Factsheet Released on Panama Papers Impact

Last week, the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism released their analysis, “Gauging the Global Impacts of the ‘Panama Papers’ Three Years Later.” The research is the first comprehensive overview of the impacts of a global reporting collaboration. The Panama Papers grew to involve 500 reporters in nearly 90 different countries, resulting in 4,700 stories by the end of 2016. Using impacts self-reported by journalists over three years, researchers found that nearly 20% of countries tracked have made substantive changes and that one-in-five countries or international bodies have made substantive legal, regulatory or policy changes due to the reporting.

Source: Reuters Institute

Posted on: March 18, 2019

Canadian Awards Honor Investigations

Canada's National Newspaper Awards have honored an impressive set of investigative reports, including probes into how police deal with sexual assault complaints, a man's claims of innocence after 30 years in prison, and Canada's role in the Panama Papers offshore scandal. Top honors went to "Unfounded," which exposed how police frequently abandon sexual assault cases, even when there is strong evidence. The 20-month project led police to re-open hundreds of cases. Also honored: a four-part series on the impact of concussions on retired Canadian football players.

Source: Cision

Posted on: May 5, 2018

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

Car Bomb Kills Maltese Journalist

In the latest attack on reporters, a car bomb has murdered a top investigative journalist on the island nation of Malta, near Sicily. Daphne Caruana Galizia had dug into local ties to figures named in the Panama Papers and ran an uncompromising blog, Running Commentary. Galizia joined The Sunday Times of Malta as a columnist in 1987 and then worked as associate editor of The Malta Independent. In 2016, Politico dubbed her one of 28 people "shaping, shaking and stirring Europe." She is the mother of Matthew Caruana Galizia, a data journalist with ICIJ, which put out a statement expressing deep concern "about freedom of the press in Malta" and calling for "Maltese authorities to investigate the murder and bring the perpetrators to justice."

Source: ICIJ, Times of Malta

Posted on: October 16, 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

Panama Papers Conspiracy Theories

From a CIA plot to discredit Putin to a corporate media cover-up, the wacky theories behind the Panama Papers are growing. Some are fueled by Russian state-funded propaganda, others by "mostly pseudonymous blogs that will tell you all about the Panama Papers, and toss in some top-notch stuff about 9/11 and Atlantis for good measure," reports VICE's Harry Cheadle. Might it be possible that the project is just what it says: a groundbreaking journalism collaboration that has exposed how the rich and powerful hide their wealth overseas?

Source: VICE

Posted on: April 10, 2016

Inside the Panama Papers Investigation

How do journalists organize and analyze 11.5 million secret records? The leaked files were larger than the combined total of Wikileaks Cablegate, Offshore Leaks, Lux Leaks, and Swiss Leaks: e-mails, pdfs, photos, and a database spanning from the 1970s to 2016. ICIJ and German daily Süddeutsche Zeitung used Nuix digital analysis software and an optical character recognition (OCR) program to transform data and images -- like scanned IDs and signed contracts -- into machine-readable and easy to search files. 

Source: Süddeutsche Zeitung

Posted on: April 5, 2016