ICIJ Launches New “Paradise Papers”

In a sequel to its groundbreaking Panama Papers project, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists today released a new exposé into financial secrets of the rich and powerful: The Paradise Papers. Partnering with Germany's Suddeutsche Zeitung and, the team sifted through over 13.4 million leaked files from offshore law firm  trust company Asiaciti; and company registries of 19 secrecy jurisdictions exposes offshore activities of over 120 politicians and world leaders, including ties of Trump allies, Kremlin associates and Queen Elizabeth II.

Source: ICIJ

Posted on: November 5, 2017

Facebook Censors Investigative Journalist

Matthew Caruana Galizia, a member of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists’ Panama Papers team, was temporarily locked out of his Facebook account over four posts, which were deleted for violating the social network’s community standards. Caruana Galizia published a series of posts alleging corruption by the prime minister of Malta and his associates. Written in Maltese, each post included images of documents from the Panama Papers leak. The censorship comes amid political turmoil, where a snap election is scheduled for 3 June.

Source: The Guardian

Posted on: May 19, 2017

ICIJ and ProPublica Get Pulitzer Prizes

This year's just-announced Pulitzer Prizes are full of great investigative reporting. Notable among the winners is the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and its partners in The Panama Papers, earning ICIJ its first prize (for explanatory reporting on secret offshore accounts). Another GIJN member, ProPublica, was honored with its third Pulitzer, for uncovering abuse of eviction rules by police to oust poor minorities. The Washington Post won for coverage of Donald Trump, while the New York Times won for coverage of Russian dirty tricks in projecting power. 

Source: Pulitzer.org

Posted on: April 10, 2017

Omidyar Launches $100m Media Fund

A major new philanthropic fund was announced today by the Omidyar Network at the Skoll World Forum in Oxford, UK. The philanthropic investment firm is pledging US$100 million to support investigative reporting, combat hate speech, and bolster civic technology. Among the first recipients is GIJN member ICIJ, which will get $4.5 million over the next three years. Omidyar's Stephen King hopes this will inspire other donors to join the cause. "This is a lot of money, but it’s also not a lot of money," he says. "We need others to step up to the plate." 

Source: Omiydar Network

Posted on: April 5, 2017

ICIJ Becomes an Independent Nonprofit

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists has spun off from the Center Public Integrity, the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit news organization that housed it for nearly 20 years. Known for its cross-border investigative collaborations, most notably the Panama Papers, ICIJ was in negotiations with the parent CPI for months to become an independent entity. "We believe this new structure will allow us to extend our global reach and impact even farther," wrote ICIJ Director Gerard Ryle. 

Source: ICIJ

Posted on: February 27, 2017

CPI To Spin Off ICIJ

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists will be spun off as an independent nonprofit, its parent organization, the Center for Public Integrity, announced today. The two groups are in negotiation for a full agreement on separation by November 30, according to a CPI press release. ICIJ, known for The Panama Papers and other pioneering cross-border projects, says it looks to future "growth and success in the collaborative journalism that we practice in partnership with so many brave, excellent journalists around the world.”

Source: Center for Public Integrity

Posted on: October 20, 2016

Hollywood Eyes a Panama Papers Movie

Looks like the Panama Papers is going to Hollywood. Filmmaker Steven Soderbergh (Traffic, Oceans Eleven, Erin Brockovich) is "set to produce with an eye to direct the feature," according to the Hollywood Reporter. The movie will be based on a forthcoming book by Jake Bernstein, who worked with ICIJ to unveil the record haul of 11 million secret records of offshore holdings.

Source: Hollywood Reporter

Posted on: July 9, 2016

ICIJ Releases Panama Papers Database

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists today released an online database drawn from the massive Panama Papers leak. Indexed are 360,000 people and companies behind secret offshore holdings. The entities span 21 jurisdictions worldwide, from Nevada to Hong Kong and the British Virgin Islands. The data include information on company owners, proxies, and intermediaries in offshore jurisdictions, 

Source: ICIJ

Posted on: May 9, 2016

Panama Papers Source Issues Statement

In an 1800-word statement, the anonymous source behind the Panama Papers massive leak cited inequality and corruption as motivations and hinted at more revelations to come. The source also called for better protection for whistleblowers and conditionally offered to make the documents available to government authorities. The statement was titled "The Revolution Will Be Digitized."

Source: ICIJ

Posted on: May 7, 2016

Kremlin Nervous Over New ICIJ Report

The Kremlin is attempting to deflect a report by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists even before it has even been published. Officials are warning that ICIJ is preparing an "information attack" on President Vladimir Putin, threatening legal action, and hinting darkly that the award-winning journalism consortium is a tool of "special services." In recent years, ICIJ has specialized in exposing secret offshore holdings. What could be making the Kremlin so nervous?

Source: Moscow Times, GIJN

Posted on: March 29, 2016