The Investigative Desk

We are a group of specialized investigative journalists. Our reporters focus on chemicals, defence & security, energy & climate, financial issues, legal issues, food & agriculture, pharmaceutical & healthcare, and tobacco industries.

Our mission is to investigate the power mechanisms in businesses, governments and other institutions, and produce thorough stories about these mechanisms, in order to stimulate the public debate and – if possible – spur the reform of unjust, illegal and abusive practices.

Media partners

We put much emphasis on professional and international collaboration, both in our research and in our publications. We believe this is the best way to strengthen our reporting and expand our readership.

Contact us

We focus our investigations on topics of concern to citizens across Europe and in other continents. We therefore actively seek collaboration with outstanding journalists whenever and wherever we can. We also welcome tips, leaks and suggestions for articles from the public, informed insiders and whistle-blowers (for whom we have a separate, secure communication channel).

Visiting address:
The Investigative Desk
Overhoeksplein 2
1031 KS Amsterdam
the Netherlands

Funding and Independence

We fund our work with donations, structural subsidies, grants, project-related subsidies and publication fees.

We are fully independent in the selection, investigation and publication of our topics. Our donors have no role or substantive say in this, and we do not align the timing of our publications with them. Some donors earmark their donations to one of our specialised desks. In such cases, the same principles apply.

We maintain our journalistic independence from our donors by:

The Dutch tax authorities have awarded us the status of public benefit organisation (PBO).
As a result, donations to our foundation are tax deductible.