Over the past year, the Guardian’s reporting has exposed injustices from Tennessee to Ukraine, Ohio to the Amazon.
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How the Guardian helped free a woman jailed for voting
Our voting rights reporter exposed the injustice faced by Pamela Moses, a Black Lives Matter activist who was sentenced to six years in prison for attempting to vote in Tennessee after already being convicted of a felony. The Guardian’s Sam Levine discovered a document proving she was not at fault and she was released from prison and the charges against her dropped. Coverage of the Moses case is part of the Guardian’s ongoing commitment to reporting on voting rights and the broader struggle for American democracy.
The link of a weed killer to Parkinson’s disease
In a series of investigations, The Guardian revealed that the maker behind a pesticide called paraquat has long feared its herbicide was linked to Parkinson’s disease. Our coverage, based on hundreds of classified documents, showed how the manufacturer, Syngenta, tried to block a key scientist from joining a government regulatory body, as thousands across the US claim they have developed Parkinson’s from paraquat exposure. Our reporting was cited by a coalition of environmental groups calling on the EPA to ban paraquat in the US.
The story behind January 6th
Our investigations into the January 6 attack on the Capitol have added volumes to the public’s understanding of this pivotal day for U.S. democracy, with information on Donald Trump’s involvement in that day’s events and the work of the congressional committee charged with investigating . In at least one instance, our reporting has prompted the committee to subpoena a former Trump aide involved in talks with the ex-president about how to stop Joe Biden’s certification.
Abuse in women’s football
The Guardian has devoted considerable resources to uncovering abuse in women’s sport. Two investigations by reporter Matthew Hall led to significant changes in the game. Hubert Busby has been sacked as head coach of the Jamaica women’s team after we reported allegations of sexual assault against him by a former player. In Ohio, a prominent college coach had his license revoked after we uncovered a series of allegations of sexual misconduct and subsequent attempts to cover up the stories.
Around the world
Atrocities and Dissent in the Russia-Ukraine War
Since Russia invaded Ukraine in early 2022, the Guardian has had several reporters on the ground reporting on the brutal war. They have uncovered numerous atrocities committed by the Russians on liberated Ukrainian territory and their reporting has been cited no fewer than nine times in a European inquiry into crimes against humanity committed during the war. The Guardian has also published a series of revelations about disagreements within the Russian military and the Russian elite over Vladimir Putin’s conduct of the war.
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The “carbon bombs” will trigger a catastrophic climate collapse
A Guardian investigation found dozens of huge oil and gas projects are planned that, if fully developed, would each release more than a billion tons of CO2 emissions and pose a major threat to the global community’s goal of limiting global warming to 1.5°C. As a result, the phrase “carbon bomb” has now entered common parlance, and a coalition of environmental advocates, investigative journalists and activists has sprung up to challenge the carbon bomb projects.
A chaotic year in British politics
British politics broke its own record for chaos in 2022. Prime Ministers came and went with alarming regularity, and the nation buried the pound, the queen, and her world standing in quick succession. The Guardian’s political team upheld its century-old record of holding British politicians accountable, exposing the mistakes of Boris Johnson and Liz Truss, two prime ministers who were ousted from office within months by the garden parties then in charge of Johnson’s political decline to the derogatory comments Truss made about her own citizens.
to live with long covid
As the pandemic slows, millions of people worldwide continue to suffer from long Covid. With research into the disease still in its infancy, the Guardian embarked on a global effort to document the “long-distance drivers” living with the disease. We spoke to the head of the World Health Organization who was sounding the alarm about this “mass disruption event” and to ailing doctors who are being questioned by their colleagues. We’ve tracked the debilitating effects of the disease on young people. And we also asked you, dear Guardian readers, to share your experiences with the long Covid. More than 2,000 of you have replied.
In 2013, our global exclusive uncovered the slave-like conditions faced by migrant workers preparing for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar – thousands of whom have died in mysterious circumstances. Since then we’ve relentlessly reported on the corruption, human rights abuses and homophobia that tarnished the event before it even started.
A Guardian worker was murdered in the Amazon
Much like the US, Brazil faced a critical stress test for its democracy in 2022 – one it passed when Jair Bolsonaro appeared to have accepted his defeat in the country’s presidential election. The Guardian reported persistently on Bolsonaro’s presidency, with a particular focus on the devastating consequences for the Amazon. That focus took a tragic turn with the killings of Dom Phillips, a longtime Guardian contributor, and his friend, indigenous rights activist Bruno Pereira. Our coverage of their disappearance and what it all meant for indigenous rights and the environment has captivated the world.