The Russian invasion into Ukraine provoked a range of responses from the UK Government, including a sudden vigour to clamp down on Russian influence and kleptocracy. These were far from…
Susan Coughtrie became Director of the FPC in January 2023, after previously serving as Deputy Director from July 2022. Susan started collaborating with FPC as Research Fellow in 2019, before joining the staff team in July 2020 as Project Director for the Unsafe for Scrutiny project, which explores the risks and threats facing journalists uncovering financial crime and corruption. The findings of this research led Susan to co-found the UK Anti-SLAPP Coalition in January 2021, for which she continues to co-chair. Susan has undertaken a variety of consultancy work in the media sphere, having previously worked at the international free expression organisation ARTICLE 19 from 2012-2018, as an advisor to the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) from 2019-2022, and served as a board member for the Scottish investigative media outlet The Ferret from 2020-22. Susan is also a Trustee for committee for the Campaign for Freedom of Information in Scotland (CFoIS).
- Russia: Navalny’s revelations, anti-corruption protests and attacks on journalists
- UK: Exposure of London firms supporting corrupt figures and a planned ‘crackdown’ on formation agents
- UK: The ‘rise of Chumocracy’ in the time of COVID and the need to protect freedom of information
- US: ‘Historic’ anti-money laundering legislation, overturned sanctions and Trump’s Scottish UWO challenge
- End Notes: Strategic Litigation against Public Participation (SLAPPS) and the impact on journalists
British media speak out about legal threats from the super-rich, while UK commitments to tackle financial crime and corruption appear to disappear
Last week, three British media outlets – the Financial Times, openDemocracy and The Observer - published articles regarding the impact of legal threats against journalists. The importance of media speaking…Article by Susan Coughtrie
With growing public calls for a Council of Europe recommendation on SLAPP, is now the time for the UK to act on this issue or risk falling behind?
This week Unsafe for Scrutiny’s Project Director, Susan Coughtrie, spoke with Sarah Clarke, Head of Europe and Central Asia at ARTICLE 19, Flutura Kusari, Legal Advisor at the European Centre…Article by Susan Coughtrie
Unsafe for Scrutiny: Russian anti-corruption protests, ‘historic’ US anti-money laundering legislation, ‘Chumocracy’ and threats to freedom of information in the UK
As part of our Unsafe for Scrutiny project, the Foreign Policy Centre (FPC) is starting a new series of fortnightly articles focused on topics at the intersection of anti-corruption and…Article by Susan Coughtrie
Executive Summary This publication explores the role that the United Kingdom (UK) plays as a hub for the facilitation of global financial crime and corruption, as well as for services…Article by Susan Coughtrie
In January 2020, a libel case against Paul Radu, an investigative reporter and co-founder of the Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), was dropped on the eve of the…Article by Susan Coughtrie