WASHINGTON, DC, October 20, 2016 – The Center for Public Integrity, the Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalism non-profit, has begun a process aimed at spinning off the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) as an independent non-profit organization.
A project of CPI for nearly 20 years, the ICIJ reached new heights of prominence in 2016 with the worldwide reverberations from the Panama Papers investigation, which ICIJ coordinated across a network of more than 400 journalists in a ground-breaking collaboration.
The CPI’s Board of Directors has decided that enabling the ICIJ to chart its own course will help both journalistic teams build on the massive impact they have had as one organization, and allow each to pursue new opportunities and options for funding and pursuing their crucial work.
Assuming all necessary conditions are met, the leadership of CPI and ICIJ are working to reach an agreement as early as November 30. With discussions on-going, the CPI and ICIJ do not intend to make further public comment on the matter.
Peter Bale, Chief Executive Officer of the Center for Public Integrity, said: “The Panama Papers was a transformational event for the ICIJ as it enters its 20th anniversary year. Everyone at the CPI is proud of all that the ICIJ team and the network have achieved. The ICIJ has huge momentum and its leaders believe it is ready to capitalize on its record of global collaboration and grow independently. At the same time, the CPI team will redouble its efforts on redefining investigative journalism in the United States.”
Gerard Ryle, Director of the ICIJ for the past five years said: “We at ICIJ are grateful for the opportunity that we have had to build our capacity and achievements as part of the CPI and for the opportunity now to establish ourselves as an independent non-profit media organization. We look forward to further growth and success in the collaborative journalism that we practice in partnership with so many brave, excellent journalists around the world.”