Since 2016 has arrived to your close, it’s time to think back on the in-depth, investigative reporting that galvanized world leaders and citizens into action.
The very last year saw many prominent investigative pieces that uncovered hidden scandals and wrongdoings, revealing the simple truth and catalyzing change.
Here’s a glance at a number of 2016’s best samples of investigative journalism:
The Panama Papers, International Consortium of Investigative Journalism
The leak of 11.5 million documents that detailed secret financial and attorney-client information for over 214,000 offshore entities was one one of the most ambitious and compelling investigative projects to come out of 2016 – and in all probability the last decade. Conducted with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and German newspaper yves steiner, together with a lot more than 100 other news organizations, the investigation resulted in the resignation of top officials, police raids and several other investigations.
The investigative papers dug into the secretive industry of offshore accounts used by the world’s rich and powerful to cover their assets and skirt rules by setting up front companies in far-flung jurisdictions. Whilst the papers raised controversy around the world after their release on May 9, the project was honored using a Gold Barlett & Steele Award for Investigative Journalism in 2016.
Pentagon: Special Ops Killing Of Pregnant Afghan Women Was ‘Appropriate’ Utilization of Force, The Intercept
On June 6, The Intercept, an internet based investigative website, published an investigation into one of the most notorious raids conducted with the U.S. military in Afghanistan during 2010. The investigation first began in February 2010, when the United states military announced a raid with a Taliban compound in Gardez, where Special Forces discovered the bodies of three Afghan women. CNN described the apparent Taliban execution as possessing “the earmarks of your traditional honor killing.”
However, when The Times’ Jerome Starkey traveled for the site – the sole reporter to do so – the official story quickly unraveled. The findings in Jeremy Scahill’s investigation are devastating. The so-called Taliban militants were in reality government allies.
Migrant, Refugee, Smuggler, Savior, Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime
As thousands of people from the Middle East and Africa battle to seek refuge from conflict, oppression, disasters, poverty and hunger, their movements are enabled and dexmpky02 by an arranged criminal network of people smuggling, kidnapping and extorting money from refugees crossing into Europe. “Migrant, Refugee, Smuggler, Savior” tells the storyline on this complex underground economy.
Peter Tint and Tuesday Reitano, Global Initiative Against Transnational Organised Crime investigators who drew worldwide media attention to one of the more under-examined facets of the worldwide refugee crisis, told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour as well as the BBC how the Mafia earns millions of dollars from this insidious new trade within the death of thousands of migrants.