Pavla Holcová
Investigative Journalist

Pavla is an investigative journalist and media founder from the Czech Republic who works across borders to expose crime and corruption at the highest levels of government.  Her investigation into the brutal murder of her colleague unmasked the perpetrators and contributed to the downfall of the former Slovak government. For this hard-hitting piece and other fearless reporting, Holcová is a 2021 Knight International Journalism Award winner, presented by the International Center for Journalists to honor outstanding journalism that has an impact. Holcová oversees nine journalists at the Czech Center for Investigative Journalism, an independent news outlet she founded in 2013. Holcová has contributed to major projects such as the Panama Papers, the Paradise Papers, the Russian Laundromat, and the Azerbaijani Laundromat. Prior to working as an investigative journalist, Holcová implemented media and human rights projects for various European NGOs, including in Cuba where she was detained for her work documenting human rights abuses.
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