||HUNTING CORRUPTION - THE NETWORK
DIRECTED BY HEGE DEHLI
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"Multinational companies impoverish the developing
countries by concealing financial transactions through
tax havens. This undisguised corruption contributes to
the preservation of colonialism, and to the widening gap
between wealthy and poor countries. To fight corruption
is an important key to more democracy and justice?
- Eva Joly.
Broadcasters include: TV3
in Spain, YLE in Finland, DR in
Denmark, SVT in Sweden, RUV in
Iceland, NRK in Norway, ARTE in France &
Germany, RTS in Switzerland, ORF in Austria, CBC in
The Network, established by Eva Joly in
2005, is exclusively open to the most professional and
fearless corruption hunters in the world. They are twenty
public prosecutors and investigators from selected
countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe, who
meet every six months to support and develop strategies
for each other's cases. They meet in order to find new
tools in the struggle against corruption. They investigate
some of the wealthiest, greediest and most influential
leaders and enterprises in the world. Most alarming? many
corruption hunters have been killed.
The members are tightrope walkers between political
cowardice and the faith in a just world. In the opinion of
the initiators, grand scale corruption is international,
requiring international solutions. Consequently, they
invited key individuals who prosecute corruption all over
Our meetings are a peculiar mixture of professional
techniques and humanitarian compassion. We examine every
single case, in order to fit the pieces together like in a
jigsaw puzzle,? Eva Joly says.
Most of the Network members have their basis in a public
position. It is a delicate balance, and very often the
cases are "dismissed" when the investigator has come "too
far" in his investigation and important persons feel
threatened. Cases are dismissed, and the investigator has
to "quit" his job.
Corruption is a win-win situation for the major companies
and those with privileges, but a disaster for the
individual nation and its people.
Fighting corruption is a dangerous, difficult and lonely
road for every corruption hunter, states Joly.