Brigitte Alfter, Denmark, is a freelance journalist based in Copenhagen who specializes in European affairs.
As a former Brussels correspondent for the Danish daily Information (2004-2008), Alfter has particular expertise in European affairs. And not least in getting documents and data on European level, one of her favourite tools are Freedom of Information laws. She is a member of the team that successfully sought data regarding the € 50-billion European farm subsidy program and is also a co-founder of www.farmsubsidy.org. Her reporting continues to track the pharmaceutical lobby in Brussels, among other industries.
Alfter is a co-founder of Wobbing Europe, which supports journalists in using freedom of information laws, as well as Scoop, a Danish project that works with journalists in southeastern and eastern Europe. She is the founding director of the European Fund for Investigative Journalism, and a leading figure in establishing the European Data Harvest Festival www.dataharvest.eu for data and FOI journalism and European affairs. Since 2002 she has been an active member of the Danish Association for Investigative Journalism, where she was the chairperson for the international committee from 2008-2012, also in the German association for investigative journalism Netzwerk Recherche she was a board member with responsibility for international contacts from 2007-2011.
In 2006, Alfter’s reporting alongside Danish colleague Nils Mulvad was nominated for the Cavling, Denmark’s highest journalism award. U.S. Investigative Reporters and Editors recognized Alfter as a joint recipient of the Freedom of Information Award in 2007, and in 2011 along with her colleagues of ICIJ she was on the winning team for the Tom Renner Award and the Overseas Press Club of America Award for her work on Looting the Seas. Learn more at www.alfter.dk.