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21 Dec, 12 tweets, 6 min read
2020 is a year many people around the world will be glad to see the back of. Here @TBIJ we can’t deny it’s been tough - but we’ve also felt the urgent need for public interest journalism on global, systemic issues. Over coming days we'll be looking back at a very busy 12 months…
We launched a global health investigative team in March - they sure had their work cut out. We've investigated systemic issues that #coronavirus threw into sharp relief, starting with the world's opaque and fragile drug supply chains:… Image
Our investigation into Europe’s chaotic response to the early days of the pandemic led to a strong response from the EU Health Commissioner, and helped prompt an official inquiry…
And our revelations that children across Africa are dying due to the high prices charged by multinational oxygen companies got attention from corporate investors. Advocacy groups and health institutions are now using our evidence to make progress:…
After a year reporting on the devastating Amazon #deforestation being driven by the global meat trade, and the role played by UK and European retailers and banks, in 2020 we started to see real progress…
In July we showed the world’s biggest meat company JBS was directly linked to illegal deforestation. In September we turned our eyes onto the huge problem of soya for animal feed, showing how British chicken is helping to destroy Brazil’s “second Amazon”:…
Sticking on the issue, and highlighting the role of finance as well as supermarkets, is paying off. Investment houses are pulling out, retailers are taking action, the meat corporations are making new pledges and governments are preparing new laws:… Image
In 2020 we launched a new team investigating the UK’s enablers: the lawyers, PR advisers, estate agents, accountants and bankers that facilitate global corruption and wrongdoing. You can watch a panel event we hosted here, with @DominicGrieve1 and others:…
Our investigation in October opened up the secretive world of finance companies in Jersey, which incredibly is the third-biggest source of foreign investment in the UK - that’s more than China or Germany:…
Over 2020 our Decision Machines project has been investigating how big data, algorithms and other technologies are affecting our lives. As the pandemic threw government’s relationship with tech into the spotlight, it proved a good area to be digging… Image
In May our reporter @KatHall42 revealed some tech firms could gain unprecedented access to confidential UK patient data after winning deals with the NHS. She later went behind the scenes of the contract tracing app shambles:…
In December our reporter @cr0ft0n revealed how spy companies are using mobile phone networks in the Channel Islands to conduct surveillance operations on people around the world. Politicians in the UK, EU & USA called for tougher restrictions as a result:…

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8 Dec
EXCLUSIVE: Mark Zuckerberg’s secret discussions with @MattHancock

After a two-year battle, today we can finally reveal what was said at a behind-closed-doors meeting between the @Facebook CEO and former head of @DCMS…
Kicking it off, Zuckerberg apparently threatening to pull Facebook’s investment from the UK, which Hancock responded to with an olive branch: shifting from “threatening regulation” to offering Facebook a chance to collaborate on “proportionate and innovation-friendly” legislation
Determined for "a new beginning" for the government's relationship with social media platforms, Hancock made clear he sought “increased dialogue” with Zuckerberg, in order to show he has support from Facebook at “the highest level”
Read 8 tweets
4 Sep
Momentous week here as we say goodbye to our longest-running investigative project. Here’s a look back at 10 years of revelations behind ‘Shadow Wars’, and how we exposed the failings and wrongdoing of the world’s most powerful military and security forces…
When we first started, there was a complete lack of official data on when and where US war on terror air strikes were being carried out, and who was being killed in them. So, it became clear we would have to build our own datasets of strikes and casualties from scratch
And soon, we were the go-to place for information. Our datasets were visited hundreds of thousands of times and we were cited thousands of times in publications by Amnesty International, the American Civil Liberties Union, Human Rights Watch, UN special rapporteurs, etc.
Read 13 tweets
21 Jul
The #RussiaReport, which we tried to get released before the election, is out. It says Russian influence is the "new normal." UK 'enablers' (lawyers, bankers and PR agents) who make this happen are key.

Here's a thread on what it says and how we are digging into this.
Russia's wealthy elite has poured money into the UK and we welcomed this with open arms, the report says. But there is little scrutiny, illicit funds multiplied and London is now described as a 'laundromat.'
Russian money has fuelled a boom in professional enablers, who lobby for Russian interests, many of them connected directly to President Vladimir Putin.
Read 6 tweets
24 Feb
THREAD: One of the world’s biggest tobacco companies @InsidePMI claims it wants to end smoking and switch people to “reduced risk” products. It has hired expensive PR, advertising and lobbying firms to help it “Unsmoke The World” #SmokeScreen #Dispatches
@InsidePMI Tonight we show the “Unsmoke” campaign is in fact a marketing drive for its new heated tobacco product Iqos and a blatant attempt to detoxify its brand so it can influence policy and regulation #Dispatches #SmokeScreen
@InsidePMI Iqos releases fewer cancer-causing chemicals than cigarettes but does have health risks. Experts fear glossy advertising and glamorous launch events will entice non-smokers to start using it too, addicting them to nicotine #SmokeScreen #Dispatches
Read 13 tweets
13 Nov 19
BREAKING: The Bureau of Investigative Journalism has launched an urgent legal challenge aimed at forcing the government to publish the report examining alleged Russian interference in British politics…

@carolecadwalla @bbclaurak @adamboultonSKY @jonsnowC4 @paulwaugh @PaulBrandITV @Peston @openDemocracy @nickeardleybbc @lawsocgazette We have written to the Prime Minister @borisjohnson demanding he uphold his common law duty to disclose this information of the utmost public interest. Read our full letter here:…
Read 7 tweets
23 Sep 19
As world leaders meet for the UN #ClimateSummit2019, here’s a few reminders of why food lies at the heart of the crisis….
Meat is the new commodity, controlled by just a handful of gigantic firms which together wield unprecedented control over global food production…
Swathes of the Amazon are lost each day for cattle farming - cattle which are turned into beef that goes all over the world:…
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