The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) has won the Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting for the Panama Papers.
The investigation had uncovered offshore shell companies and tax havens based on leaked documents from Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca.
The Pulitzer Prize Board had moved the Panama Papers from the international reporting category, for which the ICIJ had applied, to explanatory reporting.
The Pulitzer Prize Winning Investigation:
The Indian Express was a part of ICIJ’s network of 108 news organisations worldwide, which over eight months, investigated the Panama Papers.
The investigation by Indian Express had revealed the names of over 500 Indian individuals and entities linked to offshore companies and trusts. The first set of reports was published on April 4, 2016.
The Indian Express team that investigated the documents was led by Executive Editor (Investigations) Ritu Sarin; National Affairs Editor P Vaidyanathan Iyer and Associate Editor Jay Mazoomdaar.
More than 300 reporters from across six continents collaborated under the leadership of ICIJ, which included at least 25 reporters and editors of The Indian Express.
The Pulitzer Prize Board, which announced the awards in 21 categories on April 10, said in its citation that ICIJ won the award for the “series of stories using a collaboration of more than 300 reporters on six continents to expose the hidden infrastructure and global scale of offshore tax havens”.
Gerard Ryle, who leads the ICIJ headquarters in Washington DC, said The Indian Express was one of the media partners “that made this happen and the newspaper and its reporters should bask in the moment”.
ICIJ had shared 11.5 million secret documents of Mossack Fonseca, which helped individuals and companies set up anonymous shell companies in tax havens across the globe.