Alexandre Brutelle is a foreign reporter and freelance investigative journalist since 2014.

He has worked on illicit financial flows, environmental crime and human rights abuses in Middle Eastern, African and European countries.

In 2017, he created the data-journalism project Politics Watch, the first online database about criminality in the public sphere. He is an investigative journalism project coordinator for the NGO CiFAR since 2019 and has been a trainer for several journalism workshops.

Alexandre investigated the Mubarak clan ill-gotten assets in the EU from 2018 to 2019 and managed three cross-border investigative projects on water privatization in Bulgaria, occult wood trading in Ghana and shale gas in North Africa afterwards. 

As a trainer and project coordinator, he also organized CiFAR investigative program : “Investigate the Western Balkans and North Africa” from late 2019 to early 2021.

Alexandre co-founded the Environmental Investigative Forum in 2020, a non-profit organization designed to provide support, funding and expertise to team of scientists and journalists for environmental investigations.

Alexandre Brutelle

Basic information

Alexandre Brutelle
Investigative journalist
illicit finance, environmental crime, human rights

Supported projects

Perenco extracting oil and gas in protected areas

  • Energy
  • Environment
  • Industry

PARIS - The "Perenco System" international investigation coordinated by the Environmental Investigative Forum (EIF) in partnership with Mediapart, InfoCongo, InfoAmazonia and Convoca documents the systemic ecological impact of Perenco worldwide.

Tunisia: How legal limbo allows fracking by Serinus Energy

  • Energy
  • Environment
  • Industry

KEBILI - This projects looked into the significant social and environmental consequences Tunisia bears due to extractive industries of Serinus Energy.

Tunisia Serinus impact

Freezing Mubarak and Ben Ali’s Assets: Many Violations, Few Results

  • Corruption
  • Politics

CAIRO/TUNIS - Despite sanctions on the late Arab dictators Hosni Mubarak and Zine el-Abdine Ben Ali, their clans and allies still own French property worth millions, casting doubts on the effectiveness of these sanctions. Recovering Egypt’s and Tunisia’s stolen wealth remains elusive.

Perenco's black oil in the DRC

  • Environment
  • Exploitation

MALELA - This investigation documents the company's environmental damage in a Mangrove natural park, foremost among which is its ground-level flaring, a practice that has been banned in the country since 2015, and which is the cause of very high CO2 emissions and very significant nuisance for agricultural activities, the main means of subsistence for the populations. 


Varna's hazardous seafood exports throughout Europe

  • Environment
  • Industry

VARNA - Improper management of a wastewater treatment pipe in the Varna lake has led to repeated toxic leaks since 2019. 

Southern Tunisia: unregulated extractivism by French-British company Perenco

  • Corruption
  • Environment
  • Industry

EL FAROUAR - Despite being owned by one of the richest French families, the Perrodos, the French-British company Perenco has a long history of secrecy and discretion...

How a French company violated Bulgarian regulations

  • Industry

SOFIA - Excessive water cuts to its consumers, questionable management of tendering procedures, constant increase in water prices in the face of significant leaking of its outdated infrastructures. These features of a global water giant, repeatedly singled out by the press, are no longer a secret in France. 

The Frenchman who sold timber from Ghana

  • Tax evasion

ACCRA, PARIS - A French official got into wood exportation without paying any taxes on this commercial activity. Despite his presence in the Panama Papers he was awarded the French Order of Merit.

Jean-Louis Chanel