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Corruption and organized crime [clear filter]
Thursday, October 8
 

12:30

Investigating the Italian Mafia in Africa

The Italian mafia has established a hidden but lethal presence in Africa. Its members own diamond mines, nightclubs, and land, all with the complicity of corrupt regimes. Mafia, Inc. is more than ever a global business, infiltrating legitimate economies worldwide. An international team of reporters from the non-profit investigative journalism centres IRPI and ANCIR partnered with QUATTROGATTI and CORRECT!V to uncover for the first time the Italian mafia's grip on Africa.

Supported by two working grants for independent journalism, the Innovation in Development Reporting Grant Programme of the European Journalism Centre and Journalism Fund, the work took seven months and included trips to Italy, South Africa, Namibia, Senegal and Kenya. Ten investigative reporters from six different countries, one data-journalist, one data-scientist, three editors, one cross-examiner, and a host of lawyers joined the effort in producing in-depth research into the Mafia's involvement in 13 countries.

 

In this session, four journalists involved will discuss how they conducted this investigation. They will share pivotal lessons with fellow investigative journalists on how to work in international, multidisciplinary teams on complicated cross-border issues.

 

This session is held in cooperation with the European Journalism Centre and the Innovation in Development Reporting Grant Programme (Journalismgrants.org)

 


Moderators
avatar for Wilfried Ruetten

Wilfried Ruetten

Director, European Journalism Centre
Wilfried Ruetten is the director of the European Journalism Centre. He worked in German public and private broadcasting as a reporter and producer (ARD, RTL-Group) as well as in journalism education. Before joining the EJC he was the head of school for digital television at the University... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Cecilia Anesi

Cecilia Anesi

Legal Representative, IRPI
Cecilia Anesi is a reporter with and founder of the Investigative Reporting Project Italy (IRPI), a centre for investigative journalism in Italy. Before creating IRPI, she co-authored the investigative journalism documentary Toxic Europe which won the Best International Organised... Read More →
avatar for John Grobler

John Grobler

Freelance journalist, The Oxpeckers Center for Investigative Environmental Journalism & the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project
John Grobler is a veteran investigative reporter, based in Windhoek, Namibia from where he keeps an eye on the political nexus between natural resource exploitation and organised crime in his own country as well as neighbouring Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo, although... Read More →
avatar for Giulio Rubino

Giulio Rubino

Journalist, Correctiv
Giulio Rubino is a reporter with Correct!v, the German centre for investigative journalism and a member and founder of the Investigative Reporting Project Italy (IRPI), a centre for investigative journalism in Italy. Before creating IRPI, he co-authored the investigative journalism... Read More →
avatar for Khadija Sharife

Khadija Sharife

Africa Editor, OCCRP
Khadija Sharife is an investigative journalist, researcher and Africa editor at OCCRP. She is the director of Plateforme de Protection des Lanceurs d’Alerte en Afrique, board member of Finance Uncovered and fellow with the World Policy Institute. Previously she was the editor at... Read More →


Thursday October 8, 2015 12:30 - 13:30
Weidemann 3 (Presentations/Panels)

15:00

Finding Africa's Missing Money

Finding Africa’s missing money

Africa is losing money. Billions of dollars flow out of the continent every year due to the abuse of tax laws, smuggling, and corruption. It’s a huge problem and it’s under-reported. But there is now a growing number of journalists in Africa who are exposing this illicit financial activity.

At this session you will hear about investigations into stolen funds stashed in offshore bank accounts, secret tax breaks for corporations operating in Africa, the mispricing of mineral exports, and much more. The journalists will present their stories and explain some of the methods they use.

The session will feature participants in the Wealth of Nations programme, run by the Thomson Reuters Foundation, which works with Africa’s leading journalists and media houses – as well as top journalists from across the world – to report on illicit finance and tax abuse.

It will also feature journalists from the African Network of Centers for Investigative Reporting (ANCIR), which strengthens African investigative journalism by improving the expertise, sustainability and production capacity in muckraking newsrooms.


Moderators
avatar for Derek Thorne

Derek Thorne

Project Manager, Thomson Reuters Foundation
 Derek Thorne is a Project Manager at the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters. He primarily works on the Foundation’s Wealth of Nations programme, which works with African media to investigate the abuse of tax laws and improve oil reporting. Prior... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Rex Chikoko

Rex Chikoko

Investigative journalist, The Nation Publications Limited
Rex Chikoko is a Malawian journalist with over 12 years’ experience in active journalism. Currently, he is working for one of Malawi's leading print media houses, Nation Publications Limited, as an Investigative Journalist. He developed interest in investigative journalism in 2008... Read More →
avatar for Musikilu Mojeed

Musikilu Mojeed

Editor -in-chief, Nigeria's Premium Times
Musikilu Mojeed, a member of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), is an award-winning journalist and Editor-in-Chief at Nigeria's Premium Times newspaper, which he co-founded.  He has reported extensively on corruption, human rights and human trafficking. Mojeed... Read More →
avatar for John Reynolds

John Reynolds

Business journalist, Freelance
John Reynolds is a freelance business journalist who writes regular news, features and interviews for the Sunday Independent in Ireland. He also currently mentors trainee journalists in investigating stories related to illicit finance and tax abuse for the Thomson Reuters Foundation... Read More →
avatar for Khadija Sharife

Khadija Sharife

Africa Editor, OCCRP
Khadija Sharife is an investigative journalist, researcher and Africa editor at OCCRP. She is the director of Plateforme de Protection des Lanceurs d’Alerte en Afrique, board member of Finance Uncovered and fellow with the World Policy Institute. Previously she was the editor at... Read More →


Thursday October 8, 2015 15:00 - 16:00
Weidemann 5 (Presentations/Panels)

16:30

Reporting on Organized crime
Most people think of Hollywood bad guys like Robert DeNiro or Joe Pesci when they think of organized crime. In reality, organized crime is a $2 trillion global business that ties government, business and criminals together. Understanding how organized crime works today is important to seeing its influence in your country. Learn about the latest trends in organized crime and how it is changing its face and blending even more seamlessly into politics and the financial industry

This session is done in collaboration with the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP).

Moderators
avatar for Drew Sullivan

Drew Sullivan

Editor, OCCRP Sarajevo
Drew Sullivan, USA, co-founded the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Program (OCCRP) where he now serves as editor-in-chief. He is a journalist and social entrepreneur who founded the Center for Investigative Reporting in Bosnia-Herzegovina in 2004 as well as the Journalism... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Cecilia Anesi

Cecilia Anesi

Legal Representative, IRPI
Cecilia Anesi is a reporter with and founder of the Investigative Reporting Project Italy (IRPI), a centre for investigative journalism in Italy. Before creating IRPI, she co-authored the investigative journalism documentary Toxic Europe which won the Best International Organised... Read More →
avatar for Stevan Dojcinovic

Stevan Dojcinovic

editor in chief, KRIK
Based in Belgrade at the Crime and Corruption Reporting Network (KRIK), an OCCRP member, Stevan is a regional editor for OCCRP. Winner of Serbia’s top investigative award for the past two years, Stevan has explored organized crime’s role in state privatization deals, the connections... Read More →
avatar for Marcela Turati

Marcela Turati

Journalist, Quinto Elemento Lab
Marcela Turati is a Mexican journalist who reports about human rights and the impact of drug violence and its victims and who is dedicated to . She is co-founder of Quinto Elemento Lab, dedicated to help journalists in their investigations and the network Periodistas de a Pie, dedicated... Read More →


Thursday October 8, 2015 16:30 - 17:30
Lillehammer 1-2 (Keynote hall)
 
Friday, October 9
 

14:30

Reporting on Money Laundering
Money laundering is not only one of the hardest financial crimes to prove, it's also one of the toughest stories to investigate. But it is a crime you will find everywhere in the world. What are the signs of money laundering and how do you report on it?  What makes something money laundering?  Here's a look at some of the most significant cases proven by journalists.

This session is made in collaboration with Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, OCCRP. 

Moderators
avatar for Paul Radu

Paul Radu

Exec Director, OCCRP Bucharest
Paul Radu (@IDashboard) is the executive director of the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting  Project and a co-creator of the Investigative Dashboard concept, of Visual investigative Scenarios visualization software and of RISE Project, a platform for investigative reporters... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Roman Anin

Roman Anin

Head of investigative section, Novaya Gazeta
Roman Anin is the head of investigative section of Moscow based Novaya Gazeta, one of the most famous Russian newspapers in the world. He began his career in 2006 as a sports writer, but in 2008 was moved to the newspaper’s investigative section. Since 2009 Anin has been working... Read More →
avatar for Miranda Patrucic

Miranda Patrucic

Regional Editor, OCCRP Sarajevo
Miranda Patrucic is an investigative reporter based in Sarajevo. She is regional editor for Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP ), focusing on Central Asia, the Balkans and the Caucasus. Highlights of her work include exposing billions in telecom bribes in Uzbekistan... Read More →
avatar for leonida reitano

leonida reitano

Journalist/Chairman, Association of Investigative Journalism
Leonida Reitano (Chairman, Association of Investigative Journalism) Media Studies PhD and McLuhan Fellow since February 2003. Reitano set up the first Investigative Journalism Master Degree held in Italy at the University of Urbino. He has been the Chairman of the Italian Association... Read More →


Friday October 9, 2015 14:30 - 15:30
Weidemann 3 (Presentations/Panels)