Gerard Ryle

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(Investigative journalist)
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BornLondon, England
NationalityIrish Australian
Irish-Australian investigative reporter, especially on safe subjects such as tax evasion

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In office
September 2011 - Present

Gerard Ryle (born 1965[1]) is an Irish-Australian investigative reporter who has written on subjects including politics, financial and medical scandals, and police corruption. In September 2011, he was appointed Director of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ).

In September 2016, Gerard Ryle spoke at a hearing of the European Parliament's "Committee of Inquiry into Money Laundering, Tax Avoidance and Tax Evasion" (PANA), which was established in the wake of the Panama Papers leaks.[2]

Early life

Gerard Ryle was born in London to Irish parents. From Tralee, Co. Kerry in Ireland, he worked for the Irish Press in his early career. His great-grandfather, Maurice P Ryle, was also a journalist who was the editor of the Kerry People and worked as editor of the Evening Herald and deputy editor of the Irish Independent.[3]


Gerard Ryle emigrated from his native Ireland to Australia in 1988 and has worked for the Fairfax newspapers The Age and the Sydney Morning Herald. In 2007-2009, he exposed the international fraudster Tim Johnston who had deceived the governments of Australia, Britain, Russia and other countries over the Firepower Pill.[4]

In September 2011, he was appointed Director of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, a project of the Center for Public Integrity in Washington, D.C., USA.[5]

In April 2013, ICIJ published a financial leak, the Offshore leaks, comprising tens of thousands of offshore bank accounts, in which many prominent international figures were implicated, including the ex-wife of Marc Rich, Azerbaijan's ruling family, the daughter of Imelda Marcos, and the late Baron Elie de Rothschild.[6] The leak was the largest ever, at more than 160 times the size in gigabytes of the Wikileaks Cablegate in 2010. "To analyse the documents, ICIJ collaborated with reporters from The Guardian and the BBC in the U.K., Le Monde in France, Süddeutsche Zeitung and Norddeutscher Rundfunk in Germany, The Washington Post, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) and 31 other media partners around the world."[7] The 15-month investigation began when Ryle brought ICIJ a hard drive that he received by mail from an anonymous informant.

In April 2016, ICIJ published the Panama Papers another major financial leak, which was followed in November 2017 by the Paradise Papers.[8]

Selected publications


A Document by Gerard Ryle

TitleDocument typePublication dateSubject(s)Description
Document:Appleby launches legal action against ICIJ’s UK partnersArticle18 December 2017BBC
The Guardian
Panama Papers
Paradise Papers
"This is a potentially dangerous moment for free expression in Britain" – Gerard Ryle


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