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.
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.
Caricature of Bukola Saraki, the President of the Senate. Credits: Joshua Olufemi
Investigative reporting of corruption in Nigeria before Panama Papers appears to have given prominence to public procurement scandals majorly perpetrated by the executive arms of government.
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.
The “tax haven – section” contains the requirements for an extended country-by-country reporting, but is put in a Sleeping Beauty slumber. Photo: Christian_A_Calmeyer_(CC_BY-NC-ND_2.0_Flickr).
Would the Government like to know about mailbox companies and capital in tax havens? If so, they already have the key themselves.
Senate President Bukola Saraki. Photo: Mohammed Lere, Premium Times. Photograpgh taken with permission from Emmanuel Mayah from article.: ”#PanamaPapers: Hidden family assets of Nigeria’s Senate President, Saraki, uncovered in tax havens”, 4 April 2016.
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.
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.
Marking-to-market is a concept which has started to invade a significant portion of both accounting and cross-border contracts. As a concept it is good, as it makes accounts more informative, but it also introduces problems.One of the problems is that it accelerates losses when markets collapses, and therefore constitute a risk of being one of the elements that make companies go bankrupt in a crisis.
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.
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.