Marcel Metze (1952, the Netherlands) has been working as a journalist since 1980.

In the 1990s he began investigating big business and government. He wrote hundreds of articles, dozens of essays and authored books on, among others, Philips Electronics, the Dutch banks and the decline of the once powerful Christian-Democratic party in the Netherlands. His biography of Anton Philips became the 2006 Management Book of the Year (a Dutch award) and was nominated for the AKO literary prize (longlist). His political biography of Shell (‘High Stakes’/’Hoog Spel’) was  published in May 2023 and received a nomination for the Libris History Prize.

Between 2011 and 2015, Metze developed and ran a teaching lab for young investigative journalists. In 2014, he founded De Onderzoeksredactie, a non-profit for investigative journalism (later continued as Platform Investico). From 2015 until 2018 he was an editorial advisor of the Dutch Journal of Medicine. In March 2017 he founded the Tobacco Investigations Desk (Onderzoeksredactie Tabak), which was expanded into The Investigative Desk in January 2019. Metze is the director and editor-in-chief of this non-profit organisation, which again includes a teaching lab.

Metze is a member of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ).

Marcel Metze

Basic information

Marcel Metze
Investigative journalist
big business, governments

Supported projects

High Stakes, the political biography of Shell

  • Corruption
  • Economy
  • Politics

AMSTERDAM - Shell knows the ways to the highest circles as well as the shortcuts through the political swamps. The oil and gas giant operates in 70 countries. Most are not democratic constitutional states. Shell - until recently Royal Dutch Shell - has to deal daily with weak or autocratic governments, corruption, unrest, war and terrorism. How does it navigate through these?

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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

How Carbon Capture Is a Gift To Big Oil

  • Energy
  • Environment

LONDON – With Europe reeling from heat waves and wildfires, the EU is backing projects to capture industrial emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) as a key pillar in its fight against climate change. But what if these multi-billion-euro schemes make the problem worse?

Shell continues with oil pollution in the Niger Delta

  • Environment
  • Exploitation

OGONILAND - This investigation exposed the negative effects of Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria – a subsidiary of Shell Plc, oil pipeline pollution in Ogoniland in the Niger Delta, which has resulted in the loss of several aquatic species and the deterioration of the ecosystem.