The Money Trail project will be launched at the 8th European Investigative Journalism Conference & Dataharvest.
Conducting and delivering journalistic investigations in the area of illicit finance is often long, difficult and complex. Journalists frequently lack the confidence to even start researching these stories.
Money Trail is an attempt to help. We will deliver practical skills and tools for journalists and activists all over the world who want to investigate tax abuse, money laundering and corruption.
Run by Finance Uncovered and Free Press Unlimited, our six courses over three years will also include a comprehensive digital security component.
Full bursaries are available for qualifying journalists. Training will take place in London, Abuja and Jakarta.
And over the next three years, Money Trail will provide around 80 grants for cross-border, illicit finance investigations. Grants will be awarded to journalists solely by Journalismfund.eu, with no input or oversight at any stage from the consortium as a whole.
Civil society activists will receive Money Trail training on illicit finance and campaign tactics.
Money Trail is launching because countries throughout the world lose billions of dollars through tax abuse, money laundering and grand corruption. Investigative journalism is key to combatting this situation. Such work clearly can have tremendous impact. Brilliant reporting by international journalists and some notable civil society organisations has resulted in revenue authorities and enforcement agencies recovering desperately needed funds. Politicians have been forced to act.
But there are so many more stories all over the world yet to be told. This is your chance to help tell them.
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