Use Our Work

The Bureau co-publishes its stories with media outlets around the world so that they reach as many people as possible. Our work has appeared in every major British newspaper and broadcaster and many international news outlets including the New York Times, Al Jazeera and Newsweek. We have produced more than 50 front-page investigations and primetime television news packages. Our work is also frequently cited by lawyers, academics and policy makers.

We work with a wide variety of sources and collaborators. These include whistleblowers, other journalists, campaigners, politicians, NGOs, lawyers, members of the public, government departments, corporations and regulators. We recognise that many of these sources will have an agenda, and we use rigorous journalistic methods to ensure the information and evidence we are given is correct. We pursue our journalism without political agenda or influence. We corroborate and scrutinise all documents, data and general information we are given. Where we have information that is not in the public domain, we insist on checking its veracity with a second source. There are exceptional circumstances when this is not possible and in these cases we will state that we have only a single source and explain why we think it is valid to publish the information. We have a thorough and transparent right to reply process.

We want other people and organisations to make use of our work, and we’ll do everything we can to help them do so. All we ask is that we are credited. We work with other journalists and media partners to help distribute our work. We publish our data and documents when possible so others can use them. We sometimes also provide raw data or evidence to campaigners, NGOs, lobbyists, members of parliament, lawyers and many other interested parties to use in their work. We do this because we believe journalism can help shape our world and is a true force for good, but we understand that we only spark change. It is not our role to make change happen.

Unless otherwise stated our articles and graphics can be republished without charge under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0. This allows you to copy, distribute and transmit our work for non-commercial purposes. It does not allow you to alter, transform or build on our work without prior consent.

If you want to be a media partner and work with us and co-publish on the day we launch a story, there are a number of things we ask. We have good contacts at most broadcasters and publishers but if you haven’t worked with us before get in touch in advance and have a chat. Email our Investigations Editor Meirion Jones at [email protected].

Sometimes we do almost all the work and provide virtually a finished product and sometimes our media partners share the effort involved in the investigation. We are very flexible. In any event these are the rules that we work under:

  • The Bureau must be prominently credited early in the coverage
  • In partner's online publication, the Bureau credit must link to our version of the story
  • The Bureau must see media partner’s final copy in advance
  • The Bureau and partner must agree when the story is being published
  • The Bureau reporter/s must be bylined
  • The Bureau and media partner must share any right to reply responses

Non-media partners wishing to use our work under the Creative Commons license should bear in mind:

  • If republishing online please link to us and include all of the links from our story
  • Our material cannot be sold separately
  • Photographs and video cannot be republished without specific permission from the licence holder
  • If quoting from our research the Bureau must be credited

We also collaborate with NGOs in a variety of ways. For more information, contact [email protected].

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