ICIJ, Language- English
Team Leader: Gerard Ryle
Team Members: Kate Willson (USA), Vlad Lavrov (Ukraine), Martina Keller (Germany), Thomas Maier (USA), Mar Cabra (Spain), Nari Kim (South Korea), William Venuti, Antonio Aldo Papaleo (Slovakia), Alexenia Dimitrova (Bulgaria), Michael Hudson (USA), Marina Walker Guevara, Kimberley Prteous, David Donald
Title of the story: Skin And Bone: The Shadowy Trade In Human Body Parts
Summary- The Shadowy Trade In Human Body Parts was an eight-month project by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), a global network of reporters who collaborate on in-depth investigative stories that cross national boundaries. ICIJ found the business of recycling dead humans has grown so large over the past decade that you can buy stock in publicly traded companies that rely on corpses for their raw materials. Skin and Bones donated by relatives of the dead are turned into everything from bladder slings to surgical screws to material used in dentistry or plastic surgery. Distributors of the merchandise can be found in much of the world. Some are subsidiaries of billion-dollar multinational medical corporations. ICIJ discovered that patients aren’t always told that the product they are getting originated from a corpse. This led to a more complex issue – how does the industry source the raw material it uses in its products?
Deshabhimani Daily, Tiruvanantpuram, Language- Malayalam
Team Leader: R Samban
Team Members: P R Deepthy, L V Johnson, S Praveen
Title of the story: Earth's battle with Greed
Summary- A series of 21 articles deals with the hard realities of life in the dusty village of Kerala. The story is about the real estate developers and land mafias encroaching the lakes and paddy fields. It highlights Vellayani Kayal, a freshwater lake facing an imminent death because of encroachment and sand mining. Farming has become a burden in the regions of Vellanathuruthu and Ponmana. Poor rural folk had to sell their home and land (savings of their life time) as they were harrassed by the mafia. The Kerla government constituted a committee under chairmanship of district collector to protect Vellayani lake, steps were taken by the governemnt to protect the paddy fields, and the issue got public attention and environmental organizations also took up the issue.