During “Panama Papers” investigation, Rozana worked on the story of Rami Makhlouf, the cousin of the head of the Syrian regime Bashar Al-Assad.
It also worked together with International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) and dozens of international press organizations, on important stories about people and companies who provided fuel and other supplies to help the air force bombard.
“Rozana worked with ICIJ to expose the impacts of Syrian air forces’ bombardment of various parts of Syria along with the destruction of infrastructure and human casualties brought by it. In addition to shedding light on independent companies and their legal interaction with international companies in order to smuggle their money and hide it overseas.” said Will Fitzgibbon, a journalist at ICIJ in an interview with Rozana.
In April, Columbia University announced that “Panama Papers” investigations had won the prestigious and honorary Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reports, and last year “Panama Papers” received the Financial Journalism Award from Long Island University.
Fitzgibbon saw that the awards Panama Papers has won were because it is “the largest investigative report carried out so far, not only in terms of magnitude but also insofar as its general effect is concerned and the results we have seen and the resignation of politicians. Also, the number of investigations in Panama Papers which exceeded 100 was a sufficient criterion for award granters to observe the volume of the investigations that have been carried out and their work and their worldwide impact.”
“We see this effect on different levels through the resignation of some prime ministers and ministers in Iceland and Spain as well as the arrest of many independent taxpayers in other countries like Canada, Australia, France, Panama and Uruguay after they were subjects to investigations and accountability. Several investigations are still being carried out,”Fitzgibbon said.
Panama Paper group began to make reports since early 2015. the Group of Journalists worked on millions of confidential e-mails and corporate documents written in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish and used reports and documents from six continents
Together with more than 100 partners and other media outlets around the world Rozana has been involved as a unique Syrian news outlet in the investigation of fraudulent documents that expose large corruption cases of politicians and state leaders, including Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and members of his family.