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Category Archive : Moldova

Atanas Tchobanov

Bulgaria
For the last 14 years since its accession to the European Union in 2007, Bulgaria has remained at the bottom of indexes evaluating the level of perceived corruption and media freedom in EU member states. The decline of investigative journalism in the mainstream media is a direct consequence of the influence of powerful oligarchs linked to the government, who became media owners. I started contributing as an investigative journalist 10 years ago for a new online project, wanting to keep alive the flame of serious investigative reporting in my country.

Reporting focus

cross-border investigations and organized crimeShow more

Previous publications

Current positions

  • Editor BIRD.BG and Member of International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ)
  • Spokesman of the team managing the platform for anonymous sharing of documents Balkanleaks.eu

Media outlets I’ve been writing for

  • Bureau for Investigative Reporting and Data (bird.bg)
  • Organised Crime and Corruption Project (occrp.org)
  • Bivol (bivol.bg)

Awards

  • Sigma Award 2020 for data journalism as part of the team investigating “The Troika Laundromat”
  • Global Shining Light Award Certificate of Excellence in Journalism 2019 for the investigation “The Azerbaijani Laundromat”
  • Global Shining Light Award Certificate of Excellence in Journalism 2017 for the investigation “Making a Killing;”
  • Serbian National Award for Investigative Reporting, 2015 and 2016

Roxana Garaiman

Roxana grew up along with the free media in Romania and she has always known that this was her path. In the past 10 years she has worked on multiple beats and at different types of national media. Her expertise has enabled her to find a common thread in the complex area of investigative journalism, where she discovers hidden connections between public officials, politicians, and criminal gangs.

Reporting focus

cross-border investigations and organized crime

Previous publications

  • “Policeman Nelu Lupu, the Guardian Angel of the Underworld.” Commissioner Nelu Lupu, now being investigated for violations of COVID-19 health and safety measures, offered protection to the most violent mobsters in Bucharest, Romania’s capital. “Stipendiary Scientists.” How The Romanian Academy of Scientists was founded by changing the name of an NGO – the Romanian Association of Scientists. It has 250 full-time members, all paid for life from the state budget. If they die, their descendants benefit from a non-taxable monthly amount.
  • “When the mafia speaks.” An internal recording shows how the underworld uses the largest party in Romania as the central command for real estate deals worth millions of euros.

Current position

  • Reporter RISE Project Romania (riseproject.ro)

Media outlets I’ve been writing for

  • RISE Project Romania (riseproject.ro)
  • Pressone.ro, Romanian online news and features magazine
  • Adevarul.ro, Romanian national daily newspaper

Awards

Investigation of the year at Superscrieri Awards 2016 for the article “Stipendiary Scientists.”