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Join us at our conference, participate in a workshop for digital security, network with practitioners and politicians, and learn about the impressive investigations of the IJ4EU grantees.

We will assess the challenges that investigative journalism faces in Europe today and the conditions – political, legal, and financial – that are necessary for investigative journalism to flourish. Find out why investigative journalism is in everyone’s interest – and how we can protect it in a climate where economic needs and political interference are the new normal.

Two years ago, the European Parliament initiated a special fund to be spent exclusively on cross-border investigative journalism, the #IJ4EU. The grants from this fund, launched by the ECPMF and managed by International Press Institute (IPI), were awarded to twelve transnational teams from across Europe. The UNCOVERED conference will give a stage to grantees to present the results of their work.

The event takes place under the patronage of the Governing Mayor of Berlin, Mr Michael Müller.

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Thursday, January 31

1:45pm CET

IJ4EU Case Study: The Daphne Project
The Daphne Project set out to prove that killing a reporter won’t kill the story. After the murder of Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia in October 2017, journalists from across Europe united under the leadership of Forbidden Stories to finish the stories Daphne couldn’t – and help track down those responsible for her killing. Hear what motivated Forbidden Stories, a 2018 IJ4EU grantee, to start the project, and how they coordinate an international investigative team.


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Laurent Richard

Founder, Executive Director, Forbidden Stories
Laurent Richard is a French award-winning investigative journalist and 2017 Knight-Wallace fellow. He is co-founder of the highly reputed inquiry magazine Cash Investigation broadcast on French public television.Among others stories, Richard oversaw for Premières Lignes Television... Read More →

Thursday January 31, 2019 1:45pm - 2:15pm CET
Europäisches Haus (European House) Unter den Linden 78, 10117 Berlin, Germany

2:15pm CET

IJ4EU Cross-Border: Revealing What Others Want to Hide
Investigative journalism reveals information that others would rather be kept hidden. Two IJ4EU grantees share their insight after conducting cross-border investigations into two tension-filled subjects: climate change denial and the financing of far-right parties.

Climate Change Denial Networks in Europe – This month-long investigation tracked down climate change deniers in political parties, think thanks, and parliaments across Europe. “The network of climate change deniers is broad – and doesn’t want to be revealed.” https://www.investigativejournalismforeu.net/projects/climate-change-denial-networks-in-europe/

EU Funding for the Far Right – As the 2019 EU Parliament elections approach, a multicounty investigation is shedding light on the contradictions of nationalist politicians who criticize the expenses of the European Union, but push the bloc’s expense rules to obtain funding for themselves.

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Scott Griffen

Deputy Director, International Press Institute (IPI)
Scott Griffen is deputy director at the International Press Institute (IPI), a global network of editors, publishers and journalists defending press freedom since 1950. He is the author of numerous IPI reports on diverse topics related to press freedom and independent journalism and... Read More →

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Annika Joeres

Annika Joeres ist working as a german journalist in France - as a climate-reporter for correctiv.org and as a correspondent for DIE ZEIT. She specialised in cross-boarder journalism about Lobbyism and climate policy. In 2020 she published with Susanne Götze her long term investigative... Read More →
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Guillaume Krempp

Investigative Journalist, Rue89 Strasbourg
I am working in a local and independent newspaper called Rue89 Strasbourg. I am particularly interested in in-depth investigation concerning the identitarian groups in France, but also social movements such as the "yellow vests" and the problematic of mobility in rural areas. THe... Read More →

Thursday January 31, 2019 2:15pm - 3:00pm CET
Europäisches Haus (European House) Unter den Linden 78, 10117 Berlin, Germany

3:30pm CET

DISCUSS: How to Create an Enabling Environment for Investigative Journalism
What do we need to create and ensure an enabling environment for (cross-border) investigative journalism and free media in Europe?

- how do we create the necessary political conditions, many of which need to be guaranteed by the EU and its member states
- what legal frameworks are in place and where are we lacking legal safety for investigative journalists and whistleblowers
- how can we ensure the physical and psychological safety of investigative journalists
- what other measures need to be taken or can be created?

The panel discussion will be moderated by an investigative journalist and representative of international networks, Margo Smit.

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Margo Smit

ombudsman, GIJN/ICIJ
Margo Smit is news ombudsman since August 1, 2015, overseeing the journalistic output of the Dutch public broadcasters at NPO since january 1, 2017.Smit has been working in journalism since 1989. She was successively a desk editor at commercial and public broadcasters, parliamentary... Read More →

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Margit Stumpp (tbc)

Spokesperson for Education/Media Politics /Digital Infrastructure, German Bundestag
Margit Stumpp (born 13 April 1963 in Mengen, Upper Swabia) is Member of the German Bundestag for the Green Party (Bündnis 90/Die Grünen) since 2017. For her faction she is spokesperson for education and media politics as well as for digital infrastructure. She studied precision... Read More →
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Jeanny Gering

Project Manager, Dart Center for Journalim and Trauma
Jeanny Gering is Program Manager at Dart Centre Europe and Germany Country Contact. The Dart Centre is a project of the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University in New York and is dedicated to promoting ethical and innovative approaches to the coverage of trauma and violence... Read More →
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Dr Justin Borg-Barthet

EU law senior lecturer, University of Aberdeen
Justin is a Senior Lecturer in EU law and private international law at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. Since the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia, Justin's research has focused on the identification of gaps in EU private international law which result in the suppression... Read More →
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Tabea Grzeszyk

Journalist and Founder, Hostwriter
Tabea Grzeszyk is a freelance journalist (German National Radio) and co-founder & CEO of Hostwriter.org, an open-source network that helps journalists to easily collaborate across borders. The platform connects more than 5,400 colleagues from 150+ countries for mutual support and... Read More →

Thursday January 31, 2019 3:30pm - 5:00pm CET
Europäisches Haus (European House) Unter den Linden 78, 10117 Berlin, Germany

5:00pm CET

IJ4EU Testimonies: Tracking Migrant Children and EU Funding for Autocrats
Two IJ4EU projects set out with something to find: one aimed to find the estimated 10,000 child migrants who disappeared after arriving in Europe; another sought to follow a suspected money trail from the EU to Eastern European countries with poor human rights records.

The first project is Lost in Europe, an initiative of the Netherlands-based Small Stream Media and journalists from Belgium, Italy, the UK and Greece. The second project was jointly launched by the Danish investigative news platform Danwatch and the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP).

Listen to both projects share the successes of their cross-border search.


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Geesje van Haren

Investigative Journalist, Small Stream Media
Geesje van Haren established Verspers.nl in 2005. VersPers is a training and publication platform for investigative journalists, with a large network of publication partners and extensive experience in training creative investigative journalism skills. Geesje van Haren initiated and... Read More →
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Jesper Nymark

Executive Director, Danwatch
Jesper Nymark is the executive director & editor for the Danish investigative media and research-centre Danwatch that over the last ten years has produced award-winning in-depth journalism on global issues.Danwatch’ journalistic focus ranges from corruption, tax-heavens, investments and shipping, to ITC-, textile and food-production as well as the agro-industry, especially regarding comp... Read More →

Thursday January 31, 2019 5:00pm - 5:45pm CET
Europäisches Haus (European House) Unter den Linden 78, 10117 Berlin, Germany
Friday, February 1

10:10am CET

IJ4EU Uncovered: Investigating Under Pressure in the EU
Even within the EU, which supposedly guarantees its citizens full access to fundamental rights, press freedom faces significant challenges. Two cross-border IJ4EU projects share their experiences operating in EU member states Hungary, Bulgaria and Romania:

Misuse of EU Funds in Romania and Bulgaria: RISE Project Romania and BIVOL Bulgaria have teamed to “investigate the unseen corrupt organizations that are siphoning off European taxpayer money”.

Hungarian Football Funds: The Hungarian government is showering football academies and stadiums in Hungarian-speaking areas abroad with money. Átlátszó and its Romanian partner, Átlátszó Erdely ask: is it Orbán’s love for the sport, or is there some other motivation?

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Cecilia Anesi

Legal Representative, IRPI
Cecilia Anesi is a reporter with and founder of the Investigative Reporting Project Italy (IRPI), a centre for investigative journalism in Italy. Before creating IRPI, she co-authored the investigative journalism documentary Toxic Europe which won the Best International Organised... Read More →

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Atanas Tchobanov

editor, Bivol
Journalist and editor in chief of Bivol.bg - Bulgarian investigative web site. Research engineer data analyst in CNRS, France
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Attila Biro

reporter, RISE
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Zoltán Sipos

jurnalist, Atlatszo Erdely
Journalist @erdely_atlatszo,Regional Correspondent @IndexCensorship,2016 Fellow @gmfus... Read More →

Friday February 1, 2019 10:10am - 10:45am CET
Europäisches Haus (European House) Unter den Linden 78, 10117 Berlin, Germany

11:45am CET

Straight Talking: How to Finance Investigative Journalism
Invest in investigative journalism: How can we finance investigative journalism without compromising the independence of those who are doing the investigating? Dare we bite the hand that feeds?

Are philanthropy and foundations a solution or part of the problem? Where do we need more political will, at the national and the EU level?

We discuss with funding experts, a MEP from Hungary who helped the IJ4Eu grant to come to life and a network of investigative journalists.

Mod: Sanita Jemberga (Re:Baltica)
Speakers: Ides Debruyne (Journalismfund), Benedek Javor (MEP), Elisa Simantke (Investigate Europe)

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Sanita Jemberga

Executive director and editor, Re:Baltica
Sanita is award-winning Latvian investigative journalist who has worked in the press and television since 1996. After the leading Latvian daily newspaper Diena was sold to local oligarchs in 2009, Sanita left and together with others from editorial team became one of the four founders... Read More →

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Ides Debruyne

managing director, Journalismfund.eu
Ides Debruyne is co-founder and managing director of Journalismfund.eu and chair of Scimingo.
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Benedek Javor

MEP/Group of the Greens, European Parliament
As a member of the Hungarian and European Green Party, Benedek Jávor is part of the European Parliament since 2014. He also serves as the Greens' transparency spokespersoon.Benedenk Jávor's work includes promoting the protection of whistleblowers at the European level. He has played... Read More →
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Elisa Simantke

Journalist/Editorial Director, Investigate Europe
Elisa Simantke is the Editorial Director of "Investigate Europe" - an investigative cross-border team with members from all over Europe. IE publishes investigative reports with media partners in up to 18 countries europe-wide. The team is mainly funded through several European foundations... Read More →

Friday February 1, 2019 11:45am - 1:15pm CET
Europäisches Haus (European House) Unter den Linden 78, 10117 Berlin, Germany