The role of the media in exposing corruption: are we losing the battle?



Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has put dirty money and the freedom to report on it in the spotlight. Legal intimidation by oligarchs and other kleptocrats to prevent details of their economic crimes from coming to light has become an increasingly popular weapon in the UK – made possible with the help of some of the best professional services in the world. UK.

While we welcomed the government’s proposals to curb the use of so-called Strategic Public Involvement Lawsuits (SLAPPs) announced in July, this can only be the start of the defense of independent journalism. Just last month, British media companies were sued by an organization linked to the former president of Kazakhstan for reporting on his wealth.

It is in this context that we ask how anti-corruption advisors and advocates can maintain momentum in their efforts to prevent, prosecute, detect and deter economic crime and corruption?

Join us on Wednesday 9th November at 6.00pm GMT at the Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT, as our panel of experts discuss the importance of speaking out against crime and corruption. The discussion will be followed by a networking reception.


  • Catherine Belton is the former longtime correspondent of the Financial Times in Moscow. His first book, Putin’s People, was a Sunday Times No. 1 bestseller and was the subject of two libel suits brought by people with links to the Kremlin.
  • Caroline Kean leads the defamation and litigation practices at Wiggin LLP. Caroline represented fellow panelist Catherine Belton and fellow journalist Tom Burgis who also successfully fought a lawsuit.
  • Paul Radou is co-founder and Chief Innovation Officer of the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP). He was the target of a years-long lawsuit linked to the Azerbaijani laundry investigation.
  • Susan Coughtrie is Deputy Director of the Foreign Policy Center, where she leads work on journalist safety and the fight against corruption in the UK. She is also co-chair of the British anti-SLAPP coalition.

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