“Collaboration is a road worth exploring; as a journalist, you’d have to be asleep to not go down this path. In this world, finding connections in different countries where similar things are happening and generating projects that denounce these abuses is very positive and a great challenge for journalists.”
Eldiario.es’s investigative reporting project “The Enslaved Land” comes with a subheading that gets straight to the point: “This is how poor countries are used to feed rich countries.”
The project involved nearly two dozen journalists working together to uncover the hidden abuses behind five crops consumed widely in Europe (sugar, cacao, bananas, coffee and African palm) that are produced thanks to exploitative, slave-like conditions for workers, illegal business practices and sustained environmental damage. The four countries that came under investigation are Guatemala, Honduras, Colombia and the Ivory Coast.
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