ICIJ: Investigative journalists nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) have been nominated, along with the Global Alliance for Tax Justice for a Nobel Peace Prize by three Norwegian lawmakers for their “success in building global alliances” to increase transparency in the global financial system.

“They are, independently and by different means, trailblazers in creating a world where financial incentives for conflict, wars, human rights abuses and violence are non-existent,” the nomination letter says. “These courageous journalists and civil society organisations play a critical role in documenting corruption and Illicit flows, often while putting their lives in peril in the process.”

ICIJ has been investigating financial secrecy and exposing the crime, corruption and inequality it perpetuates for a decade, starting in 2011 with the Offshore Leaks investigation. This led to a number of other cross-border collaborations on the offshore financial industry over the years, including China Leaks, Luxembourg Leaks, Swiss Leaks, Panama Papers, Paradise Papers, West Africa Leaks, Mauritius Leaks, Luanda Leaks, and most recently, the FinCEN Files.

ICIJ’s director Gerard Ryle said the nomination is “a huge boost for our teams of journalists who continue reporting tirelessly — and often in complete secrecy — on new investigations that promise more groundbreaking revelations and, we hope, more positive change for the world.”

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