The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists has continued to expand its global coverage by adding 10 new members from around the world.
There are now 185 ICIJ members working across every region in multiple languages, with experience in all forms of investigative journalism across various media. The latest members to join the community bring broad new expertise, from data journalism and internet research, to working with whistleblowers to uncover corruption. Some have harrowing stories of brutal opposition to their work, including attacks, kidnapping, and being jailed and put on trial; all are courageous advocates for transparency and freedom of the press.
There is a strong mix of journalistic innovation among the newest members, who have variously started successful citizen journalism projects and launched global freedom of information tools, as well as a number of veterans who have reported on Offshore Leaks, political corruption in Pakistan, violence in Latin America, and corporate scandal in Europe.
The growth of ICIJ’s network is part of a continued commitment to a unique, collaborative approach to journalism that has allowed truly global stories to be told without the restriction of borders and jurisdictions.
“As the diversity of our membership builds, so too does the strength of our reporting,” said ICIJ director Gerard Ryle. “With their knowledge, skills, and experience, our newest members will help us dig deeper, reach further, and push harder to uncover cross-border crime and corruption, and hold the powerful accountable for their actions.”
The new members are:
Uri Blau (Israel), investigative journalist for Israeli newspaper Haaretz, specializing in military and political affairs.
Umar Cheema (Pakistan), investigative reporter for The News, and founder of the Center for Investigative Reporting in Pakistan.
Marcel Metze (Netherlands), investigative journalist and author, and editor-in-chief of non-profit research journalism organization De Onderzoeksredactie (The Investigative Desk).
Serge Michel (France and Switzerland), reporter at large for Le Monde, author, and founder of citizen journalism website the Bondy Blog.
Ginna Morelo (Colombia), investigative journalist, editor for El Tiempo’s Data Unit, and a professor of journalism and general coordinator for the Consejo de Redacción.
Paul Myers (United Kingdom), is an internet research specialist working in the U.K. media.
James Oliver (United Kingdom), television producer and investigative journalist for Panorama, the BBC’s flagship current affairs program.
Djordje Padejski (United States and Serbia), a freelance investigative and data journalist, and founding director of the FOIA Machine.
Andras Petho (Hungary), deputy editor in chief of news website Origo, and political and data journalist.
Titus Plattner (Switzerland), investigative reporter for the joint investigative team of newspapers Le Matin Dimanche and SonntagsZeitung.
ICIJ is a network of reporters who collaborate on in-depth, cross-border investigations, and is a project of The Center for Public Integrity. ICIJ’s work has been recognized by numerous journalism organizations, including the Overseas Press Club, Investigative Reporters and Editors, the Society of Professional Journalists, and the Scripps Howard Award for Business Reporting.