Thursday, April 13, 2017
On April 10th the winners of the Pulitzer Prize 2017 were announced. The international team responsible for the Panama Papers won in the category Explanatory Reporting. The team includes a number of partners from Free Press Unlimited around the world. It's a huge honour to call these organisations our partners and this confirms that they are among the best in what they do.

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The partners involved are: Inkyfada (Tunisia), Tempo Media Group (Indonesia), Malaysiakini (Malaysia), Hromadske (Ukraine), Premier Times Nigeria (Nigeria), El Faro (El Salvador), and Confidencial (Nigaragua).

Let's take a step back to see what those Papers are all about. The Panama Papers are “a series of stories using a collaboration of more than 300 reporters on six continents,” the International consortium of Investigate Journalists (ICIJ) describes the scale of the project. The aim was “to expose the hidden infrastructure and global scale of offshore tax havens.”

ICIJ, who led the project, continues: “The Panama Papers investigation exposed offshore companies linked to more than 140 politicians in more than 50 countries – including 14 current or former world leaders. It also uncovered offshore hideaways tied to mega-banks, corporate bribery scandals, drug kingpins, Syria’s air war on its own citizens and a network of people close to Russian President Vladimir Putin that shuffled as much as $2 billion around the world.”

The goal was to “debate the moral question around these offshore companies,” says Erige Sehiri, co-founder of Inkyfada. “The short term impact of our work may not be big. But what we do hopefully has an effect on the long term. By investing in quality journalism, we make people accountable for their actions.”

Journalism at its best!