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  • Dark Money: London's dirty secret

    ''Dark Money: London's Dirty Secret'' pierced a world that is normally hidden from all but those who enjoy great wealth or great power: the world of financial secrecy. At a moment when public debate is dominated by inequality and tax evasion, the Financial Times turned a glaring spotlight on the City of London and explained its role in a global system of illicit finance that serves the kleptocrats, criminals and the super-rich. One of the most-read stories of the year on FT.com, Dark Money was a riveting narrative that exposed a system designed to look impenetrable to outsiders. The City’s secrecy specialists spin webs of front companies, offshore accounts and dummy directors that allow tainted wealth to flow around the globe incognito. This system takes dirty money and makes it look clean. It creates a secret world whose existence is corrosive to the rest of society – a piggy bank for untouchable power.
  • Election Expenses Exposed

    ‘Election Expenses Exposed’ is a series of investigations by Channel 4 News uncovering compelling evidence that Britain’s ruling political group, the Conservative Party, flouted laws in their campaign to remain the governing power in Parliament. http://www.electionexpenses.co.uk/
  • 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.
  • Message Wars

    In the 12 years since 9/11, al Qaeda continues to inspire numerous acts of terror with a sophisticated information campaign. Messages are spread online using sites like YouTube and other jihad forums. So far, law enforcement in the United States has been unable to find a way to respond, but that is not the case in the United Kingdom. Before 9/11, radicalization was up close and personal. A recruit was identified and groomed, taken to a camp and trained. Today, much of radicalization is global, done through sophisticated propaganda videos in the darkest corners of the Internet. The heart of this piece was investigative journalism, speaking with a former radicalized jihadist and on patrol with the officers at the front line of Britain’s outreach program.
  • The Austerity Audit

    In 2013, the United Kingdom began its most radical welfare reform in a generation – a government program to severely reduce spending on working-age benefit payments. The Financial Times saw an opportunity to illustrate a human and economic drama and through data analysis, it revealed an estimated loss of £19bn a year in annual welfare payments that could disrupt families, communities and businesses across the UK. The FT Austerity Audit was the first media investigation to explore and evaluate the economic and business consequences of the historic welfare reforms. Guided by exclusive data research that revealed a wide variation in the impact of the cuts, FT reporters fanned out across Britain to produce a startling analysis that generated heated debate: some northern towns and cities would be hit five-times as hard as suburban southern counties. The FT published an ambitious, two-day series that generated buzz across social media and much debate in the UK political sphere. Its story-telling was innovative and expansive – with interactive graphics, video, photography and text combined in a custom-designed website. The interactive map was rich in detail and both easy and exciting to use.
  • British patent grab

    This series of stories exposed an outrageous grab for intellectual property that could have raised costs for GPS users around the globe, cracked the relationship between the United States and Great Britain and undermined international technical cooperation. The technology in question, which was to be made available freely to all users, was developed jointly by the United States and the European Union. But a British military lab, whose consultants were in the U.S./EU meetings, quietly filed patents on the technology -- then demanded royalties from U.S. companies. Particularly galling was the fact that the disputed design was quite possibly invented and contributed to the group by U.S. engineers. U.S. officials were outraged. Even so, it was not clear that the United States would challenge the U.K. patents. The technology supported commercial users and, given the ongoing military cooperation between the U.S and the United Kingdom and the countries’ long political ties, it appeared for a time that those best able to resolve the matter – U.S. Defense and State Departments – might decline to open discussions.
  • Your Right to Know

    As Members of Parliament (MPs), they are to use their power to best serve the people. In this article, we see that this is not the case and taxpayers' money is being used for their own personal use. Furthermore, they try to keep this information hidden by ways of denying requests of expenses, delaying publication of information, and exempting themselves from their own laws.
  • America and the Islamic Bomb: The Deadly Compromise

    The book "chronicles the role the United States and its allies played in allowing Pakistan to first develop and then peddle nuclear weapons technology."
  • Secret agreement involving Canadian government, Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom and CIA

    Macleans shows secret agreement involving Canadian government, Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom and CIA.