The Panama Papers is a global investigation by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and a wide network of partners into the sprawling, secretive industry of offshore that the world’s rich and powerful use to hide assets and skirt rules by setting up front companies in far-flung jurisdictions.
Based on a trove of more than 11 million leaked files, the investigation exposes a cast of characters who use offshore companies to facilitate bribery, arms deals, tax evasion, financial fraud and drug trafficking.
Behind the email chains, invoices and documents that make up the Panama Papers are often unseen victims of wrongdoing enabled by this shadowy industry. This is their story.
Executive producer: Hamish Boland-Rudder
Producer: Carrie Ching
Animation artist: Arthur Jones
Reporter: Will Fitzgibbon
Narrator: Eleanor Bell Fox
This project was supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. Learn more on ICIJ.org.