Tribute paid to journalism’s silent heroes with award win

The Overseas Press Club award went to the many journalists who worked on Offshore Leaks, but there are more brave people who will never be officially recognized.

Last night ICIJ’s Secrecy for Sale series won the Overseas Press Club of America Award for Best Investigative Reporting.

It’s the third major award for the project, which has involved more than 110 reporters working across 60 countries — one of the largest collaborations in journalism's history. The Offshore Leaks series has also won awards from Investigative Reporters and Editors and Scripps Howard as well as a finalist award from Harvard's prestigious Goldsmith Awards.

“It is a true tour de force in which a very large team came together to assess, report and analyze a massive trove of data about a secret world of off shore accounts hidden from the eyes of governments and citizens,” the OPC judges said.

“Villains were named and shamed, while the underworld in which they thrived was revealed and explained with precision and depth.”

The project has involved a huge amount of organization, humility, cooperation, and courage from our journalists and partners around the world.

In his acceptance speech for the OPC Award ICIJ Director Gerard Ryle paid tribute to "the silent heroes of journalism – the people who often risk it all to provide us with information we need."

"We at the ICIJ have been very fortunate over the years to work with many brave and committed sources," he said.

"They don't get the chance to walk onto a stage or get any public recognition for the leadership they have shown."

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