Investigations

Black Trail

How to kill the planet and get away with it. The EIC network (European Investigations Collaboration) presents a documentary into shipping emissions produced by Expresso, SIC TV, TheBlackSea and Reporters United.

Interview: No happy end yet for whistleblower Maria Efimova
Athens, 14 June 2018. Maria Efimova moments after the Greek Supreme Court ruled against her extradition to Malta. Photo: boublis

Interview: No happy end yet for whistleblower Maria Efimova

Maria Efimova fled Malta fearing for her life after blowing the whistle on corruption at the very top of the island’s government. Greece refused to hand her back to Malta, but now Cyprus is going after her husband. Reporters United spoke to the couple as they await the extradition hearing.

Fishing quotas: How EU governments are destroying Europe’s seas
Photo: Thodoris Chondrogiannos

Fishing quotas: How EU governments are destroying Europe’s seas

Once a year, representatives of the 27 member states on the Council of the EU meet to set the bloc’s fishing quotas. The decisions are made behind closed doors, often ignoring scientific advice. This process is contributing to the depletion of fish stocks in Europe’s seas. The Mediterranean and the Black sea are already the most overfished regions on the planet.

The unexpected European dilemma: Support the US — or Big Pharma?

For seven months during a raging pandemic, Europe and the US have ignored a demand by over 100 countries to release patents related to Covid-19 products. This week, the US government announced a sudden about-turn on its stance, which was met with praise from many EU officials and governments. Investigate Europe documents how governments opposed the waiver fiercely until the very last moment.

Greece has been blocking an EU law promoting gender equality – is this about to change?
Alexia Barakou / Investigate Europe / Reporters United

Greece has been blocking an EU law promoting gender equality – is this about to change?

Research for Investigate Europe’s “Council project” revealed that Greece is one of a handful of smaller EU member states blocking a proposed directive in the Council of the EU. The directive aims to improve the gender balance of non-executive directors on company boards. The Greek government denied this, but a breakthrough may be in sight, after our revelations pressed it to take a position.

After admitting to “mistakes” in taking down Greek journalists’ accounts, Facebook refuses to talk to journalists’ union
Alexia Barakou / Investigate Europe / Reporters United

After admitting to “mistakes” in taking down Greek journalists’ accounts, Facebook refuses to talk to journalists’ union

Facebook admitted it made “mistakes” in its content moderation when it suspended the accounts of journalists reporting on a hunger strike by a jailed terrorist in Greece. But when the journalists’ union requested a meeting with the company, they were turned down by Facebook’s PR agency.

Police abuse in Greece: Disinfaux Collective report examines rogue petrol bomb video and reveals possible police ties to shady pro-government group
Screenshots: Disinfaux Collective

Police abuse in Greece: Disinfaux Collective report examines rogue petrol bomb video and reveals possible police ties to shady pro-government group

In a Reporters United exclusive, technical analysis of mobile phone footage by OSINT group Disinfaux Collective appears to show a police officer throwing a petrol bomb during the recent disturbances in Athens, while a separate video appears to link police with a pro-New Democracy social media account.