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"Campus Favorite Is Incarcerated Spends Time in the County Jail But! Lo! It Was For Science Sake" - Elsie McCormick - The Oakland Tribune

Miss Elsie McCormic, one of the momst prominent girls graduating with last year's University of California class, has been in jail. Far from being shunned for that fact by her campus acquaintances to whom she has returned for graduate work, Miss McCormick is being roundly praised for her ingenuity and pluck. For it was in pursuance of her sociological studies that the young graduate not only got herself arrested in San Francisco, but spent many days in the city and county bastille, studying prison conditions in general, and women prisoners in particular. For the period of her incarceration her daily companions were two counterfeiters, an embezzler, a perjurer and a lady burglar.

The Oakland Tribune  1916-09-08

"Woman in Cabanas" - Cecil Charles - New York World

"For Twenty-four hours I have been unable to read or write or indeed od much else than sit with a compress over my eyes, which are burning, bloodshot and swollen from the irritation of sunglare and horrible sand in the court of the Cabanas prison where I have spent a Sunday. It is a short sail or row across from he Caballeria wharf to Casa Blanca and the boats are full of people laughing and chatting gayly--thanks to the sanguinen Latin temperament--and carrying such little presents as they may be permitted to offer the prisoners after a rigid scrutiny of packages and baskets."

New York World  1896-08-07

"A Journal Woman in a Spanish Dungeon in Cuba" - Kate Masterson - The New York Journal

"I looked from my window this morning before the sun had risen. Across the bay the grimly beautiful towers of the Castile Morro were outlined against the sky, a mass exquisite color, gray, white and yellow, the crimson and gold flag of Spain floating form the highest turret. Almost beneath my window a sentry slouched along. His rifle across his arm. Suddenly, with a splendor which dazzled my eyes, the sun burst into view, turning the water to gold and touching the castle walls with the glory of flame. Just then, across the water, came the sound of six rifle sos. the sounds were slightly muffled, as though coming through walls o stone, but seemed to gain clearness as they reverberated across the bay. The sentry stopped for a moment, looked over his shoulder, crossed himself, and walked on again. I stepped back from the little balcony with a chill at my heart. The glory of the dawn was gone. I seemed to see six men pallid in the morning light, led out from their cells in Morro, with chains upon their hands. I saw them placed in a line against the old gray wall and shot to death just as the day broke."

The New York Journal  1896-03-20

"Death in Al Ghayil" - Iona Craig - The Intercept

" . . . According to residents of the village of al Ghayil, in Yemen’s al Bayda province, the first to die in the assault was 13-year-old Nasser al Dhahab. The house of his uncle, Sheikh Abdulraouf al Dhahab, and the building behind it, the home of 65-year-old Abdallah al Ameri and his son Mohammed al Ameri, 38, appeared to be the targets of the U.S. forces, who called in air support as they were pinned down in a nearly hourlong firefight.With the SEALs taking heavy fire on the lower slopes, attack helicopters swept over the hillside hamlet above. In what seemed to be blind panic, the gunships bombarded the entire village, striking more than a dozen buildings, razing stone dwellings where families slept, and wiping out more than 120 goats, sheep, and donkeys. . . . "

The Intercept  2017-01-29

People for Sale -- CNN - - Nima Elbagir, Raja Razek, Alex Platt, Bryony Jones

"Tripoli, Libya (CNN) -- "Eight hundred," says the auctioneer. "900 ... 1,000 ... 1,100 ..." Sold. For 1,200 Libyan dinars -- the equivalent of $800.   "Not a used car, a piece of land, or an item of furniture. Not "merchandise" at all, but two human beings.  "One of the unidentified men being sold in the grainy cell phone video obtained by CNN is Nigerian. He appears to be in his twenties and is wearing a pale shirt and sweatpants. . . . "  

CNN  2017-11-17

One Day as a New York Flower Girl - Dolores Marbourg - New York World

"Just within the shelter of the entrance ofa  Broadway haberdashery an old woman sells flowers, recounting her experiences across town and the behavior of men outside the Union Club when their peers weren't watching from the windows.  "The clubmen seemed to come and seemed to go and to keep it up forever. After a time the first one, the one who asked me to fasten his boutonniere, and was told that I had no pin, came out and walked slowly past me looking for his carriage. He did not seem to find it and approached me to make some inquiries into the flower trade, probably, but as he di so two men came to the window. Plainly this was the gentleman's unlucky night. He strolled back into the club.   "...A man came to the window. After standing there a moment, he saw me. He stood looking at me with indecision in his eye. I was not seeing him. I was minding my own affairs attentively. Soon he left the window. Later he came down the club steps and walked up to me. I asked:   "'Flowers?'   "Yes." I handed him a boutinniere.   "'Twenty-five cents.'   "'You have stood here a long time. Are you tired?'   "'A little.'   "'Suppose I buy the rest of your flowers.' I looked grateful. The offer seemed kindly.   "'That would be charity, sir, for you do not need them.'   "'You could make it right.'   "I' appreciated the offer better I felt more curious. I looked him in the face and said:   "'I should not know how, sir.'   "He was not sure whether he needed to explain or not. He decided that he did. He looked the flowers over, seeming to be occupied with them if anyone should come to the window above.   "'Let me buy your flowers and take you to your home. This is not the place for a woman like you to stand. here I'll call a cab. You walk down two blocks and wait there.'   "I cannot. I must sell the flowers by waiting for customers. This is very good of you, sir, but it would be accepting charity.'   "Good God—don't you know'—   "'That it would be a good thing for—for charity's sake, yes, sir, but—'   "No—no—no. You don't catch my meaning. I'll explain later. You walk down two blocks.' ...    

The New York World  1893-10-01

I Was Groped Several Times: Undercover Reporter at Business Event

Several videos, including the Financial Times'  "It's impossible to describe... excitable ... 130 women ... You could have a drink or two on the night ... highly unusual ... I was groped several times and I know that numerous other hostesses said the same thing had happened to them ... You could be talking to a man and he would suddenly start holding your hand..."

The Daily Mail  2018-01-27

Men Only: Inside the Charity Fundraiser Where Hostesses are Put On Show - Madison Marriage - Financial Times

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Financial Times  2018-01-23

"A Woman Approached the Post with a Dramatic - and False - Tale about Roy Moore" - Shawn Boburg, Aaron C. Davis, Alice Crites - Washington Post

 "A woman who falsely claimed to the Washington Post that Roy Moore, the Republican US Senate candidate in Alabama, impregnated her  as a teenager appears to work with an organization that uses deceptive tactics to secretly record conversastions in an effort to embarrass its targets." See full story link below. 

The Washington Post  2017-11-27

"Is It Ever OK for Journalists to Lie?" - Jack Shafer - Politico

   "Veritas had previously punk'd lefty activist groups and non-journalistic employees at NPR. But in its attempted sting of the Washington Post, Veritas went directly at the paper's reporters with a female operative selling a fictitious story that she had been impregnated by Alabama senatorial candidate Roy Moore as a teenager. The Post's reporters saw through her flimsy deceptions, counter-stinging her and Veritas with a bundle of fine reporting and thus proving the opposite of the organization's hypothesis: the Post had no overwhelming bias against Moore, and it exercised skepticism and thoroughness in reporting an allegation brought to its attention.   While outrageous, the depth of Veritas' undercover deception is not unprecedented, even in contemporary journalistic circles. In 2007, investigative journalist Ken Silverstein went undercover for Harper's magazine as a business executive who intended to hire lobbyists to skirt the law in helping him reform Turkmenistan's poor international image. In 1992, ABC News producers told Food Lion a passel of lies to secure jobs at the supermarket so they could film a story about the chain's substandard health practices. In 1963, Gloria Steinem submitted a fake name and Social Security number to get a job as a Playboy bunner for expose in Show magazine. . . . 

Politico  2017-11-30

The Public Interest and the Ethics of Undercover Reporting" - Kathy English - Toronto Star

Toronto Star  2017-09-15

Undercover in Temp Nation - Sara Mojtehedzadeh and Brendan Kennedy - Toronto Star

"There are two dozen of us crowded around a conveyor belt, bodies twisting to snatch dough off the line. The floor is strewn with raw pastries that seem to accumulate faster than anyone can sweep them up. They collect in bloated masses at our feet.  It is my first day as a temp at Fiera Foods, an industrial bakery that reeks of yeast and is alive with the constant drone of machinery.   We are forming and packing raw, circular pastry dough into wet plastic trays - a shoulder-crunching task called pinching. These may well be the croissants you eat for breakfast.   Supervisors shout at us to wake up. They shout at us to move faster, pinch nicer, work harder. No one talks through the noise and exhaustion.   The factory relies heavily on temporary help agency workers. Its health and safety record is checkered; three temps have died here or at Fiera's affiliated companies since 1999.   Across the province, more and more people are relying on temp agencies to find work. When they do, statistics show they are more likelly to get hurt on the job.   I am undercover to investigate why." 

Toronto Star  2017-09-08

"Undercover with a Border Militia"

 Article in full: http://motherjones.com/politics/2016/10/undercover-border-militia-immigration-bauer    "Becoming a militia member began with opening a new Facebook account. I used my real name, but the only personal information I divulged on my profile was that I was married and that I had held jobs as a welder and a prison guard for the Corrections Corporation of America. A "Don't Tread on Me" flag was my avatar. I found and "liked" militia pages: Three Percenter Nation, Patriotic Warriors, Arizona State Militia. Then Facebook generated endless suggestions of other militia pages, and I "liked" those too. To keep my page active, I shared other people's posts: blogs about President Barack Obama trying to declare martial law, and threats of Syrians crossing the border. I posted memes about American flags and police lives mattering. Then I sent dozens of friend requests to people who belonged to militia-related Facebook groups. Some were suspicious of me: "Kinda have a veg profile, so I got to ask why you want to be my friend????" one messaged. Many, however, accepted my friend requests automatically. Within a couple of days, I had more than 100 friends, and virtually any militia member who looked at my page would likely find that we had at least one friend in common."  

Mother Jones  2016-11-01

"My Four Months as a Private Prison Guard" - Shane Bauer - Mother Jones

 "As a journalist, it's nearly impossible to get an unconstrained look inside our penal system. When prisons do let reporters in, it's usually for carefully managed tours and monitored interviews with inmates. Private prisons are especially secretive. Their records often aren't subject to public access laws; CCA has fought to defeat legislation that would make private prisons subject to the same disclosure rules as their pubic counterparts. And even if I could get uncensored information from private prison inmates, how would I verify their claims? I keep coming back to this question: Is there any other way to see what really happens inside a private prison?" 

Mother Jones  2016-07-01

'Shape Shifting the Conflict Zone"

Journalism Studies (Taylor & Francis)  2016-03-22

Dirt Cheap

ABC Radio Australia  2008-09-01

"Life in the Ludlow Street Jail" - Unsigned - New York Tribune

 "Mr. ____, I have determined to send you to prison," smoke like a knell on my ear. Little Tommy, the office boy, could have knocked me down with a feater; the more stalwart Johnny Weinheimer could, at that moment, ahve rendered my children fatherless and my wife a widow with an ease which woudl have utterly astonished him. . . . 'The face is, Mr. _____, I have reason to suspect that there is something rotten in Mr. Warden Tracey's state of Denmark . . .."

The New York Tribune  1871-05-30

"Manly Sports" - John Stanley James - The Argus

The Argus  1876-09-30

"A Night in a Model Lodging House" - John Stanley James - Argus

"There is barely room to walk between the beds; stretching out my arm, I could easily place my hand on the forehead of the man in the next bed; in need, I was distrubed in th enight by a stroke on the cheek from the hand of my lef-hand neighbour, who lashed out wildly, killing mosquitoes in his dreams..."

The Argus  1876-04-15

"Hospital Funerals" - John Stanley James - The Argus (Melbourne, AUJ

 " ... The patient being dead, what happens to him? The first thing done is to communicate wiht his friends and ascertain if they are able or willing to bury him. If not, he receives a pauper's funeral at thee Melbourne General Cemetery. . . . "

The Argus  1876-12-23

"A Day in the Immigrant's Home" - John Stanley James - The Argus (Melbourne AU)

 "What is a home? Turning to the dictionaries I find it variously described as a 'place of constant residence;' . . . And so I think the Immigrants' Home is misnamed. Certainly, as a place of constant residence, it is not the home desired by immigrants or to be pointed out as a great inducement to bring people 12,000miles acaross the sea to settle in Victoria. It is not their own house or private dwelling, and if peole dwell together there it cannot be said to be the above of their affections.. . . "

The Argus  1876-04-29

"Revealed: How Whisper App Tracks 'Anonymous' Users" - Paul Lewis and Dominic Rushe - The Guardian

 "The company behind Whisper, the social media app that promises users anonymity and claims to be 'the safest place on the internet,' is tracking the location of its users, including some who have specifically asked not to be followed."

The Guardian  2014-10-16

"Maggie Martin, 933" - Madeleine Zabriskie Doty - The Century

 "...Then came the bath, taken in public, with the aid of the little colored convict. Under direction, she scrubbed andscsrubbed,w e being told to keep hands off. Some one originated the theory that all convicts are dirty,a nd truly it is on that theory that the whole prison system is built. A convict means dirt, physical, mental and moral and is treated accordingly That this may not be the case makes no impression. I was a convict; therefore, I was full of vermin..."

The Century Illustrated  1914-10-01

"Adventures in Anti-Land" - Floyd Dell - The Masses

The Masses  1915-11-01

II-"Payoff Risk Slight Under Policy Terms" - Linda Solomon and Carolyn Shoulders - Nashville Tennessean

 "If Charles Sims loses a foot in an accident while riding in a car down a highway, Liberty National Insurance Co. will award him $500.  "But if he is riding in a ruck at the time of such an accident, he is out of luck. Liberty National will not pay. . . . "

The Nashville Tennessean  1978-08-21

I-"Industrial Policy Premiums Pay Firms Big Profit" - Carolyn Shoulders and Linda Solomon - The Nashville Tennessean

 First in the series.

The Nashville Tennessean  1978-08-20

"I Saw Another Side of North Korea While Traveling Undercover" - Benjamin Mack - Business Insider

 "For eight days, I lived undercover, hiding the truth from my traveling companions and near-ubiquitous military guards. . . .Panic shot through me when the North Koreans looked at my passport, inside which was my worker's permit for Germany which states I'm a journalist . . . Fortunately they couldn't read the German . . . " 

Business Insider  2014-05-08

"Caught on Video: Can Herbalife Cure a Brain Tumor?" - Brian Ross, Matthew Mosk, Rym Momtaz and William Gallego - ABC News

"Nearly 600 independent distributors of the diet and nutrition sales brand Herbalife were disciplined last year for making medical claims when selling the company’s weight-loss shakes and supplements, despite company policies aimed at preventing such tactics.  "Herbalife revealed the internal figures after an ABC News undercover investigation found numerous examples of distributors boasting to potential customers that the company’s products helped treat maladies ranging from diabetes to heart disease."  

ABC News  2014-04-23

"Working Under Cover in an Elderly Care Home" - Alex Lee - BBC Panorama

"One staff member has been sacked and seven others suspended from an Essex care home following a panorama investigation into poor care. This is the undercover reporter's account."

BBC News  2014-04-29

"Photos & Text! Anas Aremeyaw Anas' Latest 'Trafficked and Abused'"

"Intelligence information on the activities of the trafficking ring was first circulated by the International Police Agency, INTERPOL. After receiving the information, 5 months of extensive undercover work was undertaken by Anas Aremeyaw Anas, leading to the arrest of the traffickers. The operation was also assisted by the US and UK embassies, and the Vietnamese Embassy.  Having established that these women were being hired out to clients who had the option of either spending time with them at the Jang Mi Guest House in Takoradi or taking them to another location and returning them on an agreed date and time, our undercover reporter set out to unmask the faces whose activities led to the abuse and prostitution of these girls. . . . "

enewsgh.com - Proudly Ghanaian  2014-03-12

"One-Percent Jokes and Plutocrats in Drag: What I Saw When I Crashed a Wall Street Secret Society" - Kevin Roose - New York Magazine

"Looking up at him from an elegant dinner of rack of lamb and foie gras were many of the most famous investors in the world, including executives from nearly every too-big-to-fail bank, private equity megafirm, and major hedge fund. AIG CEO Bob Benmosche was there, as were Wall Street superlawyer Marty Lipton and Alan “Ace” Greenberg, the former chairman of Bear Stearns. And those were just the returning members. Among the neophytes were hedge fund billionaire and major Obama donor Marc Lasry and Joe Reece, a high-ranking dealmaker at Credit Suisse. All told, enough wealth and power was concentrated in the St. Regis that night that if you had dropped a bomb on the roof, global finance as we know it might have ceased to exist."

New York Magazine  2014-02-18

"Panhandling Undercover" - Raymond Rendleman - Lake Oswego Review

 "Spears, 33, served for a year in the U.S. military's Iraq operations before using the 9/11 G.I. Bill to pay the costs for earnng an economics and political science degree from George Fox University this spring.  "Standing for 80 hours on the OC exit ramp started as a project to satisfy his own curiosity during summer break before his senior year. With his eye-opening findings, he successfully raised $5,000 through an online kickstarter campaign to launch his literary career."  

Pamplin Media  2014-01-30

"INVESTIGATION: Inside Nigeria's Ruthless Human Trafficking Mafia" - Tobore Ovuorie - Premium Times (Nigeria)

"We are 10 at the boot camp: Adesuwa, Isoken, LIzzy, Mairo, Adamu, Ini, Tessy, Omai and I. We have travelled together in a 14 seater bus from Lagos, hoping to arrive in Italy soon. We are eager to get to the 'next level' as it is called: from local prostitution to hopefully earning big bucks abroad. But first, it turns out, we have to pass through 'training' in this massive secluded compound guarded by armed military men, far from any other human being, somewhere in the thick bushes outside Ikorodu, a suburb of Lagos. Our trafficker, Mama Caro, welcomes us in flawless English, telling us how lucky and special we are; then she ushers us to a roomo where we are to sleep on the floor without any dinner.  "I had not expected this. We had exercised, through a risk analysis role play, in advance: my paper, Premium Times, and our partners in the project, a colleague-Reece Adanwenon-- in the Republic of Benin, and ZAM Chronicles in Amsterdam. We had put in place contacts, emergency phone numbers, safe houses, emergency money accounts. We had made transport and extraction arrangements. Ms. Reece is waiting in Cotonou, 100 kilometers to the West in neighbouring Benin, to pick me up from an agreed meeting place. But we hadn't foreseen that there was to be another stop first: this isolated, guarded camp in the middle of nowhere. It danws on me that we could be in big trouble."

Premium Times (Nigeria)  2014-01-24

"Inside Cambodia's Hidden Child Brothels" - CNN - Mira Sorvino

" . . . On the fifth floor we are immediately led to a giant windowed 'fishbowl' where at least 20 girls sit on bleacher[s] to be observed and picked. Scott walks in front of the pane; they respond to his macho energy, rising and preening.  "I have my iPhone in hand and itching to take a picture when suddenly things go horribly sideways. A white-clad girl in the bowl suddenly jumps up and starts screaming, 'She take a picture!!' She runs into the lobby and a grim-faced Mama-san bustles up to us. The girl crowds us and accuses me; more people start to gather. My friends advise me to erase the picture - but I haven't taken any! I try and stand my ground and keep saying, 'I didn't take a picture.' But I am becoming very nervous and the situation is getting ugly. . . . " 

CNN  2013-12-11

"Undercover Film Exposes 'Fagin School' Teaching Bulgarians to Pick Pockets" - Ian Gallagher - London Daily Mail

 "The Kardarashi lead ordered, comfortable lives and compared with other Roma groups they enjoy a high standard of living. They choose to live in the suburbs of Stara Zagora, rather than more ramshackle settlements in the city centre.  " . . . Even by Roma standards, the clan is particularly insular and conservative. Disputs are always settled internally by a strictly hierarchical leadership and there is little interaction with mainstream authority. The police simply leave them alone.   " 'Yes, we train our children to pick pockets but we educate them properly too and want them to get good jobs. Pickpocketing is just part of our heritage. . . . " 

London Daily Mail  2013-11-30

Poison Pen - Christopher Hitchens - The Atlantic

 "Jessica Mitford was one of a clutch of children born to the uncontrollably eccentric Lord and Lady Redesdale and raised in an isolated mansion where niether formal education or contact with outsiders was permitted. Only one of the sisters, Deborah, fulfilled parental expectation by marrying a duke. of the remainder, unity and Diana betrayed their country; if not their class, by falling in love with Adolf Hitler in the first instance and Sir Oswald Mosley - founder of the British Blackshirt movement (and the nonfiction model for Roderick Spode) -- in the second. Antoher sister, Nancy, became a celebrated novelist and brittle social observer.  "In bold contrast, so to say, Jessica eloped with a Communist nephew of Winston CHurchill's named Esmond Romilly, fled to Spain to support the Republican cause, and emigrated to the United States as the Second World War was approaching . . ." 

Atlantic Monthly  2006-10-01

"The Dream Boat" - Luke Mogelson and Joel Van Houdt - New York Times Magazine

 "In September, in one of these trucks, I sat across from a recently married couple in their 20s, from Tehran. The wife, who was seven months pregnant, wore a red blouse stretched over her stomach; the husband a tank top, thick-rimmed glasses and a faux hawk that revealed a jagged scar (courtesy, he said, of the Iranian police.) Two months had passed since they flew to Jakarta; this was their fourth attempt to leave. Twice, en route to the boat that would bring them to Australia, they were intercepted, detained and paid bribes for their release. Another time, the boat foundered shortly after starting out. All the same, they were confident this trip would be different. Like everyone else's in the truck, theirs was a desperate kind of faith. "Tonight wwe will succeed," the husband assured me. They were determined that their child be born 'there.'"

New York Times Magazine  2013-11-17

"My 2 Days Working Undercover at Moscow's Sadovod Market"

"Fruz and I started talking about what kind of job I could fill at the market. I had three options: to become a sweeper, a porter or a vendor.  "To work as a sweeper is the easiest job. You collect a daily salary of 400 rubles ($12) for pubshing a broom along one of the market's many rows.   "The job of porter is much harder. First, you have to pay 1,700 rubles ($52) for a black-and-orange uniform and a birka, a card that shows you have the right to work at the market. Then you have to buy a cart and pay a daily fee of 400 rubles to use it at the market. . .    "Vendors are at the top of the market's hierarchy. They just sit in the shops and sell goods. . . . " 

The Moscow Times  2013-11-07

"The Man Who Saves You From Yourself" - Harper's - Nathaniel Rich

 "Nobody ever joins a cult. One joins a nonprofit group that promotes green technology, animal rights, or transcendantal meditation. One joines a yoga class or an entrepreneurial workshop . . . a recruit must never suspect he or she is being recruited. The second rule is that the cult must monopolize the recruit's time. . . ."

Harper's  2013-11-01

"The Best Little Hell House in Texas" - Vice - Harmon Leon

 ". . .  'When the visitors come in,' Brother Thomas says, leading me to the room where a fake abortion performed by actors using grocery store meat to simulate a discarded fetus is supposed to scare kids away from premarital sex, 'what I need you to do is yell in a strong voice, 'Watch the steps!' If we don't say, 'Watch your step,' and they fall, we're liable."

Vice  2013-10-31

"I Got Hired at a Bangladesh Sweatshop. Meet my 9-year-old Boss" - Raveena Aulakh - Toronto Star

 " . . . Meem is 9 years old and works as a sewing helper in a garment factory. For a few days this summer, she was also my boss.  She taught me tricks of trimming. She taught me to smile when my back ached. She taught me some Bengali words.   Sab bhalo. It is all okay.    

Toronto Star  2013-10-11

"I Got Hired at a Bangladesh Sweatshop. Meet my 9-year-old Boss" - Raveena Aulakh - Toronto Star

 " . . . Meem is 9 years old and works as a sewing helper in a garment factory. For a few days this summer, she was also my boss.  She taught me tricks of trimming. She taught me to smile when my back ached. She taught me some Bengali words.   Sab bhalo. It is all okay.    

Toronto Star  Friday, October 11, 2013

"The brothel worker: 'I regret not working in the sex trade as soon as I got here'" - Hsiao-Hung Pai - The Guardian

". . .I detected Grace's disappointment when I said I was just a maid who offered no other services. Mia urged me to "try it out". Many housekeepers end up doing zhuangzhong, she said. 'All you need is a makeover.' She studied me with a professional air. 'You've still got the face for the job. You need to do it when you don't look like an old lady yet.' . . ."

The Guardian  2013-04-14

"Anas Aremeyaw Anas: How I named, shamed and jailed" - TedTalks

TedTalks  2013-06-05

"The Messiah of Mentukwa" - Anas Aremeyaw Anas

"She convinced her followers to travel miles away from their friends, families and possessions to a place where they were to live a holy life in preparation for the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. They settled in the bushes of Mentukwa – far from the prying eyes of the public and the scrutiny of authorities.In this groundbreaking documentary, ace undercover reporter Anas Aremeyaw Anas joined the church. He took the name Joseph Jesus Christ. With his hidden camera, Anas went behind the history and the operations of the church by dispelling myths."

"Ghana's Sex Mafia" - Anas Aremeyaw Anas

"Multiple international award-winning undercover reporter, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, goes undercover in this riveting documentary to expose a highly organized human trafficking ring working across the West African sub-region.For years, James Xu Jin, Chou Xiou Ving and Sam Shan Zifan have eluded law enforcement officials with their tricks. They lure poor, innocent and vulnerable Chinese girls into West Africa and force them into prostitution. The girls are held in bondage; their passports are confiscated and the traffickers profit from their sexual enslavement."

"Deadly Gold" - Anas Aremeyaw Anas

"Washington DC taxicabs: 20 tested, all 20 fail WUSA9 undercover overnight sting" - Nadia Pflaum and Russ Ptacek - WUSA 9

". . .We started at midnight, when the inspectors with the DC Taxi Commission go off-duty. When our investigation ended at 4:00 a.m., we had not found a single driver who was in compliance with DC Taxis Commission's rulebook. . . "

WUSA 9  2013-08-01

"WUSA9 undercover, overnight taxi sting nets ten times more violations than reported, on average, by District inspectors" - Russ Ptacek and Nadia Pflaum - WUSA 9

". . . Unlike DCTC inspectors, WUSA9 tested undercover and began at midnight when normal inspector shifts end, leaving taxis unsupervised for eight hours.'Your statistical analysis is not sufficient,' said Ron Linton, Chairman of the DC Taxi Commission, after watching the results of that taxi sting. 'You don't know what percentage you found.' . . ."

WUSA 9  2013-08-05

"Inside: Secret America - 'Bath Salts'" - Darren Foster and Mariana van Zeller - National Geographic Television

". . .They travel to the South, where local law enforcement is trying to shut down manufacturers and distributors a difficult task, because the chemicals used are constantly chaning and the laws cannot keep up. They go undercover with Marines in San Diego to local smoke shops to see how easy it is for someone to buy synthetic marijuana and bath salts."

National Geographic Television  2013-07-31

"Inside: Secret America - 'Armed & Undercover'" - Darren Foster and Mariana van Zeller - National Geographic Television

"In dramatic hidden-camera footage, Van Zeller and a private investigator purchase an AK-47 assault rifle in a fast food parking lot within an hour of making contact with the seller."

National Geographic Television  2013-07-24

"Inside: Secret America - 'Animal Undercover'" - Darren Foster and Mariana van Zeller - National Geographic Television

"Van Zeller and Foster first meet with covert animal activists who lead hidden camera exposés that have resulted in increased scrutiny of slaughterhouses, farms and research labs. While activists push for stricter enforcement of animal cruelty laws and increased criminal prosecutions against offenders, industry executives and lawmakers are mounting their own counterattack."

National Geographic Television  Wednesday, July 31, 2013

"Inside: Secret America - 'American Sex Slave'" - Darren Foster and Mariana van Zeller - National Geographic Television

". . . For someone on the outside looking in, a few questions arise. How does a young girl come into this lifestyle? And why don't they just leave? . . ."

National Geographic Television  2013-07-24

"A Mental Ward Exposed" - Charlie Lord - National Public Radio

"Byberry's A building was nicknamed the 'incontinent ward.' It was a large, open room with a concrete floor. There were no chairs, no activities, no therapy, not even a radio to listen to. Hundreds of men - most of them naked - walked aimlessly or huddled against the filthy walls. 'It was terrible,' Lord recalls. 'The smell was just awful; the men went anywhere, wherever they were ... on the floor kitchen, dining room, everywhere.'"

National Public Radio  2009-12-30

"Tennessee pastor goes undercover as homeless man for week" - Tim Parrish - Gannett Tennessee

". . .Pastor Willie's wife, Suzette, dropped him off in downtown Clarksville early Monday morning, June 17, and he lived on the street through the morning of Friday, June 21. In those four and a half days, he learned a great deal about the homeless, the working poor who face hunger daily and those in need of spiritual and emotional help. It was not comfortable. . ."

Gannett Tennessee  2013-07-08

"Patrick Mercer declares payment he accepted from undercover reporters" - Peter Dominiczak - The Telegraph

". . .A Daily Telegraph and BBC Panorama investigation found that the MP for Newark, had tabled five questions to government ministers and put down a parliamentary motion after being paid a total of £4,000 as part of a contract he believed would earn him £24,000 a year. The parliamentary questions were based on a draft given to him by an undercover reporter purporting to be a lobbyist for businesses with interests in Fiji. . ."

The Telegraph  2013-06-18

"The Expose as a Progressive Tool" - Albert Deutsch - Mental Hygiene

". . .What have these exposes accomplished? Have they helped or harmed the drive for improved mental hospitals and expanded mental health facilities? In either case, how can they be made more effective tools of progress? The expose, like the surgeon's scalpel, is a useful, but dangerous instrument. Its application can be constructive or destructive, depending on the user's skill, integreity, sensitivity, and timing. As applied to mental hospital conditions, its development can be traced to two widely divergent trends exemplified by the work of two remarkable women of the past century. . ."

"Fakes, fraud and forgery in Lloyds PPI selling scandal" - James Dean - The Times (London)

". . .An investigation by The Times into Lloyds Banking Group has found that contractors employed at its largest PPI complaint handling unit were taught how to play the system to the detriment of clients. . ."

The London Times  Tuesday, June 11, 2013

"Undercover Times probe reveals Lloyds PPI complaints failures" - Daniel Grote - New Model Adviser

". . .An undercover Times reporter went through the recruitment and training process to work as a complaints handler at Royal Mint Court in London.He was told that some bank salesman had faked PPI information in agreements on loan sales, and that complaint handlers should effectively turn a blind eye to the risk of fraud. . ."

New Model Adviser  2013-06-11

"The Bureau applauds the Guardian's pursuit of NI, but undercover reporting is still important" - The Bureau of Investigative Journalism

". . .The Guardian has shown how reporters and investigators working for News International abandoned the principle of public interest and the need for prima facie evidence to justify its investigations. . ."

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism  2011-07-12

"Anthropologist's 'Dick Tracy moment' plays role in arrest of suspected kidney trafficker" - Daily News

"The Brooklyn man arrested Thursday for dealing in black-market kidneys was identified to the FBI seven years ago as a major figure in a global human organ ring. Levy-Izhak Rosenbaum's name, address and even phone number were passed to an FBI agent in a meeting at the Roosevelt Hotel in Manhattan by a prominent anthropologist who has been studying and documenting organ trafficking for more than a decade. . ."

New York Daily News  2009-07-24

Reaction: "ACORN Exposed" - Matthew Vadum - The American Spectator

". . .The sensational undercover video showed ACORN Housing employees in the group’s Baltimore office trying to help the two journalists set up a brothel. The pair told ACORN employees that underage girls from El Salvador were ready to enter the U.S. and start working as child prostitutes. . ."

The American Spectator  2009-09-14

"Three Pinnacol Board Members go on Luxury Company Trip" - CALL7 - ABC News Denver

". . .The video shows three Pinnacol board members – Board President Gary Johnson, ethics member Debra Lovejoy and board member Ryan Hettich – golfing at $495 a round, staying in rooms that the hotel says start at $695 a night and enjoying dinner and cocktail parties. Johnson brought his wife and Lovejoy was joined by her fiancée. . ."

ABC News  2010-08-12

"A decade of being the man behind the mask" - Unsigned - China Daily/Asia News Network

". . .I have been punched many times and was once exposed while investigating a secret industry. A man threatened to kill me if I reported the truth, so I never did.That's the reason I never use my real name in my articles and am wearing a mask today. . ."

Asia One News  2010-06-01

"A cheap way to deliver quick results as newspapers slug it out in hard times" - Phillip Knightley - The Independent

". . .The ethics about undercover reporting are far from clear. The journalist has to weigh the public interest of the story and the importance of what is being revealed, against the opprobrium of the technique and the victim's feeling, often shared by the reader, that they have been lied to and deceived. Donal MacIntyre, who went undercover many times for the BBC, said: 'The golden rule is this: as an undercover reporter you must never encourage anyone to say or do anything they would not otherwise do if you had not been there' . . ."

The Independent  2010-05-24

"Liberal Democrats to step up demands for lobbyist register as Patrick Mercer scandal grows and peers are snared by undercover reporters" - Brian Brady and Paul Cahalan - The Independent

". . .The Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, is expected to demand the Government honours its commitment to establish an official register of lobbyists, in the wake of allegations that Mr Mercer, a Tory MP, lobbied on behalf of Fiji after being paid thousands of pounds by undercover reporters. . ."

The Independent (UK)  2013-06-02

"LSE anger at BBC Panorama over North Korea trip" - BBC News

". . .'For us, this is a matter of student welfare - students were lied to, they weren't able to give their consent.'She said all LSE's future research was 'now at risk'. 'I think the trip was organised by the BBC as potentially a ruse for them to get into North Korea and that's disgraceful. They've used students essentially as a human shield in this situation.' . . ."

BBC News  2013-04-14

"Reporter's notebook: Going undercover inside Bangladesh garment factory" - Holly Williams - CBS News

". . .To get a candid view of Bangladesh's garment factories, we posed as buyers. We told the managers we met that we wanted to source clothes as cheaply as possible.What we saw inside some of their factories was hair-raising. In one four-story facility we noticed there were hardly any fire extinguishers. On a floor where several hundred workers toiled over sewing machines, we counted only two extinguishers. Signs on the wall marked where they should have been. . ."

CBS News  2013-05-23

"MP Patrick Mercer quits Tory whip Over Panorama lobbying inquiry" - Unsigned - BBC News

". . .A clip of Mr Mercer being filmed undercover has been released by Panorama. It shows the MP meeting with an undercover reporter, who was posing as a representative of the fake company.Mr Mercer can be heard saying: "I do not charge a great deal of money for these things. I would normally come out at £500 per half day, so £1,000 a day." The undercover reporter replies: "Ok fine." Panorama said it had paid Mr Mercer £4,000 for working two days a month at a rate of £2,000 per month, but that the money had yet to be declared to the parliamentary authorities. . ."

BBC News  2013-05-31

"Tibet: A Losing Battle? (Part 2)" - Christopher Davis, Mark Thompson and David Boratav - France 24

France 24  2013-05-31

"Journalism: To Sting or Not to Sting?" - Roy Greenslade - The Guardian

". . .These are especially obvious when undercover reporting methods and elaborate subterfuge are used. Editors overseeing such investigations have to ask themselves several questions. The first one is the most crucial of all: is there enough prima facie evidence of wrongdoing by a person to warrant a sophisticated sting operation? . . ."

The Guardian  2013-06-02

"Impact of Mirage Series Still Felt 35 Years Later" – William Recktenwald – St. Louis Journalism Review presents Gateway Journalism Review

"Thirty-five years have passed, but the series is still talked about — not so much as to what was reported, but how it was reported, and its impact not on the crooks that were exposed, but on reporting methods."

Gateway Journalism ReviewSt. Louis Journalism Review  2013-03-01

"The Media's Intrusion on Privacy: Balancing the Rights of Privacy and the Press: A Reply to Professor Smolla" – Erwin Chemerinsky – The George Washington Law Review

The George Washington Law Review  1999-06-01

"The Media's Intrusion on Privacy: Privacy and the First Amendment Right to Gather News" – Rodney A. Smolla – The George Washington Law Review

The George Washington Law Review  1999-06-01

"When a Reporter Is An Uninvited Guest" - Margaret Sullivan - New York Times

 "...  I would see the case far differently if a Times reporter had been eavesdropping on a private citizens for a salacious story or had illegally broken into a private home. That would be unacceptable -- but it wasn't what happened."  "My conclusion: Given the buttoned-down, scrubbed-up way politicians present themselves, it's challenging for reporters to get under the surface. And it's important for citizens that they do.   "What Mr. Lipton [the reporter, Eric Lipton] did should not become an everyday practice. But -- seen in this wider context -- it's not nly pretty small stuff, but also reflects some journalistic initiative that serves Times readers well."    

The New York Times  2013-04-26

"When a Reporter Is An Uninvited Guest" - Margaret Sullivan - New York Times

 "...  I would see the case far differently if a Times reporter had been eavesdropping on a private citizens for a salacious story or had illegally broken into a private home. That would be unacceptable -- but it wasn't what happened."  "My conclusion: Given the buttoned-down, scrubbed-up way politicians present themselves, it's challenging for reporters to get under the surface. And it's important for citizens that they do.   "What Mr. Lipton [the reporter, Eric Lipton] did should not become an everyday practice. But -- seen in this wider context -- it's not nly pretty small stuff, but also reflects some journalistic initiative that serves Times readers well."    

The New York Times  2013-04-26

"When a Reporter Is An Uninvited Guest" - Margaret Sullivan - New York Times

 "...  I would see the case far differently if a Times reporter had been eavesdropping on a private citizens for a salacious story or had illegally broken into a private home. That would be unacceptable -- but it wasn't what happened."  "My conclusion: Given the buttoned-down, scrubbed-up way politicians present themselves, it's challenging for reporters to get under the surface. And it's important for citizens that they do.   "What Mr. Lipton [the reporter, Eric Lipton] did should not become an everyday practice. But -- seen in this wider context -- it's not nly pretty small stuff, but also reflects some journalistic initiative that serves Times readers well."    

The New York Times  2013-04-26

"When a Reporter Is An Uninvited Guest" - Margaret Sullivan - New York Times

 "...  I would see the case far differently if a Times reporter had been eavesdropping on a private citizens for a salacious story or had illegally broken into a private home. That would be unacceptable -- but it wasn't what happened."  "My conclusion: Given the buttoned-down, scrubbed-up way politicians present themselves, it's challenging for reporters to get under the surface. And it's important for citizens that they do.   "What Mr. Lipton [the reporter, Eric Lipton] did should not become an everyday practice. But -- seen in this wider context -- it's not nly pretty small stuff, but also reflects some journalistic initiative that serves Times readers well."    

The New York Times  2013-04-26

"Tax Lobby Builds Ties to Chairman of Finance Panel" - Eric Lipton - New York Times

"'It allows us to scare off opponents,' Mr. Wilkins told the group, which included former Baucus aides turned lobbyists, at a Capitol Hill townhouse owned by Federal Express. 'It is the basis of everything we do. So thank you for your support and everything you have done for Senator Baucus.'" A New York Times reporter in attendance was asked to leave the private event. . . . "

The New York Times  2013-04-06

"Tax Lobby Builds Ties to Chairman of Finance Panel" - Eric Lipton - New York Times

"'It allows us to scare off opponents,' Mr. Wilkins told the group, which included former Baucus aides turned lobbyists, at a Capitol Hill townhouse owned by Federal Express. 'It is the basis of everything we do. So thank you for your support and everything you have done for Senator Baucus.'" A New York Times reporter in attendance was asked to leave the private event. . . . "

The New York Times  2013-04-06

"Panorama North Korea documentary goes undercover with 5.1 million" – Mark Sweney - The Guardian (UK)

"The BBC's controversial Panorama documentary, North Korea Undercover, attracted an average of more than 5 million viewers on Monday night. The storm of controversy surrounding Panorama journalist John Sweeney, who used a trip organised by the London School of Economics to infiltrate and film in the secretive nation, helped fuel bumper ratings for the BBC."

The Guardian  2013-04-16

"Panorama: North Korea Undercover – TV review" – Sam Wollaston - The Guardian (UK)

"'Journalists are all but banned from North Korea, so I'm going in undercover," says John Sweeney. I think he quite likes saying that. He is of course with a group of LSE students on a study trip, pretending to be a history teacher. He looks the part too. Don't forget they don't really have the internet in North Korea, so they won't have seen his famous Scientology rant on YouTube."

The Guardian  2013-04-15

"BBC denies endangering students with undercover visit to North Korea" - The Guardian (UK)

"The BBC has denied claims that it put students from a London university at risk when an undercover journalist accompanied them on a field trip to North Korea. John Sweeney, a reporter for the Panorama programme, is said to have joined the student group from the London School of Economics (LSE) on a visit to the communist country so he could carry out secret filming."

The Guardian  2013-04-14

"BBC Tactics in Covering North Korea Are Faulted" - Ravi Somaiya - The New York Times

"As tensions escalated between North Korea and the world late last month, a small group of students from the prestigious London School of Economics crossed the border into the reclusive country for what was described by organizers as a government-sanctioned “week of sight seeing, meeting with ministers, government officials” and academics. But among the students, the university announced in an outraged statement over the weekend, were three BBC journalists filming an undercover documentary."

The New York Times  2013-04-15

"North Korea Undercover" – John Sweeney - BBC One Panorama

"While North Korea's 'Supreme Commander' Kim Jong-Un has been threatening thermo-nuclear war against the United States, Panorama reporter John Sweeney spent eight days undercover inside the most rigidly-controlled nation on Earth. Travelling from the capital Pyongyang to the countryside beyond and to the de-Militarised Zone on the border with South Korea, Sweeney witnesses a landscape bleak beyond words, a people brainwashed for three generations and a regime happy to give the impression of marching towards Armageddon."

BBC One  2013-04-15

"23 year-old Homeless Woman Found Dead" – Ishimaru Jiro – Rimjin-gang – ASIAPRESS International

"A 23 year-old woman Rimjin-gang reporter Kim Dong-cheol previously interviewed was recently found dead in a field. Kim was conducting undercover reporting in South Pyongan Province in June 2010 when he met an emaciated, soot-blackened woman in the suburb of the city. With a weak voice, she told Kim she had recently lost her parents, her home, and had since been living in the streets. Kim couldn’t catch her name because of her weak voice."

ASIAPRESS InternationalASIAPRESS English  2011-02-11

"June 2010 South Pyongan Province" – Kim Dong-cheol – Rimjin-gang – ASIAPRESS International

ASIAPRESS EnglishASIAPRESS International  2010-12-03

Blog: "The Way of All Flesh" – Ted Conover - tedconover.com

"A couple of years ago, I applied for a job as a USDA meat inspector. Most inspectors work inside slaughterhouses; I thought it would be a good way to take a closer look at that world. Last fall I finally got hired."

"The Way of All Flesh" – Ted Conover - Harper's Magazine

"The cattle arrive in perforated silver trailers called cattle pots that let in wind and weather and vent out their hot breath and flatus. It’s hard to see inside a cattle pot. The drivers are in a hurry to unload and leave, and are always speeding by. (When I ask Lefty how meat gets bruised, he says, “You ever see how those guys drive?”) The trucks have come from feedlots, some nearby, some in western Nebraska, a few in Iowa. The plant slaughters about 5,100 cattle each day, and a standard double-decker cattle pot holds only about forty, so there’s a constant stream of trucks pulling in to disgorge, even before the line starts up a little after six a.m."

Harper's  2013-05-01

"Alleged Prositution in Philippines" - Nightline - ABC News

ABC News  2013-02-25

"Councillors for Hire Who Give Firms Planning Advice" - Holly Watt, Claire Newell and Ben Bryant - The Telegraph

". . .Despite apparently creating the potential for a conflict of interest, it is not illegal for councillors to work as paid consultants. Councils are expected to face an increase in applications for building when new planning laws take effect at the end of this month. . ."

The Telegraph  2013-03-10

"The Amazon Archipelago" - Ida Ince - Critical Legal Thinking

". . .Con­trol is abso­lute: the work­ers are under 24 hour sur­veil­lance. They work under guard, they eat at the guards’ behest. They travel under guard. They are put into and taken from their rooms by guards. If they are not ready on time, either because they are asleep or in the shower, the guards enter the cramped quar­ters to hurry them on their way. . ."

Critical Legal Thinking  2013-02-15

"WHDH Takes and Undercover Look at Medical Marijuana Certifications" - Merrill Knox - TV Spy

". . .Massachusetts law permits doctors to give a marijuana certification to possess and grow a 60 day supply “after a full assessment” of the “patients medical history” they think the “benefits would outweigh the health risks,” according to WHDH. The producer went to three clinics with just the x-rays — which were of a yellow Labrador’s elbow — and no detailed medical records. She was able to obtain a certification at two of the three health clinics. . ."

TV Spy  2013-03-26

"Cruel Fraud" - Pia Malbran, Lamont L. Belton, Jeff Glor - CBS News

CBS News  2013-03-12

"Councillors for Hire Who Give Firms Planning Advice" - Holly Watt, Claire Newell and Ben Bryant - The Telegraph

". . .Despite apparently creating the potential for a conflict of interest, it is not illegal for councillors to work as paid consultants. Councils are expected to face an increase in applications for building when new planning laws take effect at the end of this month. . ."

The Telegraph  2013-03-10

"Undercover Reporter 'Haunted' by Abuse of Patients" - Joe Casey - BBC Panorama

On a near-daily basis, I watched as some of the very people entrusted with the care of society's most vulnerable targeted patients - often, it seemed, for their own amusement. They are scenes of torment that are not easily forgotten.The targets had no way of defending themselves or speaking out. Anyone who questioned the abuse met a wall of silence.

BBC News  2011-05-31

"Battle for the Elephants Episode 1: The Plight of the Elephant" - J.J. Kelley - A Voice for Elephants

"Since the opening up of the Chinese market and the growth of its economy, ivory—once a precious material reserved for the ruling elite—has become increasingly available to the growing Chinese middle class. To help tell this story our team is with one of the top experts in the world, and the author of the upcoming article that coincidentally could get them kicked out of the country, if exposed. . ."

National Geographic  2013-02-08

"Introduction: Battle for the Elephants" - J.J. Kelley - A Voice for Elephants

". . .As a producer on the upcoming PBS Special, Battle for the Elephants, I was part of an international team that went undercover to investigate the illegal ivory trade. Our team knew early on that we had to take a holistic approach to documenting this story. The ivory trade—and it’s devastating impact on elephant populations—doesn’t just come down to “evil” poachers in Africa killing elephants without regard, nor is it merely a lust for ivory in Asia. . ."

National Geographic  2013-02-06

"Battle for the Elephants" - Bryan Christy & Aidan Hartley - National Geographic

National Geographic  2013-02-01

"Ivory Worship" - Bryan Christy - National Geographic Magazine

'“Ivory, ivory, ivory,” says the saleswoman at the Savelli Gallery on St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City. “You didn’t expect so much. I can see it in your face.” The Vatican has recently demonstrated a commitment to confronting transnational criminal problems, signing agreements on drug trafficking, terrorism, and organized crime. But it has not signed the CITES treaty and so is not subject to the ivory ban. If I buy an ivory crucifix, the saleswoman says, the shop will have it blessed by a Vatican priest and shipped to me.'

National Geographic Magazine  2013-01-01