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Panama Papers Database Goes Online
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Panama Papers Database Goes Online

A global network of journalists has published the names of thousands of offshore companies mentioned in the leaked documents known as the Panama Papers. The group said the records should be “public and transparent”.
The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists on Monday published the details of more than 200,000 secret offshore companies in a searchable online database.
The website contains a fraction of the 11.5 million documents leaked from Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca by an unnamed source. Access to the data had previously been restricted to the ICIJ and a select group of international media, AFP reported.
The data now made public include basic corporate information about companies, trusts and foundations set up in 21 jurisdictions. The ICIJ said the database “allows users to explore the networks of companies and people that used–and sometimes abused–the secrecy of offshore locales with the help of Mossack Fonseca and other intermediaries.”

 No Raw Records
Reports about the Panama Papers began appearing in early April, about one year after the documents were leaked to German newspaper, “Suddeutsche Zeitung”.
Suddeutche then approached the ICIJ to coordinate an analysis of the trove.
Although the new database makes thousands of records public, it does not include raw data or personal information.
“We think that information about who owns the company should be public and transparent,” Marina Walker Guevara, deputy director of the ICIJ, told CNN. But she stressed that the aim was not to disclose “private information en masse”.

 Explosive Cache
The Panama Papers leak shed light on how the rich and powerful make use of tax havens and shell companies to hide their wealth. Media reports implicated dozens of high-profile individuals, including 12 current and former national leaders, celebrities and criminals. Russian President Vladimir Putin and British Prime Minister David Cameron were among world leaders shown to have links with offshore entities. The revelations forced the resignation of Iceland’s Prime Minister David Gunnlaugson and Spain’s Industry Minister Jose Manuel Soria.
Setting up an offshore company is not in itself illegal, but they can be used to hide money from authorities. Mossack Fonseca insists it has always complied with laws to ensure their clients were not involved in criminal enterprises.

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