Over our two decades of working with hundreds of news companies around the world, we have seen countless examples of how independent media have a profound impact on their societies. From local news websites to national broadcasters, our clients expose corruption, hold those in power to account and encourage democratic participation. They also cover social issues that other outlets ignore or often report on with prejudice, like the environment, gender, ethnicity and LGBT. Here are some examples.
Changes forced in public procurement
Digital economics and business news outlet Katadata revealed serious issues in a major tender for electronic road pricing that led to a new tender and change in policy.
Its 2016 report exposed the tender as being riddled with flaws, including that it failed to use the most efficient technology and the feasibility study on which it was based was funded by a bidder in the tender. The website published in-depth reports on the process, including comparisons with other countries and special research on electronic road pricing technology. After the investigation, the authorities decided to repeat the tender process and handed decision-making powers over technology to the Ministry of Communications and Informatics.