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Talks @ Pulitzer: Panama Papers Focus on Africa

Event Date:

July 28, 2016 | 5:00 PM EDT
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The Panama Papers is an investigation that reveals how the world's rich and powerful hide assets and...

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Join ICIJ journalist and Pulitzer Center grantee Will Fitzgibbon, and ICIJ Zimbabwe partner Ray Choto for a Talks @ Pulitzer on Thursday, July 28, 2016, as they share findings of their latest reporting in Africa as part the Panama Papers investigation.

Months after the release of Panama Papers, journalists from around the world continue to delve into 11.5 million files to unearth the secrets of politicians, multinational companies and others who often use the offshore system to their advantage.

The public outcry, arrests and government inquiries worldwide demonstrates the global public interest in Panama Papers and the different rules by which the global elite can play.

In few places is the interest as keen as in Africa, a continent that loses more than $50 billion each year to illicit financial flows, much of it moved and concealed through offshore transactions. In late July, ICIJ and its reporting partners in Africa will publish new investigations that will reveal how the offshore world plays an active role in siphoning these billions out of the continent.

Fitzgibbon and Choto will examine what the Panama Papers tell us about Africa and the individuals and businesses who reap profit from it and explore with experts why transparency in the financial and extractive sectors is crucial to Africa's development.

Ian Gary, associate policy director of fueling development at Oxfam, and Porter McConnell, director of the Financial Transparency Coalition, will also be on the panel to explore why transparency in the financial and extractive sectors is crucial to Africa's development.

Fitzgibbon joined the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists in January 2014. Prior to his work with ICIJ, Fitzgibbon reported with The Bureau of Investigative Journalism (TBIJ) in London, UK. Fitzgibbon has worked on investigations into the finance, house-building and natural resources industries.

Choto is working on the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Project at Voice of America in Washington, DC. Previously he was a senior research fellow at Stanford University. He is the former chief investigative reporter for The Standard, a Sunday weekly based in Harare, where he uncovered several stories about government and business corruption.

Space is limited so reserve your seat today.

Talks @ Pulitzer: Panama Papers Focus on Africa
Thursday, July 28, 2016
5:30 PM Reception
6:00 PM Remarks begin
Pulitzer Center
1779 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Suite 615
Washington, DC 20036

Closest metro stop: Dupont Circle

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