Platform for Investigative Journalism – Malawi

Platform for Investigative Journalism (PIJ-Malawi) is a non-profit media organisation. It is Malawi’s centre for investigative journalism (IJ) that was established to fill the gaps within the Malawi media industry of Investigative Journalism. PIJ- Malawi is also an affiliate of the Investigative Journalism Hub, which is a non-profit company established by the amaBhungane Centre for Investigative Journalism to support investigative journalism in Southern Africa. The hub supports and builds the capacity of investigative journalism centres and journalists.

Their investigation focussed on how a sanctioned Irish drug gang Kinahan expanded its business ties in Malawi and acquired air travel companies to facilitate drug trafficking. This is part of an ongoing investigation on the links between the Kinahan gang and an air ambulance registered in Malawi. They now want to expose ties to companies in Mozambique and Zimbabwe.

Articles from the investigation was published and distributed on the 12th November simultaneously by PIJ-Malawi and its international partners International Consortium for Investigative Journalism (ICIJ) and the Irish Times. Several outlets globally have since been republished the investigation. The outlets include News Hawks in Zimbabwe  and The Sun and Sunday World in Ireland.