Seeing that 2016 has come to your close, it’s a chance to look back about 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 facts and catalyzing change.
Here’s a peek at a few of 2016’s best types 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 more than 214,000 offshore entities was one probably the most ambitious and compelling investigative projects to emerge from 2016 – and probably the very last decade. Conducted with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and German newspaper yves steiner, in partnership with over 100 other news organizations, the investigation resulted in the resignation of top officials, police raids and many other investigations.
The investigative papers dug in the secretive industry of offshore accounts employed by the world’s rich and powerful to disguise their assets and skirt rules by putting together front companies in far-flung jurisdictions. Even though the papers raised controversy all over the world after their release on May 9, the project was honored with a Gold Barlett & Steele Award for Investigative Journalism in 2016.
Pentagon: Special Ops Killing Of Pregnant Afghan Women Was ‘Appropriate’ Consumption of Force, The Intercept
On June 6, The Intercept, an online investigative website, published an investigation into probably the most notorious raids conducted with the U.S. military in Afghanistan during 2010. The investigation first began in February 2010, as soon as the United states military announced a raid over 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 any traditional honor killing.”
But when The Times’ Jerome Starkey traveled to the site – really the only reporter to accomplish this – 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 millions of people through the Middle East and Africa find it difficult to seek refuge from conflict, oppression, natural 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 tale of this complex underground economy.
Peter Tint and Tuesday Reitano, Global Initiative Against Transnational Organised Crime investigators who drew worldwide media focus to one of the most under-examined areas of the worldwide refugee crisis, told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour along with the BBC the Mafia earns millions of dollars with this insidious new trade within the death of thousands of migrants.