How journalists can collaborate to tell stories about tax avoidance

Simon has spent the last seven years exposing elaborate internal money flows, hidden inside large global corporations, that serve no purpose other than to avoid tax. Most voters and politicians want to stop this behaviour. But effective reform has been very hard to accomplish.
We need to rethink. And the rethink needs to start with some basic reflections on our own attitudes to tax. When we are clearer about the role tax plays in our own lives, then we can help politicians and multinational corporations reach for solutions that don’t work against our interests With a notable career as an investigative journalist spanning over 20 years, Simon Bowers worked as Senior Business Reporter for The Guardian before joining the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) as its senior reporter in January 2017.

Specialising in investigative stories, he has worked on projects involving large data leaks, including the Panama Papers and Paradise Papers. His reporting has featured in The Guardian, BBC Panorama, New York Times, The Irish Times, CBC News, ABC News, Vice News, Le Soir and El Confidencial.

Often working closely with whistleblowers, his articles have helped to win awards, spark political resignations, prompt parliamentary inquiries, change laws, build lawsuits and bring criminal prosecutions. And now, he brings his story to our TEDx stage. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at