Bureau of Investigative Journalism

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Group.png Bureau of Investigative Journalism  
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AbbreviationTBIJ
Formation2010
Founder• Elaine Potter
• David Potter
HeadquartersLondon UK
Sponsored byBill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Google News Initiative, Luminate

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism (TBIJ) describes itself as an "independent, not-for-profit organisation that holds power to account" [1]. Dig a bit deeper, and you will find several signs of connections to spooks - 'scoops' that only marginally challenge power, deep state connections, collaboration with other intelligence cutouts, close collaboration with other commercially-controlled media outlets and a spooky staff roster.

Intelligence ties

TBIJ states "we have been working with not-for-profit news organisation Correctiv in Germany to replicate the model over there." [2] Correctiv is an German intelligence cutout, a "fact finder" filled old spooks to discredit alternative news sites.

James Ball, a collaborator with Integrity Initiative also works for TBIJ.

Since its founding it has collaborated with Panorama, Newsnight, and File on 4 at the BBC, Channel 4 News and Dispatches, as well as the Financial Times, The Daily Telegraph, and The Sunday Times among others.

Funding

Being well founded, it can afford to hire genuine investigative journalists to mix with spooks on the staff, unwitting to the TBIJ possibly at its core being controlled/influenced by the government. It yearly report 2018 states " our team has built a community of over 800 members who have worked together on 10 investigations." This kind of journalism is not cheap. Given that most alternative media run on shoestring budgets or is done for free out of necessity, this easy funding from big foundations is conspicuous.

Some of the workers there have worked for other sites that receives Soros etc. funding, such as openDemocracy.

The major sponsor is the rich married couple David Potter and Elaine Potter, the founders of TBIJ.

TBIJ accepted just over $1M from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 2019.[3] It also accepts money from Luminate, the Rudolf Augstein Stiftung, Lankelly Chase Foundation,George Soros and his Open Society Foundation, European Journalism Centre, Freedom of the Press Foundation, Reva and David Logan Foundation, Google: Global News Initiative, The Evan Cornish Foundation, Pears Foundation, Agora Journalism Center, Adessium Foundation, Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust and the Guardian.org Foundation

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has given the Bureau $1,068,169.[4]

In addition, Google sponsored fellowships for new journalists at the Bureau, and they received pro bono services from Gorkana and Simons, Muirhead & Burton solicitors.

2018 budget: KEY: Donations from Individuals: £240,433, Trusts and foundations: £299,899, Project Grants: £610,312 TOTAL: £1,155,877[5]


 

A Quote by Bureau of Investigative Journalism

PageQuoteDateSource
Private military company“The sector still has no binding regulations, though. It doesn’t even have an agreed-upon definition of a private military or security company.”January 2019The Atlantic

 

Sponsors

EventDescription
Bill & Melinda Gates FoundationVery influential and rich foundation established to take leadership of global health.
Google News Initiative
LuminatePierre Omidyar's foundation for financing global media and civil society groups. It is unknown how close it aligns to certain US government agencies.


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