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The Role of the Media in Financial Transparency
Massive secrecy structures in the financial system enable tax evasion, money laundering, and corruption. These realities drive inequality in both rich and poor countries, undermining political cohesion. Capitalism operating in secrecy and democracy attempting to operate transparently are incompatible. Urgent reforms are required if the democratic-capitalist system is to survive.

The DC Forum, a new project of Global Financial Integrity, will address this scourge with two goals in mind. First, it will fill a gap in the public discourse by arguing that a transparent, equitable capitalist system is a prerequisite for strong and stable democracies. Second, the project will convene, collaborate and catalyze action that will work to deconstruct the offshore secrecy system.

On September 29, in the first of a series of conversations with global thought leaders, the DC Forum will host Gerard Ryle, Jennifer Gould, and Kiran Maharaj.

Gerard Ryle, the Director of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), has led the groundbreaking work which produced the Panama Papers, the Paradise Papers and an array of investigations that bring to light the opacity that permeates the financial system.

Jennifer Gould is a reporter and columnist with the New York Post where she covers corruption and real estate

Kiran Maharaj is the President and Co-Founder of the non-profit Media Institute of the Caribbean (MIC) and the Caribbean Investigative Journalism Network (CIJN).

Members of the DC Forum’s Executive Committee will provide remarks, followed by an audience Q&A with Ryle, Gould, and Maharaj.

Please join us for what will be a fascinating conversation on where we go from here.

Sep 29, 2022 10:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Gerard Ryle
Director @International Consortium of Investigative Journalists
Gerard Ryle is the Pulitzer Prize and Emmy-Award winning director of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists in Washington, DC. He led the worldwide teams of journalists working on the Panama Papers, Paradise Papers, FinCEN Files and Pandora Papers investigations, the biggest in journalism history. Under his leadership over the past 11 years, ICIJ has become one of the best-known journalism brands in the world, convincing more than 150 of the world’s biggest and smallest media companies to join forces to work together on global stories. He and his ICIJ colleagues were nominated for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize for their work in combating illicit financial flows, and he has won or shared in more than 80 journalism awards from eight different countries, including three Polk Awards.
Jennifer Gould
Reporter and Columnist @New York Post
Jennifer Gould is a reporter and columnist with the New York Post, where she covers corruption and real estate, including the February 2022 article “Here’s where Russian oligarchs and their families own property in NYC.” Back in 2009, Jennifer was the first reporter to write about Jho Low, architect of the 1MDB money laundering scandal, and she continued to report on Low and many aspects of the fraud, including how 1MDB money funded the construction of New York’s first ‘billionaires’ building,’ 157 W. 57th St. She has also written on how lax laws and exemptions transformed New York real estate into a personal piggy bank for global money launderers. And as Kazakhstan burned last January, she brought it home to readers with her feature on dirty Kazakh money in New York City real estate. Jennifer is the author of “Vodka, Tears and Lenin’s Angel: A Young Journalist Discovers the Former Soviet Union.” (St Martin’s Press, 1997.)
Kiran Maharaj
President and Co-Founder @Media Institute of the Caribbean and Caribbean Investigative Journalism Network
Kiran Maharaj is President and Co-Founder of the non-profit Media Institute of the Caribbean (MIC) headquartered in Jamaica, and the Caribbean Investigative Journalism Network (CIJN). She currently serves on the Advisory Council of the OAS Centre for Media Integrity in the Americas. She is the senior vice president of the Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Commerce. She is also the Managing Director of several successful radio stations including Heartbeat Radio 104.1FM which she founded as the world’s first radio station for women. She is a former President of the Trinidad & Tobago Publishers and Broadcasters Association (TTPBA) after serving three consecutive terms. She is a member of the Alliance for Women in Media who featured her as “an island of one” in their magazine. She was awarded a Fellowship in Broadcast Leadership and Management from the National Association of Broadcasters in Washington DC as the only non-U.S. citizen selected to be part of their program.