On 22nd May, ICIJ published an article detailing how, 12 months after the publication of West Africa’s largest journalism collaboration, authorities in the region continue to probe some leads – and ignore others.  The “West Africa Leaks” uncovered offshore companies and bank accounts of potentates from the region, which loses more revenue through tax avoidance, evasion and financial crime than any other in Africa.  Their discoveries included the Dubai company of a candidate for the presidency in Mali (he lost), the tax avoidance machinations of a Canadian multinational in Senegal and the bank account of a member of Togo’s autocratic ruling elite.  The investigation was the first of its kind in West Africa, where journalists are underpaid and can face the threat of imprisonment and even death for their work.

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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