Reader Donations Save Russian Magazine

Supporters of one of Russia’s last independent media outlets have raised enough money to pay a court-imposed penalty widely seen as politically motivated. On Tuesday, ICIJ member Yevgenia Albats said she had received more than $373,000 in donations -- well beyond the fine imposed by a Moscow court in October. The court fined Albats and the online magazine The New Times more than $340,000 for allegedly failing to report donations received from readers submitted via the nonprofit Fund in Support of Freedom of the Press. The fine represents one year’s operating costs. Albats, the publication’s editor-in-chief, told ICIJ she believed most donations came from Russian citizens and were exempt from Russia’s so-called “foreign agents” law that would have required the news organization to disclose foreign donations.

Source: ICIJ

Posted on: November 15, 2018

#WestAfricaLeaks Collaboration Released

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) and the the Cellule Norbert Zongo for Investigative Reporting in West Africa (Cenozo) launched a series of reports which analyzed more than 27.5 million documents. It is the largest collaboration of investigative journalists in the region – with reporters from 11 countries -- and sheds light on West Africa’s economy and the offshore system. After more than three years of revelations, the ICIJ and Cenozo explored, from a regional perspective, years of leaks that include the Panama Papers, Paradise Papers, Offshore Leaks and Swiss Leaks.

Source: Cenozo

Posted on: May 22, 2018

Oprah Salutes Press at the Golden Globes

At the Golden Globe Awards, Oprah Winfrey took a moment to raise the flag for journalists, saluting the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s earlier announcement of $1 million grants each to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and the Committee to Protect Journalists. "I’d like to thank the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, because we all know that the press is under siege these days," she said. "But we also know the insatiable dedication to uncovering the absolute truth that keeps us from turning a blind eye to corruption and to injustice, to tyrants and to victims, and secrets and lies. I want to say that I value the press more than ever before."

Source: Deadline.com

Posted on: January 8, 2018

ICIJ, CPJ Each Get $1m at Golden Globes

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association -- the folks who sponsor the Golden Globe Awards -- have a charitable arm that's given away $30 million over the past quarter century, largely to entertainment-related non-profits and scholarships. In a groundbreaking departure, the HFPA just donated $1 million each to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, a longtime GIJN member, and the Committee to Protect Journalists, a longtime partner. Congrats!

Source: Broadway World

Posted on: January 7, 2018

Appleby Files Action On Paradise Papers

The offshore company at the heart of the Paradise Papers has launched breach of confidence proceedings against the Guardian and the BBC. In legal correspondence, Appleby has also demanded that the media houses disclose any of the 6 million Appleby documents that informed their reporting about tax dodges used by individuals and multinational companies. It is also seeking damages for the disclosure of what it says are confidential legal documents. The documents were leaked to Germany’s Süddeutsche Zeitung, which shared them with the ICIJ, which ultimately led a team of 380 journalists from 96 media organisations across 67 countries, including The New York Times, Le Monde, the ABC in Australia and CBC News in Canada.

Source: Guardian

Posted on: December 19, 2017

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