Not all people in banks are unethical, but banking attracts unethical people.
Media Files: investigative journalist Bastian Obermayer, who led the Panama Papers tax exposé.
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Today we meet Bastian Obermayer, the Pulitizer prize-winning journalist who led the Panama Papers investigation into global tax evasion.
The High Court of Australia has given the Australia Taxation Office a green light to use leaked information about Glencore and offshore tax havens.
Instead of taking pride in how quickly they cover the same stories as everyone else, these organizations make public service journalism their top priority.
Corruption can never be eliminated. Whether we like it or not, it has always been part of human nature and will continue to infect society.
Increased use of renewable energies could help curb climate change, but the water required for their production has dispossessed rural Guatemalans.
Today's news can often involve mind-bogglingly large numbers. A math professor shares some tricks for understanding it all.
Established media organisations are collaborating across borders and with new media to break big stories such as global tax avoidance by the rich and powerful.
The ideas are already out there to tackle some of the tax avoidance highlighted by the Paradise Papers.
Economic trouble and political violence are much more pressing concerns for Pakistanis than the political fate of their prime minister.
Big cash infusions can give nonprofit journalism a much-needed boost. But the ailing news industry needs more consistent funding.
Despite its negative aspects, investigative journalists globally are using social media to collaborate and uncover important stories.
Social media does not eradicate the line between personal or private. Instead, it shifts the line in ways that require thought rather than unreflexive condemnation or celebration.
The government should follow through on setting up a register of beneficial ownership of companies if it wants to get serious about tax evasion.
Corruption in Nigeria is not something that can be blamed solely on multinationals. It is much, much more complex.
In Africa, commercial activities are the largest component of illicit financial flows. This is followed by organised crime and then public sector corruption.
The Panama Papers revealed the extent to which loopholes can be exploited.
Breaches of confidential information are inevitable. But we can limit their size and scope, and therefore their damage.
The basic difference is that avoidance is legal and evasion is not. But it's not quite as simple as that.
When major data breaches happen, how are they carried out? And is there anything companies can do about them?