Turkish Journalist Faces Prison Over Paradise Papers

Journalist Pelin Ünker has been sentenced to jail over the Paradise Papers investigation after being found to have defamed Turkey’s former prime minister and two of his sons. An Istanbul court sentenced the ICIJ member to imprisonment for 13 months for “defamation and insult.” Ünker, who reported that former prime minister Binali Yildirim and his sons owned companies in Malta in the Turkish newspaper Cumhuriyet, was also fined $US1615. Prime minister from May 2016 to July 2018, Yildirim became speaker of Turkey’s Grand National Assembly after the post of Prime Minister was abolished. Following her sentencing, Ünker told ICIJ that she intended to appeal what was an extraordinary but unsurprising court ruling. Ünker said what made the “world first” ruling so remarkable was that the complainants acknowledged that her articles were true.

Source: ICIJ

Posted on: January 9, 2019

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