Investigations

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From left: Konrad Mizzi, Keith Schembri and Yorgen Fenech A magisterial inquiry into the mysterious Dubai company 17 Black was launched a few weeks ago, Justice Minister Owen Bonnici confirmed tonight. Responding to a question in Parliament by Opposition leader Adrian Delia, Bonnici said that the police requested a magisterial inquiry a few weeks ago, […]

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On November 17, seven investigative journalists who have reported about several scandals involving politicians and affiliated entrepreneurs received a collective White Crow award, granted every year to people for defending the public good despite various obstacles. The White Crow award The White Crow is the appreciation of a socially beneficial and brave civic act. It […]

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ISLAMABAD – Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday termed the probe conducted by the Panamagate joint investigation team pertaining to a corruption reference biased and baseless. Accountability court judge Muhammad Arshad Malik resumed hearing the Al-Azizia graft case, filed by the National Accountability Bureau last year in the light of the Panama Papers case verdict. […]

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Monique Agius Non-governmental organisations working on freedom of expression reported that press freedom has deteriorated since 2013. It was also found that the basic protection of journalists had deteriorated since 2016. This emerged from a Report of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. The organisations reported on the assassination of […]

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Authorities on Malta have identified several people believed to be behind the murder of investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, according to local media. The 53-year-old was killed in October 2017 when a powerful bomb exploded in her car as she drove away from her home in Mosta, a small town outside the capital, Valletta.  The killing sent shockwaves […]

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Lessons, challenges and opportunities of big cross-border investigations, like the Panama Papers and the Paradise Papers, were topics covered in a workshop at the 18th Anti-Corruption International Conference in Copenhagen. Several experts in the investigative journalism field discussed key ways of succeeding when working on big corruption cases. We’ve put together five tips: 1. Follow up […]

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ISLAMABAD: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday told the accountability court seized with the Al-Azizia reference that the joint investigation team (JIT) constituted in the Panama Papers case “imposed extremely strict, unreasonable conditions” for recording the statement of Qatari Prince Sheikh Hamad bin Jasim bin Jaber Al-Thani. The Qatari prince was the “missing link” […]

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Although $2 million were found in 17 Black’s account in Dubai, Reuters journalist Stephen Gray said that up to €8 million actually passed through it. 17 Black’s owner, Yorgen Fenech, met the journalist’s direct question on ownership with silence. While being interviewed by RTK’s Follow Up, Gray explained that during the investigation, emails were identified […]

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Two years after the Panama Papers brought to fore alleged hidden offshore accounts of the world’s wealthy, the income-tax department has issued notices to many in India for not disclosing all their foreign assets as well as interest and income earned through such assets. Notices were issued following an investigation by the taxmen and the […]

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A heated Parliamentary debate yesterday saw Opposition MPs call for action against Tourism Minister Konrad Mizzi and OPM Chief of Staff Keith Schembri, over the 17 Black revelations. Opposition Leader Adrian Delia filed a motion for the latest revelations to be urgently debated in Parliament, given that they are of national importance to the public. […]

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