The Investigative Reporting Laboratory (IRL) is a non-profit media organization whose reporting focuses on corruption, crime and good governance.

It was established in 2017 with the support of the “Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project”, a leading media organization whose partner in North Macedonia is IRL. The IRL team is recognized for its female leadership, investments in young leaders and innovative media products.

Its unique strategy for maximizing the impact of investigative journalism is built through the involvement of multiple and diverse professions: our team consists of reporters, researchers, filmmakers, IT experts and visual artists. IRL is the only organization in North Macedonia that is focused on domestic and international organized crime and high corruption.

The stories of IRL reporters have been published in the world’s most renowned media such as The Guardian, BuzzFeed, Süddeutsche Zeitung, New York Times, ProPublica, Swedish Public Service (SVT) and others.

Basic information

Investigative Reporting Lab Macedonia
North Macedonia

Supported projects

Vardar/Axios: A River in Distress

  • Environment

SKOPJE / THESSALONIKI -  Investigative teams from IRL in North Macedonia and Inside Story in Greece secured and analyzed thousand of pages of documents, interviewed tens of stakeholders and authorities and surveyed the Axios/Vardar basin and its facilities in order to identify the environmental pressures on the river and expose the reasons behind them.  

fishermen huts in the estuary near Chalastra in Greece