Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project

About Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project

The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) is an investigative reporting platform formed by 40 non-profit investigative centers, scores of journalists and several major regional news organizations around the globe. Our network is spread across Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America. We teamed up in 2006 to do transnational investigative reporting and promote technology-based approaches to exposing organized crime and corruption worldwide.

OCCRP’s goal is to help the people of the world understand how organized crime and corruption resides in their countries and in their governments. Our organization doesn’t belong to any country, political philosophy or set of beliefs other than that all people should be allowed to choose their own governments and lead their own lives in safety, liberty and opportunity. Our reporters and editors come from dozens of countries.

Our world is increasingly polarized. The world’ media channels are rife with propaganda, misinformation and simply wrong information. We must all strive to understand how our increasingly complex society works. We must be able to find the truth to make the kinds of decisions we need to. We are committed in our small way to telling the truth the best we can.

We have quietly become one of the world’s largest investigative reporting organizations, generating more than 60 cross-border investigations per year. Our websites inform more than 6 million readers and viewers every month, and 200 million other readers and viewers have access through legacy media which publish our work. The ever-widening impact of OCCRP stories demonstrates that when enough people possess the right kind of information they can bring about the right kind of change.

OCCRP also trains reporters and partners in advanced journalism techniques, builds practical, high-use tools used to improve the efficiency of reporting and publishing and is actively reinventing investigative journalism to be more interactive, more effective, more impactful and relevant to readers.

Everything we do is built upon the core mission of investigative reporting and changing our societies for the better. We are one of the most effective news organizations in bringing about real change.

Since 2009 our reporting has led to:

US$ 5.735 billion in assets frozen or seized by governments.
84 criminal investigations and government inquiries launched as a result of its stories.
81 calls for action by civil, public or international bodies.
147 arrest warrants issued with 7 subjects on the run.
20 major sackings, including a President, Prime Minister and CEOs of major international corporations.
Over 1,400 company closures, indictments and court decisions.
OCCRP has an outsized impact given its modest budget making it one of the most cost effective investments donors can make. Just looking at financial returns, historically OCCRP has returned more than 59,700 percent to governments through seizures and fines, an almost unheard of success.

Other organizations in developing countries, recognizing our achievements, seek advice, training and relationships with us. This, in turn, helps to build relationships between member centers far beyond their borders and allows them to leverage their international reporting more effectively.

OCCRP is supported by grants by the Open Society Foundation, Google Digital News Initiative, the Skoll Foundation, the Sigrid Rausing Trust, Google Jigsaw, the National Endowment for Democracy and the Knight Foundation. OCCRP also receives developmental funds for improving journalism from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), the United States Department of State and the Swiss Confederation.

Also on this site are projects and programs funded in part or done in partnership with other organizations including the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), the Stockholm School of Economics, In Sight, Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism (ARIJ), Connectas, and the African Network of Centers for Investigative Reporting (ANCIR).

OCCRP is a registered name of the Journalism Development Network, a Maryland-based charitable organization (501(c)3).


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May 2019 - August 2019 Sarajevo, Sarajevo
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