Too few vaccines, not enough personnel, poor organisation, chaos, and growing disinformation campaigns – all four countries of the Visegrad Group (V4) are struggling with their vaccination programmes
The results of a police investigation into the murder of investigative journalist Ján Kuciak have left powerful figures in Slovakia extremely jumpy.
NOTES FROM THE REGION
No, the so-called solidarity tax that has been proposed in Poland is not about supporting the fight against the coronavirus pandemic as the government claims. Instead, it is meant to hit independent media outlets, especially those that have vocally criticized the ruling party.
Because of unprecedented technological and societal developments, the dilemma around free speech and power of private companies to restrain it will not be resolved by relying on solutions implemented in the past. These paradigmatic changes will require utterly innovative approaches and gives an opportunity for Transatlantic cooperation.
VSquare is an independent, cross-border journalism initiative dedicated to improving the quality of investigative reporting and independent press in the Visegrad Region.
Reporters Foundation (Fundacja Reporterów) was established in 2010 by a group of leading Polish reporters. For many years its main mission was to train and support journalists from Eastern Europe, especially from Ukraine – through workshops, conferences and journalism awards. Support to strengthen cooperation between reporters and the skills of investigative journalists in Central Europe is an important part of Foundation’s philosophy.
The Czech Centre for Investigative Journalism (České centrum pro investigativní žurnalistiku) was founded in 2013 by Czech journalists to promote cross-border investigative projects, train journalists and address the need of local journalism to follow new media trends. Center was part of global investigative journalism projects such as Pulitzer Prize winning Panama Papers, Swissleaks or Global Laundromat.
“Atlatszo” means transparent in Hungarian. Established in 2011, it’s Hungary’s first investigative non-profit journalistic organisation financed by nonpartisan and non-governmental sources.
Direkt36 is a non-profit investigative journalism center in Hungary with the mission to expose wrongdoings and abuse of power through fair but tough reporting, a kind of journalism that is vital for any democracy.
The Investigative Center of Ján Kuciak (ICJK) was established in 2019. Named after the Slovak journalist who was murdered in 2018, ICJK aims to be a platform for the collaboration of Slovak investigative journalists with their colleagues abroad. Partner center of the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP).
LEAK TO US
Have you seen something that you think should be a story? Do you have documents we should see? We want to hear from you. We encourage whistleblowers to securely submit all forms of content that might be of public concern. We take source protection very seriously. There are a safe ways to share documents and messages with us.
STAY IN TOUCH
We love to hear about what our readers are up to — both professionally and personally. If you are interested in hearing more about what is going on throughout the Visegrad countries, if you have feedback or questions about VSQUARE.ORG, please send to us your question/comment.
MEET OUR TEAM
Polish journalist, since 2016 working with Investigate Europe. Co-founder of Fundacja Reporterów (Reporters Foundation). Based in Warsaw.
Polish journalist of Polityka weekly, co- founder of Fundacja Reporterów (Reporters Foundation). Worked as a foreign correspondent covering Russia; former head of investigative desk at Dziennik daily. Based in Warsaw.
Czech journalist, founder of the Czech Center for Investigative Journalism. Closely working with OCCRP. A co-recipient of the Global Shining Light Award. Based in Prague.
Polish journalist, former reporter at Superwizjer TVN and Oko.Press, since 2016 working with Fundacja Reporterów (Reporters Foundation), in 2016 shortlisted for Grand Press award. Based in Warsaw.
Hungarian journalist at direkt36.hu. Covers foreign policy, national security, Russian influence. Former Hubert H. Humphrey/Fulbright fellow at Arizona State University.
Senior investigative journalist with more than 17 years experience in covering politics for leading Polish newspapers. FR’s vice-chairman. JSK Stanford Fellow focused on countering disinformation.
Polish journalist, since 2016 working for onet.pl. Former journalist at Rzeczpospolita daily and editor-in-chief of Polska Zbrojna, war correspondent in Afghanistan. Based in Warsaw.
Peter Sabo is investigative reporter of Aktuality.sk. He is uncovering corruption using mostly data-driven approach. He was wroking in IT sector as analyst before joining Aktuality.
Reporter of Aktuality.sk focused on corruption and data-based analytical journalism. Worked as an investigative data analyst for the TI Slovakia and Stop Corruption Foundation.
Eva is a journalist working for investigace.cz based in Prague. Investigace.cz is NGO covering organized crime topics and the only Czech partner of OCCRP. She works on projects connected to Slovakia.
He is an award-winning investigative journalist and editor, co-founder and director of atlatszo.hu, Marshall Memorial Fellowship alumni, member of international investigative journalism networks. Based in Budapest.
Editor-in-chief at the Ján Kuciak Investigative Center (ICJK). Experienced journalist and media leader, former director of news and journalism at RTVS and the editor-in-chief of news at Markíza television.
A freelance journalist, regularly published by “Tygodnik Powszechny”. Previously worked for i.a. “Gazeta Wyborcza”, “Newsweek”. Part-time traveller and mountaineer. Based in Cracow.
An editor with many years of experience in the biggest Polish print and online media, including WP.pl, Gazeta.pl, Newsweek Polska and Rzeczpospolita daily. Since 2020 at Reporters Foundation.
She has been working as a journalist and news editor for over 20 years now, at News Network Ltd., RTL Klub television and a number of national print publications. Freelancing for atlatszo.hu from the beginning, she joined full time in 2019. Based in Budapest.