The Pulitzer Prizes on Monday honored an international consortium of more than 100 media organizations that exposed the so-called Panama Papers detailing the hidden infrastructure and global scale of offshore tax havens used by the high and mighty.
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The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, McClatchy and the Miami Herald received the coveted journalism award in the Explanatory Reporting category. Among the 300 reporters who took part are Haaretz's Uri Blau, Daniel Dolev and Shuki Sadeh.
The outlets which broke the story received $15,000 for “a distinguished example of explanatory reporting that illuminates a significant and complex subject, demonstrating mastery of the subject, lucid writing and clear presentation, using any available journalistic tool.”
The prize-awarding committee determined that the Panama Papers, a series of stories that were “based on a collaboration of more than 300 reporters on six continents to expose the hidden infrastructure and global scale of offshore tax havens.”
The affair erupted in April 2016, following the leaking of 11.5 million documents and correspondence belonging to the Mossack Fonseca Panamanian law office to the German paper Süddeutsche Zeitung. The paper shared these documents with the consortium, whose journalists then conducted a year-long investigation. This revealed among other things that associates of Russian President Vladimir Putin had transferred at least $2 billion through companies and banks that are registered in tax havens. 600 Israeli companies are also mentioned in the leaked documents.
Reuters contributed to the report