Ten things we learned in 2014 thanks to OpenWorld News

Ten things we learned in 2014 thanks to OpenWorld News0

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.

Halal - OWN 2014

 

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.

Foetal - OWN 2014

 

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.

Russia - OWN 2014

 

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.

CSE - OWN 2014

 

5. Thousands of children vanish from care

Thousands of children – including babies – regularly go missing from council care. Some have disappeared and never returned.

Missing - OWN 2014

 

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.

Organs - OWN 2014

 

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.

Maternity - OWN 2014

 

8. Police officers quit to avoid sex investigations

Police officers are avoiding sexual misconduct investigations, and possible prosecutions, by quitting or taking early retirement.

Police - OWN 2014

 

9. Baby remains secretly stored for years

Walsall Manor Hospital stored the remains of 86 foetuses, including some for up to four years.

Remains - OWN 2014

 

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.

Rail - OWN 2014

 

 

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Guy Basnett is an investigative journalist and reporter. He has held the posts of Chief Reporter at The Journal, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Features Writer at the News of the World, and Deputy Features Editor at the News of the World. He was awarded Young Reporter of the Year at the Press Gazette Regional Press Awards 2006, shortlisted for Reporter of the Year at the British Press Awards 2009, and shortlisted for Young Journalist of the Year at the British Press Awards 2010.

Guy Basnett

Guy Basnett is an investigative journalist and reporter. He has held the posts of Chief Reporter at The Journal, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Features Writer at the News of the World, and Deputy Features Editor at the News of the World. He was awarded Young Reporter of the Year at the Press Gazette Regional Press Awards 2006, shortlisted for Reporter of the Year at the British Press Awards 2009, and shortlisted for Young Journalist of the Year at the British Press Awards 2010.

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