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  • The World Cup, BBC, and Corruption

    Posted by Micah

    12 September, 2010

    By Amanda Jackson , Campaigns and Advocacy Coordinator, Micah Challenge International As an Australian with great love for my adopted home in London, I have been following with interest the bid by England to host the 2018 World Cup. In terms of global audience and the money generated, it is the world's biggest sporting competition. The bid process is expensive. It is estimated that England spent $26 million in an effort to host it in 2018. In the end they received only 2 votes out of a possible 22 (Russia won). The decision caused much angst in the nation that invented the sport. What had gone wrong? Some said the vote was a backlash against a BBC program , which exposed corruption in the way international football is run. The BBC revealed that three executives of football's governing body, FIFA, took bribes as part of a wider corruption scandal totaling around $100 million in secret payments. A fourth FIFA boss was accused of involvement in the corrupt sale of World Cup tickets. All four voted in the World Cup bid for 2018. You may not think… read more

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  • Justice at any price?

    Posted by Micah

    29 July, 2010

    Micah Challenge International Director, Joel Edwards reflects on WikiLeaks If God was WikiLeak what would become of us. Does justice always have to go public - even if its risks other people's lives? I have to admit my ignorance and say that before they unveiled 90,000 secret documents about the war in Afghanistan, WikiLeaks was a complete secret to me. I thought someone had misspelt Wikipedia. The decision to reveal hitherto unknown information about US and Coalition military action has apparently shown up evidence of civilian casualties previously denied by the governments and secret communications between Allied forces and Afghan informants. Needless to say it has created a political storm with politicians in Whitehall and the Whitehouse working overtime on damage limitation exercises. Right now there is critical concern about how far WikiLeak has exposed informants to Taleban firing squads. But in all of this Julian Assange, WikiLeak's CEO, remains unrepentant. His only concern he says is to reveal truth in the pursuit of justice. And he justifies… read more

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