On every continent mining giants try to hide dirty secrets

On every continent, journalists have faced difficulties investigating environmental issues. Since 2009, at least 13 journalists have been killed working on environment-related stories, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. CPJ is still investigating 16 additional deaths, so there may be as many as 29 cases. Other journalists were forced to shut down their newspapers. Many, constantly under threat, simply can’t work anymore, because they have been forced into hiding or can’t find news outlets willing to risk publishing their stories.

One subject is particularly perilous: documenting environmental damage by the mining industry. Green Blood is a project designed to finish work begun by some of these journalists shut down by the danger inherent in shedding light on one of the darkest and most destructive industries in the world.

Through this unique collaboration with 15 media partners, we investigated mining multinationals. We looked into a nickel mine in Guatemala, a gold mine in Tanzania and sand mining in India.

For eight months, we collected documents, testimonies and scientific samples, which revealed environmental damage and human rights violations. As a consortium, we shared our skills and knowledge to trace multiple supply chains, from the mines to end products consumed by individuals around the world.

By publishing the Green Blood Project all together at the same time in more than 25 countries, we are once again sending a powerful signal to the enemies of the free press: “You stopped the messenger, but you won’t stop the message.”

Green Blood

On every continent, journalists have faced danger and difficulty investigating environmental issues. Since 2009, at least 13 journalists have been killed after working on environment-related stories, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. CPJ is still investigating 16 additional deaths, so there may be as many as 29 cases.

The “Green Blood” series pursued the investigations of several reporters who faced threats when covering environmental damage and other abuses by mining companies.

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Forbidden Stories Team

Project manager and editor: Laurent Richard

Project coordinator: Jules Giraudat

Reporters: Arthur Bouvart, Marion Guégan, Cécile Schilis-Gallego

Researchers: Paloma Dupont de Dinechin, Audrey Travère
Editor: Martha M. Hamilton

Video trailer:
Director: Alexis Marant
Video editor: Matthieu Lère
Video designer: Ludovic Gaillard, Mathieu Faure

Open source researchers: Bart Libaut, Youri van der Weide

Production team: Aurelien Baslé, Camille Gruson, Daphné Haussely, Constance Juilliard

Creation project visual: Paul-Emile Raymond and Adrien Mancel for Wunderman Thompson

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