Maarten Bakker is an experienced journalist and researcher from The Hague, the Netherlands. 

He covers daily economic, political and legal affairs for Dutch and foreign media.

Maarten did extensive research into the palm oil sector in Indonesia, and is monitoring the foreign activities of the Dutch maritime sector.

For research center SOMO in Amsterdam he investigated corruption allegation against  oil company Shell and the trade agreements between the EU and Canada, Indonesia and Myanmar.  

He holds an academic degree in political science.

(The journalist is known to Journalismfund Europe. But for security reasons, his photo cannot be made public.)

Basic information

Maarten Bakker
oil, palm oil, corruption
The Hague

Supported projects

Rubber for Europe is fuelling environmental and human rights violations in Ghana and Nigeria

  • Environment
  • Human Rights

EDO/OKOMU – The journalists revealed that rubber and palm oil craze is a reason behind land grabbing, deforestation, and human rights violations in both Ghana and Nigeria. The French company Socfin's presence in southern Nigeria has caused host communities pain and rights violations, even if they mask it with well-oiled communication.

Ghana forests

Guyana: ExxonMobil's Perfect Asset

  • Energy
  • Environment

GEORGETOWN - This investigation offers a deep dive into the financial tricks ExxonMobil employs to turn Guyana into its perfect oil province.

Guyana Exxon Georgetown