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What I learned from the Panama Papers investigation

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The Panama Papers are the largest data leak journalists have ever worked with. Photo credits: Carolin Fromm / NDR

- It was a mild Sunday in early April 2016 that changed my perspective on investigative reporting forever. At exactly 8 pm, the story we’ve been working on in secret for so long, broke: The Panama Papers. 

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Yes to Life, No to Free Trade Agreements

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Media Communications Specialist and Journalist José Vicente Otero Chate. Photo: José Vicente Otero Chate

Yes to Life, No to Free Trade Agreements, was the motto during the citizen’s public referendum called for by social and indigenous organizations in 6 municipalities of the state of Cauca, in southwestern Columbia, on March 6th, 2005.

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- Cross border journalism is the most important thing for democracy

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Prime Minister of Iceland Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson walks out from the interview.

- You have to leave your ego outside the door. We are all working together on this and no matter how big or small your news organisations are, said Marina Walker deputy director of ICIJ on my first meeting about the Panama Papers in Washington in May 2015 with around 20 other journalist. This was eleven months before the Panama Papers stories were published all over the world.

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Taking Away the Tax Effect of Tax Havens. Cross border taxation methods and REVERSE TAX CREDIT

  • All the main techniques used for capital fiight can be grouped into one area – abuse of cross-border regulation. 
  • Tax credit is already an approved method for dealing with revenues cross-border together with withholding taxes.
  • Reverse Tax Credit can use the tax credit principles to deal with costs cross-border and eliminate the “need” for tax havens. 
  • Reverse Tax Credit can be enacted unilaterally by any country, and will automatically leverage the playing fields between companies, large or small, mul
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Frian Aarsnes
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978-82-93212-74-4
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May 2017

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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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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