ICIJ releases new Pandora Papers data from two offshore service providers

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Since we first began publishing Pandora Papers investigations two months ago, ICIJ and our media partners have widely and consistently been asked one question: Are you publishing the Pandora Papers data?

Today, we’re thrilled to share that you can now explore structured data from the Pandora Papers on the Offshore Leaks Database, which has been updated with information related to two of the 14 offshore service providers at the heart of the investigation.

"It's the secrecy that enables wrongdoing," says director Gerard Ryle on why ICIJ believes that this data should be freely available to all. "The Offshore Leaks Database helps put the power of information back where it belongs — in the hands of the public."

With this latest addition, the database strips away the secrecy of hundreds of thousands of offshore entities stemming from five different ICIJ investigations, linking to people and companies in more than 200 countries and territories. It uncovers an unprecedented amount of information on beneficial owners, or true owners, of entities registered in secrecy jurisdictions all over the world. (Here’s some tips on how to get started with using the database.)

By allowing ordinary citizens to explore companies and people that used – and sometimes abused — the secrecy of offshore havens, the newly available data is expected to uncover new connections that may have escaped reporters, as in previous ICIJ releases.

This is the first installment of Pandora Papers data, with more to come in 2022. Why aren’t we adding it all at once? As the most expansive leak of tax haven files in history, this dataset was incredibly complex to explore, analyze, and extract beneficial ownership information from. It takes a huge amount of work to prepare and check, and that takes time. You can support our efforts by making a donation, which will go twice as far if you donate now thanks to our end-of-year matching campaign.

ICIJ reports on stories in the public interest and thus does not publish raw documents or personal data en masse. We do, however, publish relevant documents from the leaked files, which you can explore here.

Having trouble wrapping your head around the Pandora Papers data? Us too! Here’s a collection of charts and visualizations breaking down the scope of the leak and key findings of the investigation.

Thanks for reading!

Asraa Mustufa

ICIJ's digital editor