Investigative Medium

Reserved to investigations, published or unpublished, of a maximum length of 30 minutes. Authors’ choices of original sources and investigative methods should let emerge new perspectives on the topics.

India: The Child Sex Highway

Drew Ambrose, Ashish Malhotra | Al Jazeera

A notorious highway in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh is the site of a shocking trade. Girls as young as 10 are being forced to work as prostitutes – and it’s their own families selling them to passing truckers. Most of the Bachara men say discrimination stops them from getting jobs, so generations of girls have supported their families through prostitution.

“This practice is like the serial rape of the children … They are raped about 10 to 12 times in a day,” says Asheif Shaikh, the founder of a local NGO that frees local girls from what he describes as sexual slavery. In this exclusive investigation, Al Jazeera’s 101 East program exposes the Indian villages where parents sell their daughters for sex.

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Off the Grid – Beaten By the Border

Iolo Ap Dafydd, Alexandra Pauliat | TRT World

The border between Bosnia and Croatia looks like a quiet heaven. But thousands of migrants go there to try and cross illegally into the EU. They call it the game, because when they fail they have to start all over again. Croatia’s police are accused of pushing people back violently. We went to investigate what’s happening on both sides of the border. We had to hide for days to capture footage of Croatian police vans sending migrants back to Bosnia — without giving them the chance to apply for asylum as requested by EU laws.

We spoke to many migrants, who told us they were sent back … many times. Men often say they were beaten up. An accusation confirmed by doctors working at the hospital close to the border. After weeks, we managed to convince a Croatian police officer to talk anonymously about these pushbacks… he confirmed that this border is Europe’s border of shame.

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Ōkunoshima: Japan’s Poison

Fritz Schumann

During World War II, the island of Ōkunoshima nearby Hiroshima was the biggest poison gas factory in Asia. It made mostly mustard gas – one gram was lethal, ten tons could kill the population of Tokyo. Between 1929 and 1944, Ōkunoshima produced an estimated amount of 9000 tons of chemical weapons. Today, Ōkunoshima is globally known as “bunny island”: almost a million tourists come each year to see the 700 free hopping rabbits. A hotel and a tennis court distract from the reality: The chemical weapons are still in China and in Japan – and they‘re still dangerous.

To this day, Japan denies having used poison gas in the war. The documentary features a 101 year old soldier, who admits having used the gas in China, and a former worker of the factory. Most people in Japan are not familiar with its history of poison gas and nothing was ever published about it outside the country, a still-unknown chapter of World War II.

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Sudan’s Livestream Massacre

B. Strick, S. Vanhooymissen, T. Flannery, B. Hill, D. Adamson | BBC Africa Eye

On June 3rd 2019 there was a massacre on the streets of Khartoum. Peaceful protestors were shot with live ammunition. Doctors were attacked in the grounds of their own hospitals. Bodies were dumped in the Nile, some with concrete blocks tied to their feet. Sudan’s military rulers made sure that no TV news cameras were in Khartoum to record the violence. But they could not stop dozens of young Sudanese from filming the attack on their mobile phones.

Those cell phone videos—more than 400 in total—became the basis of BBC Africa Eye’s film ‘Sudan’s Livestream Massacre.’ By verifying every one of these clips, and identifying exactly where and when each one was filmed, we were able to create a street-by-street, minute-by-minute account of the Khartoum massacre. Watched and shared by millions of young Sudanese on social media, this film held the Sudanese authorities to account for the violence unleashed that day, and has become the definitive report on the events of June 3rd.

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