My contributions on the Den
Project by Alexandre Brutelle / Supported by Pol France
Politics Watch is a free-to-use practical tool, inspired from citizen journalism and activism. The project takes the form of a researchable database on the criminal past of French politicians, along with statistical comments and a…
I'm a freelance investigative journalist with five years of experience in editing, reporting and cooperating with various international networks and organizations.
I started my career as a freelance covering the Maidan movement from Kiev in 2014, soon before being hired as a chief editor assistant and journalist for a local French media based in Istanbul in 2015. There I covered a wide range of topics while also specifying myself in the coverage of various protests, during the tensed period of parliamentary elections. I was then also collaborating with French media outlets on the side, as a freelance.
These experiences led me to enter a Master program in journalism at the end of the same year and participate to several workshops related to investigative journalism, where I received training and support from members of organizations such as the OCCRP and the ICIJ. In 2016 I was back to Istanbul, working for the same media outlet, this time as part as a compulsory internship in order to validate my Master, while still publishing ground reports as a freelance.
While developing my own project from 2017 on, "Politics Watch", a criminal database about French politicians, I also cooperated to a cross-border investigation upon the invitation of the NGO CiFAR, specialized in asset recovery. Our work is soon to be published in three different countries.
I also temporarily worked as a press officer and a data analyst for the European Commission.