Founded in 1997 by the respected American journalist Chuck Lewis, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) is a global network of more than 200 investigative journalists in 70 countries who collaborate on in-depth investigative stories.
ICIJ was launched as a project of the Center for Public Integrity , focusing on issues that do not stop at national frontiers: cross-border crime, corruption, and the accountability of power. ICIJ's aims is to bring journalists from different countries together in teams - eliminating rivalry and promoting collaboration. ICIJ projects are typically staffed by teams ranging from as few as three to as many as 100-plus reporters spread around the world. These journalists work with counterparts in other countries and with Washington, D.C., staff to report, edit, and produce groundbreaking multimedia reports that adhere to the highest standards of fairness and accuracy.
In February 2017, ICIJ was spun off to become a fully independent news organization with the goal of extending its global reach and impact.