The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) has won first place in this year’s Global Shining Light Award at the Global Investigative Journalism Conference (GIJC) in Norway.


Drew Sullivan (left) and Miranda Patrucic (middle) accepting their award with Stevan Dojcinovic (right).

OCCRP’s year-long investigation, Unholy Alliances, uncovered links between organized crime, government bodies and businesses in Montenegro, incriminating long-serving Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic and showing how the country effectively functions as a “mafia state”.

The story was written and researched by Miranda Patrucic (OCCRP), Dejan Milovac (MANS), Stevan Dojcinovic (KRIK) and Lejla Camdzic (OCCRP) with editing by Drew Sullivan, Jody McPhillips and Rosemary Armao.

“OCCRP and its reporters have been aggressively attacked by media linked to organized crime and governments for this story. It is great that fellow journalists recognize this hard work and it helps us deal with these attacks,” said OCCRP editor Drew Sullivan.

IRPI reporter Lorenzo Bodrero contributed to one of the chapters of the investigation titled St. Nikola Island Front for Cigarette Smuggling.