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Netflix's tantalising Panama Papers expose angers Argentine users

Social media was awash with outrage over Netflix's offering, which appears on the Argentine platform but is not currently available for streaming. Some accused the media giant of "protecting" Macri.

Wednesday 13 February, 2019
A screenshot of the Netflix series about the Panama Papers, including an imposed photo of President Macri, who appears in the film.
A screenshot of the Netflix series about the Panama Papers, including an imposed photo of President Macri, who appears in the film. Foto:Screenshot

Netflix Latin America was forced to explain itself after users in Argentina criticised the streaming platform for not allowing them to access a documentary about the Panama Papers scandal involving, among others, President Mauricio Macri.

Social media was awash with outrage over Netflix's offering, which appears on the Argentine platform but is not currently available for streaming. Some accused the media giant of "protecting" Macri.

The documentary focuses on the Panama Papers investigation which revealed the offshore accounts of the world's richest and most powerful.

The synopsis for film titled The Panama Papers describes the content as: "The true story of two journalists whose work set off an international firestorm by revealing how easily the wealthy hid billions of dollars offshore".

Responding to the allegations, Netflix told Perfil that the film "will be available in all Latin American countries" from late February to early March.

"It appears in the platform so that clients can get interested in the content and, after a certain time, it will become incorporated in the platform", Netflix added.

The Panama Papers investigation followed the leaking of 11.5 million sensitive documents from the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca, which were revised and studied by a group of 370 journalists in 80 countries, across 25 languages.

They included e-mails, financial documents, passports and corporate paperwork, which revealed the existence and sums of offshore accounts in 21 jurisdictions.

Macri was among several heads of state exposed in the leaks. 

Macri, his father Franco, and his brother Mariano appeared as the directors of Fleg Trading, a society based in the Bahamas since 1998, as a "derivation of the holding which the Macris had created in Argentina and Brazil".

The firm operated until 2009, though the documents did no reveal whether then Mayor of Buenos Aires City, Macri, continued to be involved in the company.

-TIMES/PERFIL

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