An e-book produced by the ‘International Consortium of Investigative Journalists’ (ICIJ) has been made freely available online and is aimed at pinpointing corruption in offshore accounts. In an effort to spread this information and to shed light on those involved, including a Kazakh banking tycoon and Russian corporate executive, the e-book details cases of corruption as well as providing summaries on those involved, and the information is spreading.
The 229-page publication, labelled a “digital newsbook“ and titled “Secrecy for Sale: Inside the Global Offshore Money Maze“, brings together 33 articles on a fraudulent elite.
Among the publications’ ‘key findings’ is that government officials in Azerbaijan and Russia have ‘embraced’ the use of ‘covert companies and bank accounts’. Azerbaijan features strongly in the e-book, as it’s president Ilham Aliyev has recently gained attention in the media for his connections to a corrupt corporate mogule. A Kazakh businessman also appears in the book, having allegedly ‘embezzled’ $5 billion from a Kazakh bank owned by the state. All of this information has been published online and is free to download.
The ICIJ has chosen to publish the information online via an e-book in an effort to openly spread the information. The organisation openly ‘encourages whistleblowers’ to share information believed to be ‘of public concern’, including videos, photographs, documents and tip-offs. The actions of this US based organization contrast highly with that of the government of Azerbaijan, whom recently considered legislation which would punish ‘untoward statements’ made on the internet.