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Panama Papers: media attacks on Cameron may have more to do with Brexit than banking

Jewell, John 2016. Panama Papers: media attacks on Cameron may have more to do with Brexit than banking. The Conversation 2016 (11 Apr)

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Abstract

In an era in which public trust of traditional media is slowly rising from the low point of the phone-hacking scandals and the Leveson inquiry, the Panama Papers has brought us evidence of just how potent sustained, investigative journalism can be in helping to bring the powerful to account. As veteran editor Peter Preston wrote in the Observer, this is an example of how journalism has “crossed borders” to shine a light on global corruption. To break the story, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, assembled a team of some 400 media workers in more than 80 different countries to systematically work through 11.5m digitised documents leaked from law firm Mossack Fonseca relating to how the worlds rich and powerful use tax havens. Here on The Conversation, Richard Sambrook, formerly director of global news at the BBC, assessed the international impact of the ICIJ and concluded that in the future we can expect more leaks, more international collaborations and more revelations to embarrass the political and business elites. The Panama Papers, he wrote, will be discussed for many years to come.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
Publisher: The Conversation Trust
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 09:00
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/89117

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