In late 2014, the creators of Security for Sale had an idea: What if we brought together Europe’s best security journalists to
of the EU security industry? We approached journalists throughout the EU and assembled the following team:
Dimitri Tokmetzis, Maaike Goslinga, Leon de Korte (De Correspondent, the Netherlands), Shuchen Tan, William de Bruijn, Marijntje Denters, Nirit Peled (VPRO Backlight, the Netherlands), Christian Bergmann, Josa Maria-Schlegel (ARD, Germany), Christian Fuchs (DIE ZEIT, Germany), Kai Biermann (ZEIT ONLINE, Germany), Lorenzo Bagnoli, Lorenzo Bodrero, Luca Rinaldi (Investigative Reporting Project Italy in collaboration with Il Fatto Quotidiano, Italy), Craig Shaw (Centre for Investigative Journalism, United Kingdom), Leonard Wallentin, Katarina Lind (Journalism++ in collaboration with Svenska Dagbladet, Sweden), Kristof Clerix (Knack, Belgium), Sebastian Gjerding, Lasse Skou Andersen (Dagbladet Information, Denmark), Guillaume Pitron (freelancer in collaboration with Le Monde Diplomatique, France), Hanna Nikkanen, Johanna Vehkoo (Long Play, Finland), and Olaf Meuwese (volunteer and data expert, the Netherlands).
Our investigation wasn’t informed by a leak or whistle-blower. We simply pooled our knowledge and formulated our own research questions and topics. We communicated primarily through secure email and chat apps, but we also met in person in Belgium, Germany, and the Netherlands. This kind of collaboration takes substantial time and money. Fortunately, the Journalism Fund awarded us a grant that helped finance our freelancers and our meetings.
Other outlets have started picking up our coverage of the European security industry, including De Morgen (Belgium), HNL, VTM (Belgium), Radio 1 (Belgium), RTL, NU.nl (the Netherlands), and TV2 (Denmark).
We’ll continue to add new articles and fresh insights.