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What Is ICIJ, Group Behind Panama Papers?

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Screen grab of website for the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, which reported on the Panama Papers, likely the biggest leak of inside information in history.

Screen grab of website for the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, which reported on the Panama Papers, likely the biggest leak of inside information in history.

What: The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists is a global network of nearly 200 investigative journalists who collaborate on watchdog-style, investigative stories. They collaborate to report, edit and produce internationally relevant multimedia reports that adhere to standards of fairness and accuracy.

Where: Based in Washington, D.C., ICIJ is part of the Center for Public Integrity. Journalists come from more than 65 countries.

When: Founded in 1997

Why: Group formed to focus on cross-border issues, such as crime, corruption and the accountability of power.

Previous reports: ICIJ has broken stories that include smuggling, organized crime syndicates, private military cartels, and details of the Iraq and Afghanistan war contracts.

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