Collaboration Private Security Network

Investigative Journalism

8 May 2020

Global Ground Media journalists are part of the Private Security Network, “an online platform devoted to journalistic investigations into the private security industry.”

Many governments are now outsourcing tasks that used to be performed by national police or defence forces to private companies.  But transparency is often lacking compared to public agencies, as many things are kept secret on the grounds of commercial confidentiality.

Private security companies guard prisons, oil fields and money transfers. In most countries around the world, private security outnumbers police, according to the Guardian.

The Private Security Network is dedicated to uncovering human rights issues in the private security sector. Some of the published stories by journalists of the Private Security Network are:

G4S: the EU’s preferred security contractor, at EU Observer

G4S abandons bid to keep running Brook House migrant detention centre, at Morning Star Online

Documentary Prison for Profit

Book The Misery Merchants

Or read our article on the working conditions of Indian guards.

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