2014 was a great year for OpenWorld News, and it was all topped off with a nomination at the British Journalism Awards for Investigation of the Year. Thanks to all those who supported our journalism.
Here’s a reminder of ten things we learned this year thanks to OpenWorld News
1. Supermarkets selling unlabelled Halal meat
Supermarkets and restaurants were selling Halal-slaughtered meat – but with no labelling, customers were completely unaware.
2. Hospitals incinerating unborn babies as waste
Our investigation caused the NHS to ban the incineration of all foetal remains from miscarriages and abortions.
Shortlisted at the British Journalism Awards for Investigation of the Year.
3. Britain’s weapons sales to Russia
As the Government condemned the Kremlin for the annexation of Crimea, we revealed the UK was supplying £86m of arms to Russia.
4. The true scale of child sexual exploitation
For the first time, our investigation revealed how many children all over England are at risk of sexual exploitation and grooming gangs.
5. Thousands of children vanish from care
Thousands of children – including babies – regularly go missing from council care. Some have disappeared and never returned.
6. Drug addicts’ organs used in transplants
A shortage of donors is forcing transplant doctors to use high-risk organs from smokers, drug addicts and cancer patients.
7. Maternity wards kick out mums in the dead of night
Hospitals are discharging thousands of new mums in the early hours due to a shortage of midwives.
8. Police officers quit to avoid sex investigations
Police officers are avoiding sexual misconduct investigations, and possible prosecutions, by quitting or taking early retirement.
9. Baby remains secretly stored for years
Walsall Manor Hospital stored the remains of 86 foetuses, including some for up to four years.
10. Hypocrite rail minister commutes by car
Rail Minister Claire Perry insisted commuter trains were “comfortable”, yet we found she travelled to Parliament by car.