Financial transparency

Opinion piece: Transparency is no longer a goal, Erna?

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Statsminister Erna Solberg. Foto: Heiko Junge:NTB scanpix:SMK (CC BY-NC 2.0:Flick).
Prime Minister Erna Solberg. Foto: Heiko Junge/NTB scanpix/SMK (CC BY-NC 2.0/Flicker).

Have we not learned anything from Panama and Paradise Papers? The government proposes to remove the economic support  that gives the opportunity for NGOs to work for transparency in capital flows.

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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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- 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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Opinion piece: Should report on mailbox empires

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Statoil's tax director Finn Lexov stated that the company chose the Netherlands because of the favorable tax laws. The oil industry is calling it “stable and predictable", writes the Mona Thowsen. Photo: Kjell Eson, v/ Flickr: CC BY - NC - ND 2.0

Statoil and others should be forced to report on their mailbox empires. Or does the State prefer to get this sort of information through the news?

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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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The Ministry of Finance deny that they are protecting tax havens. PWYP Norway demonstrates why we believe that they are.

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The Ministry of Finance. Photo: Christian A. Calmeyer (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

PWYP Norway explains how the protection of tax havens can be repealed by removing a link between two paragraphs.  

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Why Norway should prioritize extended country-by-country reporting

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Knut Falk Qvigstad´s (MDG - Norwegian Green Party) input on the interpellation, points out what information society needs in order to keep their authorities and companies accountable. Screenshot: Parliament´s video archive

 

Knut Falk Qvigstad (MDG) explains why the weaknesses in OECD´s BEPS-track will allow companies to continue the same practices as they have been doing.

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