The McClatchy Company, the ICIJ international investigative journalists’ association, and the Miami Herald were last night awarded the prestigious Pulitzer Prize for ten investigations of the Panama Papers scandal—including one into Wintris, the offshore company owned by Anna Sigurlaug Pálsdóttir and her then-Prime Minister husband, Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson.
The ICIJ report, into the assets of international leaders, sports stars and criminal bosses in tax havens, was published the same day as the famous television exposé by ReykjavikMedia, SVT and Kastljós was aired on the same topic on RÚV.
In the ICIJ coverage, Sigmundur Davíð and Anna Sigurlaug were grouped with figures such as Vladimir Putin, Pedro Poroshenko and Nawas Sharif, the prime minister of Pakistan. The investigation led to Sigmundur Davíð resigning as prime minister and calling new elections.
Sigmundur has consistently protested against his treatment in the media, having used a guest column in Morgunblaðið newspaper to call for the head of broadcasting at RÚV to issue him a formal apology.
He believes that the televised interview with him about Wintris was falsified and a calculated attack by RÚV to cast him and the Progressive Party out of power, in collaboration with unnamed domestic and foreign powers.