Sunday, 25 April 2010

Trafigura: Investigative Journalism Winners

Well, Trafigura clearly didn’t win but …. the journalists who investigated the illegal dumping of the Probo Koala’s waste, by Compagnie Tommy, the route and actions taken by the Probo Koala and the treatment of similar coker naphtha in Norway were honoured as joint winners.

An earlier post gave more details of the award and of those involved in this particular investigation.  I append virtually the entire post here.

“The investigations across several countries into the actions of Trafigura have been recognised as being of the highest order.

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists has selected the 7 finalists for the 2010 Daniel Pearl Awards for Outstanding International investigative Reporting and among them is this entry:

Kjersti Knudsson and Synnove Bakke, Norwegian Broadcasting Corp.;

David Leigh, The Guardian;

Meirion Jones and Liz MacKean, BBC Newsnight;

Jeroen Trommelen, de Volkskrant (Western Europe),

for their gutsy series “Trafigura’s Toxic Waste Dump,” which exposed how a powerful offshore oil trader poisoned 30,000 West Africans.”

I imagine that Trafigura will not like the last 13 words but I quote directly from the website of The Centre for Public Integrity.  Clearly if Trafigura object I will remove the offending words ….

Many thanks to Richard Wilson of “Don’t Get Fooled Again” for flagging up on Twitter that the winners had been announced.


  1. Excellent choice. It's good to see that there are still plentu of fine investigative journalists out there ready to get their hands dirty (and what a foetid tale this is).

    Kudos to you for not giving up on this story. Jad I carried on with Trafigura I would have just degenerated into a string of expletives

  2. Does it not bother anyone in the investigatiive journalism business that, however earnest their quest and honourable their endeavours, that their facts were wrong; their 'science' was specious; their 'medical evidence incompetent;and their absence of any political investigation of a long-term black market in dirty fuels in Abijan makes their investigation pointles and biased.They may not like Trafigura for the sin of being successful but they hold no moral high ground as their researches were amateurish and blind to facts.

  3. GK Busch or is it an Ian + abit who used to be/may still be in Blogpower.

    Hi, thanks for your comment to which I'm going to reply only briefly because I'm thinking of writing a post about the issues you raised.

    The issues you mention are valid but, as with so much of the writing which is critical of Trafigura, you over-state your case. By so doing you weaken it.

  4. I know no Ian. For details backing my opinion you are welcome to read my full comment on my website: