Journalism Programme: Finance Uncovered

FU logoFinance Uncovered equips journalists and researchers from all over the world with practical skills to undertake complex investigations into tax abuse, corruption and money laundering. We then work with our participants helping them get their stories out there.

In three years we have delivered seven highly regarded courses and built a 176-strong global network of trained journalists and researchers in 66 countries with whom we collaborate on impactful cross-border projects.

Our mission is simple: to increase the quality and quantity of illicit finance related items in the media – particularly in developing and emerging countries.

Among our highlights:

  • Our network has generated well over 90 articles and broadcast items on illicit finance, directly attributed to our course.
  • We trained eight key members of the Panama Papers reporting team.
  • One of our South African participants won a series of awards for her story on a lucrative tax fraud in the gold industry: reporting that would not have happened without attending our course.
  • Our first published investigation into Africa’s biggest private equity fund ran simultaneously in five major titles across the world and helped inform a report by the European parliament’s development committee.
  • We received leaked documents alleging a multi-billion dollar black hole in Nigeria’s oil account. We passed them to one of our Nigerian participants who produced a series of stories in his country.
  • We project managed a cross-border investigation featuring four members of our network into tax avoidance by MTN, Africa’s biggest telephone firm, which splashed in four major African newspapers.
  • We worked with Liberian journalists to produce a series of articles on the West African country’s secret corporate registry.
  • We worked with journalists in Kenya and Belgium to produce an in-depth investigation revealing how the upgrade of the Rift Valley Railway – one of Africa’s most important railway lines backed by $144m of international development finance, was going off the rails. The story ran in Belgium, Kenya, the Netherlands, Uganda and the UK.

Finance Uncovered is specifically funded by the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust which in mid 2013 gave the Tax Justice Network a three-year grant to set up a journalism training programme. Last year, we also received a one-off course grant from Oxfam Novib.

Finance Uncovered is incorporated as an independent not-for-profit company with the goal of raising the funds necessary to continue and build the project as a fully independent company. We hope to complete our transition over the next nine months.

Finance Uncovered is directed by Nick Mathiason, a former Guardian and Observer business correspondent now working at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism at City University, London.

George Turner is Finance Uncovered’s director of investigations. George led our investigations into profit shifting by Africa’s biggest telecom company; Liberia; the Africa private equity firm, Qalaa; and the Rift Valley Railway. He has written major studies about offshore finance in British football and a ground-breaking report into the finances of Britain’s water industry.

For more information about Finance Uncovered and the dates of our courses, please email

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