Until now, no journalist had been able to crack the secret offshore money system on a global scale. But Offshore Leaks laid it bare: Columbia Journalism Review called it “a landmark series on offshore tax havens that has law enforcement scrambling and scofflaws sweating from Mongolia to Germany, Greece to the US.”
Hundreds of articles showed how fraudsters, politicians and the wealthy move and hide money. It took two years for the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists to piece it all together.
The result is a global investigative reporting project that has had unprecedented impact around the world. It prompted high profile resignations, criminal and civil inquiries, policy changes, and official investigations on four continents.
This week we published the last major chapter in the series: the extensive links of China’s elites to tax havens around the world.
We have gathered the stories from more than 60 countries and displayed them in an interactive map that illustrates the breadth of the work.
ICIJ persuaded more than 110 journalists and dozens of news organizations –including The Guardian, Le Monde, the CBC, Le Soir, El País, Süddeutsche Zeitung the BBC and The New York Times, – to participate in what may be the largest investigative collaboration in history. Other partners ranged from news websites in South Korea and Malaysia to German national radio.
The map, which was developed using CartoDB, also displays where the shareholders and directors behind more than 100,000 offshore companies and trusts in the ICIJ data come from.