Investigative Journalism in the Public Interest

CORRECTIV is a non-profit independent newsroom. Through investigative journalism, we expose systematic abuses, hold those in power accountable and strengthen an open and democratic civil society. On this website you will find a selection of our investigations in English. For more stories, visit our German Website.

Investigative Journalism in the Public Interest

CORRECTIV is a non-profit independent newsroom. Through investigative journalism, we expose systematic abuses, hold those in power accountable and strengthen an open and democratic civil society. On this website you will find a selection of our investigations in English. For more stories, visit our German Website.
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It is the biggest tax heist in history. Three years after the CumEx-Files were published, an international media collaboration led by CORRECTIV shows how taxpayers worldwide were cheated out of €150 billion. An insider reports on the cross-border deals, financial experts warn that the tax fraud could still be possible, and authorities refuse to accept responsibility.

Collage: Skyline mit Wolkenkratzern, die in von Cum-Ex-Betrug betroffenen Ländern stehen
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What we stand for

Through our work, we advocate for an open and democratic society. Our goal is to enable people to participate in discussions and democratic processes in a well-informed way and to make the media a catalyst of new social debates. In this respect, we initiate change through our work.

Journalism has an essential critical and control function in our society. Our research exposes national and international abuses and can be a driving force for social progress. This requires accuracy and perseverance. To this end, we are happy to cooperate with German and international media.

We conduct our investigations free from political and economic dependencies. Our reporters are guided by the public interest and our work is transparent and verifiable. We choose our topics and activities ourselves.

A well-functioning democracy is based on an informed public. In our opinion, everyone has a right to carefully researched information. We are guided by the public interest and therefore make our content available to everyone free of charge.

Targeted disinformation, false claims and half-truths are causing hatred and polarization in public debates around the world. We want to counter this with facts and thus combat the division of our society.

To constructively participate in public and private debates, people need to be more aware of reliable sources. We want to provide citizens with more media competence for an interconnected world. We achieve this by sharing our knowledge and involving people in investigations.

Become a cooperation partner

International investigations require international cooperation. Become part of our network and help draw attention to abuses across borders. Contact us to investigate with us.

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Do you have any tips or suggestions for potential investigations? Do you have documents or other material that we should examine more closely? Contact us – even anonymously if you wish. Help us report on important abuses.

CumEx Files 2.0 – The outrageous tax fraud goes on
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CumEx Files 2.0 – The outrageous tax fraud goes on

It’s the biggest tax heist in history. Three years after publishing the first CumEx Files, an international media collaboration led by CORRECTIV exposes how taxpayers worldwide were cheated out of €150 billion. An insider reports on cross-border deals, financial experts warn of continued tax fraud and authorities refuse responsibility.
NURSES FOR SALE

NURSES FOR SALE

An unsettling business: how agents are commoditizing foreign nurses for German healthcare
No Filter for the Right
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No Filter for the Right

How Right-Wing recruiters use Instagram to attract young people
Grand Theft Europe
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Grand Theft Europe

Fraudsters are every year robbing Europe’s citizens of €50 billion in tax money. A Europe-wide investigation by 63 journalists from 30 countries, coordinated by CORRECTIV.
CORRECTIV.Faktencheck’s Data Analysis: Facebook and Youtube Are the Most Important Platforms for False Information
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CORRECTIV.Faktencheck’s Data Analysis: Facebook and Youtube Are the Most Important Platforms for False Information

Where do people come across false information on the Internet and how do they spread it? An evaluation of the data for 2020 from our CrowdNewsroom shows what role the big tech companies play.
The CumEx Files
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The CumEx Files

How Europe’s taxpayers have been swindled of €55 billion.
The Heartland Lobby
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The Heartland Lobby

An undercover investigation from CORRECTIV reveals how the American Heartland Institute is supporting climate change deniers in Germany with the goal of undermining climate protection measures.
Ratzinger and the Pedophile Priest
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Ratzinger and the Pedophile Priest

A priest convicted of sexually abusing children says that, on a winter day, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger is standing on his doorstep. Now, an investigation conducted by CORRECTIV and Frontal21 reveals the ties of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI with the priest. The stories shared by alleged victims who came forward during the investigation show how the Catholic Church’s prosecution of sexual abuse within its own ranks is insufficient.
A Kick On Pills – Painkillers in Football
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A Kick On Pills – Painkillers in Football

The abuse of painkillers is a major issue in football. A year-long investigation. Interviews with over 150 people, including players, doctors and experts. A survey with more than 1,100 participants from German amateur football leagues. The #KickonPills investigation by CORRECTIV and the ARD Doping Editorial Team sheds light on a system that sidelines health for wealth.
The President and the Arms Dealer
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The President and the Arms Dealer

A story of international arms deals – and expensive gifts in Berlin. A CORRECTIV investigation with public broadcaster ZDF’s Frontal21 and Stern magazine.
Frontex: watching the watchers
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Frontex: watching the watchers

Shortly before the European elections, the EU rushed through a reform of the border agency Frontex. The agency is becoming more powerful than ever. Hardly anyone can control whether the agency respects basic rights of refugees. Whether or not it really tries to save lives at sea. Nonetheless, transparency activists try their best – in their very own way. A joint investigation with the ARD magazine Report Munich.
Black Sites Turkey
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Black Sites Turkey

In a near-repeat of the CIA’s ‘extraordinary renditions’, the regime of Turkish president Erdoğan is kidnapping dozens of members of the Gülen movement from around the world. Victims are now raising a serious accusation: secret torture sites are part of the repression. A team of nine media organizations from eight countries, coordinated by CORRECTIV, investigates.
In the hands of the mafia
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In the hands of the mafia

Italy is a leading exporter of tomatoes, raking in billions of euros every year. The workers in the fields earn very little. Sexual abuse of female workers is widespread. Compared to Spain and Morocco, their situation is worse as the mafia is holding a tight grip on the region’s labour.
The dark side of Morocco’s booming agricultural exports
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The dark side of Morocco’s booming agricultural exports

Just like in Spain, female workers on Morocco’s fruit and vegetable fields are subject to wide-spread sexual abuse. But in one aspect, their situation is different.
Rape in the fields
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Rape in the fields

Harassed, insulted and raped – that is everyday for thousands of women working in tomato and strawberry fields of Spain, Italy and Morocco. The vegetables and fruits they harvest are sold in German supermarkets and all over Europe. First part of our investigation of workers’ sexual abuse in Spain, Morocco and Italy.

Projects

Through our journalistic projects, we aim to educate and engage our readers, as well as strengthen civil society in the longterm through media literacy.

Our editorial team of fact-checkers uncover false information, rumors and half-truths on a daily basis. Since the flood of misinformation is a global problem, CORRECTIV.Faktencheck is part of an international network of fact-checkers, the IFCN of the US-based Poynter Institute.
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Our German network for local journalism offers the opportunity for local media to jointly carry out large-scale investigations. This produces publications that are particularly relevant to local citizens but also have national significance.
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