International Consortium of Investigative Journalists

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ICIJ Lifts Veil on Offshore World

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86 INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISTS FROM 46 COUNTRIES WORKED ON WHAT MAY BE LARGEST-EVER CROSS BORDER JOURNALISM COLLABORATION 

WASHINGTON, DC – The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), a project of the Center for Public Integrity, released today its first of many reports from a 15-month investigation that cracks open the historically impenetrable world of offshore tax havens. 

Drawing from a leaked trove of 2.5 million digital files, ICIJ led what may be the largest cross border journalism collaboration in history. 

Listen to the press conference given by ICIJ director Gerard Ryle, deputy director Marina Walker Guevara, and senior editor Michael Hudson, about the investigation.

ICIJ’s investigation opens the secrets of more than 120,000 offshore companies and trusts and nearly 130,000 individuals and agents, exposing hidden dealings of politicians, con artists, and the mega-rich in more than 170 countries. Secrecy for Sale: Inside the Global Offshore Money Maze, ICIJ’s largest investigative reporting project in its 15- year history, is available at www.icij.org/offshore.

The stories released today by the ICIJ and its partner outlets around the world are the first installment in an ongoing series.  An initial group of stories will run between April 3 and April 15, 2013 with more reporting to follow throughout the year as ICIJ and its partners continue the investigation.

“This investigation lifts the curtain on the offshore system and provides a transparent look into the secret world of tax havens and the individuals and companies that use and benefit from them,” said Gerard Ryle, Director of the ICIJ.   “We already knew how secret and inaccessible the offshore industry is, but we were surprised by how vast and far reaching it is. It draws its clients not only from the world’s super-wealthy, but also from everyday professionals from all around the world.” 

The files identify the individuals behind the covert companies and private trusts based in the British Virgin Islands, the Cook Islands, Singapore and other offshore havens. They include American doctors and dentists and middle-class Greek villagers as well as Russia corporate executives, Eastern European and Indonesian billionaires, Wall Street fraudsters, international arms dealers and families and associates of long-time dictators.

Among the investigation’s key findings:

  • Government officials and their families and associates in Azerbaijan, Russia, Canada, Pakistan, the Philippines, Thailand, Canada, Mongolia and other countries have embraced the use of covert companies and bank accounts.
     
  • The mega-rich use complex offshore structures to own mansions, yachts, art masterpieces and other assets, gaining tax advantages and anonymity not available to average people.
     
  • Many of the world’s top’s banks – including UBS, Clariden and Deutsche Bank – have aggressively worked to provide their customers with secrecy-cloaked companies in the British Virgin Islands and other offshore hideaways.
     
  • A well-paid industry of accountants, middlemen and other operatives has helped offshore patrons shroud their identities and business interests, providing shelter in many cases to money laundering or other misconduct.
     
  • Ponzi schemers and other large-scale fraudsters routinely use offshore havens to pull off their shell games and move their ill-gotten gains.

While reporting by the ICIJ and its partners shows that many users of offshore are engaged in legitimate transactions, the project team’s investigations raise questions about the lack of transparency, lax law enforcement and illegal practices that are prevalent in the offshore world.

“This investigation was the most extensive in our history. It would not have been possible without the cooperation of our international partners,” said Bill Buzenberg, Executive Director of the Center for Public Integrity.  “Because of the magnitude of this cross-border collaboration we are able to provide a window onto the offshore world, an important step toward bringing transparency and accountability to an industry that over the last several years has grown beyond regulation and control.”

The collection of leaked information, totaling more than 260 gigabytes of data, includes corporate files, emails, account ledgers, and other records that show cash transfers, incorporation dates and links between individuals and companies. It is believed to be one of the largest collections of leaked data gathered and analyzed by journalists.

The files illustrate how offshore financial secrecy has spread aggressively around the globe, allowing the wealthy to avoid taxes, fueling corruption and economic woes in rich and poor nations. The current banking crisis in Cyprus is one example of how the offshore system can impact an entire country’s financial stability. 

The ICIJ worked with 86 investigative journalists from 46 countries and used data mining software and old fashioned shoe leather reporting to unveil the previously hidden but thriving world of fraud, tax dodging and political corruption.  

To analyze the documents, ICIJ collaborated with journalists from The Guardian and the BBC in the U.K., Le Monde in France, Süddeutsche Zeitung and Norddeutscher Rundfunk in Germany, The Washington Post, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) and 31 other media partners around the world.

The reporters and editors on the project team thoroughly fact-checked the data and cross-referenced it with other information, including court records, government reports and financial databases. Team members interviewed hundreds of experts, government officials, attorneys, offshore clients and other sources around the world.

Among the countries included in the data are: Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kosovo, Latvia, Malaysia, Mexico, Moldova, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Paraguay, Philippines, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, and Venezuela. 

Our Staff

Gerard Ryle

Director
Gerard Ryle leads the ICIJ’s headquarters staff in Washington, D.C., as well as overseeing the consortium’s more than 190 member journalists in more than 65 countries. Before joining as the ICIJ’s first non-American director in September 2011, Ryle spent 26 years working as a reporter, investigative reporter and editor in Australia and Ireland, including two decades at The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age newspapers. He uncovered some of the biggest stories in Australian journalism, winning that country’s highest journalism award four times. He is a former deputy editor of The Canberra Times and a former Knight-Wallace Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan. He is the author of a critically acclaimed book based on one of his former investigations, Firepower, and has contributed to two other books on journalism, published in the U.S. and Australia.

Marina Walker Guevara

Deputy Director
Marina Walker Guevara is ICIJ’s deputy director. Over a 20-year career, she has investigated environmental degradation by mining companies, the global offshore economy, the illicit tobacco trade and the criminal networks that are depleting the world’s oceans, among other topics. Her stories have appeared in leading international media, including The Washington Post, The Miami Herald, Le Monde and the BBC. Walker Guevara has managed some of journalism’s most consequential investigations on global corruption, including the Panama Papers, which involved more than 370 reporters in 76 countries and shook governments and businesses across the world. Other investigations include Swiss Leaks, Luxembourg Leaks and Offshore Leaks. A native of Argentina, Walker Guevara’s investigations have won or shared more than 40 national and international journalism awards, including a Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting and honors from Long Island University’s George Polk Awards, Investigative Reporters and Editors, Overseas Press Club, Bartlett and Steele Awards, and Columbia University’s Maria Moors Cabot Award for distinguished Latin American reporting (special citation).

Gordon Dunlop

Finance Director
Gordon Dunlop is ICIJ’s finance director based in Sydney, Australia. He is responsible for the financial and operational management of the organization. Dunlop is a senior finance executive with extensive experience and proven track record in the media industry. He has a strong history in evaluating operational efficiencies, developing and implementing policies and formulating short- and long-term corporate strategy. Prior to ICIJ, Gordon worked at Fairfax Media for 35 years where he held a number of roles and was embedded within editorial. His final position was as the finance director of Fairfax’s Metro Media division, which publishes The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald. Dunlop helped drive and manage change during the largest organizational restructure in the company’s history. He developed detailed financial product, department and section benchmarks that delivered fundamental changes in the work practices. He also managed the organization’s international bureaus that included New York, Washington, London, and Beijing.

Michael Hudson

Senior Editor
Michael Hudson is a senior editor at ICIJ. He has been an editor and reporter at the ICIJ since 2012, working on ICIJ’s ground-breaking investigations of offshore financial secrecy and the global trade in human tissue, and leading ICIJ's World Bank investigation. He previously worked as a reporter for the Center for Public Integrity, the Wall Street Journal and the Roanoke (Va.) Times and as investigative editor for Southern Exposure Magazine. His work has also appeared in Forbes, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, Le Monde, El País and many other publications. His two decades of reporting on mortgage and banking fraud has prompted media observers to call him the reporter “who beat the world on subprime abuses,” the “guru of all things predatory lending” and the “Woodward/Bernstein of the mortgage crisis.” His reporting has won or shared many honors, including an Investigative Editors and Reporters Award, a Sigma Delta Chi Award, two George Polk Awards, a John Hancock Award for business journalism and accolades from the National Press Club, the White House Correspondents’ Association, the American Bar Association, the New York Press Club and the New York State Society of CPAs. His most recent book, The Monster: How a Gang of Predatory Lenders and Wall Street Bankers Fleeced America—and Spawned a Global Crisis (Times Books, 2010), was named Baltimore City Paper Book of the Year and was called “essential reading for anyone concerned with the mortgage crisis” by Library Journal.

Mar Cabra

Editor, Data & Research Unit (Madrid, Spain)
Mar Cabra is the head of the Data & Research Unit, which produces the organization's key data work and also develops tools for better collaborative investigative journalism. She has been an ICIJ staff member since 2011, and is also a member of the network. Mar fell in love with data while being a Fulbright scholar and fellow at the Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism at Columbia University in 2009/2010. Since then, she's promoted data journalism in her native Spain, co-creating the first ever masters degree on investigative reporting, data journalism and visualization and the national data journalism conference, which gathers more than 500 people every year. She previously worked in television (BBC, CCN+ and laSexta Noticias) and her work has been featured in the International Herald Tribune, The Huffington Post, PBS, El País, El Mundo or El Confidencial, among others. In 2012 she received the Spanish Larra Award to the country's most promising journalist under 30. (PGP public key)

Hamish Boland-Rudder

Online Editor
Hamish Boland-Rudder is ICIJ’s online editor. He spent two years running the breaking news website for The Canberra Times in Australia, which included coordinating digital coverage of elections, major sporting events, and live coverage of significant natural disasters. Hamish also instituted new digital reporting rounds for the daily newsroom, and has himself spent time as a reporter writing for The Canberra Times, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Korea Herald, and various other publications. He studied at the University of Sydney where he was awarded the Helen Newborn Bennett prize for history, and was granted an Australia-Korea Foundation fellowship.

Emilia Díaz-Struck

Research Editor
Emilia Díaz-Struck is the lead researcher for ICIJ's cross-border investigations. She is a professor of journalism at the Central University of Venezuela, and also co-founded Venezuelan news website Armando.info. Emilia has been a contributor for the Washington Post, and has also written for the magazine Poder y Negocios and Venezuelan newspapers El Universal and El Mundo. She was previously the investigative reporting coordinator at the Press and Society Institute of Venezuela, and in 2012 was Reporter in Residence at the New England Center for Investigative Reporting at Boston University and Connectas, a journalistic platform for the Americas. Emilia has taken part in cross-border investigations such as: ICIJ's Offshore Leaks, Luxembourg Leaks and Swiss Leaks projects; a collaboration between journalists from 5 countries that revealed the illicit trade of coltan; and a collaboration with Costa Rica's La Nación newspaper on a real estate scandal involving a former Venezuelan magistrate who fled ahead of an arrest warrant. She is a former fellow at the Fundación Nuevo Periodismo Iberoamericano and Investigative Reporters and Editors. Among her awards is the Latin-American Prize for Thesis in Communication from the Latin American Federation of Social Communication Faculties.

Will Fitzgibbon

Reporter and Africa Desk Coordinator
Will Fitzgibbon is a reporter for ICIJ. In 2014, Will was ICIJ’s first Investigative Journalism Fellow. He was a reporter on ICIJ's Swiss Leaks project and heads ICIJ's Africa Desk, coordinating and expanding ICIJ's collaboration with journalists across Africa. Before coming to Washington, he worked at The Bureau of Investigative Journalism (TBIJ) in London where his work on politics, the finance industry and housing appeared in The Guardian and The Observer. He studied at the London School of Economics, Sciences-Po Paris and The Australian National University.

Scilla Alecci

Reporter and Asia Desk Coordinator
Scilla Alecci is an investigative reporter and video journalist for ICIJ. Scilla heads ICIJ's Asia Desk, coordinating the investigative work of ICIJ's partners and members in Asia. A native of Italy, before coming to the U.S., Scilla was based in Tokyo where she worked for Bloomberg News and other news organizations. In 2016 she was a member of the Japanese reporting team that took part in the Pulitzer Prize-winning Panama Papers investigation, and she recently published a book in Japanese about the project. Her work has also been published by the New York Times, the Huffington Post, the Japanese magazine Shukan Asahi and others. Scilla holds master's degrees in East Asian studies, and journalism, and is a member of Italian investigative journalism center IRPI (Investigative Reporting Project Italy.) In addition to being a reporter with ICIJ, Scilla was invited to become an ICIJ member in 2017.

Sasha Chavkin

Reporter
Sasha Chavkin is a reporter for ICIJ. He was ICIJ's lead reporter for the Evicted & Abandoned investigation which revealed massive forced displacement caused by projects funded by the World Bank. He was also the lead reporter for ICIJ and Center for Public Integrity's award-winning Island of the Widows and Mystery in the Fields projects, which examined a mysterious form of kidney disease that is killing agricultural workers across continents. He has previously written for ProPublica, Columbia Journalism Review, and the New York World, an investigative website covering New York. Sasha has reported from countries including Ethiopia, South Sudan, Honduras and Sri Lanka and his work has been recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists, the Society of Environmental Journalists and the Sidney Hillman Foundation. He holds masters degrees from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and School of International and Public Affairs.

Cecile S. Gallego

Data Journalist
Cecile S. Gallego is a data journalist and researcher for ICIJ. She graduated in 2014 from Columbia Journalism School (US) and Sciences Po Journalism School (France) with a master's degree in investigative reporting. She is a 2014-2015 Brown Institute Magic Grantee, working on a investigative data project aiming at making financial statements of public companies more transparent and more accessible to journalists. She previously contributed to the French webzine Slate.fr.

Rigoberto Carvajal

Data Analyst (San José, Costa Rica)
Rigoberto Carvajal is ICIJ’s data expert. He graduated from the Costa Rica Institute of Technology as a computer engineer, and has strong experience in software development and database administration and analysis. He is passionate about database technologies for business intelligence, but he discovered it can be even more rewarding to utilize all these powerful data tools in a newsroom, contributing to stories that have a global impact. Before joining ICIJ Rigo was chief analyst in the investigative unit of Costa Rica’s La Nación, where his team developed impressive data journalism projects under the guidance of award-winning data journalist Giannina Segnini. His first project for ICIJ was the data transformation of the flat Offshore Leaks database into an interactive web application which let journalists and members of the public from all around the globe explore the complex and secretive networks of the offshore world.

Matthew Caruana Galizia

Software Engineer/Data Journalist (Paris, France)
Matthew Caruana Galizia is a software engineer and data journalist. He holds a joint postgraduate degree from the Danish School of Journalism and City University London and was a Carnegie-Knight fellow at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. While working at FT Labs, he was a core developer on several products for the Pearson publishing group, including the FT Web App FT Tilt and the Economist web app. Prior to joining the ICIJ, he worked with an investigative data journalism team led by Giannina Segnini at La Nación, in Costa Rica.

Miguel Fiandor

Web & Data Applications Developer (Madrid, Spain)
Miguel Fiandor is a web and data application developer in ICIJ’s Data Unit. He graduated from the Polytechnic University of Madrid as computer engineer. Miguel spent two years working in the private sector after acquiring a masters degree in renewable energies, but then decided to dive into the world of data and entrepreneurism with a personal project. He created an open data website for Spanish public administrations accounts named ‘Transparencia de Cuentas Públicas.’ Since joining ICIJ in 2015, Miguel has been involved in technical projects for ICIJ’s Data Unit, including ICIJ’s Panama Papers investigation. He has developed tools for data cleaning, transformation and analysis, and also works on web and database development and other data processing.

Pierre Romera

Developer/Data Journalist (Paris, France)

Pierre Romera is a developer and data journalist in ICIJ's Data Unit, where he builds interactive stories and tools. He's also associate professor at Sciences Po, where he teaches computer science to journalists. Before joining ICIJ, Pierre was the chief technology officer and co-founder of Journalism++, an award-wining organization that led major investigations in Europe. Pierre and his team created data visualizations, interactive stories and tools in partnership with large media outlets such as AFP, France Télévision, ARTE, Wikileaks and Google. Their project, The Migrants' Files, won several prestigious prizes, including the European Press Prize. He was also a data journalism pioneer in France at OWNI, where part of his work was awarded an ONA prize in 2010. A self-taught programmer and journalist, he took part in thousands of open source projects and animated more than 1000 hours of training courses.

Amy Wilson-Chapman

Community Engagement Editor
Amy Wilson-Chapman is ICIJ’s community engagement editor. She previously spent three years at The Australian Financial Review in Sydney, Australia where she was responsible for developing social media, newsletter and overall engagement strategies. This included working with other parts of the business to deliver strong subscriber growth for the publication. Prior to that Wilson-Chapman was in Mongolia for 12 months as an Australian Volunteer for International Development at The Press Institute of Mongolia . There she worked closely with the team to improve the quality of reporting among journalists. This included working with stakeholders to find funding for much-needed journalism training across environmental, business and other topics. She also worked at PerthNow/The Sunday Times as a business reporter and editor, after starting her career in the Canadian Rockies at The Fitzhugh.

Caitlin Ginley Sigal

Grants Manager

Caitlin Ginley Sigal is ICIJ’s Grants Manager. Caitlin has more than 10 years experience in philanthropy and nonprofit media. Prior to ICIJ, she was a program associate on the Civil Society team at Wellspring Advisors, a philanthropic consulting firm that coordinates grantmaking on social justice issues. She also worked as assistant editor for the progressive media watchdog nonprofit, Media Matters for America. Caitlin began her career as a journalist for the nonprofit investigative news outlet, the Center for Public Integrity. There, she served as project manager for the State Integrity Investigation, a data-driven analysis of transparency and accountability in all U.S. states, which was a finalist for the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting in 2013. Caitlin holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from American University’s School of Public Affairs and received her undergraduate degree from the University of Delaware.

Martha M. Hamilton

Editor
Martha M. Hamilton is an editor and writer for ICIJ. She was a writer, Wall Street and corporate crime editor, and personal finance columnist for The Washington Post until 2008. Since then she has worked as deputy editor for PolitiFact and written for publications including the Columbia Journalism Review and National Geographic News. She is an editor of Best Business Writing 2014.

Tom Stites

Consulting Editor
Tom Stites is an ICIJ consulting editor. In 2007 he shared a Sigma Delta Chi Award and a first place award from Investigative Reporters and Editors for his role as primary writer of "Collateral Damage: Human Rights & U.S. Military Aid Before & After 9/11," a 50,000-word ICIJ project. Newspaper positions Tom has held include national correspondent, national editor, and associate managing editor for project reporting at The Chicago Tribune; night national editor of The New York Times, and managing editor of The Kansas City Times. Reporting he has supervised has won an array of major journalism awards including the Pulitzer Prize. He has held two Harvard fellowships, at Harvard Divinity School and the Berkman Center for Internet & Society.

Richard H.P. Sia

Associate Editor
Richard H.P. Sia is associate editor for ICIJ and served as its principal fact-checker on the Pulitzer Prize winning Panama Papers investigation. Sia previously was a managing editor of National Journal and senior editor of National Journal’s CongressDaily, where he directed special projects and coverage of defense, homeland security, government oversight and telecommunications. He has reported for The Honolulu Advertiser and The Baltimore Sun, where he was a Pulitzer Prize nominee in 1984, and worked as State House correspondent and Pentagon correspondent. As Washington correspondent for the Center for Investigative Reporting, Sia won a 1996 National Press Club award and was part of a team that received an Emmy from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in 1998 for the PBS Frontline documentary, "Hot Guns." He also served as senior managing editor of LEGI-SLATE News Service, an online subsidiary of the Washington Post Co. that became part of National Journal Group in 1999. Sia grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii, graduated from Punahou School and received a B.A. degree in government with honors from Harvard University in 1975.

ICIJ Board

Sheila Coronel became an ICIJ board member in 2017 and currently serves as chair of the board. She is also an ICIJ member.

Coronel is director of the Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism and Toni Stabile Professor of Professional Practice at Columbia University in New York.

Coronel began her reporting career in 1982 on the Philippine Panorama and later joined the Manila Times; she also wrote for the Manila Chronicle. As a stringer for the New York Times and the Guardian (London), she covered seven attempted coups d’etat against the Aquino government. In 1989, Coronel cofounded the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism to promote investigative reporting and groundbreaking reporting on major social issues, including the military, poverty, and corruption.

She is the author and editor of more than a dozen books, including Coups, Cults & Cannibals, The Rule-makers: How the Wealthy and Well-Born Dominate Congress, and Pork and other Perks: Corruption and Governance in the Philippines.

She has received numerous awards for her work, including the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Journalism in 2003.

She blogs on international investigative reporting at Watchdog Watcher.

Alexander Papachristou became an ICIJ board member in 2017 and currently serves as secretary of the board.

Papachristou is Executive Director of the Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice where he leads the Good Governance program, providing pro bono legal representation to anti-corruption and investigative journalism organizations worldwide.

He previously was president of the Near East Foundation, a participatory, community-based economic and social development organization working in Arab and African countries. In an earlier business career, Papachristou served as managing director and general counsel at NCH Capital, Inc, which invests in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe; he lived in Russia from 1989 to 1993, where he opened and ran the Moscow office of White & Case and contributed to the Moscow Times.

Papachristou also worked in the law firm of Clifford & Warnke in Washington, D.C., and was policy assistant to New York Governor Mario C. Cuomo. He served as law clerk to US District Judge Myron H. Thompson in the Middle District of Alabama.

Papachristou is a member of the board of the Media Development Investment Fund and Pure Earth, as well as the advisory council of Bard College's Center for Civic Engagement. In late 2011, The New Press published Blind Goddess: A Race and Justice Reader, which Papachristou edited.

Papachristou received an LL.M and J.D. from Harvard Law School and an A.B. from Princeton University, as well as Arabic language training at the American University in Cairo.

Reginald Chua became an ICIJ board member in 2017 and currently serves as ICIJ's treasurer.

Chua is Executive Editor, Editorial Operations, Data and Innovation at Reuters, based in New York.

Among other duties, he oversees newsroom operations, logistics, budgets, safety and security as well as data and computational journalism, graphics and data visualization and polling. He also works with corporate technology and R&D teams to set newsroom technology priorities and develop capabilities such as content management systems, news automations, language analysis and text generation.

At Reuters, he built a world-class data and computational journalism team from the ground up, conceived and oversaw the creation of the ground-breaking Connected China app, which tracks and visualizes power and relationships among China’s elite, and drove development of Tracer, a machine-learning system that algorithmically detects and verifies newsworthy events on Twitter. He’s also brought new protocols and practices to physical and digital security to the newsroom. He joined Reuters in 2011.

He was previously Editor-in-Chief of the South China Morning Post from 2009 to 2011. Prior to that, he had a 16-year run at The Wall Street Journal, including as a Deputy Managing Editor in New York, where he managed the global newsroom budget, supervised the graphics team, and helped develop the paper’s computer-assisted reporting capabilities. He also ran the Journal’s Hong Kong-based Asian edition for eight years – the edition’s longest-serving editor – opened the paper’s bureau in Hanoi, and was its correspondent in the Philippines. He also worked as the Manila Correspondent for Singapore’s Straits Times newspaper and was a correspondent in Singapore for Reuters. He began his journalism career as a writer for the then-Singapore Broadcasting Corporation, working in radio, TV and documentaries.

A citizen of Singapore, he graduated from the University of Chicago with an A.B. in Mathematics and from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism with a M.S. in Journalism.

Rhona Murphy became an ICIJ board member in 2017.

Murphy is a strategic communications consultant based in Dublin who became an ICIJ board member in 2017. She is a non-executive director of The Irish Times, a trustee of the Irish Modern Dance Theatre and on the advisory board of the Blackstone LaunchPad at Trinity College.

Murphy relocated back to her hometown in 2015 from New York, where she had been the CEO of The Daily Beast and the Interim CEO at Newsweek. Prior to that she had been the Global Publisher of Newsweek and before that she worked for Dow Jones and The Wall Street Journal in New York and Singapore.

She started her media career in London at The Times and Sunday Times after graduating from Trinity College Dublin.

Advisory Committee

Bill Kovach, United States, former curator of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University and an American newspaperman for 30 years, is the North American representative and chair of the ICIJ Advisory Committee.

Kovach has been a journalist and writer for 40 years, including 18 years as a reporter and editor for The New York Times. As an editor, Kovach supervised reporting projects that won four Pulitzer Prizes, including two during his two-year tenure as editor of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the first Pulitzers awarded to that paper in 20 years.

Kovach was a 1988-89 Nieman fellow at Harvard University and remained as curator of the Nieman Foundation journalism fellowship program until 2000.

Among his many other awards are the Sigma Delta Chi Award for contributions to journalism research in 2000, the National Mental Health Award in 1968, the New York State Bar Association Award in 1968, the AEJMC Professional Freedom and Responsibility Award in 1992, the Sigma Delta Chi First Amendment Award in 1996, the Goldsmith Career Award for Excellence in Journalism in 2000, and the Elijah Parish Lovejoy Award, which was accompanied by an honorary doctorate from Colby College.

Kovach served on Pulitzer juries from 1987-1990 and is a board member of the Committee to Protect Journalists.

He is co-author of Warp Speed: America in the Age of Mixed Media, The Elements of Journalism: What Newspeople Should Know and the Public Should Expect, and Blur: How to Know What's True in the Age of Information Overload.

Kovach is a long-time advisory board member of the Center for Public Integrity.

Charles Lewis, United States, is a tenured professor of journalism and founding executive editor of the Investigative Reporting Workshop at American University in Washington, D.C.

He has been a national investigative journalist for more than 30 years, and is the founder of the Center for Public Integrity and its International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. Lewis left a successful career as a producer for ABC News and the CBS News program 60 Minutes and began the Center, which under his 15-year leadership published roughly 300 investigative reports, including 14 books, its work honored more than 30 times by national journalism organizations.

He is the co-author of five Center books, including the bestseller, The Buying of the President 2004, and author of 935 Lies: The Future of Truth and the Decline of America's Moral Integrity (June 2014). He was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship in 1998 and the PEN USA First Amendment award in 2004.

Lewis co-founded the Fund for Independence in Journalism in 2003, which he led as its president for five years, and Global Integrity in 2005.

He has been a Ferris Professor at Princeton University and a Shorenstein Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Rosental Calmon Alves, United States/Brazil, is a journalism professor at the University of Texas at Austin, where he holds the first John S. & James L. Knight Chair in International Journalism. For a decade, Alves worked as a foreign correspondent for Brazil’s daily newspaper, Jornal do Brasil, reporting from Spain, Argentina, Mexico, and the United States. He taught journalism at two Rio de Janeiro universities and in 1987-88 became the first Brazilian to be selected as a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. As a correspondent and editor, he has participated in or directed several investigative reporting projects. Alves is the Latin American representative on the Advisory Committee.

Gwen Lister, Namibia, founded The Namibian in 1985 during apartheid colonialism in the country. The newspaper and staff were consistently targeted by right-wing elements and security forces because of the perception that the newspaper supported the liberation movement. Lister was jailed twice, in 1984 under the Official Secrets Act, and in June 1988, when she was detained without trial and denied access to a lawyer. Authorities jailed her the second time in an attempt to force her to reveal the source of a secret document she had published, which proposed sweeping new powers for the police. She was four months pregnant at the time. Attacks on the newspaper and harassment of its staff culminated in an arson attack that destroyed the offices of The Namibian in October 1988.

After independence in 1990, the newspaper was again targeted by right-wing elements after a front-page report about a possible coup attempt against the new government. The editorial offices were damaged in a phosphorous grenade firebombing. In these and other bombings, The Namibian never missed an edition.

The role of The Namibian in pre-independence Namibia has been honored by a number of international awards. In 2000, Lister was named one of 50 World Press Freedom Heroes of the last half century by the International Press Institute. In 1992, she was awarded a Committee to Protect Journalists’ International Press Freedom Award and the Press Freedom Award of the Media Institute of South Africa.

In October 2011, after 26 years at the helm of The Namibian Lister handed over the reins to Tangeni Amupadhi. At the same time she formalized the non-profit Namibia Media Trust which owns the newpaper, and appointed other Trustees. Lister is Executive Director of The Free Press of Namibia (Pty) Ltd and Chairs the Trust - in terms of which the profits of The Namibian are ploughed back into promotion of free and independent press, excellence and training in journalism in the wider media community.

Lister was a 1996 Nieman fellow at Harvard.

Goenawan Mohamad, Indonesia, is founder and editor of Tempo magazine, Indonesia's most-respected newsmagazine. It was banned by the Suharto government in 1994 after publishing details of the government’s purchase of aging East German destroyers, a confidential subject of dispute among Suharto’s cabinet members. In 1995, Mohamad founded the Institute for the Studies on Free Flow of Information (ISAI) which produced alternative media intended to circumvent censorship. Mohamad later formed the Alliance of Independent Journalists, the only independent journalism organization in Indonesia. Following Suharto’s resignation in May 1998, Mohamad led a group of reporters in restarting Tempo online and in print. Mohamad was a 1990 Nieman fellow at Harvard University and in 1997 received the Nieman fellows’ Louis Lyons Award for Conscience and Integrity in Journalism. In 1998, he was awarded the Committee to Protect Journalists’ International Press Freedom Award. Mohamad is a visiting history professor at the University of California at Berkeley this year, where he will teach courses in Indonesian and Southeast Asian culture. Mohamad is the Asian representative on the Advisory Committee.

Brant Houston, United States, is a journalism professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he holds the John S. & James L. Knight Chair in Investigative Reporting. Houston served for more than 10 years as executive director of Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE), a nonprofit organization of more than 4,000 members, and as a professor at the University of Missouri School of Journalism. He co-founded the Global Investigative Journalism Network in 2003 and is chair of the recently formed Investigative News Network. Before joining IRE, Houston was an award-winning investigative reporter for 17 years at metropolitan papers in the United States. He is author of Computer-Assisted Reporting: A Practical Guide and co-author of The Investigative Reporter’s Handbook. He has taught investigative reporting and computer-assisted reporting in more than a dozen countries.

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