Joop Bouma (1954) is an editor and reporter for the Dutch daily newspaper Trouw, where he has covered environmental and criminal news and has also served as national editor. He is the author of The Smokescreen: The Power of the Dutch Tobacco Industry (2001), which examines influence-peddling in the government and media by cigarette companies. In 2006 he published a book (Slikken. Hoe ziek is de farmaceutische industrie) about Big Pharma’s marketing practices. He speaks about the industry at conferences and medical education courses for doctors and pharmacologists in Holland and he regularly talks about his work at journalism schools. Since 2001 he is a member of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists ICIJ, based in Washington DC, a project of the Center for Public Integrity. He is one of the founders of the Dutch-Flemish Association of Investigative Reporters VVOJ. About one year ago Joop joined the European cross-border network Irene-reporters.org.
Foto: © Werry Crone, Trouw