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, represents a successful approach to journalistic collaboration. It is a global network of 249 investigative journalists working together in 90 countries.
Over the past years, ICIJ has made a name for itself by publishing a number of breaking news reports on tax evasion and avoidance. The Mauritius Leaks, the Paradise and Panama Papers, as well as earlier reports like Lux Leaks and Swiss Leaks exposed a world of tax avoidance, fraud and other illegal practices. That’s not all ICIJ does, though: in late 2018, their report The Implant Files brought to light widespread abuse and failing governance in the medical implants industry. More recently, ICIJ published Bribery Division. This report on large-scale bribery in the Brazilian construction industry focused on construction conglomerate Odebrecht and its involvement with a number of public figures.
The ICIJ method is always the same: several months of focused research into an incredible number of — often leaked — documents, followed by well-coordinated global publication using a network of renowned media outlets. The quality of their work and their thorough distribution strategy invariably lead to global public outrage and help bring political attention to a range of social issues. For example, the Panama and Paradise Papers led to the forced resignation of the Icelandic Prime Minister, made FIFA put several officials on leave and prompted a number of tax authorities to investigate the trust industry. Thanks to The Implant Files, particular types of breast implant have now been banned in France, Canada and Australia.
Since Adessium Foundation greatly values investigative journalism, we have been supporting ICIJ since 2008 with organizational support so the organization can continue to independently publish in-depth investigative reports for the widest possible audience. Adessium Foundation has no say on the subjects selected, nor is involved in the contents of ICIJ research and publications.
About this partner
The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists is a global network of more than 200 investigative journalists in 70 countries who collaborate on in-depth investigative stories.
Founded in 1997 by the respected American journalist Chuck Lewis, ICIJ was launched as a project of the Center for Public Integrity, focusing on issues that do not stop at national frontiers: cross-border crime, corruption, and the accountability of power.