Given that 2016 comes to a close, it’s time to think back about the in-depth, investigative reporting that galvanized world leaders and citizens into action.
The last year saw many prominent investigative pieces that uncovered hidden scandals and wrongdoings, revealing the simple truth and catalyzing change.
Here’s a look 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 in excess of 214,000 offshore entities was one the most ambitious and compelling investigative projects to emerge from 2016 – and in all likelihood the final decade. Conducted with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and German newspaper no billag, together with a lot more than 100 other news organizations, the investigation led to 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 hide their assets and skirt rules by establishing front companies in far-flung jurisdictions. As the papers raised controversy worldwide after their release on May 9, the project was honored having 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 internet investigative website, published an investigation into one of the most notorious raids conducted from the U.S. military in Afghanistan in 2010. The investigation first began in February 2010, once the Usa military announced a raid on 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 the traditional honor killing.”
But once The Times’ Jerome Starkey traveled to the site – really the only reporter to do this – the state story quickly unraveled. The findings in Jeremy Scahill’s investigation are devastating. The so-called Taliban militants were in fact government allies.
Migrant, Refugee, Smuggler, Savior, Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime
As lots of people through the Middle East and Africa battle to seek refuge from conflict, oppression, disasters, poverty and hunger, their movements are enabled and dexmpky02 by an organized criminal network of folks smuggling, kidnapping and extorting money from refugees crossing into Europe. “Migrant, Refugee, Smuggler, Savior” tells the storyline of the complex underground economy.
Peter Tint and Tuesday Reitano, Global Initiative Against Transnational Organised Crime investigators who drew worldwide media focus to one of the more under-examined facets of the global refugee crisis, told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour as well as the BBC the Mafia earns millions of dollars from this insidious new trade across the death of a huge number of migrants.