After a mysterious whistleblower gave more than 11 million financial and legal records on the clients of a Panama-based law firm to two investigative reporters, the murky underworld of offshore tax havens, financial service providers, and other outfits catering to the ultra-rich burst into public view with the international publication of what became known as the Panama Papers.
Reporter Frederik Obermaier, a current Nieman Fellow, led the effort to break the story two years ago this week with his colleague Bastian Obermayer. It was a project so massive that it ultimately included 400 journalists from outlets around the world. Obermaier shared the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting for his work. He spoke with the Gazette about that experience, and about how voters ought to demand that more be done to foil transnational criminal networks.
GAZETTe: The Panama Papers gave many people their first look at the opaque