Thursday 23 February 2017

James Downey: Media has put up with too much for too long - Panama Papers herald a revolution

James Downey

James Downey

David Cameron. Photo: Reuters
David Cameron. Photo: Reuters

Who says you never hear any good news? The exposure of the Panama Papers to the daylight was terrific news. And it could get better. Through these last weeks, I have lived in a permanent state of excitement. It derives less from the story itself than from its origins.

All through my own life, and those of other old hands in the trade, we have had to put up with countless obstacles, from lack of money to out-of-date laws which hindered the practice of journalism.

The people who have investigated the Panama Papers have not changed everything, but they have opened up the possibility, or rather probability, of radical change.

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