Pandora Papers: Rich exposed – BBC News Review 2022

May 23, 2022

A large number of documents have been obtained by The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. The documents expose the financial lives and money dealings of many politicians and rich people around the world. These documents have been called the ‘Pandora Papers’.

Roy and Neil discuss the news story and teach you some related vocabulary so you can talk about it too.

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Video chapters:
0:00​​​​​​​​​​ – Introduction
0:34 – Story
1:51 – Headline 1: Pandora papers: biggest ever leak of offshore data exposes financial secrets of rich and powerful
5:14 – Headline 2: From Claudia Schiffer to Shakira – the rich and famous faces caught up in the Pandora Papers leak
8:25 – Headline 3: Pandora Papers: An offshore data tsunami
11:02 – Language summary

The story:
A huge leak of financial documents has exposed the secret dealings of hundreds of politicians, world leaders and billionaires. They show the King of Jordan secretly bought properties in London, Washington and Malibu.

His lawyers have dismissed the information as neither accurate, nor up to date. The files also show that Tony Blair purchased an offshore company that owned a house in London, saving his family hundreds of thousands of pounds in stamp duty. No rules were broken.

Key words and phrases:
release of secret or private information

* There was a leak to the press revealing the names of the people involved.
* Turn off the water. The pipe is leaking!

caught up in
involved in a bad situation unexpectedly

* The celebrity was caught up in the political crisis.
* I don’t want to get caught up in your argument – so please take it elsewhere.

arrival of something in huge amounts

* There has been a tsunami of information published about the food crisis.
* A tsunami of tourists came to the city for the Olympics.

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  1. Hello guys from BBC learning English, today you had a good topic 👍🏼🍀

  2. Reply
    Ladislav Matuška May 23, 2022 at 10:41 pm

    And Zelenskyj??????????

  3. Thank you the BBC team !!! Great job !

  4. Can 'leak' be replaced by whistleblowing?

  5. Some hacker leakded the private information about the celebrity.
    I was caught up in the argument, however, i did nothing wrong.
    A tsunami of data about the project has been exposed.

  6. Please provide motivational stories around the world with subtitle. It will be very helpful to learn British English.

  7. Reply
    Kim Sejeong (김세정) Kpop May 23, 2022 at 10:41 pm

    I'm so into this channel! It's really amazing and helpful, not only educational but also knowledgeable., It's so useful for all English learners.Thank you guys…

  8. Hehahh

  9. Why isn’t the IBF investigating the see eye aye for luggage’s of cash to their puppets ?

  10. I like this video so much, it help me improved listening skill

  11. Very good topic !

  12. Reply
    จัสมิน มหาอุป May 23, 2022 at 10:41 pm


  13. Where can i read them for myself?

  14. woaw. the terrorist group in my country had a magazine, which name is "LEAK "

  15. Ah, the tragic irony of highly overpaid BBC reporters (public money, mind you) and their feigned indignation. I watched a few of these Pandora Papers documentaries and there's barely anything illegal going on in any of these 'revelations'. Stop being jelly.

  16. thanks a lot

  17. Just a quick question. Is leaked information always true, factual?

  18. good topic 👍

  19. Reply
    Lunetta Margherita May 23, 2022 at 10:41 pm

    you are really paid persons: it is really strange that these pandora papers came out strangely in these last days!!

  20. You are the best. Thank you.

  21. ❤️ I do shadowing with this. Great!

  22. Thank you very much

  23. Please tell me meaning of offshore words

  24. 9:05 I am Japanese and I can tell you that your tsu sound is very good!!!! It is so strange that the Japanese word is used in a different way from its original one😲😲😲

  25. A worker who is unsatisfied with corporate system or who cannot stand company's illegal secrets any more, leaks those secrets to police behind his/ her boss's back.

  26. Thanks for more bullshit. Someone said something about someone,

  27. You both are absolutely amusing to listen to 🙂

  28. Really like you guys with funny jokes 😀

  29. Reply
    Clara Aurora Pernas May 23, 2022 at 10:41 pm

    very good! Thank you.

  30. Reply
    Catalina Portillo May 23, 2022 at 10:41 pm

    Sorry, what is a offshore?? Meaning

  31. Hi there you BBCLearningEnglish guys- I teach English in Rome, Italy- I’m so caught up in all your teaching material- all my students are amazed with the valuable help they get from you. Love from the Eternal City!

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