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.
AUC pushed into tackling systemic discrimination
An investigation by the Mail & Guardian revealed systematic discrimination faced by female staff at the African Union Commission (AUC), an intergovernmental body designed to spearhead Africa's development and integration.
The outlet revealed the contents of two internal memos in which 37 female current and former employees had complained of routine ill-treatment, humiliation and discrimination on the basis of their gender. Following the Mail & Guardian's exclusive exposé, the AUC invited all staff members who had cases of complaint to come forward for a confidential interview. This internal investigation confirmed the staggering prevalence of sexual harassment and systemic gender discrimination within the organization. To ensure a work place environment free of discrimination, the AUC undertook steps to rewrite and reinforce its anti-harassment policies and procedures.