Three-piece update on a busy week in the fight against corruption


This week has been a pretty busy one for global anti-corruption activists. On Tuesday, Transparency International honoured two investigative journalists, David Leigh of the Guardian(UK) and Roman Shleynov of Novaya Gazeta (Russia). David and Roman are the recipients of the 2008 Integrity Awards. The winners of the Integrity Awards are extremely brave individuals who often accept great personal risk to expose corruption, as Georg sadly had to highlight a short while ago. This is what TI says:

Transparency International’s (TI) Integrity Awards honour the work of these courageous individuals and organisations that make a real difference in the fight against corruption. From accountants and public prosecutors to government officials and pharmacologists, their backgrounds may be diverse, but the message is the same: corruption can be beaten.

TI’s 2008 Integrity Awards pay tribute to two remarkable investigative journalists, David Leigh and Roman Shleynov, whose untiring determination to expose corrupt dealings in the face of formidable odds serve as inspiration to the anti-corruption movement.

Integrity Awards 2008
Huguette Labelle, Chair of TI with Integrity Awards 2008 winners David Leigh and Roman Shleynov (left to right)

A slideshow with photos from this year’s ceremony can be viewed here.

On Wednesday then, Global Integrity published their 2008 report. It’s an incredibly rich set of data, not least with regard to the qualitative information it contains and what I love is that they’ve used a number of really simple but very effective tools to communicate their findings. I first received the news of publication through my rss-reader, downloaded the mp3 of the press call from their website and then enjoyed seeing and reading the data in this google maps mashup:

Finally, a European Union-wide petition campaign to promote anti-corruption in the EU’s overseas affairs, as well as across the union was launched by a cross-party group of MEPs. The petition is aimed at gathering one million signatures of EU citizens and counts with the support of Global Witness and Transparency International. It calls for the following:

The EU should ensure transparent and predictable aid flows to partner countries, so that it is clear to recipient countries what can be expected;

The EU should require extractive companies (i.e. companies involved in mining, etc.) regulated in EU jurisdictions to fully disclose payments made to governments of the countries where they operate;

The EU should better coordinate its efforts to halt tax evasion and the illicit financial activities that are made possible through use of ‘offshore heavens’ and advocate, at the global level, for strict regulation of off-shores;

The EU, the US and other partners should share a list of officials (and their immediate family members) against whom there is credible evidence of corrupt activity; targeted individuals should be ineligible for ownership of property in EU Members States and the assets of targeted individuals held in European bank accounts should be frozen;

The EU should prioritise the fight against corruption in all EU policies and spending.

If you’re a EU citizen, consider signing up at to express your support before June this year.

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3 Responses to “Three-piece update on a busy week in the fight against corruption”

  1. Tax Lawyer Says:

    I’ve been engaged in taxations for lengthier then I care to admit, both on the individualized side (all my employed life!!) and from a legal viewpoint since satisfying the bar and following up on tax law. I’ve offered a lot of advice and corrected a lot of wrongs, and I must say that what you’ve put up makes perfect sense. Please persist in the good work – the more individuals know the better they’ll be armed to cope with the tax man, and that’s what it’s all about.

  2. Felix Tito Trinidad Says:

    Hey – whats up. Thanks for the blog. I’ve been digging around looking some info up for shool, but i think i’m getting lost!. Google lead me here – good for you i guess! Keep up the great information. I will be popping back over in a couple of days to see if there is any more info.

  3. Global Integrity Report: 2008 in the News Says:

    […] Integrity is featured on Accountability 2.0, a governance and anti-corruption blog supported by Transparency […]

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