Investigative journalist and founder, investigace.cz (Czechia)
JSK Fellow, Stanford University
Holcová is a speaker at the 25th ISOJ, happening from April 12 – 13, 2024, both online and in person at the University of Texas at Austin.
Pavla Holcová is an investigative journalist and founder of the independent outlet investigace.cz, a member center of the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project. She is also OCCRP’s editor for Central Europe. Pavla has contributed to major cross-border projects such as the Panama Papers, the Russian and Azerbaijani Laundromats, the Pegasus Project, the Pandora Papers, and the Russian Asset Tracker. Together with her colleague Ján Kuciak, she exposed ties between the Slovak government and Italian mafia. After Kuciak was murdered, Pavla helped finish his stories, investigate the murder, and with her team, unravel one of the European Union’s most jaw-dropping corruption scandals, implicating senior judges and police figures and eventually bringing down a government. Pavla is the winner of the ICFJ Knight International Journalism Award, the World Justice Project’s Anthony Lewis Prize Award and the Allard Prize for International Integrity. She is currently a JSK Journalism Fellow at Stanford University.