Video - GIJC15: How To Expose a Tax Haven - LuxLeaks
It is a story that shook Europe. LuxLeaks exposed in a systematic way how Luxembourg operates as a tax haven in the heart of the continent helping multinational companies avoid billions of dollars in taxes. Team members explain how with the help of digital tools, data mining, and tax experts they transformed 28,000 pages of nearly incomprehensible accountancy lingo into stories that triggered a "tax storm" in Europe and beyond.
Also in this session: how to investigate a tax haven when you don't have a leak.
This session is done in collaboration with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ).
Moderator: Marina Walker Guevara - Deputy Director, ICIJ
Marina Walker Guevara is deputy director of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, an independent network of reporters who work together on global stories. A native of Argentina, her investigations have won and shared more than 25 national and international awards, including honors from Long Island University’s George Polk Awards, Investigative Reporters and Editors, Overseas Press Club, the Society of Professional Journalists and the European Commission. Over a 20-year career, she has written about environmental degradation by mining companies; the global offshore economy, and the illicit tobacco trade, among other topics. Recently, she co-managed the Panama Papers investigation, one of the biggest leaks in journalistic history, which involved more than 370 reporters in 76 countries. Her stories have appeared in leading international media including The Miami Herald, The Washington Post, Le Monde and the BBC. She graduated magna cum laude from Universidad Nacional de Cuyo in Mendoza, Argentina, with a bachelor’s degree in communication sciences, and earned a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri.
Kristof Clerix - Journalist, Knack
Kristof Clerix works as a reporter for the Belgian weekly news magzine Knack and previously reported for a Belgian magazine on international affairs. As member of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), he collaborated on LuxLeaks, SwissLeaks, Evicted&Abandoned, the Panama Papers and Bahamas Leaks.
Clerix has been working as a journalist in Belgium since 2002. After two years freelancing for the Belgian daily De Morgen, he joined the team of MO*, a Belgian monthly magazine on international affairs. He has written substantially on security topics such as international police co-operation, secret services, NATO, EU defence policy, drug smuggling, human trafficking, illegal arms dealing, nuclear proliferation, city gangs, energy and pipelines, geopolitics, frozen conflicts and the ”war on terror”. Clerix has reported from countries including Albania, Armenia, the Baltic States, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Georgia, Kosovo, Moldova, Morocco, the disputed region Nagorno Karabakh, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, the disputed region Transnistria and Ukraine.
Simon Bowers - Senior Financial Reporter, The Guardian
Simon Bowers is a senior financial reporter for the Guardian, specialising in business investigations. Last year he worked with the ICIJ on LuxLeaks, his articlesprompting a UK parliamentary inquiry and damning report on the scandal. Simon’s other work has put a spotlight on the business tycoons behind Iceland’s financial crash, exposed accounting tricks that masked huge failures by large IT companies, and revealed the true identity of Britain’s biggest property fraudster.
Edouard Perrin - Premières Lignes - Reporter
Edouard Perrin, France, is a reporter with production company Premières Lignes. He previously worked with French public television station France 2.Perrin is currently an investigative journalist with Premières Lignes' Cash Investigation series. In a 2012 investigation in conjunction with the BBC, Perrin revealed for the first time details of secret agreements between the Luxembourg tax authorities and multinational corporations that allowed companies to drastically reduce their tax bills. Perrin was awarded the Louise Weiss prize for European Journalism for his part in the investigation.In 2014, Perrin worked with ICIJ on the Luxembourg Leaks investigation, based on the same set of secret documents, that revealed widespread aggressive tax avoidance by some of the world's biggest brands.
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Recorded on October 9th, 2015, in Lillehammer, Norway.