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Sponsored byAdessium Foundation, Ford Foundation, Luminate, Norway/Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Omidyar Network, Open Society Foundations, USAID
MembershipJames Ball
Nominally independent, the ICIJ is heavily financed by the usual Western deep state cutouts, including Open Society Foundations, USAID and the Ford Foundation, plus a host of similar foundations from minor NATO-countries, like the Adessium Foundation.

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) is an Washington D.C.-based international journalism network.

Nominally independent, the ICIJ is heavily financed by the usual Western deep state cutouts, including Open Society Foundations, USAID and the Ford Foundation, plus a host of similar foundations from minor NATO-countries, like the Adessium Foundation. [1] (To illustrate that there is something fishy with ICIJ, compare the lavish government funding (through cutouts) for this outfit with the shoestring operation of Consortium News, founded by the late investigative journalist Robert Parry.

Participant journalists include the Integrity Initiative member James Ball


Launched in 1997 by the Center for Public Integrity,[2] ICIJ was spun off in February 2017 into a fully independent organisation which includes more than 200 investigative journalists in over 70 countries[3] who work together on "issues such as "cross-border crime, corruption, and the accountability of power."[4][5] The ICIJ has exposed smuggling and tax evasion by multinational tobacco companies (2000),[6] "by organised crime syndicates; investigated private military cartels, asbestos companies,[7] and climate change lobbyists; and broke new ground by publicising details of Iraq and Afghanistan war contracts."[4][4][5][8]

The ICIJ's 2015 investigation was the Paradise Papers, a cross-border, global investigation[9] that reveals the offshore activities of some of the world's most powerful people and companies.[10] The project involved 95 media partners and was based on 13.4 million leaked files.

For the Panama Papers more than 80 journalists worked on the data, culminating in a partial release on 3 April 2016, garnering global media attention.[11][12] The set of 11.5 million confidential financial and legal document from the Panama-based law firm Mossack Fonseca included detailed information on more than 14,000 clients and more than 214,000 offshore entities, including the identities of shareholders and directors including noted personalities and heads of state[13]—government officials, close relatives and close associates of various heads of government of more than 40 other countries.[14][15][16] The German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung first received the released data from an anonymous source in 2015.[15]


In 1997, the Center for Public Integrity began "assembling the world’s first working network of premier investigative reporters." By 2000 the ICIJ consisted of 75 world-class investigative reporters in 39 countries."[17]

In February 2017, ICIJ was spun off into a fully independent organisation, which is now governed by three committees: a traditional board of directors with a fiduciary role; an Advisory Committee made of supporters; and an ICIJ Network Committee.[3]

ICIJ was granted nonprofit status from US tax authorities in July the same year.[3]

Global tobacco industry

From 2008 to 2011, the ICIJ investigated the global tobacco industry revealing how Philip Morris International and other tobacco companies worked to grow businesses in Russia, Mexico, Uruguay and Indonesia.[18]

Offshore banking series

The ICIJ partnered with The Guardian, BBC, Le Monde, the Washington Post, SonntagsZeitung, The Indian Express, Süddeutsche Zeitung and NDR to produce an investigative series on offshore banking.[19][20] They reported on government corruption across the globe, tax avoidance schemes used by wealthy people and the use of secret offshore accounts in Ponzi Schemes.[21]

In June 2011, an ICIJ article revealed how an Australian businessman had helped his clients legally incorporate thousands of offshore shell entitles "some of which later became involved in the international movement of oil, guns and money."[22]

In early 2014, the ICIJ revealed that relatives of China's political and financial elite were among those using offshore tax havens to conceal wealth.[23]

Panama Papers

The Süddeutsche Zeitung received a leaked set of 11.5 million confidential documents from a secret source, created by the Panamanian corporate service provider Mossack Fonseca.[24] The so-called Panama Papers provided detailed information on more than 214,000 offshore companies, including the identities of shareholders and directors which included government officials, close relatives and close associates of various heads of government of more than 40 other countries.[15][16] Because of the leak the prime minister of Iceland, Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson, was forced to resign on 5 April 2016. [12] By 4 April 2016 more than "107 media organisations in 76 countries"[25] had participated in analyzing the documents,[26] including BBC Panorama and the UK newspaper, The Guardian.[25] Based on the Panama Paper disclosure, Pakistan Supreme Court constituted the Joint Investigation Team to probe the matter and disqualified the Prime Minister Nawas Sharif on July 28, 2017 to hold any public office for life.

The ICIJ and Süddeutsche Zeitung received the Panama Papers in 2015 and distributed them to about 400 journalists at 107 media organisations[25] in more than 80 countries. The first news reports based on the set, along with 149 of the documents themselves,[24][27][28]

According to The New York Times,[12]

"[T]he Panama Papers reveal an industry that flourishes in the gaps and holes of international finance. They make clear that policing offshore banking and tax havens and the rogues who use them cannot be done by any one country alone. Lost tax revenue is one consequence of this hidden system; even more dangerous is its deep damage to democratic rule and regional stability when corrupt politicians have a place to stash stolen national assets out of public view."

Paradise Papers

In 2017, the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung obtained a "cache" of "13.4 million leaked files"[10][29] regarding tax havens, known as the Paradise Papers, related to the Bermuda-based offshore specialist Appleby, "one of the world’s largest offshore law firms." The files were shared them with the ICIJ and eventually 95 media outlets."[29] They revealed that many of the tax havens used by Appleby are in the Cayman Islands, which is a British territory that "levies no corporate or personal income tax on money earned outside its jurisdiction."[29][29][30] The Paradise Papers revealed the "offshore activities of some of the world's most powerful people and companies".[10]

Pandora Papers

In October 2021, the ICIJ worked with 150 media outlets such as The Washington Post, BBC and The Guardian to release the Pandora Papers containing more than 11.9 million financial records, with 2.94 terabytes of confidential information from 14 offshore service providers, enterprises that set up and manage shell companies and trusts in tax havens around the globe.[31]

Isabel dos Santos

Using the 'street cred' from the Panama Papers, the ICIJ joined the campaign against Isabel dos Santos, daughter of former Angolan president, José Eduardo dos Santos. The "Luanda Leaks" showed how she "made a fortune at the expense of the Angolan people". In reality, it is a US led campaign against independent economic development and perceived Chinese influence in the oil-rich African country.[32]


The ICIJ is active on social media with a website, a blog entitled the 'Global Muckraker',[33] Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and a YouTube channel.[4]


The ICIJ organised the bi-annual Daniel Pearl Awards for Outstanding International Investigative Reporting. The award is currently not being awarded.[3][34]</ref>[35][36][37]


An event carried out

Pandora PapersThe most expansive leak of tax haven files in history


Employee on Wikispooks

Gerard RyleDirectorSeptember 2011


Known member

All 1 of the members already have pages here:

James BallUK journalist and author who worked for the Integrity Initiative



Adessium FoundationA secretive Dutch foundation that donates to projects backed by Western governments.
Ford FoundationIn addition to its own billionaire agenda, also known to have been $$$ middleman for covert CIA funding.
LuminatePierre Omidyar's foundation for financing global media and civil society groups. It is unknown how close it aligns to certain US government agencies.
Norway/Ministry of Foreign AffairsA significant donor to NGOs and planning organizations. Many of the recipients dovetail with NATO objectives like regime changes and controlling the narrative.
Omidyar NetworkFoundation owned by the the deep state-connected billionaire Pierre Omidyar, financing preferred NGOs
Open Society FoundationsA NGO operating in more countries than McDonald's. It has the tendency to support politicians (at times through astroturfing) and activists that get branded as "extreme left" as its founder is billionaire and bane of the pound George Soros. This polarizing perspective causes the abnormal influence of the OSF to go somewhat unanswered.
USAIDUS govt organization to provide "international development", including funding of Ecohealth Alliance. Called "CIA's little sister".


A document sourced from International Consortium of Investigative Journalists

TitleTypeSubject(s)Publication dateAuthor(s)Description
Document:Appleby launches legal action against ICIJ’s UK partnersArticleBBC
The Guardian
Panama Papers
Paradise Papers
18 December 2017Gerard Ryle"This is a potentially dangerous moment for free expression in Britain" – Gerard Ryle
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