Tuesday, June 19, 2018
One of the wrongs that most damages developing countries is financial crime. Tax evasion, corruption and abuse of government funds contribute directly to economic inequality and hamper growth in countries. With the Money Trail project Free Press Unlimited, Oxfam Novib, Finance Uncovered and Journalismfund.eu hope to contribute to creating more attention for and disclosure of illegal financial practices.

Within the Money Trail project Asian, African and European journalists are trained, given financial support and collaborate to bring murky money matters to light. Financial crime is not always spectacular and does not reach the front pages of newspapers often enough. The ramifications of this sort of crime are worldwide.

Courage

It takes a lot of time, money and skill to bring financial scandals to the surface. It also takes substantial courage to start on these stories, because journalists working on these topics are often threatened and intimidated. Yet, these stories must be told to get the authorities to intervene and to put an end to occurrences that are extremely damaging to developing countries.

Investigative methods

The Money Trail project brings journalists from three continents together. The journalists are trained in investigative methods to recognise and report on whitewashing, tax evasion and corruption. The training gives attention to the journalistic methodology in well-known examples of tax evasion and whitewashing that have reached the media.

In Money Trail, Finance Uncovered and Free Press Unlimited, offer six training courses focused on how to investigate tax abuse, money laundering and corruption plus digital safety. You will be trained by expert financial journalists, forensic accountancy professionals and former law enforcement officials.

Safety for journalists

Free Press Unlimited contributes to this project with training in the area of digital security. Instructions are given on how to keep laptops, telephones and journalists’ other devices secure and how to do investigative work safely online and on social media. Publeaks, NetAidKit, and Reporters Respond are also dealt with. Money Trail is in part made possible by the Dutch Postcode Lottery.

In Money Trail Journalismfund.eu offers working grants for mixed teams of African, Asian and European journalists to investigate cross-border illicit financial flows, tax abuse and corruption in Africa, Asia and Europe. If you are interested, please apply here: https://www.money-trail.org/grants/

 

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