The Bureau of Investigative Journalism
We've launched the Bureau Local
March 27th, 2017, 10:49 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, 10:49 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, 10:49 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, 10:49 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, 10:49 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, 10:49 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, 10:49 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, 10:49 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, 10:49 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, 10:49 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, 10:49 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, 10:49 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, 10:49 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, 10:49 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, 10:49 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, 10:49 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, 10:49 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, 10:49 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, 10:49 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, 10:49 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, 10:49 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, 10:49 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, 10:49 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, 10:49 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, 10:49 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.
Superbugs killing twice as many people as government says
December 10th, 2016, 10:49 PM
Superbugs are now killing more patients than breast cancer and at least twice as many people as the government estimate, experts have warned.
Has the cost of new UK drone fleet doubled to $1 billion?
November 30th, 2016, 10:49 PM
The Ministry of Defence announced plans to buy a new fleet of Predator drones from the US last April, stating the total cost would be £415m. Now the US says the estimated cost is £802m.
The Bureau is hiring: Apply to join our innovative data journalism lab
November 30th, 2016, 10:49 PM
The Bureau of Investigative Journalism is looking for two people to join our ambitious new project aimed at providing data-led stories to regional journalists: the Local Data Lab.
Builders make billions as housing crisis escalates
November 26th, 2016, 10:49 PM
A Bureau analysis has found Britain’s major housebuilding firms are making multi-billion pound profits at the same time they argue they cannot meet affordable housing targets.
Al Qaeda leader killed in US strike in Afghanistan
November 10th, 2016, 10:49 PM
Senior al Qaeda leader Faruq al Qatani was killed in a “precision strike” on October 23 in Afghanistan’s Kunar province, the Pentagon has confirmed.
Donald Trump and the media’s ‘epic fail’
November 8th, 2016, 10:49 PM
There were so many uncertainties in the lead up to this morning’s US election result, but one thing is clear: journalism, just like the pollsters, failed. Now more than ever, we need strong, independent, fearless and deep reporting that holds power to account.
The Bureau identifies 15 civilians killed in a single US airstrike
November 3rd, 2016, 10:49 PM
The deaths amount to the biggest confirmed loss of civilian life in a single American strike in Afghanistan since the attack on the Medecins Sans Frontieres hospital in Kunduz last October.
‘Killers having lunch’: The real life Wolves of Wall Street
November 1st, 2016, 10:49 PM
The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau’s head of crime said police receive an average of two reports of binary trading fraud a day, with the average investor losing £16,000.
Sorry for killing your son, CIA tells drone strike victim’s family
October 27th, 2016, 10:49 PM
In an unprecedented moment of transparency during a 14 year covert war, US officials have met the family of an accidental drone strike victim to explain what happened and apologise.
Bureau hires Megan Lucero from The Times to lead new data journalism team
October 23rd, 2016, 10:49 PM
The Bureau has appointed Megan Lucero to run its ambitious new project, the Local Data Lab. Lucero, one of the UK’s leading data journalists, joins the Bureau from The Times and Sunday Times where she is currently Head of Data. The … Continued
Gavin MacFadyen adviser to the Bureau dies
October 22nd, 2016, 10:49 PM
Gavin MacFadyen, a strong supporter of investigative journalism. Gavin MacFadyen, director of the Centre for Investigative Journalism and adviser to the Bureau, has died after a short illness. An investigative journalist for many decades, Gavin who died on Saturday October … Continued
How dirty production of NHS drugs helps create superbugs
October 17th, 2016, 10:49 PM
There are no checks or regulations in place to stop the NHS buying drugs from factories in India which are helping to create superbugs.
US accused of killing 22 Somali soldiers and civilians
October 10th, 2016, 10:49 PM
Somali officials have claimed that the US killed 22 local soldiers and civilians in a drone strike that hit the north-central city of Galkayo late last month.
“Site Violet”: How Lithuania helped run a secret CIA prison
October 9th, 2016, 10:49 PM
Secret documents obtained by the Bureau confirm the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) set up and ran a “black site” for detention of al Qaeda suspects, say lawyers.
Superbug spread to Norwegian pigs from foreign farm workers
October 6th, 2016, 10:49 PM
Norwegian pigs became infected with a superbug common in the Danish herd – despite having a ban on live imports – through farm workers who had worked abroad, a study has found.
Revealed: The British firms paid $60 billion by the Pentagon under President Obama
October 5th, 2016, 10:49 PM
Between 2009 and the end of 2015, total spending by the Department of Defense on goods and services from the private sector at large was more than $2.3 trillion.
Something is rotten in Denmark’s pig industry
October 4th, 2016, 10:49 PM
Every day 35,000 live pigs roll over Denmark’s border into Germany on heavily-loaded trucks, heading for countries across Europe. More than two thirds of them are likely carrying infectious Livestock Associated MRSA bacteria. Once they arrive at their destinations they … Continued
Private contractors fighting Pentagon’s online war against Islamic State
October 2nd, 2016, 10:49 PM
An official says the Pentagon's “robust online program” operates using “truthful information directed toward regional audiences to combat ISIL’s (Islamic State’s) lies and deception.”
How superbug-infected pigs get into Britain unchecked
October 2nd, 2016, 10:49 PM
The Bureau’s investigation has established there is no mandatory screening for live pigs being imported into Britain from Denmark, where MRSA is rife throughout the country’s herd.
Fake news and false flags
October 1st, 2016, 10:49 PM
The PR firm's $500 million contract with the Pentagon included making fake insurgent videos which could be used to track the people who watched them.
Soaring levels of antibiotic resistance found in supermarket chickens
September 26th, 2016, 10:49 PM
The UK’s most common type of food poisoning bug is showing drastically increased resistance to antibiotics, testing has revealed, which could mean the infection becomes harder and harder to treat.
UN agrees landmark declaration to tackle antibiotic resistance crisis
September 20th, 2016, 10:49 PM
World leaders will commit £600 million to fighting antibiotic resistance – a public health emergency which is predicted to kill more people than cancer by 2050 if left unchecked.
How Brits lose millions to UK’s biggest scam while government stands by
September 19th, 2016, 10:49 PM
The Bureau spoke to dozens of people across the UK who had been targeted by a range of different companies. Many people have had money taken off their credit cards without consent.
US pays €1m to Italian couple after killing their son in a drone strike
September 15th, 2016, 10:49 PM
The payment to the family of an Italian aid worker killed in a CIA attack last year is the first confirmed example of the US paying relatives of a drone strike victim.
How Big Pharma’s industrial waste is fuelling the rise in superbugs worldwide
September 14th, 2016, 10:49 PM
A new report highlights how dirty production methods and dumping of industrial waste at antibiotic factories in China and India is fuelling the growth of superbugs, which pose a catastrophic threat to global public health.
The teaching diversity gap – how regions compare
September 4th, 2016, 10:49 PM
Teachers across England are drastically less ethnically diverse than their pupils, analysis by the Bureau can reveal. The size of the diversity gap varies across different regions and local authorities. Click on the map to see how your area compares. South … Continued
Shortage of black teachers, data reveals
September 4th, 2016, 10:49 PM
A tenfold increase in the number of black and ethnic minority teachers is needed if schools in some English cities are to reflect their pupil populations.
Antibiotic resistant E.coli found in one in four samples of supermarket chicken
September 4th, 2016, 10:49 PM
One in four samples of chicken from the UK’s largest supermarkets contains antibiotic-resistant E.Coli bacteria, new research has revealed. The bacterium was found in meat from Asda, Aldi, Co-op, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Waitrose, Cambridge University researchers found. They tested whole … Continued
Severe welfare breaches recorded six times a day in British slaughterhouses
August 27th, 2016, 10:49 PM
Data obtained by the Bureau reveals six severe welfare breaches that subject animals to needless pain and suffering are recorded per day on average at British slaughterhouses.
US Air Force has carried out two strikes a day against Taliban since June
August 17th, 2016, 10:49 PM
Figures released to the Bureau provide firm evidence the US has intensified its fight against the Taliban despite officially ending combat operations against the group in 2014.
Suicide note of young gay man called supported housing a ‘torture chamber’
August 4th, 2016, 10:49 PM
The findings of a council review into Jack Ellis’ death have not been released to his relatives.
Hate crime levels are rising in England and Wales. How bad is it where you live?
July 25th, 2016, 10:49 PM
The Bureau sent Freedom of Information Requests to every police force in England and Wales, asking them to provide complete outcome data for all hate crimes recorded in 2014/15 and, separately, 2015/16. Forty police forces responded to our request. Because of discrepancies in … Continued
Hate crime is on the rise, but police are taking less action against suspects
July 25th, 2016, 10:49 PM
Now only a one in four chance of action being taken.
Infographic: The CIA’s drone war in Pakistan
July 20th, 2016, 10:49 PM
Every CIA drone strike in Pakistan until the the end of 2015 has been mapped on an infographic to show where the attacks took place and the number of people killed in each strike.
Obama drone casualty numbers a fraction of those recorded by the Bureau
June 30th, 2016, 10:49 PM
The number of civilian casualties recorded by the Bureau between January 2009 and the end of 2015 is six times higher than the US government’s figure.
Why White House civilian casualty figures on civilian are a wild underestimate
June 30th, 2016, 10:49 PM
Targeted killings or assassinations beyond the battlefield remain a highly charged subject. Most controversial of all is the number of civilians killed in US covert and clandestine drone strikes since 2002
Apply to be the Bureau’s new Data Lab Director
June 21st, 2016, 10:49 PM
The Bureau of Investigative Journalism is launching an ambitious journalism project aimed at providing data-led stories to local journalists. We are recruiting a director to lead this new project, who will build a four-person team and over the three year grant period … Continued
Theresa May deprived 33 individuals of British citizenship in 2015
June 20th, 2016, 10:49 PM
New figures show the extent to which the Home Secretary has used controversial powers allowed her to strip a person of citizenship without prior approval from a judge or parliament.
US drones hit Taliban more than terrorist networks despite end of Afghan war
June 15th, 2016, 10:49 PM
Most US airstrikes in Afghanistan this year in support of ground troops not targeting suspected terrorists.
Bureau reporter shortlisted for Medical Journalists’ Association award
June 15th, 2016, 10:49 PM
The Bureau of Investigative Journalism’s Victoria Parsons has been shortlisted for Newcomer of the Year in Britain’s premier celebration of health and medical journalism, the Medical Journalists’ Association awards. She made the 2016 shortlist for an investigation into the threat to … Continued
The Bureau is hiring: Experienced journalist with science background
June 15th, 2016, 10:49 PM
The Bureau of Investigative Journalism is looking to recruit an experienced journalist with a biomedical or science background. This is a six-month contract working on a project focused on antibiotic resistance. The role will involve producing investigative content – both … Continued
Join our drone team: The Bureau is recruiting a junior reporter
June 15th, 2016, 10:49 PM
The Bureau of Investigative Journalism is looking to recruit a new member to its award-winning drones team. The Bureau has become a well-respected global source of information on targeted killing and the use of drones in counter-terrorism missions. Our work … Continued
The Bureau is hiring: Apply to be our Production Editor
June 12th, 2016, 10:49 PM
A chance to join the Bureau team.
Revealed: Homeless housing trust accused of letting down domestic violence victims in £400-a-week rooms
June 7th, 2016, 10:49 PM
London Housing Trust under investigation as founder resigns
Bureau appoints Meirion Jones as Investigations Editor
June 7th, 2016, 10:49 PM
The Bureau of Investigative Journalism has hired award-winning journalist Meirion Jones. His appointment is part of a major expansion plan for Britain’s biggest not-for-profit investigative news unit. Jones, who is best known as the journalist behind the Jimmy Savile abuse … Continued
‘We feared a Paris-style massacre’: Londoner stripped of nationality
May 24th, 2016, 10:49 PM
The man, known only as L2 for legal reasons, was deemed such a national security threat by Home Secretary Theresa May that she personally signed an order removing his British nationality in 2013.
Bureau team shortlisted for top data journalism award
May 16th, 2016, 10:49 PM
Bureau reporters Abigail Fielding-Smith and Crofton Black. Image: Garlinda Birkbeck The Bureau’s investigation into the use of contractors in the US military’s drone programme has been shortlisted for a Global Editors Network Data Journalism Award. The investigation, by Abigail Fielding-Smith and Crofton Black, … Continued
Exclusive: Minister floats tax on antibiotics to tackle drug resistance crisis
May 13th, 2016, 10:49 PM
Lord O’Neill (pic: Getty) The danger to human health from the world’s antibiotic resistance crisis is “a much more troubling train wreck” than even the great financial crash of 2008, former Goldman Sachs chief and now UK minister Lord Jim … Continued
The house always wins! Casino giants see tax savings result from new system of roulette wheels
May 10th, 2016, 10:49 PM
Revenue from casino punters in London shifted out of the capital.
Home Office ‘extremely disappointed’ over deportation block
April 18th, 2016, 10:49 PM
The Home Office today hit out at a court ruling that has blocked Britain from deporting six terror suspects to Algeria, saying “continue to seek to remove those who wish to do harm."
Bid to deport six terror suspects blocked after UK judges cite torture fears in Algeria
April 17th, 2016, 10:49 PM
Six men accused of having links to al Qaeda cannot be deported to Algeria because there is a “real risk” they would be tortured, UK judges ruled today.
Podcast: Kids crossing Europe’s and America’s borders – alone
April 10th, 2016, 10:49 PM
Listen to our collaboration with Reveal, from the Center for Investigative Reporting, in which we followed unaccompanied children travelling to Europe and the US.
Get the data: Rising sales of critically important antibiotics
April 10th, 2016, 10:49 PM
World Health Organization headquarters in Geneva Not all antibiotics are equal. According to the World Health Organization, some classes of antibiotic are so medically important they’ve labelled them “critically important antibiotics”. If an antibiotic is critically important it means it’s … Continued
Resistance to key antibiotic used in dangerous food poisoning cases now at record levels
April 10th, 2016, 10:49 PM
Ciprofloxacin tablets. Photo via Flickr Resistance to a key antibiotic used in the treatment of serious food poisoning cases has reached its highest level for a decade, new figures obtained by the Bureau suggest. Previously unpublished data collated by Public Health England … Continued
Revealed: Fourfold rise as 95,000 unaccompanied children claim asylum in Europe in 2015
April 9th, 2016, 10:49 PM
An investigation into Europe’s refugee crisis finds more than 95,000 children who arrived without any adult claimed asylum in 2015
Exclusive: City firms issue major warning to high street food and pub chains over use of antibiotics on supplier farms
April 9th, 2016, 10:49 PM
City investors issue antibiotics warning to high street pub and restaurant chains A group of powerful City investors who together control more than £700 billion have written to leading fast food, pub and restaurant chains urging them to take immediate … Continued
The Bureau is hiring: Apply to be our new Investigations Editor
April 3rd, 2016, 10:49 PM
The Bureau of Investigative Journalism is expanding and is looking to fill a new senior position – Investigations Editor
Third member of axed MoJ commercial arm jumps ship…to join ex-civil service colleagues at new consultancy
March 23rd, 2016, 10:49 PM
Former Just Solutions International staff at Ministry of Justice join new consultancy firm to help sell prison and justice expertise in private sector
US airstrike on al Qaeda training camp ‘kills 50’ – biggest Pentagon attack in Yemen for five years
March 22nd, 2016, 10:49 PM
US jets kill at least 40 AQAP fighters in eastern Yemen.
TechRaking London: Electing the News – an invitation to join our free event
March 9th, 2016, 10:49 PM
A free, fun and engaging event for creative & investigative journalists, designers & technologists organised by The Center for Investigative Reporting and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, in partnership with the Google News Lab.   What is it about? TechRaking … Continued
Changes to how the Bureau calculates Afghan drone and air strike data
March 7th, 2016, 10:49 PM
Changes to the Bureau’s Afghanistan data.
Unprecedented death toll from US air strike in Somalia
March 6th, 2016, 10:49 PM
The US flattened an al Shabaab training camp in central Somalia and killed around 150 people, the Pentagon said today.
Theresa May wins right to deport failed asylum seekers to Afghanistan after judges remove court injunction
March 2nd, 2016, 10:49 PM
Court of Appeal rules allows Home Office to resume deportations to Afghanistan.
Bureau awarded £500,000 Google grant for 3-year local journalism project
February 24th, 2016, 10:49 PM
Bureau to help build new data tools and resources for local investigating journalists after £500k award from Google
Joint Enterprise: Praise for Bureau’s role in run-up to historic Supreme Court decision
February 18th, 2016, 10:49 PM
Inside London’s Supreme Court The British legal concept of “joint enterprise” has been wrongly interpreted by courts for 30 years, the Supreme Court ruled yesterday, in a victory for campaigners, lawyers, politicians and academics who believe the doctrine has led … Continued
The Mystery of Khost: Did a US drone kill 14 innocent Afghans as they prepared a funeral?
February 17th, 2016, 10:49 PM
The full feature on what happened in Khost on June 5 2015.
US airstrikes in Afghanistan killing civilians at greatest rate for seven years, new figures show
February 17th, 2016, 10:49 PM
UN and US data show leap in civilian casualty rate from airstrikes in Afghanistan.
The thousands of former child refugees deported to Afghanistan and Iraq
February 8th, 2016, 10:49 PM
Teenagers who have lived for years in the UK are being sent back to countries where Isis and Taliban militants are rampant.
Antimicrobial resistance: what’s the issue, and why is it so important?
February 6th, 2016, 10:49 PM
Antibiotic pills. Photo via Flickr The Bureau has launched a new investigation into drug resistance in the UK, with the first story, Banned in America, soaring use in Britain: The poultry farm drugs that put human lives at risk, published today in the … Continued
Campylobacter: Poultry industry’s killer legacy
February 6th, 2016, 10:49 PM
 Antibiotics are used on poultry farms to treat and prevent disease (Photo: Ecostorm) Campylobacter has plagued the poultry industry for years, with some studies revealing that as much as two-thirds of fresh retail chicken sold is contaminated with the bug. … Continued
Critically important to human health: What are fluoroquinolones?
February 6th, 2016, 10:49 PM
Factory chickens. Photo credit: Viva! Fluoroquinolone antibiotics were developed in the 1970s and first used in human medicine in the 1980s. The drugs are used for treating, amongst other conditions, human food poisoning illnesses such as campylobacter, salmonella and Ecoli. Because … Continued
Banned in America, soaring use in Britain: The poultry farm drugs that put human lives at risk
February 6th, 2016, 10:49 PM
Factory farmed chickens are frequently dosed with antibiotics. Photo credit: Ecostorm/CIWF Antibiotics banned in US chicken farms a decade ago over links to the spread of potentially deadly bacteria in humans have been used in significantly increased quantities by Britain’s … Continued
Naming the dead: Only 10 of scores killed by US drones in Pakistan last year have been identified
February 2nd, 2016, 10:49 PM
The names for all 10 came from either terrorist propaganda or the US government.
Former Briton Mahdi Hashi now jailed by New York judge for al Shabaab terror charges
January 29th, 2016, 10:49 PM
Hashi was yesterday sentenced to nine years in prison at a New York court for allegedly supporting the terrorist organisation al Shabaab.
Patient strangled themselves during inspection at under-fire NHS mental heath trust, damning report reveals
January 25th, 2016, 10:49 PM
NHS mental health trust failed to put measures in place to reduce suicide risk despite repeated warnings, CQC regulator says