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Investigative Journalism

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Collaboration with investigative Journalists

Investigative journalists and civil society groups both have a critical role to play in documenting and proving corruption. Yet while tycoons, corrupt officials and criminal networks are highly organised and coordinated, journalists and civil society have often worked in silos.

Stories of high-level corruption have broken on front pages the world over, with follow-up action to ensure accountability and push for lasting change often lagging behind.

In a fast changing media landscape with intense competition for resources and attention, costly and time-intensive investigations into corruption are at risk of being lost, along with the skills and expertise needed to complete them.

How does our work with investigative journalists affect you?

If the corrupt aren’t punished for wrongdoing revealed in the media, and if lasting change isn’t achieved, fatalism and hopelessness can set in, destroying the public’s trust in government and creating support for populist or authoritarian solutions. By working to seek justice for the victims of corruption, we can help build fairer and more accountable societies for everyone.

What needs to be done?

  • Expose the systems that allow hundreds of billions of dollars to be siphoned off from natural resources and state funds
  • Expose the perpetrators, professional enablers and loopholes that facilitate flows of illicit money
  • Fight for the key changes needed in countries that are held back by corruption
  • Push for justice to ensure accountability, good governance and sustainable development.

What we're doing about it

Working in partnerships

Through the Global Anti-Corruption Consortium, Transparency International, the Organised Crime and Reporting Project (OCCRP) and other partners share information and collaborate so that TI can seek justice and achieve lasting change.

Find out more the Global Anti-Corruption Consortium

Supporting young journalists

The Journalists for Transparency (J4T) initiative from the International Anti-Corruption Conference supports young journalists working on corruption investigations, developing the next generation of extraordinary investigative storytellers to expose and raise awareness of corruption.

Read the latest from J4T

Contributing to investigations

Several Transparency International chapters around the world have their own in-house investigative teams, who collaborate directly with journalists to expose corruption or publish their own investigations. Transparency International regularly contributes our expertise to journalists and filmmakers working on corruption stories.

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Global Anti-Corruption Consortium


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