Journalists confront informal and regulatory obstacles. In many cases, private companies and the government prevent media from accessing existing sources of free information. This may take the form of lengthy response times, publicly exposing information requests and managing the approval of how information is presented publicly.
It is strange that commodities trading payments—often the largest payments companies make to government entities—are not covered by EU, Canada or Norway mandatory disclosure laws. The laws apply only to companies that physically engage in extraction of resources.
NRGI set out to collect total oil, gas and mining revenue data for the countries included in the Resource Governance Index to find out how many dollars flow to governments that mismanage the handling of their natural resources.
When Premium Times began investigating the Malabu oil scandal—which involves Royal Dutch Shell and Eni, as well as former Nigeria petroleum minister Dan Etete and other politically exposed persons—there was little sense of where the Nigerian newspaper’s reporting would lead.
Nigeria’s state-owned oil company, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), has kicked off 2017 by announcing the names of 39 companies it has chosen to purchase the government’s share of oil production. But while such transaprency is welcome, the list of newly announced names raises some concerns.