Pavla Holcová is an investigative journalist and founder of, based in Prague.
Pavla Holcová was invited to take part in the global investigation of the Panama Papers - the only journalist from the Czech Republic - for which the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists won the Pulitzer Prize.
She has worked with Azerbaijani journalist Khadiju Ismail on a series of articles on the illegal business activities of the Azerbaijani president and his family members. For this work, both journalists received the Global Shining Light Award. Together with the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN) and Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), she has mapped many billions of arms supplies for the conflict in Syria. Together with her colleagues, she was awarded the Serbian Prize for Investigative Journalism for this investigation.
Together with Macedonian journalist Saška Cvetkovska, she revealed the secret investments of the former chief of the Macedonian secret services, Saso Mialkova. As a result of these and other related disclosures, Mialkov had to resign, and the Macedonian government subsequently fell. Both journalists won the European Union's Investigative Journalism Award for this case.
In November 2016, Pavla was selected among a hundred New Europe change-makers, 100 people changing Central and Eastern Europe for the better.
For 2018, she was selected for the European Young Leaders initiative.
Prior to the founding of the, Pavla worked for six years in People in Need as the head of the Cuban section.

Basic information

Pavla Holcová
Investigative journalist
Organized crime groups in Europe, money laundring

Supported projects

Green EU subsidies in the hands of organised crime

  • Corruption
  • Environment

A cross-border team of journalists has focused on the potential corruption of solar energy support in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. More specifically, in the Czech Republic, the government has been postponing the changes to law allowing the state-guaranteed price of solar electricity to match the decline in investment in solar electricity. 

The men behind xHamster

  • Human Rights
  • Security

GERMANY - xHamster is one of the most visited porn websites in Germany and the world. The xHamster bosses have been in hiding for years. Now research reveals for the first time two leading figures behind Germany's most visited porn site.

The MEPs Project: the ghost offices of MEPs

  • Data Journalism

In an unprecedented EU-wide collaborative effort, the journalists from "The MEPs Project" located in every member state investigated how members of the European Parliament (MEPs) make use of the general expenses payments they receive every month. 

Mentor for

Grabbing Profit from Forgotten Lands

  • Corruption
  • Environment

TARANTO - "When you offer a farmer 10,000 euros for a piece of land, it is like a godsend."

Rea Nefeli Tzanetakou

Neo-Black Movement a.k.a. Black Axe - social movement or international criminal network?

  • Finance
  • Organised crime
  • Trafficking

NIGERIA, GERMANY - In the 1970s Nigerian students founded a fraternity to fight against oppression and racism. Today, their name appears worldwide in connection with criminal activities. What happened?