Stevan Dojčinović, a Serbian journalist who took part in the 2011 fellowship, is one of a team of journalists awarded the Daniel Pearl Global Investigative Journalism top prize.
|Dojčinović (fifth from left) was one of a team of journalists across eastern Europe taking part in the Offshore Crime Inc project|
Stevan Dojčinović and a team of journalists working for the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) won the 2011 Daniel Pearl Global Investigative Journalism top prize for a series of stories documenting offshore tax havens, the criminals who use them and the millions of dollars in lost tax revenue.
The OCCRP assembled a team of reporters throughout eastern Europe and the US to track the burgeoning network of offshore companies used to hide ownership and assets, launder money and create secret businesses that elude law enforcement agents worldwide.
The team were awarded top prize by the International Consortium for Investigative Journalists. The award was announced in Kiev, Ukraine during the 2011 Global Investigative Journalism Conference.
The prize is named in honour of Daniel Pearl, a Wall Street Journal reporter who was murdered in Pakistan in 2002 while attempting to interview members of the Al Qaeda network.
Over the course of six months, OCCRP reporters investigated offshore tax havens including the US state of Delaware, the Cayman Islands, Seychelles, New Zealand, Romania and Ukraine.
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There were 70 project entries from 30 countries in total. Other finalists for the award include Bloomberg Markets Magazine, the New Yorker, ABC News, Forum for African Investigative Reporters (FAIR) and a consortium of NPR, Radio Canada/CBC and Swiss TV TSI.
The OCCRP’s Paul Cristian Radu coordinated a team of reporters from all over eastern Europe including Mihai Munteanu (Romania), Beth Kampschror (US), Stanimir Vaglenov (Bulgaria), Vlad Lavrov (Ukraine), Tamas Bodoky (Hungary) and Stevan Dojčinović.
Stevan Dojčinović is a Belgrade-based journalist who participated in the 2011 Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence.
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