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Nigeria’s NO. 3 Man and the trouble from Panama

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Working on the Panama Papers I have realized, more than ever before, the power of networking and collaboration. The teamwork with international journalists gave me the confidence and empowerment to dare a fearsome figure in the corridor of power.

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An independent journalist in Ethiopia is as stranger to a source of major news as anyone can be

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Finding information about conflictive issues related to state owned companies in Ethiopia, as with a coal extraction initiative established by the country's army, is a difficult and frustrating process. Photo: SarahTz (CC BY 2.0/Flickr)

Ethiopia´s communication affairs office controls which media is entitled to be invited to state organized press events, and which media is not invited.

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South Africa: Could it happen overnight?

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A journalist records a speech during a march in Cape Town. Investigative journalist Craig McKune writes about several recent cases where journalists are exposed to threats in South Africa. Photo: Ashraf Hendricks/GroundUp (CC BY-ND 4.0)

- I explained how South Africa is very violent... "Yet, the bad guys do not seem to hurt journalists for some reason", I said... How wrong I was. 

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The coal-case of Guatemala

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Otto Pérez Molina in the Jaguar Energy coal plant. Photograph: Guatemalan Government (CC)

- One politician used his Facebook profile to accuse me, a journalist, of being behind "the attacks" against him, and stated that a criminal lawsuit would follow. A day later he wrote a column welcoming me to the "world of the mortals", and implicit death threat. 

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Panama Offshore Story Continues in Armenia: Investigative Journalists - NGO Goes to Court

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Mihran Poghosyan. Fotograph: Compulsory Enforcement Service (Wikimedia / Creative Commons / Mamuli qartughar)

Armenia’s Special Investigative Service (SIS) dropped the offshore business case against former Chief Compulsory Enforcement Service Officer Mihran Poghosyan in January this year.

Writen by Kristine Agalaryan* (photograph on the right) 

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- I followed the illicit wealth from timber corruption and found it all disappeared behind a curtain off-shore

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Clare Rewcastle, founder of the Sarawak Report and Radio Free Sarawak UK/ Malaysia. Photo: Dominique James

Off-shore "paradise" islands are back in the news and as far as I am concerned they should stay in the news until these shelters for the super-rich, tax evaders and also mega-criminals are sorted out.

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NBIM wants companies to be transparent, but are not specific on which information they need as investors

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Norwegian Bank Investment Management (NBIM) asked PWYP Norway for feedback in an Expectations document on taxes and transparency.

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Are politicians in Parliament for or against a black economy and tax evasion?

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Snorre Valen (SV - socialist left) presented a suggestion to Parliament concerning a measure against a black economy and tax evasion. Poto: Stortinget (CC BY 2.0) Flickr

The litmus test is served. Snorre Valen (SV) asks politicians in Parliament to sign a representative proposal for extended country-by-country reporting. Since the Panama Papers, this is one of the most important measures which is not in place yet. The reason for this is the lack of follow-up by the Ministry of Finance on country-by-country reporting for accounting purposes.  

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The tax havens are now completely protected. The Ministry of Finance should be asked why.

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Thick walls at the Ministry of Finance. Foto: Helge Høifødt

 

Right before Christmas Eve, on December 22, the Ministry of Finance established changes to the amendment concerning country-by-country reporting (CBCR), without Parliament having dealt with the matter.

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