, who support them to develop, write and publish stories written with other participants and spanning multiple countries.