Dec. 20, 2017 – Reporters Without Borders – known internationally as Reporters sans frontières (RSF) – condemns the proceedings filed by offshore law firm Appleby against the BBC and the Guardian, suing for breach of confidence. Appleby has requested the disclosure of documents that informed reports published as part of the Paradise Papers – a leak of 13.4 million files exposing the offshore interests of a myriad of prominent individuals and companies.
Around half of the leaked documents belonged to Appleby, which claims that the source information used in the reports was “stolen,” and is seeking a permanent injunction to stop further use of the information. A spokesperson for the Guardian said the lawsuit was “an attempt to undermine our responsible public interest journalism and to force us to to disclose documents that we regard as journalistic material.”
Despite the fact that the Paradise Papers were analysed by 381 journalists from 96