Clare Rewcastle Brown

Award-winning investigative journalist and author of The Sarawak Report

Clare Rewcastle Brown is a British journalist and the founder and editor of the website Sarawak Report, which has come to prominence for challenging wide scale political corruption in Malaysia and its impact on civil and indigenous rights as well as on the environment. Her investigations resulted in the exposure of the 1MDB Development Fund scandal, which revealed grand kleptocracy by the Malaysian Prime Minister; rocked the global financial community; helped put the off-shore finance industry on the run and embarrassed some of the most famous figures in Hollywood, Vegas and New York. Fortune Magazine named her one of the World’s 50 Most Influential Figures in 2016; she was named one of Britain’s Women of the Year 2016; also in 2016 she was a keynote speaker at Transparency International’s Panama Conference; the Global Investigative Journalism Network’s Uncovering Asia Forum in Katmandu; at Singapore’s Association of Certified Fraud Examiners conference. In 2013 she received the International Press Institute’s Pioneer of Media Freedom Award for Radio Free Sarawak; in 2014 she received Queensland University’s Communication for Social Change Award and she was winner of the One World Media Special Award from CNN in 2015. In 2018 she was the winner of the Guardian Award for International Fraud Reporting 2018 from the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. Malaysia issued a warrant for her arrest in 2015 and requested INTERPOL place her on the international Red Notice list, however INTERPOL rejected the request and following the election of a new government in May 2018 Malaysia cancelled all charges against her.

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