Archive for February, 2009


Who you gonna call?

February 16th, 2009

This is deeply frustrating.
Yesterday I had:

An article comprising several weeks of hard work, interviews, background research on Markus and even (finally) a translation of a Peruvian press conference.
A buyer for said article.

This was a good combination. Moreover, it was an article I was pleased with, being an original investigation, and which the buyer (Frontier [...]

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DEPAA and the story so far

February 15th, 2009

Yesterday’s lecture was interesting - not least because our peaceful protest organisation DEPAA disrupted it with a protest against Prometha. Someone over on facebook has grabbed the leaflets they threw in to the crowd: I’l repost it here for your amusement.
I secured the interview with Woodburn, in the end. More on that soon: I need [...]

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Good news and Great news

February 13th, 2009

Good news: Frontier Genetics are interested in my article!

And even better news: Mike got his friend Sam to translate the DEPAA video! Here’s the transcript: thank you so much.
Good Afternoon. Two men have been arrested in connection to the case of the death of Professor Marco Schoenberg, at the hotel ‘Rosalita’ in Calca. I [...]

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Schoenberg, Routes and Translation: an update

February 11th, 2009

It looks like Rachel’s friend Fluffy has just posted another ’summary’ of everything that’s been going on with the Schoenberg case. I like the horns.

I’ve still not been able to find anyone to translate the DEPAA video for me. Does anyone know a spanish speaker who would take five minutes to help out?
However, Sam [...]

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Frontier Genetics want my biopiracy article

February 11th, 2009

They loved it - just what they’re after. Nice to be appreciated!

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No Luck with the Police

February 9th, 2009

I’ve found the website for the local police in Peru. I was hoping they might post information about their cases, but so far no luck. I don’t know if it’s their policy to keep current cases off their website, but all the useful looking parts of their site are inaccessible. I might try getting in [...]

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Death in Suspicious Circumstances

February 6th, 2009

So, it turns out that some activists for an organisation called DEPAA have been arrested in Peru, accused of the murder of Markus Schoenberg.

My spanish is terrible: a friend clued me in on the basics. Can anyone out there help with a translation of the press conference?

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Internet Enabled Journalism: It Works!

February 6th, 2009

I’ve just been pointed at an interesting site by Sam Rocz on Facebook: - some useful background on Schoenberg.
I guess this is the power of ‘Journalism 2.0′ - everyone out there can be a stringer on stories and help with leads, these days! Thanks for the help, Sam.

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Breaking News

February 4th, 2009

It looks as if I’m not the only person that thinks something might be up with the Schoenberg story.
A video has just appeared from a friend of Rachel Burren. They’ve obviously been following my work.
This story really feels like it could be a scoop.

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Rachel Burren Interview

February 4th, 2009

I went up to Leeds to visit Markus Schoenberg’s niece, Rachel Burren. She was kind enough to let me video the interview, which I’ve posted below. Hopefully when this story I’m working on comes together it’ll be useful. She was a very generous interviewee, particularly given that she’s still grieving. I think [...]

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