Panama Papers – The Victims and the Perpetrators

By Sophie P.

When the people in control of our future, the ones we have elected into office, are exposed for morally questionable actions and fiscal misconduct, who are we left to trust? Whether it is public hospitals, schools and transportation that lack funding as a result of offshore tax havens and corporations not paying their fair share, such as in the case of an oil company that avoided paying 400 million USD in taxes to the government of the Republic of Uganda, or FIFA’s marketing executives who have been denounced for paying upwards of 150 million USD in kickbacks and bribes, we all become victims unconscious of this behavior. Contained within the 11.5 million Panama Paper documents were the names of 140 politicians from more than 50 countries. Among these, former Prime Minister of Italy, Silvio Berlusconi, was once more revealed of his tax evasion and Icelandic Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson claims he has “stepped aside” in wake of tax evasion accusations. Vladimir Putin, president of the Russian Federation, and David Cameron, prime minister of the United Kingdom, have both denied allegations of their family members and close relatives’ connection to Mossack Fonseca, the Panamanian law firm that had aided wealthy figures obscure their assets from the public. Xi Jinping, president of the Democratic People’s Republic of China, has deemed it necessary to further censor all press related to the scandal. To maintain their positions of power and status, the corporate media including BBC, CNN, Fox News and many others, which are financed by people of wealth and status such as Rupert Murdoch, have issued minimal coverage of the scandal. What Edward Snowden claims is the “biggest leak in the history of data journalism” can by no means be overlooked.

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