Süddeutsche Zeitung: The Uber Files

Credit: Suddeutsche Zeitung.
Credit: Suddeutsche Zeitung.

To mark World News Day on September 28, 2022, the World News Day campaign is sharing stories that have had a significant social impact. This particular story, which was shared by Süddeutsche Zeitung (Germany), was published on July 10, 2022.

Who lobbied for Uber in Germany? How did the company go about it in other European countries? And how successful was it? 

The Uber Files involves more than 124,000 documents from Uber, a global ridesharing company. The data dates from 2013 to 2017 and consists of around 83,000 emails as well as text messages, PowerPoint slides, invoices for expenses and strategic memos.

The files were leaked to The Guardian, which shared them with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) and 42 other international partners. In total, more than 180 journalists from 29 countries examined the documents for four months. In Germany, Süddeutsche Zeitung, NDR and WDR were involved in the research.

The Uber Files provide an extensive insight into the political and media strategies employed by the company to establish itself in European markets.

To read more about The Uber Files on Süddeutsche Zeitung’s website, please click here.