Australia is a giant in African mining, but its vast, sometimes deadly footprint has never been examined – until now. Australian-listed mining companies are linked to hundreds of deaths and alleged injustices which wouldn’t be tolerated in better-regulated nations. “Fatal Extraction” combines traditional investigative reporting with innovative mobile and web-native presentation to reveal deaths, injuries and allegations of labor abuse involving Australian mining companies operating in Africa. “Fatal Extraction” uses primary source data that, in most cases, has never been seen before outside its country of origin. This includes court filings from Malawi, Cote d’Ivoire, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Niger and Ghana; internal incident and medical reports from Malawi, Namibia and Mali; interview transcripts and trial footage from the Democratic Republic of Congo. “Fatal Extraction” also used data obtained from freedom of information requests made to authorities in Australia and in South Africa. We built on what NPR calls a “sequential visual story” to deliver this large and complex investigation to users through a simple interface.
Eleanor Bell, Will Fitzgibbon, Chris Zubak-Skees, Cécile Schilis-Gallego | http://projects.icij.org/fatalextraction/