Claude Baumann: «Why the Paradise Papers Fell Flat» –

Over and over, journalists let themselves be instrumentalized for dubious exposes. The problem is that the wider public no longer falls for them, editor Claude Baumann writes for finews.first.

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Just to clarify from the beginning: this column doesn’t condone illegal or criminal practices. I also don’t want to decry proper journalistic investigation, but the case of the recently-disclosed cache of Paradise Papers, something doesn’t add up.

When a whopping 13.4 million confidential documents end up in the hands of selected media to meticulously evaluate, one would assume that the world changes (for the better?) somehow – or at least that the leak advances our knowledge of reprehensible schemes of the wealthy and powerful, and prompted a legal investigation.


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