About Us

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism is an independent, not-for-profit organisation that holds power to account. Founded in 2010 by David and Elaine Potter, we tackle big subjects through deep reporting that uncovers the truth. We tell the stories that matter.

We rely on donations to fund our work. Click here to make a contribution.

Our mission

Our aim is to inform the public about the realities of power in today's world. We are particularly concerned with the undermining of democratic processes and failures to accord with fair, legal and transparent practices.

We inform the public through in-depth investigative journalism, with no corporate or political agenda. Through fact-based, unbiased reporting, we expose systemic wrongs, counter misinformation and spark change.

Our journalists dig deep, and will spend months getting to the truth if that’s what it takes. Once our investigations are complete, we give them to mainstream media outlets around the world, so they are seen by as many people as possible.

We focus on serious issues affecting our society and identify new areas of investigation through research, data, whistleblowers and contacts. We are always keen to hear from individuals, journalists and organisations interested in collaborating with us.

Our impact

Robust journalism is a crucial part of any democracy. Our stories educate citizens and help them better understand their world, give a voice to the voiceless, and hold people and organisations with power to account.

Our reports have prompted official inquiries in the UK, EU and US; influenced changes in British policy on refugees, housebuilding and care homes; and resulted in greater transparency about civilian casualties in America’s covert drone war.

The Bureau’s work has appeared in every major British newspaper and broadcaster and many international news outlets. We have produced more than 50 front-page investigations and prominent television packages, and received more than 50 journalistic awards and nominations.

Read our 2018 annual report.

From time to time we also produce longer research reports. Explore this work here.

Support us

Right now, public interest journalism is more vital than ever. Trust and truth are under threat and your support is needed to keep quality reporting alive.

The Bureau relies on donations from pioneering foundations and individuals who know the value of investigative journalism in a fast-changing world.

Help us to continue doing powerful reporting that scrutinises, questions, reveals and informs.

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From our Founder

When we launched the Bureau I wrote: “Democracy itself is imperilled in the absence of honest information and a robust watchdog to hold government and the powerful to account. Without that we all become susceptible to the manipulation and deceptions orchestrated by governments, industry or even the media.” In the eight years since then, things have got much worse.

Anti-semitism with its ugly long history has again come to life, far right movements have spread across Europe, the Americas and around the world, minorities are under threat, racism is becoming tolerated. Each year it seems a new and feted ‘illiberal democracy’ comes into being to sit all too easily alongside established dictatorships.

And everywhere the press is under enormous pressure, being diminished daily with wild and indiscriminate assertions of fake news whilst fake news itself is being manufactured and proliferating across the internet.

The Bureau has gradually been building a new bulwark to address these issues. Through our pioneering Bureau Local we are bringing local accountability journalism back to life as well as creating an original model for others to adopt. Globally through our varied and penetrating probes into matters of public importance we are positioning ourselves to be powerful truth tellers. We intend to crusade against the backward drift of human rights, to demand and deliver transparency and the hard pursuit of truth.

We are forging new partnerships to enhance our impact and help find ways of taking the press back to its Fourth Estate duties.

Many years ago when working on a major investigation into the aerospace and airline industry, I learnt that the safest airlines were those which operated in countries where accountability was strongest.

We believe this observation holds true beyond the airline industry and that holding the powerful to account is the most important role of investigative journalism. With huge ambition we intend to do just that.

Elaine Potter
Founder of the Bureau

David and Elaine Potter