"We lost our media” – stated Hungarian PM Viktor Orbán in a rare interview in early 2015. He was referring to the media empire of a longtime ally-turned-enemy.
Working grant - Security for sale: the price we pay to protect Europeans
Since the late 1990s, the European Union has worked to encourage a European security market, where major defence and technology companies develop products and services that better protect us from crime and terrorism. This industry should also create jobs and be globally competitive. Over the past year, more than twenty journalists in eleven European countries investigated this burgeoning sector. And they discovered there’s a lot wrong with the European security market
Working grant - FCC — The Cotton Connection
Early 2016 Burkina Faso announced its withdrawal from the genetically modified cotton introduced by multinational Monsanto eight years before. The Cotton Connection investigation shows that the American company made huge mistakes, but is not the only actor to be criticised.
Working grant - FCC — Beni Files
Since October 2014 more than 1000 citizens have been killed in and around Beni, a town in North Kivu in DR Congo. The web documentary Beni Files shows what is happening right under the nose of the world's most expensive UN peace mission.
Working grant - CC — Nigeria: Europe's Electronic Junkyard
Thousands of tons of used electronics and illegal e-waste are imported into Nigeria annually. High demand for used European electronics, inefficient regulation, and a local lack of recycling facilities form a growing hazard.
Working grant - The Right To Be Forgotten
Google notifies media and information sites when an article is delinked from its search engine after a Right to be Forgotten request is approved. These notifications can reviewed, collected in a database, deleted or ignored. Which criteria does Google follow to accept or refuse a request?
Working grant - EUROCRIMES - Exploring Criminal Worlds on the Continent
The migration of criminality between European countries is a major source of social and political tension on the continent. Though dominant in the news, this phenomenon is barely covered in reports released by national and European institutions, creating an information gap that furthers mistrust and fear between people.
Working grant - FCC — Water Points in Malawi: Does Development Aid Work?
Development aid is not as straightforward a way to bring about change as it seems. The countries that need it most, are often suffering from corruption and a lack of good infrastructure. Malawi is a case in point. 40% of its economy depends on development aid.
Some of the G8's New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition projects aiming to combat hunger and poverty in Africa go directly against the interests of the smallholder farmers they're supposed to benefit.
Working grant - FCC — Half brother, half enemy
The FDLR is a brutal militia made up of former Rwandese soldiers and Interharamwe operative in the area around the Rwando-Congolese border. Its role seems to be played out, but is it really?
Working grant - CC — South African companies in the Dutch tax haven
Fourteen of the twenty largest company on the Johannesburg stock exchange have at least one subsidiary in the Netherlands. 20 billion Euro coming directly from South Africa is stored in Dutch shell companies.
Working grant - FCC — The African Line
The Calabrian mafia ‘Ndrangheta's primary source of money is cocaine. How do they traffic the drug from South America to Europe and Africa leaving virtually no trace?
Working grant - Refugees: The Risk of Using Language as a Passport
After crossing seas and walls, some asylum seeker arriving in Europe have to cross one more wired fence: one made of words.
Working grant - CC — Mafia in Africa 2
Mafia in Africa 2 exposes the fraudulent business empire of Italian criminal Curio Pintus, who was sentenced to three years in jail in 2001 for laundering drug money for the 'ndrangheta, but remains active as CEO of US “merchant bank”, the Pintus Group.
Working grant - Kaliningrad, invisible battleground
The case of the Russian province Kaliningrad has been causing a war of nerves between East and West. Reports about re-militarisation and information warfare are reminiscent of a Cold War 2.0. Is Europe turning back to a bipolar logic?
Working grant - FCC — Dairy and the Rwando-Congolese Border Trade
Every day over 25,000 Rwandese cross the border to Goma in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the majority looking to sell Rwandese milk. The trip is not without danger, but for many the juice is worth the squeeze.
Working grant - FCC — The Lunatic Express
How did one of Africa's biggest investment companies spend the money they collected from international developments banks for the refurbishment of the Rift Valley Railway?
Working grant - Turkish Puppets
DITIB is a cultural-religious organisation for Turks in Europe. Or so it claims. In reality, it is a political body whose strings are pulled directly by Ankara. DITIB serves to promote the Turkish ruling party AKP in Europe and to push Turk-Europeans to toe the line dictated by Erdogan.
Working grant - Insane Prices
There are important disparities in the price of cancer medicines within the 28 EU member States. New cancer drugs are incredibly expensive for patients in some Eastern member states or simply not available because of shortages.
Working grant - FCC — Chinese Success. Made in Ethiopia
Tens of thousands of Chinese have moved to Addis Abeba over the past years, creating jobs, roads, telecom networks and vegetable gardens with water spinach. Who are the different actors in China's recent involvement in Ethiopia?