Tim Luimes is a freelance investigative journalist based in The Netherlands.

Tim is a member of the Dutch reporters collective The Investigative Desk. Published in among others Vrij Nederland, De Groene Amsterdammer, Knack and the NOS. He investigates the food and tobacco industry. For him, the key question is: how do large companies again and again manage to influence politics and science to their advantage?

Tim Luimes

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Tim Luimes
Investigative journalist
Food, tobacco

Supported projects

The Forever Pollution Project

  • Environment

EUROPE - More than 17.000 sites all over Europe are contaminated by the “forever chemical” PFAS, an exclusive, monthslong investigation from 18 European newsrooms shows. The investigation “The Forever Pollution Project” reveals an additional 22.000 presumptive contamination sites due to current or past industrial activity. The contamination revealed by this project spreads all over Europe.

The art of looking away

  • Healthcare
  • Industry

BRUSSELS - The pollution around the 3M plant has been known for years. Yet the PFOS scandal did not erupt in Flanders until the spring of 2021.

Big Tobacco's proxy-lobby in the 21st century

  • Industry

Le Monde and The Investigative Desk delved into the multi-layered world of Big Tobacco’s 21st century astroturfing. They discovered that under the guise of defending individual freedom, fake consumer organisations are promoting e-cigarettes.