Biz Ethics: Pandora Papers and ICIJ Newsletter

“It’s been a whirlwind two weeks since we began publishing Pandora Papers findings. We’ve seen a flurry of dramatic fallout around the world (more on that later), and have also received A LOT of questions from our readers about the investigation.

This week, we’re taking you behind the scenes to learn more about how the Pandora Papers came to be.

First up, director Gerard Ryle shares more about the origins of the story in this video, explaining why ICIJ decided to pursue this journey into a hidden financial world.

Next, managing editor Fergus Shiel reflects on key lessons picked up from coordinating the biggest reporting collaboration in journalism history — and some of the backstage drama and threats our team experienced along the way.

And finally, we tackle the questions we’ve most frequently been asked about the investigation by members of the public and the press. (Still got a question for us? We’ll be answering more at an exclusive online event for ICIJ Insiders in the next few weeks.)

We’ve also been hard at work covering the initial aftermath of the Pandora Papers. World leaders in Chile, the Czech RepublicEcuadorUkraine and more are facing official scrutiny over financial activity revealed by the investigation, while the list of officials from different countries pledging tax probes of those named in the files grows. We’re also beginning to see plans for proposed reforms in the U.S. and the EU.

Our reporting has also had some early impact in the rarified world of precious artifacts: The Denver Art Museum is preparing to return four antiquities to Cambodia following our investigation with the Washington Post and other media partners on an indicted art dealer’s offshore links.

We’ll be keeping track of all the key developments – while we work away on new Pandora Papers investigations – right here, as we return to our regularly scheduled weekly newsletter.

Filipino journalist and ICIJ member Maria Ressa, and Russian journalist Dmitry Muratov – whose outlet worked with ICIJ on the Panama Papers and Paradise Papers – were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for their courageous press freedom efforts.

While the OECD has trumpeted a global corporate tax minimum, signed onto by 136 countries, as a “major victory,” civil society groups have slammed the deal for pandering to tax havens at the expense of poorer nations.

Thanks for reading!”