The story of the Panama Papers starts with the International Consortium for Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), which “using a collaboration of more than 300 reporters on six continents exposed the hidden infrastructure and global scale of offshore tax havens.” The ICIJ and its media partners began publishing the Panama Papers investigation on April 3, 2016, after which almost no country was untouched by its revelations.
(The ICIJ is an initiative of the Center for Public Integrity (CPI), an American non-profit organisation for investigative journalism. The CPI was set up by Charles Lewis, a leading US investigative reporter for the past 30 years. Both the CPI and ICIJ are financed by donations, one of the leading donors being the famous and influential George Soros.)
Panama-based law firm Mossack Fonseca has been charged with alleged money-laundering. During the ICIJ’s investigation, documents revealed that the well-known law firm had “a separate department for illegal