"Mr. Prime Minister, have you, or did you have, any connections yourself to an offshore company?" - Sven Bergman
The leaked documents from Panama, the "Panama Papers", has become a milestone in the international fight against tax evasion and money laundry. During nearly a year a large group of journalists worked behind closed doors with uncovering the revelations of the 11.5 million secret documents. Among the 400 journalists in the ICIJ network - that worked with the leak - was the team from SVT.
The documentary produced by Sven Bergman and Joachim Dyfvermark gives a unique insight into the work of the greatest leak in history. And the interview conducted with the Icelandic Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson, about his own involvement in the offshore world, was broadcast worldwide and would change Iceland’s modern history.
A few days after the interview was broadcast in Iceland, the Parliament square in Reykjavik was filled with angry and disappointed citizens in the largest demonstration in the history of Iceland. Two days after the interview was published in Iceland, Gunnlaugsson took "time out" and later left the office as Prime Minister.
The documentary The Panama Papers was awarded Best European Current Affairs programme of the Year 2016 at PRIX EUROPA. The ICIJ collaborative reporting on the Panama Papers, which The Panama Papers was a crucial part of, won the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting 2017. The programme is also nominated for an international Emmy award in the current affairs category.