ITALY - Investigative Reporting Project Italy (IRPI) is unique as the only nonprofit publisher of investigative journalism in Italy.

It was launched to address the broader social issue of a failing independent press that in turn contributes to an unaware society and weakened democracy in the country. Since its founding in 2012, IRPI has become a model to other independent journalism centers in the Mediterranean for its expertise, and has enjoyed exponential growth in digital audiences in Italy and abroad. IRPI’s expertise on tracing Italian organized crime around the world has made it a crucial partner to many international consortiums, and IrpiMedia has been the only Italian media partner of important impactful cross-border projects like Suisse Secrets coordinated by Suddeutsche Zeitung and OCCRP. Our goal is to bolster IRPI’s position in the Italian and European media ecosystem, and overall to foster positive change in the social issue of a weakened press and weakened democracy in the Mediterranean.

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Asbestos: The Lethal Legacy

  • Environment
  • Healthcare

Asbestos is more lethal than previously known. New figures, recognised by the EU institutions, show that 70,000-90,000 Europeans die of asbestos related cancer each year.

Jesús Ropero died of mesothelioma shortly after this interview. This worker at CAF, a multinational train manufacturer in Spain, removed blue asbestos with his own hands. Photo: B. Jimenez Tejero

EU regulations triggering illegal fishing in Tunisia and Libya

  • Environment
  • Fishing industry

KERKENNAH ISLANDS - In Tunisia, artisanal fishers are facing depleted fish stocks as a result of illegal bottom trawling.

Europe's Seas in Danger

  • Environment
  • Fishing industry

EDINBURGH - Europe’s marine environment faces a plethora of severe threats. What are the key species in decline, and which interest groups are lobbying against marine protection laws? This investigation looks into Europe’s interconnected marine systems, and how they can be preserved.

Flowering Investigative Reporting in Italy’s News Deserts

  • Journalism & Media

PERIPHERIES OF ITALY - This project will amplify the the voices of marginalised communities through editorial productions that collaborate with local newsrooms, grassroot activists and non- governmental organisations in Rome, Milan, Sardinia, Sicily and Calabria and other territories. Together, they will produce quality reporting taught through fieldwork, networking and workshops.

Stranded: Impact of Asbestos in Maritime Industry

  • Environment
  • Healthcare
  • Industry

ALIAĞA – Asbestos, that is especially hard to track in ships, often causes lung cancer, mesothelioma and asbestosis. The team investigated several shipbreaking yards, including Kılıçlar in Turkey, where workers are exposed to the deadly substance without adequate protection. 

asbestos in ships

The Hidden Threat: Asbestos Fibres in Our Drinking Water

  • Environment
  • Healthcare

EUROPE – Asbestos is now banned in 69 countries, but it is still found in our drinking water. Water pipes are made of asbestos cement release fibres that can be lethal when inhaled. Experts have warned about this problem for decades, but the issue persists. 

When the Sun Goes Down

  • Energy
  • Environment

MADRID - Amazon boasts about having 15 photovoltaic solar plants in Spain to supply energy to its workplaces.

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