About author Okke Ornstein


Okke Ornstein is an award winning journalist, TV/Radio producer and photographer from the Netherlands and currently based in Panama. Specialized in high-impact investigative journalism, his work has led to arrests, questions in parliament and the downfall of many frauds and swindles. Ornstein is the most-prosecuted foreign journalist in Panama, largely because of the inconvenient truths he writes on the Bananama Republic blog, where he writes about the isthmian nation in an attempt to keep his sanity in this cynic's paradise while at the same time trying to blend in with the English speaking expatriate community (see photo).

While by no means a comprehensive news site, we do pride ourselves in having caused such high-profile scandals as the revelation of the presence of Ku Klux Klan grand masters in Panama, bringing down mafia-operated teak outfits, financial shysters, corruption and a host of other bad actors. On the other hand, we enthusiastically side with the poor, the working people and the indigenous population.

As is to be expected, we get sued regularly by the people we expose, under Panama's wacky "crimes against the honor" laws, or they start smear campaigns. This has never caused a story to be removed, has never led to a definitive conviction in court and has generally only sped up the demise of the complainant.

Bananama Republic is published in the United States and Iceland (that's where we're hosted and registered).

You may contact editor Okke Ornstein by email: news@bananamarepublic.com

(Photo credit: ©Kimberlyn David)