Miranda Patrucic

investigative reporter OCCRP

Miranda Patrucic

A lead reporter and regional editor for the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), Miranda Patrucic has played a pivotal role in probes that led to government investigations in multiple countries, prison sentences for corrupt officials, and more than $1 billion in penalties and seized properties.

As a reporter on the groundbreaking Panama Papers project, which revealed the hidden wealth of global elites, Patrucic helped to expose a web of secret companies in offshore havens designed to hide the staggering wealth of Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and his family.

She has also played a key role in the “Khadija Project,” named for her friend and colleague Khadija Ismayilova, who was imprisoned in Azerbaijan by the Aliyev government because of her news reports. Following Ismayilova’s arrest in late 2014, colleagues from several countries banded together to continue her reporting on corruption among Azerbaijan’s elites.

Patrucic’s work has had far-reaching impact. She investigated Gulnara Karimova, the daughter of Uzbekistan’s president, who controlled the country’s telecom industry. Patrucic discovered that the president’s daughter had accepted payments likely in excess of $1 billion from two European telecom companies. This revelation led to criminal investigations and a nearly $800 million settlement with one of the telecoms. Karimova was placed under house arrest, some of her properties in France were seized, and her funds in Switzerland were frozen.

Patrucic’s investigation into how Montenegro’s top leaders exploited the country’s main bank for personal gain led the European Union to temporarily delay Montenegro’s application for EU membership. Earlier, she was part of a team that reported on how the Bosnian government bought an apartment for the prime minister which led to his indictment and resignation.

Based in Sarajevo, Patrucic began her career as a project assistant for Freedom House in 2001. In 2005, she became a translator and fact-checker for the Center for Investigative Reporting in Sarajevo. She later became an investigative reporter for OCCRP and in 2012 was appointed OCCRP’s Regional Editor.

Patrucic has trained and mentored reporters in 20 countries and serves as a role model for journalists working in closed societies. She is a winner of the 2016 ICFJ Knight International Journalism Award.

IJF 2017

Miranda Patrucic will speak at the following events:

14:00 - 15:00  thursday 6 april 2017
Sala del Dottorato
Women on the front line in the fight for freedom of expression



IJF 2016

Miranda Patrucic will speak at the following events:

17:00 - 18:00  wednesday 6 april 2016
Centro Servizi G. Alessi
The Khadija Project: the campaign to free jailed Azerbaijan journalist Khadija Ismayilova



IJF 2015

Miranda Patrucic will speak at the following events:

10:30 - 12:00  saturday 18 april 2015
Centro Servizi G. Alessi
Whistleblowing the world
16:00 - 18:00  saturday 18 april 2015
Sala del Dottorato
Transnational investigative journalism: 3 examples



IJF 2014

Miranda Patrucic will speak at the following events:

11:30 - 13:00  thursday 1 may 2014
Hotel Brufani - Sala Perugino
Whistleblowing for investigative journalism: different approaches
18:30 - 19:30  thursday 1 may 2014
Hotel Brufani - Sala Perugino
Advanced follow the money techniques






IJF 2012

Miranda Patrucic will speak at the following events:

10:00 - 12:00  sunday 29 april 2012
Centro Servizi G. Alessi
Transnational investigative journalism


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