Christiaan Triebert

Conflict Researcher and (photo)journalist – Sherlock on the Internet

Sherlock on the Internet

‘I’ve always had an interest in investigative journalism; at a certain point I started to verify video footage of the American and Russian armies,’ Christiaan Triebert told Dutch news broadcaster NOS. His findings on the misinformation about bombings in Syria, were noticed by the research group Bellingcat that invited him to join the group.

Triebert (26) graduated from King's College London’s Department of War Studies, after obtaining two bachelor degrees from the University of Groningen, in International Relations and Philosophy. He now works as a conflict researcher and (photo)journalist, focused on conflict, security, and development. He contributes to the work of Bellingcat, Airwars, and others, and has conducted fieldwork in countries like Iraq, Syria, and Ukraine.

In the summer of 2016 Triebert made himself noticed again, after he had deciphered and published the WhatsApp-conversation of the leaders of the Turkish coup. The conversation between high ranked army officers quickly became world news. Remarkably, Triebert, who is used to travel the world as a digital nomad, worked on this in Kuala Lumpur. For over a week he worked non-stop, with the help of a Turkish girl he found through Twitter who helped him with the translations from Turkish. In April 2017 Triebert received the European Press Prize for this research project.

Next to his research work and journalism, Triebert also provides training in open source investigation.

Conflict Researcher, Photojournalist, Bellingcat, Syrië, Security, Journalism, Research, Sarasota 2017