• Innovative
  • Eye Opening


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.


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...

About the Speaker

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

More on this topic

Customers who read this summary also read

When Local News Dies, So Does Democracy
How Deepfakes Undermine and Threaten Democracy
Facebook’s Role in Brexit – and the Threat to Democracy
How to Lead a Conversation Between People Who Disagree
What Happened When We Paired Thousands of Strangers to Talk Politics
Why Governments Should Prioritize Well-Being

Related Channels