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What Is ICIJ, Group Behind Panama Papers?

  • VOA News

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.