International Consortium of Investigative Journalists

The World’s Best Cross-Border Investigative Team

Journalist Profile

Joop Bouma

Joop Bouma, Netherlands, is an editor and reporter for the Dutch daily newspaper Trouw, where he has covered environmental and criminal beats and has also served as national editor.

Previously, Bouma was a crime reporter and national news editor at various daily newspapers in the eastern and northern parts of the Netherlands.

Bouma is the author of The Smokescreen: The Power of the Dutch Tobacco Industry, which examines influence-peddling in the government and media by cigarette companies, as well as behind-the-scenes deals surrounding the tobacco industry in the Netherlands, the largest cigarette exporter in the European Union. In the book, the culmination of years of reporting, Bouma reveals that a former Dutch prime minister and finance minister were regular visitors to a Philip Morris lobbying group in New York. Despite denials by the former politicians,  Trouw was able to secure, through the Dutch freedom of information act, corroborating evidence about the meetings. 

Since 2001 Bouma investigated the influence of the pharmaceutical industry on doctors in the Netherlands. In 2006 he published a book about the way Big Pharma is marketing drugs in Holland. His book led to debates in Dutch parliament and to changes in the way medical guidelines were made. He is speaker at numerous medical conferences and at medical education courses for doctors and pharmacologists in Holland.

He has been involved in reports on the charity industry and the marketing of alcohol to youths, and currently writes about sustainability, energy and climate.

Bouma is also one of the founding fathers of the Dutch-Flemish association of investigative journalists (VVOJ).

ICIJ Projects

Stay Informed

Subscribe to our email newsletter and be the first to view our ground-breaking investigations and multimedia.

Sign Up

Transparency

The ICIJ is dedicated to ensuring all reports we publish are accurate. If you believe you have found an inaccuracy let us know.

Support Our Work

Independent, fearless investigative journalism is expensive and ICIJ relies on your support.

Please consider becoming a sponsor.