Best of 2012: International journalism

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opednews.com Headlined to H4 12/31/12

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In 2012, ICIJ explored the developing black market for coltan, a mineral used in an array of electronic devices. Reporters in six countries combed government and court records and interviewed mining experts and brokers. The reporters also followed miners as they prospected for coltan in South America's Amazon, in the border between Venezuela and Colombia, where they face cross-border smugglers and must deal with violent drug traffickers and paramilitaries.

Skin and Bone was an eight-month investigation into the trade of human tissue for medical purposes. Inquiries were conducted across 11 countries and the project was co-researched with National Public Radio and Newsday (USA), the Kiev Post (Ukraine), The Daily Slovakia (Slovakia) and La Voce della Repubblica Ceca (Czech Republic). After publication, RTI Biologics, one of the biggest firms in the global trade in human tissue...

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