The Pulitzer Prizes on Monday honoured an international consortium of more than 300 reporters on six continents for their investigative series on the Panama Papers which detailed the hidden infrastructure and global scale of offshore tax havens used by the high and mighty.
The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, McClatchy and the Miami Herald won the explanatory award for the Panama Papers, a massive investigation into the secretive offshore companies owned by the world’s political and business elite which sparked controversy in several countries including Pakistan.
Eight off-shore companies were reported to have links with the family of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his brother, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif. Under pressure, the government last year announced a probe into the revelations.
A case originating from the Panama Papers controversy, and which could potentially decide the future of Sharif’s PML-N government, was heard by the Supreme Court in February this year.
The apex court’s verdict in the case is anxiously awaited by the public, media and political circles.
“We’re honoured that the Pulitzer Board recognised the groundbreaking revelations and worldwide impact that the Panama Papers collaboration produced,” ICIJ director Gerard Ryle said.
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