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The Role of the Media and Investigative Journalism in Combating Corruption

The media and investigative journalism play a crucial role in bringing allegations of corruption to light and fighting against impunity. International consortiums of investigative journalists are an example of an international cooperation that leads to tangible results in bringing financial and economic crime to the attention of the public and law enforcement authorities. Media reporting is an essential—albeit untapped—source of detection in corruption cases. This report documents and analyses material collected through country reviews undertaken by the OECD Working Group on Bribery in International Business Transactions and through responses to the OECD Survey on Investigative Journalism. It explores good practices and challenges in the detection of international corruption cases via media reporting and investigative journalism.

Published on March 27, 2018

Key Information

2% of foreign bribery cases concluded under the Anti-Bribery Convention were initiated following media reports on the alleged corruption.
63% of respondents consider whistleblower protection the most valuable support for journalists investigating corruption.
Open data is allowing investigative journalists access to an enormous amount of previously unattainable information.