Tajik Handbook of Good Investigations


Journalists in Tajikistan now have a new source of inspiration for investigative journalism. 10 good investigations, supported by SCOOP, are collected in a new book with interviews with the reporters behind the stories and a theoretical chapter with tips and advice.
The initiative for the book is taken by former SCOOP coordinator, journalist Muhaiyo Nozimova, who ... Read More »

New Grants for Cross Border Investigations

Funded by the Robert Bosch Stiftung, the Berlin School of Journalism has launched a new program for cross border journalism: ‘Reporters in the Field’.
It’s open to investigative reporters from the following countries: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, Kosovo, Hungary , Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Republic ... Read More »

Journalists Under Attack in Ukraine

Fotoreporter in der Ukraine

Journalists who cover the demonstrations in Kiev, Ukraine, are deliberately attacked by police who aim weapons directly at the media.
Oleg Khomenok, SCOOP coordinator in Ukraine, writes in an essay for the journalist network n-ost: “…I vacillate between frustration and rebellion. How is it possible that shots are fired against my colleagues in the streets of ... Read More »

Concern for Detained Uzbek Journalist

Uzbek journalist Sergey Naumov has not been heard from, since he rang friends on Saturday September  21 to say he was in police custody. Media and human rights groups are concerned over the fate of Sergey Naumov.
Mr. Naumov had been investigating the use of child labour in Uzbekistan’s cotton industry, his colleagues say. He was ... Read More »

Ukrainian Journalists Under Attack

Safety is fast becoming a coveted commodity for journalists and activists in Ukraine. Over the last month, at least five reporters have been attacked in apparent connection to their work, while scores of activists have been detained, the NGO for free expression IFEX notes. Read the whole story.

Call For Tomislav Kezarovski’s Immediate and Unconditional Release

(Berlin/Belgrade/Skopje/Kopenhagen) July 2nd, 2013 – The international journalist organisations n-ost, BIRN and Scoop condemn the detention of the Macedonian investigative journalist Tomislav Kezarovski. We ask the authorities in charge to release Tomislav Kezarovski immediately. We also call to the EU delegation in Skopje to draw the Macedonian government’s attention to his case and publicly call ... Read More »

170.000 Children and Minors Work in Tajikistan

The issue of children and minors’ labour exploitation in Tajikistan has been a major public concern for many years. Though there are no exact statistics for this area, the International Labour Organization estimates that the number of working minors reaches almost 170 thousand individuals.
The story was researched by Nazliddin Khojaev and published on March 20, 2013.
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Virginity is Big Business in Tajikistan


When establishing a family in Tajikistan, the most important thing is the bride’s virginity.
If the newlyweds are soon divorced again, the main reason is brides’ failure to be virgin. Therefore, restoring the virginity has turned into big business in the country. Scoop supported journalist Ganjina Ganjova has investigated the area.
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Tajik Authorities Turn the Blind Eye to Child Prostitution

The market for prostitution of minor girls in Tajikistan is growing. Taxi drivers, restaurant owners and also law enforcement employees all have interests in developing a market for underage prostitution.
This SCOOP supported investigation, completed by Gulafshon Soqieva, documents how the business works. It is difficult to estimate the size of the market. Tajik authorities keep ... Read More »

Children Work in Illegal Iron Business in Tajikistan


During the Soviet times Tajik children as pioneers collected iron fragments to protect the environment and the country’s economic development. Today, some Tajik children are still collecting metals, but under very different circumstances.
The SCOOP supported investigation by Sitorabonui Sohibnazar shows that smaller companies, mostly from China, use young children to steal the iron and afterwards ... Read More »


SCOOP is a network and support structure for investigative journalists. SCOOP supports investigative journalism and provides national and international networks for media professionals who are conducting investigations. Since 2003 SCOOP has supported several hundred investigations and facilitated national and international contacts between journalists to investigate across borders and share experiences.
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