Buzzfeed's Katie Baker details their explosive investigation of WWF
Katie Baker is a reporter for the Buzzfeed News team investigating human rights violations committed against local & indigenous people by park rangers paid by the major environmental NGO WWF to protect creatures like rhinos from poachers.
"No one is saying that [WWF's rangers] don't have really difficult jobs...but just because they have a difficult job doesn't mean they can rape and kill and torture with impunity or arrest people without evidence," she tells host Mike G, and adds that the pushback from the NGO has been rather meek: "I have not received any hate mail from [WWF employees] telling me I got it wrong."
Baker discusses the explosive findings of her team's investigative reports, what it took to chase these stories down, and the impacts she’s seen from her reporting.
Here’s this episode’s top news:
- Violence against indigenous peoples explodes in Brazil
- Study finds massive reorganization of life across Earth’s ecosystems
- $85 million initiative to scale up agroforestry in Africa announced
- Once close to extinction, western South Atlantic humpback population close to full recovery
Mongabay reported on the effects on local communities as revealed by Baker's reporting here, and here's Mongabay's investigation of harassment, bullying, and retaliation against whistleblowers at another major environmental NGO, Conservation International.
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