Vancouver (Toronto Star)—John-Allan Namu posed as a potential buyer of conflict timber from South Sudan, wearing a hidden camera to expose a governor asking for a bribe amounting to thousands of dollars in exchange for access to rare teak.
The documentary Profiteers detailed numerous illegal business deals from South Sudanese officials. It was set to air last October, but the Kenya Television Network pulled it at the last minute. The Africa Uncensored team posted the videos on YouTube instead, racking up hundreds of thousands of views and sparking protests against corruption.
This week, the team is in Vancouver to accept its first international award from the anti-bribery organization TRACE at Canada’s biggest economic crime conference. They received a standing ovation at a ceremony Wednesday.
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