ICIJ wins Polk Award in financial reporting
The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists won the George Polk Award in financial reporting for mining a trove of 13.4 million records to reveal how corporate giants and prominent wealthy individuals use financial manipulations to evade taxes.
The winners were announced Tuesday by Long Island University in a ceremony held at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.
The George Polk Awards are conferred annually to honor special achievement in journalism. The awards place a premium on investigative and enterprising reporting that gains attention and achieves results. They were established in 1949 by Long Island University to commemorate George Polk, a CBS correspondent murdered in 1948 while covering the Greek civil war.
ICIJ also won the award last year for “The Panama Papers.”
The consortium worked with Süddeutsche Zeitung, McClatchy, the Miami Herald, Fusion and more than more than 400 journalists from over 100 other media partners in nearly 80 countries to investigate a trove of leaked documents from inside Mossack Fonseca and Co., a law firm specializing in offshore secrecy.