Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Investigations: Your E-Trash's New Home in Ghana

Congrats to a team of enterprising UBC journalism students for their nomination for two Emmy Awards for this doc that tracked what happens to trashed computers, cellphones and TVs. Hundreds of millions of kilos of electronic garbage, which contains toxic material like mercury, lead and brominated flame retardants, have wound up in dumps in Ghana, where it is causing a big environmental mess, reported the doc, which aired on PBS Frontline/World.
The students, whose prof is former 60 Minutes producer Peter Klein, also discovered that gangs are going through discarded hard drives and finding all sorts of confidential personal information and in some cases classified government secrets. Peter also happens to sit on the advisory board of the Canadian Centre for Investigative Reporting (of which I'm the president). Good work!

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