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Panama Papers, the journalism story behind the scandal

Interview with Peter Bale, behind the scene of the biggest data journalism project of all time

Posted:
07 April 2016

Author:
Marianne Bouchart

This week has been marked by the release of the Panama Papers, a collection of leaked documents exposing a widespread system of global tax evasion, also labelled as the biggest data journalism project of all time.

Hundreds of journalists around the world, coordinated by the Washington, DC-based International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, have collaborated on this investigation exposing a widespread system of global tax evasion. The leak includes more than 4.8 million emails, 3 million database files, and 2.1 million PDFs from the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca which appears to help shell companies hide their assets. 

The ICIJ is part of the Center for Public Integrity, a non-profit investigative news organisation. In this interview, we talk to Peter Bale, CEO of CPI and President of GEN, on how they pulled off the biggest whistleblowing project of all time:

Peter Bale is CEO of CPI and President of the Global Editors Network, which organises the GEN Summit 2016 on 15-17 June 2016 in Vienna, Austria. The theme this year is "The Rise of Platform-driven News". Join over 600 editors-in-chief and journalism experts, register now.