Gustavo Gorriti

Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2012


This profile was prepared when Gustavo Gorriti was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2012.
The New Idea
Gustavo has reinvented himself with IDL-Reporters. Confronted with a crisis in dwindling finances for this field, Gustavo is building the architecture for sustainable, independent, and objective media. Since his organization provides high-quality, online local and national journalism, Gustavo is forming a complex and collaborative web of journalists and emerging independent media agencies. They publish cogent, well-documented reports of political and corporate corruption while moving into the new, but related area of consumer reporting. Gustavo has united ten independent online investigative sites into a loose network, with IDL-Reporters as its hub, providing content, guidance, and leadership. Collaboration across distinct organizations and media will help to achieve economies-of-scale in revenue generation and maintain roots in each local community.

As Gustavo builds “smart” networks, he is devising innovative revenue strategies for sustainability. After testing them with IDL-Reporters, he can leverage his network to spread the ideas rapidly across Latin America. Such ideas include consumer advocacy sustained through a Consumer Reports type of business model and a novel concept of “fair advertising” that can help support each network member. Gustavo sees them not just as groups of allies but also as a league of journalists and their supporters can redefine and revitalize the industry of investigative journalism.

Gustavo is widely respected as one of the most decorated investigative journalists in Latin America in the last thirty years. Most famously, in 1992, during Alberto Fujimori’s Presidency, members of the Peruvian military kidnapped Gustavo for his critical reporting. After his release, they forced him into exile. Two decades later, Fujimori was convicted by the Peruvian Supreme Court, based in large part on Gustavo’s reporting, including the conspiracy to order his kidnapping.
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