Tom Cochez is a Belgian investigative journalist.

Cochez has a degree in criminology. He worked for the Belgian quality paper De Morgen from 1997 to 2008, covering internal affairs the first three years and politics the next seven. Additionally, he reported on healthcare, social affairs and the environment and specialised in Flemish political parties Vlaams Belang and Groen. Since 2008, Cochez has been working as a freelancer, writing articles for De Morgen, Knack and Humo. Currently, he is working for the investigative journalism site Apache.be.  

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Land Invest Gate: The lost millions

  • Corruption
  • Finance
  • Politics

ANTWERP - Documents that Apache and Le Vif were able to look into show how Erik Van der Paal - the protegee of N-VA chairman and mayor of Antwerp, Bart De Wever - and his Dutch companion Marc Schaling extracted millions of euros from Land Invest for six years. All this time, the project developer could count on political support for controversial building projects in Antwerp.

The chronically tired wallet of Professor De Meirleir

  • Health

Research by Apache shows how 'chronic fatigue specialist' Kenny De Meirleir sells his patients, through numerous small companies, often controversially expensive tests and medication that he prescribes himself.

Media and Politics

  • Media
  • Politics

BELGIUM - What do politicians think about media and political reporting? In recent months, Apache.be has spoken with the party chairmen of the liberal party Open VLD, the Christian democratic party CD&V, the socialist party Sp.a and the green party Groen and with various media specialists and communication staff of those parties.

The money of Flanders' right-wing party

  • Politics

Apache.be’s Tom Cochez spent two years investigating the remarkable relation between Vlaams Belang, its top people and money. Dozens of conversations with people who have been involved with the party since the early days, who were or still are in the heart of the party and who witnessed things with their own eyes, paint an alarming picture of the money machine behind Vlaams Belang and raise one question: why does the party systematically overpay friends in the printing business, sponsors’ companies or organisations of its own party members?