It was the biggest leak in history: 11.5 million files exposing the most secret world of offshore finance.
Under the ICIJ, 378 investigative journalists around the world worked on the leaked files behind closed doors. On April 3rd 2016, representing 109 media organisations, they released the Panama Papers, exposing political leaders, businessmen, celebrities, sports stars and even criminals, using shell companies to hide their assets and depriving national treasuries of much needed fiscal income. The scale is global and the amounts vertiginous.
In France, Premières Lignes, along with Le Monde, investigated the Panama Papers files and uncovering the dissimulation of billions of euros through sophisticated tax avoidance and money-laundering schemes. From Panama to Switzerland, the United States to Luxembourg, they traced back the trails of this gigantic web of concealment.
An investigation by Benoît Bringer and Edouard Perrin of Premières Lignes, in partnership with the ICIJ (International Consortium of Investigative Journalists), collaborating with some of the biggest international media, including Süddeutsche Zeitung, Le Monde, la BBC, The Guardian at the heart of the Panama Papers scandal.
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