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  • Al Jazeera Investigations: Cricket’s Match Fixers – The Munawar Files

    Al Jazeera's Investigative Unit reveals explosive new evidence of widespread match-fixing at the highest levels of international cricket.
  • The Tennis Racket

    After a year of work, UK investigations editor Heidi Blake and investigative data journalist John Templon released BuzzFeed News' first truly transatlantic investigation in partnership with the BBC about evidence of widespread match-fixing and the tennis authorities who have largely ignored it. Over the course of 15 months, BuzzFeed News analyzed the betting odds and outcomes of 26,000 matches spanning seven years, and found something that had previously been hidden: A small group of players were losing matches seemingly on cue. Shocking as those findings were, they were just the beginning of BuzzFeed News’s investigation. BuzzFeed News learned that world tennis authorities had commissioned their own inquiry into match-fixing back in 2008. BuzzFeed News also learned what became of these findings: nothing. The leaders of the sport made a deliberate decision to shelve the evidence and abandon any further inquiries into it. Since then, betting houses and foreign police forces have repeatedly sounded alarms. But the suspicious players continue to play. And the savvy gamblers — who always seem to know exactly when a match will turn — continue to cash in.
  • Hong Kong's back-room bookies go global thanks to online betting

    The South China Morning Post built on a court case in Las Vegas to document how figures linked to Hong Kong's organised crime world have moved from hosting VIPs in Macau's casinos to running online gambling websites, an unregulated industry in Asia used for massive laundering of crime proceeds. They worked with reporters in the US, Montenegro, Singapore, Germany, Costa Rica, Italy, Malaysia, Thailand and Spain to document a key figure's global footprint. The Las Vegas court case allowed us to do documents-based investigative reporting on triad societies probably for the first time since the territory's return to China.
  • Norwegian Government investing in Betting Companies

    A stabbing, based upon betting debt, gave VG the idea to investigate the betting companies and the people in the "industry". In Norway they have a betting monopoly, organized at "Norsk Tipping" ("Norwegian Betting"), but the monopoly has faced competition from foreign companies regarding online betting. Even if the government has have forbidden the banks to make transmission to these companies, the players are finding the way around.
  • Documenting Russian Federation Corruption

    With documentation from several secret bank accounts and offshore corporate records, Barron's Dow Jones traced how Russia's most powerful officials have looted their nation in cahoots with cops, gangsters, and oligarchs. They show how a worldwide network of money laundering professionals that facilitates that plunder, while also abetting other global mischief like drug smuggling and arms trafficking.
  • The Financial Collapse

    Among the findings in this package are: In February, Morgenson warned that the arcane contracts known as credit-default swaps were so volatile and explosive that they would "set off a chain reaction of losses at financial institutions." In May, she examined the moves by private investment firms to buy up hundreds of New York apartment buildings, betting that they could evict tenants and raise rents. In July, she reported on the enormous increase in consumer debt and the changes in the lending system that encouraged risky loans. In September, she dissected the small London Investment unit that had bedazzled the insurance giant AIG with its profits but soon brought it to its knees and helped trigger a widespread collapse. In November, she profiled the reckless executives who gambled on subprime home mortgages and led Merrill Lynch to its demise. In December, she held the credit-rating agencies to sharp account, in particular Moody's, showing how they had minimized or overlooked the dangers to investors.
  • As Summer Ends, Heat is on in Toledo POint-Shaving Case

    The University of Toledo's athletic department was the center of a point-shaving operation led by Ghazi Manni, a professional gambler and grocery store owner. Former Toledo football staf Harvey "Scooter" McDougle Jr. took part in the gambling ring will playing for the university.
  • "Shorting Cramer" and "Financial Journalsim with R"

    This series examines the investment recommendations by Jim Cramer, celebrity analyst and host of CNBC's show "Mad Money." The reporters tested more than 4,000 of Cramer's recommendations from the past 2 years; the investigation found that Cramer's recommendations did not beat the market at all. In fact, viewers would actually do better by betting against Cramer's recommendations. "Financial Journalism with R" is a continuation of the story, explaining data munging and analysis in the refereed statistical computing publication R News.
  • Investigation of Racing Services Inc.

    The Forum investigates a Fargo based company, Racing Services Inc, a private company that controlled betting locations. This company had satellite feeds at various locations to screen horse and dog races from around the country. As the reporters found out, this company had a controversial "rebate" system and they did not report almost 99% of these bets placed to the government.
  • "Your genetic destiny for sale"

    Several ventures have been launched over recent years to "sift through the DNA of specific populations, in hope of identifying the underlying genetic causes of those diseases most likely to kill us. The researchers, pharmaceutical companies executives and venture capitalists involved are all betting that recent advances in biotech and computing have made it possible to take a few hundred or thousand victims of a disease, analyze their DNA, compare it to the DNA of healthy individuals, and identify the salient differences -- those genetic variations that result in illness on the one hand and health on the other...If these efforts succeed, they could revolutionize the nature of drug discovery and medical treatment." However, this type of research, called population genomics, brings up a host of ethical issues. For instance, some past studies use a standard of "presumed consent" for subject's participation in the study, as opposed to the "informed consent" required for most research.