Investigative journalism is one of the pillars of democracy today. By arming people with facts and paving the way for a free flow of information, we promote a culture of transparency and accountability across Europe that will enable citizens to strengthen democratic institutions and democracy itself. In a time of populism, fake news and the rise of extremist politics, these efforts are needed more than ever.


Over the past decade, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and its media partners have invented a new kind of journalism — international collaborative journalism, bringing reporters from around Europe and the world together to work collectively as one giant newsroom. Collaborative investigative journalism enables accurate, truthful and in-depth reporting on issues that are of vital interest to people across countries. It also helps journalists overcome the problems they normally face alone: difficult access to information, legal and  safety threats, censorship and dependence on finance. The best example of this type of journalism are ICIJ’s groundbreaking projects — including the Panama Papers, Pandora Papers and Luxembourg Leaks — the biggest journalism projects in history, with hundreds of reporters working together in unprecedented ways by sharing information and resources.

The Collaborative Journalism Europe in a Global Context project is based on the proposition that investigative reporting through collaboration can take better advantage of technology. CJEGC will promote cutting-edge digital tools for data use and professional collaboration.

Led by the ICIJ with partners from the Baltic region, South-East Europe and Western Balkans, CJEGC is covering different perspectives and regions in Europe that do not cooperate regularly. In this collaboration, ICIJ and its partners will foster a peer-to-peer network of trust.

CJEGC is co-funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or Creative Europe. Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them.

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The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists is a global network of investigative reporters and media organizations dedicated to exposing systemic corruption, injustice and abuse of power. Its projects such as the Panama Papers and Pandora Papers reshaped the landscape of investigative journalism and set new benchmarks for government and corporate transparency and accountability.

Context Romania is an independent media start-up that aims to cultivate and expand Romania’s community of investigative journalists, with a strong focus on exposing corruption, fraud, and organized crime by publishing journalistic investigations. In only one year after establishment, Context revealed multiple cases of abuse and corruption.

MANS is one of the strongest and most-experienced investigative journalism organizations in Montenegro and in the Balkans in general. The team has gained multiple awards for their investigative work. Most recently, MANS received the EU Investigative Journalism Award for uncovering hidden Russian assets in Montenegro.

Siena is the only Lithuanian media organization devoted exclusively to investigative journalism. In four years of its existence, the team has significantly contributed to exposing crime and corruption and, most recently, multiple cases of sanction evasion in EU’s Eastern member states.


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