Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project Fellow
Rahman, 33, has worked in journalism for 11 years and is a senior reporter for Maasranga Television. He focuses on the economy, business, and trade. The show he reports on has about 600,000 YouTube and 500,000 Facebook followers.
During the fellowship program, Rahman will work at KCPT, the Public Broadcasting Service station in Kansas City, and with the KC Media Collective.
Rahman is a journalism instructor and lecturer who wrote a research paper on climate change adaptation and a reporter’s handbook for stories on procurement. A story he reported for OCCRP as a freelancer revealed fraudulent activity of shadow banks and identified regulatory loopholes and shortcomings that left the global financial system vulnerable to fraud, money laundering, and corruption.
His reporting illuminated how climate change and poverty leads to illegal child marriages in marginal and disaster-affected parts of the country. His stories on garment factories exposed dangerous working conditions. An OCCRP project he contributed to provides insight into London’s company services industry, which UK law enforcement officials admit is regularly exploited by criminals.
From his application essay: “I envision to start an independent media outlet that investigates for public interest and collaborates in cross-border projects. I also want to inspire and help other journalists initiating new independent investigative outlets to build an ecosystem in independent media helping each other in crisis.”
OCCRP 29 Leaks-Fancy Gambian paper
Link to news reports on YouTube (in Bengali).