Journalism plays a crucial role in informing citizens and dissecting social issues. Many societal abuses transcend national boundaries, making it important that investigative journalists can engage in cross-border collaboration. The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), founded in 1997 by the Center for Public Integrity, is a global network of more than 190 investigative journalists working together.
Adessium Foundation is supporting ICIJ so the organization can continue to independently publish in-depth investigative reports for the widest possible audience. Recent examples include Lux Leaks (publications on the favorable tax agreements enjoyed by hundreds of multinationals headquartered in Luxembourg) and Swiss Leaks (research into an extensive system of tax fraud via Swiss bank accounts). ICIJ’s articles on these issues were published in leading media outlets and have already led to several policy changes. A good example is the agreement among EU member states to share data on tax agreements with one another from now on.
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