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Africa: New investigative journalism series "Fatal Extraction" highlights "vast & in some cases deadly footprint" of Australian mining firms

"A major new regional investigation by ICIJ [Intl. Consortium of Investigative Journalists],...Center for Public Integrity, African Network of Centers for Investigative Reporting (ANCIR), and more than a dozen African journalists has for the first time revealed in detail the vast - and in some cases deadly - footprint Australian mining companies are leaving across Africa. One of the biggest collaborations of journalists across the continent and ICIJ’s first major Africa-based project, Fatal Extraction shines a light on how Australian-listed mining companies are linked to hundreds of deaths and alleged injustices which wouldn’t be tolerated in better-regulated nations."  About the project, including reporters involved.

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5 August 2015

Ghana: Journalist's investigation highlights concerns regarding mining company's impacts; includes Azumah Resources' comments

Author: Latif Mahama, Citifm

'Dirty diggers: a Citi News report on mining in Upper West region', 5 Aug 2015:…A Citi News investigation has revealed that questionable land records are at the foundation of…rising tension between…local people and…mining companies…including Azumah Resources, [which] are [allegedly] violating…economic and religious rights…[while] explor[ing]…for gold...Citi News’ Latif Mahama has been investigating the various issues stoking the tension between villagers and mining companies in the Upper West Region…

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10 July 2015

Companies Accused of ‘Taking Advantage of Regulatory Weakness’

Author: Will Fitzgibbon, Intl. Consortium of Investigative Journalists

Australian mining companies are linked to hundreds of deaths and injuries in Africa, which can go unreported at home... An investigation by ICIJ, in collaboration with 13 African reporters, uncovered locally-filed lawsuits, violent protests and community petitions criticising some Australian companies. In all, reporters counted more than 380 employees, subcontractors and community members in 13 countries who died in accidents or incidents linked to the companies since the beginning of 2004... More were horribly disfigured or injured while working at Australian mines or during community protests... The companies involved deny that they were responsible... But Tracey Davies...with the Centre for Environmental Rights in Cape Town, South Africa, says she has seen a pattern of poor behaviour by Australian mining companies, a sentiment echoed by employees, villagers, tribal leaders, members of parliament and activists across Africa.  "There is a very strong perception that when Australian mining companies come here they take every advantage of regulatory and compliance monitoring weaknesses, and of the huge disparity in power between themselves and affected communities, and aim to get away with things they wouldn't even think of trying in Australia," she said. [refers to Paladin Energy, Aquarius Platinum]

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10 July 2015

Australian Mining Companies Digging A Deadly Footprint in Africa

Author: Will Fitzgibbon, Martha M. Hamilton and Cécile Schilis-Gallego, Intl. Consortium of Investigative Journalists

Anvil mining, Dikulushi - credit: Eleanor Bell, Intl. Consortium of Investigative Journalists[Following an Oct. 2004 attack by the DRC army on the town of Kilwa, Dem. Rep. of Congo, which was held by rebels at the time] 73 men, women and boys were dead... The trucks, leased planes, jeeps and rations that soldiers used in this attack were provided to the infantry by Anvil Mining... Anvil, which sold the Dikulushi mine in 2010 and was itself purchased by Melbourne-headquartered Minmetals Resources Limited [part of China Minmetals] in 2012, confirmed that it provided equipment but rejected allegations that it assisted in, or knew of, human rights violations... “This was a company-facilitated massacre,” says Tricia Feeney, executive director of...Rights and Accountability in Development... While the Kilwa massacre is unique in its severity, it is part of a pattern of Australian mining companies whose activities have been implicated in death, disfigurement, environmental destruction and displacement across Africa, according to ICIJ's Fatal Extraction investigation...[although many Australian companies in Africa] appear to have clean records and are well received... According to obtainable records, more than 380 people died in on-site accidents or off-site skirmishes linked to ASX-listed mining companies since the beginning of 2004... [Cites cases from Malawi involving Paladin Energy, South Africa involving Aquarius Platinum, Mali involving Resolute Mining, with comments by companies; also refers to Equatorial Resources]

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10 July 2015

Explore the Data: Where Australian Mining Leaves Its Mark

Author: Intl. Consortium of Investigative Journalists

Intl. Consortium of Investigative Journalists report Fatal Extraction (2015): Explore the data

[With data on Botswana, Dem. Rep. of Congo, Ghana, Guinea, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Refers to Birimian Gold, Callabonna Resources, Endeavour Mining Corporation, Golden Rim Resources, Oklo Resources, Resolute Mining, Taruga Gold, Alcoa, AngloGold Ashanti, Burey Gold, Cape Lambert Resources, Forte Energy, Nemex Resources, Rio Tinto, Azumah Resources, Castle Minerals, Cardinal Resources, Equus Mining, Endeavour Mining Corporation, Hodges Resources, Perseus Mining, Resolute Mining, Signature Metals, Shaw River Manganese, Tribune Resources, Viking Mines, Burey Gold, Minbos Resources, Regal Resources, Tiger Resources, Black Rock Mining, Cokal, Cradle Resources, Discovery Africa, East Africa Resources, Intra Energy Corporation, IMX Resources, Kibaran Resources, Liontown Resources, Magnis Resources, Metals Of Africa, Peak Resources, Resolute Mining, Rift Valley Resources, Strandline Resources, Tanga Resources, Walkabout Resources, African Energy Resources, Argonaut Resources, Chrysalis Resources, DGR Global, Excalibur Mining, Intrepid Mines, Latitude Consolidated, Syrah Resources, Zamanco Minerals, Zambezi Resources, Globe Metals & Mining, Intra Energy Corporation, Lynas Corporation, Paladin Energy, Resource Star, Sovereign Metals, Argosy Minerals, AVZ Minerals, Bannerman Resources, Discovery Resources, Deep Yellow, Golden Deeps, Kunene Resources, Marenica Energy, Magnum Mining And Exploration, Metals Australia, Mount Burgess Mining, Namibian Copper, Sabre Resources, Shaw River Manganese, A-Cap Resources, African Energy Resources, Botswana Metals, Discovery Metals, Hodges Resources, Impact Minerals, Kimberley Diamonds, Mod Resources, Aquarius Platinum, Prospect Resources, Zimplats Holdings, Auroch Minerals, Ausroc Metals, Globe Metals & Mining, Metals Of Africa, Mustang Resources, Triton Minerals, Aziana, Gulf Industrials, Lemur Resources, Malagasy Minerals, World Titanium Resources, BHP Billiton, Continental Coal, Coal of Africa, Emu, Ferrum Crescent, Firestone Energy, Ikwezi Mining, Minemakers, Magnum Mining and Exploration, Mintails, Mineral Commodities, Nkwe Platinum, Om Holdings, Peninsula Energy, Resource Generation, Realm Resources, Stonewall Resources, Universal Coal, Waterberg Coal, White Energy, West Wits Mining]

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