Accountability

Published — December 31, 2013 Updated — May 19, 2014 at 12:19 pm ET

Top ICIJ investigations from 2013

We asked our editors to select their favorites from this year’s work

Introduction

Editors note: As the year winds down, we wanted to revisit some of the best accountability journalism from our global partners from the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.

Secret files expose offshore’s global impact

Dozens of journalists sifted through millions of leaked records and thousands of names to produce ICIJ’s investigation into offshore secrecy. Keep reading

Paradise of untouchable assets

Trusts held in the Cook Islands can put money beyond the reach of American justice. Keep reading

Who uses the offshore world

Secret records obtained by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists reveal tens of thousands of people in more than 170 countries and territories linked to offshore companies and trusts. Keep reading

How ICIJ’s project team analyzed the offshore files

ICIJ’s exploration of the secretive world of offshore companies and trusts began after a computer hard drive packed with corporate data and personal information and e-mails arrived in the mail. Keep reading

Offshore tax havens became traps for investors

Internal records of offshore trusts and companies in the South Pacific and the Caribbean reveal sanctuaries for secrecy-seekers. Keep reading

Caribbean go-between provided shelter for far-away frauds

British Virgin Islands firm kept doing business with shady characters even as regulators prodded it to obey anti-money-laundering laws. Keep reading

Politicians talk tough on tax haven reform, but activists say talk is cheap

Big players are taking unprecedented steps to stop offshore abuses, but financial crime fighters worry reforms don’t go far enough. Keep reading

From Island of the Widows: Countries target pesticides as suspected link to rare kidney disease

On opposite ends of the world, governments are cracking down on pesticides as a potential cause of a mysterious form of kidney disease killing agricultural workers. Keep reading

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