Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism

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The Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) is a non-profit media organization specializing in investigative journalism. It is based in Quezon City, Philippines. Established in 1989 by nine Filipino journalists, the organization funds investigative projects for both the print and broadcast media.[1]

It has published over 1,000 investigative reports and over 1,000 articles in Philippine newspapers and magazines, produced documentaries and published more than two dozen books[1] on current issues. The center also offers writing fellowships to deserving reporters, journalists, and academics.

Its PCIJ Story Project, launched in 2017, provides grants for projects that expose human rights abuses, misuse of public funds, and threats to free expression and press freedom.[2]

PCIJ is one of two Philippine organizations belonging to the Global Investigative Journalism Network.[3]

The PCIJ is also funded by the National Endowment for Democracy,[4] an organization created by the United States Congress,[5] as well as funded by U.S. Congress & the White House.[6]


A board of editors, mostly composed of the center's founders, holds monthly meetings. A board of advisers also convenes to help determine the direction the center's endeavors will take. The center employs a 13-person staff headed by an executive director. The staff also includes five journalists, an office manager, a marketing coordinator, a researcher, and a librarian.


The PCIJ has been awarded nine National Book Awards, a Catholic Mass Media Award, and dozens of Jaime V. Ongpin Awards for Investigative Journalism.

The PCIJ has also won the Agence France-Presse's Kate Webb Award and the AJA Award for Press Freedom from the Asia Journalist Association.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c "About the PCIJ". Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (in American English). Retrieved 2018-04-04.
  2. ^ "PCIJ launches project to support creative storytelling". Rappler. Retrieved 2018-04-04.
  3. ^ "Members Archive". Global Investigative Journalism Network (in American English). Retrieved 2018-04-04.
  4. ^ "PHILIPPINES 2020". National Endowment for Democracy. Retrieved 7 August 2021.
  5. ^ "H.R.2915 - A bill to authorize appropriations for fiscal years 1984 and 1985 for the Department of State, the United States Information Agency, the Board for International Broadcasting, the Inter-American Foundation, and the Asia Foundation, to establish the National Endowment for Democracy, and for other purposes". United States Congress. Retrieved 7 August 2021.
  6. ^ "Frequently Asked Questions". National Endowment for Democracy. Retrieved 7 August 2021.

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