The Bureau of Investigative Journalism
Bureau Local wins British Journalism award
December 13th, 2017, 04:42 PM
The Bureau wins a prestigious innovation award
RBS, British Airways, Porsche, Caterpillar and the private spies
December 13th, 2017, 04:42 PM
How big business used private spies to surveil protest groups
US strikes shoot up in Somalia
December 12th, 2017, 04:42 PM
US strikes in Somalia shot up in November, with American planes carrying out five times as many strikes as they did in the previous month.
Inside the corporate investigations business
December 12th, 2017, 04:42 PM
How big companies employed private security firms which used all sorts of methods to monitor the public
Delays, cuts, benefit changes: domestic violence refuges in crisis
December 11th, 2017, 04:42 PM
As MPs head to parliament to debate the future of funding for women’s refuges, the Bureau reveals huge delays in promised funds and takes a closer look at the current crisis.
Astroturfing, Twitterbots, Amplification - Inside the Online Influence Industry
December 7th, 2017, 04:42 PM
How to manipulate social media with fake grassroots activity
Questions raised over patchy take-up of domestic violence law
November 24th, 2017, 04:42 PM
Concerns raised about the implementation of coercive control law
US reduces transparency while escalating air war in Afghanistan
November 22nd, 2017, 04:42 PM
Questions for US on the air war remain unanswered, Bureau finds
The Third Man and the changing role of antibiotics in our society
November 21st, 2017, 04:42 PM
How antibiotics has changed not only the healthcare system but wider society
The Bureau hires journalism’s first Community Organiser
November 20th, 2017, 04:42 PM
As the Bureau’s local reporter network reaches over 430 members, we introduce a revolutionary new role
New rules pave way for escalating war in Somalia
November 19th, 2017, 04:42 PM
Rate of air strikes doubles under Trump
US response further confuses controversial Kunduz strike
November 15th, 2017, 04:42 PM
Confusion and anger follow US airstrike in Afghanistan
Defending press freedom in the UK
November 8th, 2017, 04:42 PM
The Bureau took a case to the European Court of Human Rights to protect citizens against mass surveillance
Allegations levelled against US military over airstrikes in Afghanistan
November 6th, 2017, 04:42 PM
Sources suggest that many civilians may have been killed
Not an anomaly: on diversifying data journalism
November 6th, 2017, 04:42 PM
Aasma Day, Lancashire Post investigative reporter on the need to diversify stories and journalism
Surgeon under police investigation faces medical practitioners tribunal
November 2nd, 2017, 04:42 PM
Surgeon under scrutiny from the medical regulator
Visualising a new kind of journalism
October 30th, 2017, 04:42 PM
Rachel Lavin says the Bureau is providing a lifeline to reporters across the country. She explains why, as a new journalist, she is hopeful for the future of journalism.
Cries for help from the refuges
October 26th, 2017, 04:42 PM
Refuge workers around England are struggling to admit women in fear of domestic violence, our investigation finds
Stories from around the country show a refuge system at breaking point
October 19th, 2017, 04:42 PM
After months of collaboration, reporters across the country tell the stories of victims of domestic violence and how funding cuts have hit their area
Will we ever be safe?
October 16th, 2017, 04:42 PM
One woman's harrowing account of fleeing violence
No place of safety
October 16th, 2017, 04:42 PM
The inside story of how women fleeing domestic violence lost their refuge
Revealed: Thousands of vulnerable women turned away as refuge funding is cut
October 16th, 2017, 04:42 PM
Survivors and support workers tell the Bureau of a refuge system at breaking point
Fewer strikes - but more bombs hit Afghanistan
October 13th, 2017, 04:42 PM
The US dropped 751 weapons on Afghanistan in September, a seven-year high, but carried out fewer strikes.
The future is community: how local reporters broke a story that led eight MPs to demand action
October 13th, 2017, 04:42 PM
Charles Boutaud goes behind the scenes of the Bureau's investigation into immigration spot checks
Thousands of British citizens swept up in immigration spot checks
October 8th, 2017, 04:42 PM
The Home Office is accused of "racial profiling" by human rights lawyers as MPs call for review
Afghan air war hits seven year high
October 6th, 2017, 04:42 PM
This article was based on US Air Force data which it has since changed, making our findings no longer accurate.
US drone shot down over Yemen
October 2nd, 2017, 04:42 PM
US military investigating loss of unmanned plane
Caught in the crossfire
September 30th, 2017, 04:42 PM
In Afghanistan, civilians are enmeshed in the bitter conflict between US troops and the Taliban
Bureau awarded grant to investigate global superbug threat
September 27th, 2017, 04:42 PM
Bureau awarded a prestigious grant from the European Journalism Centre for year-long superbug project
New tack for presenting data on Yemen and Somalia
September 25th, 2017, 04:42 PM
New tack for presenting data on Yemen and Somalia
How "ghost soldiers" could frustrate Trump's plans for Afghanistan
September 25th, 2017, 04:42 PM
The rise and fall of one district in Aghanistan's embattled Helmand province
Online battle for right wing hearts and minds in German election
September 20th, 2017, 04:42 PM
The German right fights to build its new Breitbart
Blowing the whistle on the meat industry
September 19th, 2017, 04:42 PM
Contaminated meat risk, whistleblower says, is due to poor hygiene and regulation in Britain's abattoirs
Drone strike hits tribal areas as US-Pakistan tensions rise
September 18th, 2017, 04:42 PM
A US strike hits Pakistan for the fifth time this year
US airdrops supplies to Afghanistan as security worsens
September 13th, 2017, 04:42 PM
The US carried out its first combat airdrop in Afghanistan in more than two years last month, signalling a possible deterioration of security
Intensive and polluted farms: an unexpected collaboration
September 7th, 2017, 04:42 PM
Gareth Davies on the power local reporters had in the Bureau's national farming investigations
US investigates civilian deaths in Afghanistan and Somalia
September 6th, 2017, 04:42 PM
A monthly update on the covert US war on terror.
Bell Pottinger "incited racial hatred" in South Africa
September 5th, 2017, 04:42 PM
Is it "curtains" for PR firm Bell Pottinger after it "incited racial hatred" in South Africa?
Trump, like Obama, is ensnared by Afghanistan
August 21st, 2017, 04:42 PM
Trump escalates Afghanistan war. 3,900 more US troops to be sent. So far this year there have been three times as many airstrikes
Dirty business: The livestock farms polluting the UK
August 21st, 2017, 04:42 PM
Manure pouring into waterways and carcasses dumped in woodlands - farms are releasing harmful pollution once a week on average, the Bureau has found.
New animal cruelty figures show need for cameras
August 11th, 2017, 04:42 PM
New data shows increase in number of times animals suffer needlessly before slaughter as the government announces plans to put cameras in abattoirs.
Afghanistan air war: US strikes pound Islamic State bastion
August 7th, 2017, 04:42 PM
A monthly update on the covert US war on terror.
Six weeks, 77 stories, 84 cities and 350 people
July 31st, 2017, 04:42 PM
How the Bureau Local team of four grew to a UK-wide collaborative network and investigated the General Election.
Islamic State in Afghanistan: Is US assault working?
July 28th, 2017, 04:42 PM
US strikes are raining down on the group in Nangarhar province, but no one is really sure who they are hitting.
Company accused of "overbilling" Pentagon's biggest foreign food supplier
July 26th, 2017, 04:42 PM
Dubai-based company Anham was once accused by SIGIR, the US military spending watchdog, of billing $900 for a circuit breaker.
US-style livestock farming will not come to the UK, says Michael Gove
July 21st, 2017, 04:42 PM
Responding to the Bureau's findings that megafarms have grown across the country, the Environment Secretary said high standards would be maintained once Britain leaves the EU.
Conflict in the countryside: How intensive farms are dividing rural Britain
July 21st, 2017, 04:42 PM
In a picturesque Herefordshire village, a poultry megafarm has met opposition. The farmer and his neighbour tell their side of the story in their own words.
In photos: Inside a UK megafarm
July 18th, 2017, 04:42 PM
US-style "megafarms" are sweeping across the UK, a major Bureau investigation has revealed. We were invited to see firsthand what intensive livestock farming looks like.
The rise of the "megafarm": How British meat is made
July 16th, 2017, 04:42 PM
A major Bureau investigation reveals the changing face of farming in the UK.
Intensive farming in the UK, by numbers
July 16th, 2017, 04:42 PM
The number of intensive farms in the UK has risen by a quarter with many so big they fit the definition of a US mega-farm.
Jeremy Corbyn and the sexbots: One day in #GE2017
June 16th, 2017, 04:42 PM
A Bureau analysis of Twitter chatter about the election during one five-day period found something rather surprising.
Bureau's website, and our Bureau Local director, win national awards
June 14th, 2017, 04:42 PM
We're very excited to be recognised again in some top awards!
How new voter power identified by the Bureau damaged Theresa May
June 9th, 2017, 04:42 PM
Before the election we identified 71 constituencies where new voters and those without a party could swing the balance. Of those, 20 seats changed hands - most were Tory losses.
Kidnapped and never seen again: UAE accused of forced disappearances in Yemen
June 8th, 2017, 04:42 PM
The small Gulf state is a major ally for the US in the Middle East - but a Bureau investigation reveals there are serious questions to be asked about how it carries out its counterterrorism operations.
Fact check: Could the new ‘supercharged’ antibiotic really spell the end of drug resistance?
June 7th, 2017, 04:42 PM
Scientists claim their beefed up version of vancomycin could ‘eliminate the threat’ of superbugs. But experts say it will not work against the majority of deadly infections.
Revealed: How new voters could dent Theresa May's election majority
June 6th, 2017, 04:42 PM
Our analysis shows newly-registered voters and those whose party isn't standing this time around could play a decisive role in 71 seats across the country.
Political parties ramp up use of personalised Facebook ads in final election week
June 6th, 2017, 04:42 PM
Facebook ads specifically tailored to users’ locations, gender and views on Brexit have been shown to voters in key marginal seats across the UK, the Bureau Local has found.
May and Corbyn leave local journalists without answers on campaign trail
June 2nd, 2017, 04:42 PM
"Disappointing", "stage-managed" and "three minutes of nothing" - this is how local journalists across the country have described access to Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn in the run up to June 8.
Tory and Labour candidates fall behind SNP in dash for crowdfunding cash
June 2nd, 2017, 04:42 PM
Nearly 300 general election candidates - including 63 current and former MPs - have turned to crowdfunding sites to fund their campaigns, collectively aiming to raise nearly £900,000.
Lack of information on antibiotic use on animals is a major problem, say experts
May 26th, 2017, 04:42 PM
A Bureau event brought together leading figures to discuss superbugs, which have become a global public health emergency.
US military operations against Taliban dramatically escalate
May 25th, 2017, 04:42 PM
​US military operations against the Taliban have dramatically escalated during the Trump presidency, despite combat operations against the group ending over two years ago
Bureau nominated for two prestigious data journalism awards
May 25th, 2017, 04:42 PM
A major investigation in Pentagon Iraq propaganda and an app for exploring our drone war data have been internationally recognised.
Big Pharma coalition to take on superbugs
May 22nd, 2017, 04:42 PM
Corporate alliance keeping tabs on promise to reduce the environmental impact from making drugs.
Meet the amputees fighting America's longest war
May 22nd, 2017, 04:42 PM
The US has spent more than $70bn on Afghan security. But the defence against the Taliban is falling to some very unconventional soldiers.
Campaigners target voters with Brexit "dark ads"
May 18th, 2017, 04:42 PM
Analysis of Facebook ad data accessed by theThe Bureau Local has identified at least eight referendum-related campaign groups buying Facebook adverts that are attempting to swing voters.
The "dark ads" election: How are political parties targeting you on Facebook?
May 15th, 2017, 04:42 PM
The Bureau has been given access to the first ever dataset collected on tailored messaging being targeted at specific audiences by British political parties on social media.
Big Pharma's pollution is creating deadly superbugs while the world looks the other way
May 6th, 2017, 04:42 PM
Global supply chains are strictly regulated to ensure the safety of medicines, but environmental standards do not feature in international rulebooks.
Trump's 100 days: US air campaign hammers Yemen with almost a strike a day
April 27th, 2017, 04:42 PM
US jets and drones have carried out 85 strikes in Yemen since Donald Trump's inauguration, more than in all of 2015 and 2016 combined.
Worse than MRSA: Doctors call for urgent action on deadly superbug threat
April 21st, 2017, 04:42 PM
Doctors are warning that the rise of an almost untreatable superbug, immune to some of the last-line antibiotics available to hospitals, poses a grave threat and needs urgent government action.
Bullying, harassment and physical assault: Abuse faced by inspectors inside UK slaughterhouses
April 20th, 2017, 04:42 PM
Inspectors tasked with protecting food safety and animal welfare are being bullied out of the job, according to union representatives.
'A national disgrace': Catalogue of animal suffering at Scottish abattoirs revealed
April 19th, 2017, 04:42 PM
Reports from the official watchdog log “cannibalism” among chickens, “unnecessary pain” endured by cattle and “massive bruising” on sheep.
How to make Republican friends and influence people
April 18th, 2017, 04:42 PM
A mysterious contract between a Turkish organisation and the son of Republican grandee James Baker deepens questions about the country’s attempts to influence US politics and public opinion.
Why the tech community should join the Bureau Local
April 13th, 2017, 04:42 PM
Charles Boutaud explains how the tech world can transform what depleted local newsrooms can do, in ways they could otherwise not afford.
Bureau's work on unaccompanied minors nominated for prestigious award
April 6th, 2017, 04:42 PM
The nominated podcast was part of an extensive investigation last year looking at asylum-seeking children in Europe, which revealed the full scale of the crisis for the first time.
Why I joined Bureau Local and why you should too
March 30th, 2017, 04:42 PM
Experienced local journalist Gareth Davies explains how the Bureau Local will give regional reporters access to good stories and the support they need to write them.
We've launched the Bureau Local
March 27th, 2017, 04:42 PM
Our team of four data journalists and developers will build a network of regional reporters and tech experts across the country to investigate datasets and uncover local public interest stories.
A deadly superbug is silently spreading through UK hospitals
March 23rd, 2017, 04:42 PM
There have already been outbreaks of a highly resistant bug in Manchester, London, Edinburgh, and Birmingham, but deaths are not centrally recorded.
US drones appear to have returned to Pakistan
March 6th, 2017, 04:42 PM
If confirmed, an attack on Thursday which killed two militants would be the first US strike on in Pakistan since May last year - raising the possibility of a shift in policy.
Unprecedented number of US drone and air strikes hit Yemen
March 2nd, 2017, 04:42 PM
The 20 strikes were carried out over one morning, targeting fighters from the regional arm of al Qaeda, their equipment and infrastructure.
Patients at major mental health hospital suffer disturbing conditions, say parents
March 1st, 2017, 04:42 PM
A Bureau investigation has found a litany of serious complaints about the care provided at St Andrew's hospital in Northampton.
"There is no such thing as 'fake news', only lies"
March 1st, 2017, 04:42 PM
At a Bureau event, journalism icon Sir Harry Evans and other panellists say exposing the term for the 'ghastly oxymoron' that it is is step one to addressing the attack on the media.
Anatomy of a US airstrike: Are Afghan strongmen calling the shots?
February 28th, 2017, 04:42 PM
Since the US withdrew its combat forces from Afghanistan, responsibility for security has shifted to local partners - meaning it is often left in the hands of strongmen who have their own agendas.
The future of 'fake news'?
February 27th, 2017, 04:42 PM
A map purporting to show crimes by refugees in Germany employs sophisticated methods of information manipulation.
Use of ‘last hope’ antibiotic soaring in English hospitals
February 24th, 2017, 04:42 PM
We should be "terrified" that prescriptions of colistin are rising steeply, say experts, as it's evidence of an increase in the most dangerous types of superbugs.
NHS patients still being sent to unsafe private hospital
February 24th, 2017, 04:42 PM
The NHS will continue to send patients to a private hospital found to be unsafe by government inspectors even though health insurers are boycotting it.
Private hospital put NHS patients 'at high risk of harm'
February 22nd, 2017, 04:42 PM
A private hospital run by a major provider has been rated unsafe by the health watchdog and accused of putting profits before patients.
Young man deported for a murder he didn't even witness
February 21st, 2017, 04:42 PM
Last year a landmark ruling gave hope of appeal to hundreds convicted under the criticised legal doctrine of joint enterprise. But it came too late for Edward Conteh.
One in four UK abattoirs fails to meet basic hygiene standards
February 20th, 2017, 04:42 PM
The breaches mean meat contaminated with bugs that cause serious food poisoning can potentially reach supermarket shelves.
Nine young children killed: The full details of botched US raid in Yemen
February 9th, 2017, 04:42 PM
Working with a journalist who visited the targeted Yemeni village after the raid and gathered survivors' testimony, we have collected the names and ages of 25 civilians reportedly killed.
Afghan airstrikes killed and injured record number of civilians in 2016
February 5th, 2017, 04:42 PM
Airstrikes killed and injured more civilians in Afghanistan last year than at any time since the United Nations (UN) began systematically recording casualties there in 2009.
Surgeon accused of profiting from unnecessary NHS operations
January 28th, 2017, 04:42 PM
The case, involving an orthopaedic surgeon at a Kent hospital, raises serious questions about NHS oversight of its contracts with private health providers.
Join our Local Data Lab
January 24th, 2017, 04:42 PM
The Lab will collaborate with a network of local journalists to find and tell powerful, regional stories.
White House releases annual counterterrorism CIVCAS figures
January 19th, 2017, 04:42 PM
The outgoing Obama administration says it killed one civilian and 431-441 combatants in counterterrorism strikes last year – contrasting slightly with the Bureau’s estimate.
Trump, Obama and the future of targeted killing
January 19th, 2017, 04:42 PM
Obama developed a defining policy architecture which his successor Donald Trump now inherits: the ability to kill suspected terrorists anywhere without US personnel having to leave their bases.
Obama’s covert drone war in numbers: ten times more strikes than Bush
January 16th, 2017, 04:42 PM
The use of drones aligned with Obama’s ambition to keep up the war against al Qaeda while extricating the US military from intractable ground wars, but the programme has drawn much criticism.
US air strike killed Afghan police being held in Taliban prison
January 3rd, 2017, 04:42 PM
The US is pursuing a conventional aerial campaign against the Taliban with virtually no troops on the ground to provide reliable intelligence to guide it.
A year in investigative journalism: Highlights from the Bureau’s work in 2016
January 2nd, 2017, 04:42 PM
Read about our impact over the last 12 months - from sparking greater White House transparency on civilians killed by drones to revealing the true figures on unaccompanied child migrants.
Drone wars: the full data
January 1st, 2017, 04:42 PM
The Bureau’s complete data sets on drone strikes in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen and Somalia.
Case study: ‘Sepsis from a superbug nearly killed me’
December 14th, 2016, 04:42 PM
Dr Nina Khaira, a 39-year-old dentist from Cornwall got sepsis from an antibiotic-resistant bacteria while giving birth to her daughter Vega.
80 percent losses guaranteed! The murky world of binary options trading
December 13th, 2016, 04:42 PM
Binary options trading is sold as an investment opportunity but in reality it’s a very risky gamble or a straight-up scam. Police say it’s become the biggest fraud in the UK.