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21st Century Watergate? The Panama Papers and the Future Role of Investigative Journalism


The recent release of the Panama Papers has cast a spotlight on the increasingly globalized nature of corruption and the entrenched international and offshore mechanisms through which many of the world’s political and financial elite funnel immense wealth and ill-gotten assets. Please join Open Society for a critical conversation with Miranda Patrucic, investigative reporter and regional editor for the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), a not-for-profit network of regional nonprofit investigative centers and for-profit independent media outlets stretching from Eastern Europe to Central Asia.

The discussion will focus on the recent work of the OCCRP, the current status and implications of the Panama Papers, the nexus of journalistic inquiry and smart litigation, and how to better connect investigative journalism with the social change agenda.


  • Leonard Benardo


    Leonard Benardo is Open Society’s regional director for Eurasia.

  • Miranda Patrucic


    Based in Sarajevo, Miranda Patrucic is an investigative reporter and regional editor for the Balkans, Central Asia, and Caucasus for the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP). Highlights of her work include collaborations with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) on projects covering tobacco smuggling, the $4 billion black market for endangered Bluefin tuna, Swiss Leaks, and the Panama Papers.

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