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We investigate issues that are of public interest, injustice and abuses of power. Our investigations are aiming at informing society and thereby safeguarding democracy. Here you can find a selection of our major investigation.

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Journalism is not a Crime

Open letter following public prosecution proceedings against CORRECTIV’s Editor-in-Chief.

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The CumEx Files

How Europe's taxpayers have been swindled of €55 billion.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Business Cheats

Forged bonds worth billions of Euros harm the world economy. A CORRECTIV investigation reveals how international fraudsters use fake German-government bonds to trick banks and clients.

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Court Donations

In recent years, defendants in Germany have paid hundreds of millions of Euros to close criminal proceedings. Judges and prosecutors hand out the largest portion of this money – with hardly any oversight. This lack of transparency makes the system susceptible to corruption, says a spokesman for the senator of justice in Hamburg.

Mafia in Africa

‘Cosa Nostra AG’

Isolated and alone in only a few square metres. All around are white walls. There is nobody to talk with. Nobody to write to. Correspondence with the external world is forbidden. No emails, no Facebook. Not even hand-written letters. Just silence. Slowly, you go mad. Even the 'hour of air' is spent alone. For if these men manage to communicate with the outside and get orders to the 'family', assets and people can disappear.

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Mafia in Africa

Cosa Nostra Diamonds

Harare, Zimbabwe. Early January 2011. A man buys one million carats of blood diamonds. Cash. With rustling green American dollars, a single transaction worth tens if not hundreds of millions. He's young, good-looking and incredibly rich and powerful. His name is Antonino Messicati Vitale, and he is a boss of the Sicilian mafia, the Cosa Nostra.

Sicherheitskräfte erschiessen in der usbekischen Provonzstadt hunderte Menschen. Das Verbrechen ist bis heute ungesühnt.© Vincent Burmeister

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10 Years After The Massacre Of Andijan

Even ten years after the massacre in Andijan, Uzbekistan, the European Union does not work for a clearance of this crime. At first the EU imposed sanctions to force Uzbekistan to name the people responsible for the bloodbath. In the provincial city of Andijan, several hundred peope were shot by security forces. In the contrary, the non-profit investigative newsroom CORRECT!V found that EU diplomates after the massacre only needed a year to undermine the sanctions against Uzbekistan.

The System of Putin

Dirty Money and State Collapse

The Leipzig State Court will soon make a ruling on a large corruption case. The prosecution accuses the US computer company Hewlett-Packard of paying at least 7.6 million Euros in bribes to Russian officials to secure a dominant position in the Russian market. But in reality, the documents reveal a much greater scandal. It was Vladimir Putin who enabled this corruption scandal. The bribe money from HP ensured Putin the loyalty of a clique of state attorneys. And helped him take control of the Russian judiciary.