Dataharvest 2015 has ended
Dataharvest/EIJC, the European Investigative and Data Journalism Conference organised by Journalismfund.eu, is the most relevant networking event for investigative and data journalists in Europe. Dataharvest/EIJC15 will take place on Friday 8, Saturday 9 and Sunday morning 10 May 2015, with a pre-conference Hackaton on Thursday 7 May. Like the previous years, the conference will take place in the centre of Brussels.

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Saturday, May 9

09:30 CEST

Quick Pitch: South & Central Europe
Public spending: The Profiteers of the Hungarian-Romanian Border Area. Dozens of millions were spent on building roads that lead to nowhere within the Hungary-Romania Cross-Border Co-operation Programme 2007-2013. The cost of these works were 23 million euro by low estimates, other sources put the final price tag as high as 55 million. Our project focused on the construction and communication tenders of projects financed through the HURO programme. We zoomed in these two areas because our past experience shows that these are the two areas where dodgy deals and cases of supposed corruption are most likely to happen. We sifted through more than 300 public procurements, filed FOI requests to 40 public authorities and conducted background interviews with politicians, businessmen and experts who know the programme from the inside. http://www.journalismfund.eu/borderareaprofiteers

Wolves of Europe - How Fraudsters Turn Forged Bonds Into Cash: Forged bonds worth billions of Euros harm the world economy. For example international fraudsters lease forged German-government bonds to unknowing clients. These clients then attempt to present worthless bonds as collateral for loans the banks would otherwise have declined. This fraud finds victims around the world. In the cases related to the Italian Marco Russo, CORRECT!V and its partners have found evidence of fake bonds with a volume exceeding a billion Euros. In China the Italian Marco Russo allegedly defrauded businesses for 560 million Euros in counterfeited German-government bonds. For an Austrian firm he faked bonds valued at 200 million Euros; in 2009 financing for a chemical plant in Russia collapsed when a contract for 500 million Euros in government bonds proved to be a fraud. Russo and his helpers work in Italy, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. A few months ago Russo opened a new office in Hanover, Germany. http://espresso.repubblica.it/inchieste/2014/09/05/news/quel-genio-della-finanza-truffatore-seriale-cosi-marco-russo-falsificava-titoli-al-pc-1.178793?ref=HEF_RULLO, http://www.tagesanzeiger.ch/wirtschaft/geld/Die-Finanzwoelfe-Europas/story/29411153, http://www.elconfidencial.com/espana/2014-09-05/the-wolves-of-europe-la-trama-de-brokers-que-hacia-negocio-con-obligaciones-falsas_185759/, http://www.elconfidencial.com/espana/2014-09-05/the-wolves-of-europe-la-trama-de-brokers-que-hacia-negocio-con-obligaciones-falsas_185759/, http://kredithaie.correctiv.org/, http://kredithaie.correctiv.org/

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Daniel Drepper

Senior Reporter, Correctiv
Daniel Drepper is co-founder of and senior reporter at CORRECTIV. Until May 2014, Daniel was a Fellow at the Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism and a Scholar at the Brown Institute for Media Innovation at Columbia University in New York City. Between 2010 and 2013, Daniel... Read More →
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Ildikó Kovács

journalist, atlatszo.hu
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Babett Oroszi

Babett Oroszi is a Hungarian journalist living in Budapest. She works athir24.hu, (online newspaper) and RTL Klub (TV Channel).
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Zoltán Sipos

Journalist, Átlátszó Erdély
Zoltán Sipos is a Hungarian journalist living in Romania. He works at Átlátszó Erdély, an investigative journalism nonprofit based in Transylvania.

Saturday May 9, 2015 09:30 - 10:30 CEST
1.24 Erasmushogeschool, 70 Zespenningenstraat, 1000 Brussels, Belgium

10:45 CEST

Quick Pitch: Mediterranean region
Bosian mines, A Balkan-Israel Collaboration. One of the rare public supporters of Israeli during deadly shelling in Gaza has always been Republika Srpska, a Serbian entity in Bosnia and Herzegovina. But the investigation of Israeli journalist Uri Blau and Slovene journalist Blaz Zgaga reveals that political support is usually connected with shady deals. Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman established good relations with Republika Srpska president Milorad Dodik and Lieberman's personal friend Anatoly Segal became one of the major competitors for privatization of one of the biggest iron ore mines in the region. Additionally, Dodik's villa in the elite part of Belgrade is rented by Israel as a residence of its ambassador to Serbia.

The Couchsurfing Rapist: How to unveil the abusers. This year-long journalistic investigation was carried out by the reporters of IRPI and is rolled out with an unprecedented collaboration on this kind of topic simultaneously by The Southern China Morning Post in Hong Kong, CBC in Canada, L’Espresso in Italy, the Guardian in the UK, Correct!v in Germany, Newsweek in Poland, the Sydney Morning Herald in Australia, Investigace in Czech Republic, TVI in Portugal. A group formed by 14 girls got in touch with IRPI reporters over a year ago. They all alleged having been drugged and possibly sexually assaulted by an Italian policeman who used the host-a-traveller website Couchsurfing.com. The man is currently jailed for having allegedly raped a 16-year-old from Australia who he hosted always through the popular platform. IRPI reconstructed the personal experience of each girl of the 14. It then contacted media from each country the alleged victims are from, providing an original angle that could represent the memories of each. All the media that embarked on this massive work put an immense amount of work, effort and passion into this and IRPI wants to thanks them all, for having believed in the potential of the story and for treating it with the maximum care and sensitivity possible. IRPI received the first hint on the story via its whistleblowing platform Irpileaks - based on Globaleaks software. https://irpi.eu/global-coverage-of-italian-policeman-using-couchsurfing-to-drug-and-assault-travellers/

The water project: Six-month data-driven investigation, The Water Fund: Spain Supplies Latin America analyzes the biggest cooperation program in Spain. The cross-border enquiry used data analysis to plan the reports on the ground in six Latin American countries. http://www.elconfidencial.com/especial/espana/fondo-agua-latam_5/

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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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Alessia Cerantola

reporter, IRPI (Investigative Reporting Project Italy)
Alessia Cerantola is a journalist, co-founder and reporter of the Investigative Reporting Project Italy (IRPI). In 2013 she was a Transatlantic Media Fellow at the Center for Strategic  and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C.. Since 2007 her reports and features from Italy, Japan, South Korea, and the US have been published and broadcast by a cross section of media including... Read More →
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Jesús Escudero

Data Journalism Team, El Confidencial
Jesús Escudero is a member of the first data journalism unit ever created in a Spanish media organization, in El Confidencial. Infogr.am Ambassador, he has also conducted several workshops... Read More →
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Giulio Rubino

Journalist, IRPI media
Giulio Rubino is a freelance journalist. He studied a the Sapienza University of Rome. In 2007 he has worked as a freelance journalist in Argentina and Bolivia. He wrote for Italian papers and magazines such as Terra, Il Manifesto, Carta. In 2011 he co-authored Toxic Europe - an investigative... Read More →
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Blaz Zgaga

freelance investigative journalist
Blaž Zgaga is a freelance investigative journalist living in Slovenia and is co-author of the trilogy In the Name of the State, which explores arms smuggling in the Balkans during the conflicts of the 1990s. He is regularly publishing in Croatian magazine Nacional. After disclosure of a US DIA secret operation in 2000, he was prosecuted for - and later cleared of charges of - revealing military secrets. I... Read More →

Saturday May 9, 2015 10:45 - 11:45 CEST
1.24 Erasmushogeschool, 70 Zespenningenstraat, 1000 Brussels, Belgium

15:15 CEST

Quick Pitch: Black Sea Region
Mapping HIV: HIV numbers are rising at a record rate in Russia and nearby countries in eastern Europe, passing an unprecedented 100,000 annual new cases. But features on this subject are dry, depressing and ignored - because no one wants to share a story on HIV. It's too miserable. Using data tools, social media and sparkling prose, how The Black Sea succeeded and failed to make HIV a headline issue in a media world resistant to tackling the drama of AIDS. http://www.theblacksea.eu/index.php?idT=88&idC=88&idRec=1192&recType=multimedia

The Ghosts of Sochi: Ghosts of Sochi is a Journalismfund.eu-supported cross-border investigation by journalists from the UK, Romania's theblacksea.eu and Novaya Gazeta in Russia. It reveals how bad oversight of subcontractors in Sochi created a climate of corruption and woeful safety practices which contributed to the deaths of hundreds of undocumented migrant workers. http://www.journalismfund.eu/ghostsofsochi

Shady deals on sports complex: The story reveals an international corruption scheme behind the planned construction of Heydar Aliyev Sports Complex in Moldova’s Gagauziya region. The governor of Gagauziya who negotiated the deal with Azerbaijan and the daughters of President Ilham Aliyev have a special interest in the project, which may not be as charitable as it looks at first glance. http://www.kyivpost.com/content/russia-and-former-soviet-union/sports-complex-stalls-in-moldovas-gagauzia-amid-shady-deals-353647.html

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Roman Anin

Editor, Novaya Gazeta
Novaya Gazeta. Until 2008 Roman worked in the sport section, specialising on sport investigations (fixed matches, corruption etc.). In August 2008 he was sent to cover the war in South Ossetia, and once back from the war he was offered to move to the investigative section of the... Read More →
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Michael Bird

Editor/Reporter/Writer, www.theblacksea.eu
Michael Bird is a UK journalist based in Bucharest, working in text, photography and film - including deep investigations into drug abuse, civil war, crime, exorcism, fake news and animal cruelty. He now edits online in-depth journalism portal www.theblacksea.eu and has worked on... Read More →
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Stefan Candea

Founder, Co-ordinator, European Investigative Collaborators
Stefan Candea, Romania, is an investigative journalist and co-founder of the Romanian Centre for Investigative Journalism (CRJI), a nonprofit registered in Bucharest, Romania. His cross-border investigative stories on organized crime won several international awards.He will be working... Read More →

Dumitru Lazur

Dumitru Lazur is the co-founder of the online platform LaEtaj.md (Moldova). LaEtaj.md counters the lack of transparency and accountability in the construction industry and state institutions by facilitating citizen engagement. LaEtaj.md uses open and paid databases and freedom of information act to make a crucial database on construction companies’ ac... Read More →
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Craig Shaw

Craig Shaw is a British journalist and Fellow at the Centre for Investigative Journalism in London. Specialising in cross-border corruption and human rights, he previously worked for the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists on the global “Offshore Leaks” investigation which helped lift the veil on the secretive world of tax havens. Shaw's reports have been published in leading international news media such as The Guardian, The Sunday Times, Sydney Morning Herald, L’Espresso and Thomson Reuters Found... Read More →

Saturday May 9, 2015 15:15 - 16:15 CEST
1.24 Erasmushogeschool, 70 Zespenningenstraat, 1000 Brussels, Belgium