10 episodes

Smoke Screen: Love, bribes and spies in the tobacco industry.

Victoria Hollingsworth tells the true story of corrupt practices behind the scenes at British American Tobacco. We hear from the very people who were caught up in this world as we sink deep into the dirty underbelly of the tobacco industry in South Africa.

BAT says its actions were simply to combat the illicit trade in tobacco products. The UK's Serious Fraud Office investigated matters and found there was insufficient evidence for any prosecution.

Our investigation tries to find the truth behind the lies.

A partnership between the Bureau of Investigative Journalism and Auddy.

Click here to find out more about the Bureau of Investigation Journalism - https://www.thebureauinvestigates.com/projects/smoke-screen-podcast

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    • True Crime
    • 4.3 • 11 Ratings

Smoke Screen: Love, bribes and spies in the tobacco industry.

Victoria Hollingsworth tells the true story of corrupt practices behind the scenes at British American Tobacco. We hear from the very people who were caught up in this world as we sink deep into the dirty underbelly of the tobacco industry in South Africa.

BAT says its actions were simply to combat the illicit trade in tobacco products. The UK's Serious Fraud Office investigated matters and found there was insufficient evidence for any prosecution.

Our investigation tries to find the truth behind the lies.

A partnership between the Bureau of Investigative Journalism and Auddy.

Click here to find out more about the Bureau of Investigation Journalism - https://www.thebureauinvestigates.com/projects/smoke-screen-podcast

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    Episode 9: TBIJ talk to BizNews

    Episode 9: TBIJ talk to BizNews

    The Bureau of Investigative Journalism and its reporting partners received hundreds of thousands of documents about British American Tobacco and its hired spies – and what they got up to in South Africa and beyond. It's a tale of spies, lies, tobacco and bribes, but how do you go from thousands of leaked documents to a story people would want to listen to? The team that reported out the story and turned it into an acclaimed eight-part podcast talk to BizNews and reveal how they did it.The resulting podcast "Smoke Screen" is A Novel Production for The Bureau of Investigative Journalism and Auddy. Panelists include:
    Victoria Hollingsworth, reporter and podcast host.
    Tom Wright, podcast producer
    Chrissie Giles, global health editor at TBIJ
    Alec Hogg, founder of BizNews
    Chair: James Ball, global editor at TBIJ

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    • 54 min
    Episode 8: Consequences

    Episode 8: Consequences

    We conclude our investigation by speaking to the people who have been affected by the story.

    Hearing the opinions of experts in the field, we understand why this story was so important to share.

    BAT denies any wrongdoing and the UK’s Serious Fraud Office concluded there was insufficient evidence for any prosecutions.

    But could the British authorities have done more to try to ensure such things couldn’t happen?

    A Novel Production for The Bureau of Investigative Journalism and Auddy.

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    • 40 min
    Episode 7: The Needle in the Haystack

    Episode 7: The Needle in the Haystack

    The investigation continues to explore the FSS and finds evidence that the bribes may have extended beyond South Africa’s borders.

    As things began to spiral out of control the government became involved and key players took the blame.

    A Novel Production for The Bureau of Investigative Journalism and Auddy.

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    • 38 min
    Episode 6: Boots on the Ground

    Episode 6: Boots on the Ground

    We come back to the investigation to understand why there is such much to uncover.

    The link to the local private security firm seems to hold the key.

    Their surveillance techniques led to more allegations and people being held accountable.

    A Novel Production for The Bureau of Investigative Journalism and Auddy.

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    • 38 min
    Episode 5: The Englishman, The Scotsman and the Welshman

    Episode 5: The Englishman, The Scotsman and the Welshman

    The search for Belinda begins.

    BAT said their actions were simply to combat the illicit trade in tobacco products.

    But just how big was this operation?

    A Novel Production for The Bureau of Investigative Journalism and Auddy.

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    • 32 min
    Episode 4: Allegations

    Episode 4: Allegations

    Whose side were you on?

    We continue our investigation into the murky world of the tobacco industry in South Africa.

    As it became harder to know who to trust, people’s careers have paid the price.

    A Novel Production for The Bureau of Investigative Journalism and Auddy.

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    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

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