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Tag Archive : Anti-Corruption

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.”

Ivan Radev

I became a journalist because I wanted to check the facts by myself. It is a good career choice for a curious person, with diverse areas of interest.

Reporting focus

Media and political analysis

Previous publications

Current position

  • Board Member of Association of European Journalists Bulgaria

Media outlets he has been writing for

  • Freelance

Bianca Albu

At the beginning, a frustration over corruption pushed me to become a journalist. It felt like that was the only way to fight injustice. It did not take me long to change my mind. Now it is not about corruption – it is only about shedding light on the truth.

Reporting focus

Investigative journalist focused on corruption, public acquisitions, and healthShow more

Previous publications

Current position

  • Junior Reporter

Media outlets where her work has recently appeared

Awards

Oana Despa

I didn’t set out to become a journalist. I ended up in a newsroom when I was 18 years old and I fell in love with this job because it has enabled me to find the truth and contribute to addressing some of society’s deformities.
Although I wanted to do something else in life and I prepared myself thoroughly for it, I remained a journalist and I think it was the best choice that life made for me.

Reporting focus

Investigative journalist focused on corruption, public acquisitions, and health, as well as judicial and home affairs

Previous publications

Current position

Campaigns

Following the Money: Investigating the EU Recovery Fund

Bianca Albu, Ivan Radev, Oana Despa