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The Panama Papers uncovered the secrets of thousands of tax evaders, including high-profile politicians and sports stars. Gerard Ryle describes how his global team of journalists worked together in secret and silence to expose the hidden world of offshore finance. getAbstract recommends Ryle’s staggering story of how the reporters paved the way to a new age of collaborative journalism to those who value the media’s role in creating a transparent society.

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Investigative reporter Gerard Ryle is the director of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.

 

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In 2015, an anonymous insider leaked to two German journalists 40 years’ worth of documents from Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca, which specialized in creating offshore accounts to help wealthy people evade taxes. The Panama Papers contained more than 11.5 million documents revealing the secret transactions of wealthy people from more than 200 countries and territories. The leak presented a daunting challenge and an amazing opportunity. The correspondents asked the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists for help. Together, they did something that runs contrary to the principles of all investigative...


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