The headlines on the Isle of Man were an eclectic mix: a man spitting in the face of a police officer was one; a nasty car crash in the capital, Douglas, was another. Last week, there was little to suggest any disruption to the gentle pace of life on the British crown dependency in the Irish Sea. Nothing in the local media, at least, to indicate the island was the eye of an international storm that has swept across Europe and the US. Its name: the Paradise Papers.
Phil Craine of Taxwatch in the Isle of Man explains how the crown dependency shifted from an economy based on farming and tourism to offshore finance. He says the rise of the European package holiday in the 1960s was a spur for the island off the UK mainland to diversify into financial engineering
David Cameron said it when he was prime minister, and the Labour MP Margaret Hodge has now made the same point. When it comes to cleaning up tax havens, sunlight is the best disinfectant. It was at the G8 summit in 2013 that Cameron first called for transparency. He urged the governments of the UK’s network of offshore centres, which spreads from the Caribbean to the Channel, to make public the names of those individuals hiding behind shell companies incorporated on their shores.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".