Pavla Holcova


Based in Prague, Pavla Holcová is an investigative journalist and founder of She is also an OCCRP regional editor for Central Europe. She has contributed to major cross-border projects such as the Panama Papers, the Paradise Papers, the Russian Laundromat, and the Azerbaijani Laundromat. Together with her colleague Ján Kuciak, she exposed ties between the Slovak government and Italian mafia. She has also investigated massive illegal arms sales to Syria during the war, explored links between the global cocaine trade and Balkan organized crime groups, and identified illegal real-estate investments by politicians.

In 2016, Pavla was selected among a hundred New Europe changemakers and a hundred people changing Central and Eastern Europe for the better, in 2018 she was selected for the European Young Leaders initiative, and in 2021 she won the ICFJ Knight International Journalism Award.

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Events in past editions
#IJF22 / 9 april 2022

The new organized crime

The structure of organized crime has improved significantly over the last few decades and journalists have only started to understand the reach of transnational criminals in the last five years. In th...