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Topic “Lava Jato”

Peru’s IDL-Reporteros wins Global Shining Light Award for investigative reports on corruption

In recent years, journalists at Peruvian investigative site IDL-Reporteros have dug into corruption scandals that implicated presidents, politicians and judges. Read more »


Supreme Court Minister prohibits investigation of journalist and guarantees source confidentiality in Brazil

Minister Gilmar Mendes of the Brazilian Supreme Court (STF, for its initials in Portuguese) granted an injunction that ensures that U.S. journalist Glenn Greenwald cannot be investigated for divulging information or for keeping source confidentiality. Read more »


Defense of the journalistic investigation can be more complex than the investigation itself, says journalist Gustavo Gorriti

"To do investigative journalism in Latin America and in other parts of the world has two parts: the first part is about the investigation itself with all its great challenges and the second part, which is not talked about much, is the defense of the investigation, and that is almost as complex or sometimes more than the investigation itself," Peruvian investigative journalist Gustavo Gorriti told the Knight Center. Read more »


Convicted politicians and paradigm changes for journalists: effects of the global Lava Jato scandal

On July 12, a Brazilian federal judge sentenced former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva to nine and a half years in prison for corruption, obstruction of justice and money laundering in relation to the Lava Jato case, a corruption scheme in at least 12 countries involving several Brazilian companies and politicians in Latin America. Read more »


Journalists dissect the Lava Jato scandal using investigative reports and interactive tools

Those involved in the Lava Jato scandal, the bribery scheme formed by Brazilian companies and politicians from at least 12 countries, resorted to sophisticated methods of corruption, such as the use of offshore companies, the creation of accounts in tax havens and overcharges in public works contracts. And of course, they also took care that their actions did not leave a trace.

For this reason, the case presented significant complexity for authorities and journalists. Read more »


Alliances help journalists tackle the Lava Jato case from a global perspective

What appeared to be a case of money laundering done through a network of laundromats and car washes (in Portuguese, lava jato means “pressure washing”), turned out to be the largest corruption network in Brazilian history that ultimately extended to at least 12 countries. It has brought businessmen to justice and has shaken more than one government. Read more »


Journalists from 11 countries join efforts for website covering the Lava Jato corruption scandal

A political scandal that transcends borders, such as Operation Car Wash –the network of corruption and money laundering that originated in Brazil and involves politicians and businessmen from several countries– requires cross-border, collaborative and persistent journalistic work. Read more »


Journalist invites readers to 'catch the corrupt' with game inspired by Lava Jato scandal

Operation Car Wash, known as Lava Jato in Brazil and considered the biggest corruption case in that country’s history, has provoked the indignation of many citizens. For this reason, journalist Luiz André Alzer gave Brazilians the opportunity to seek "revenge" and punish corrupt politicians and businessmen through a card game he created that is inspired by real characters and situations of the scandal. Read more »


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