The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists has won a Pulitzer Prize for their reporting on what is called The Panama Papers.
Leaders, criminals, celebritiesA giant leak of more than 11.5 million financial and legal records exposes a system that enables crime, corruption and wrongdoing, hidden by secretive offshore companies.
The Panama Papers is a global investigation into the sprawling, secretive industry of offshore that the world’s rich and powerful use to hide assets and skirt rules by setting up front companies in far-flung jurisdictions. Based on a trove of more than 11 million leaked files, the investigation exposes a cast of characters who use offshore companies to facilitate bribery, arms deals, tax evasion, financial fraud and drug trafficking. Behind the email chains, invoices and documents that make up the Panama Papers are often unseen victims of wrongdoing enabled by this shadowy industry. This is their story. For more, go to panamapapers.icij.org
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Hamish Boland-Rudder PRODUCER: Carrie Ching ANIMATION ARTIST: Arthur Jones REPORTER: Will Fitzgibbon NARRATOR: Eleanor Bell Fox
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