Khadija Sharife and Ruth Hopkins

April 23, 2021 - 11:30am
The Business of Private Prisons

Khadija Sharife, Senior Editor for Africa, Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP)

Ruth Hopkins, Independent Investigative Journalist

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Co-sponsored by the Yale Global Justice Program


About Khadija Sharife 

Based in South Africa, Khadija Sharife is an award-winning investigative journalist and senior editor for Africa at Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project. Sharife is the former director of the Platform for the Protection of Whistleblowers (PPLAAF) and currently also a board member of Finance Uncovered. She has worked with forums including the Pan-African Parliament, the African Union, the OECD, and UNEP. Her work is focused on illicit financial flows, natural resources, and political economy. She is the author of “Tax Us If You Can: Africa” and currently a Yale Poynter Fellow in Journalism.

About Ruth Hopkins

Ruth Hopkins is an award-winning investigative journalist. She worked with the Wits Justice Project in Johannesburg from 2012-18, producing content about wrongful convictions, lengthy remand detention, police brutality and various other criminal justice issues. Ruth wrote a book on trafficking women into Europe, which was published in 2005 (I will never let you go again). In 2013, she broke an international story on private security company G4S’s South African prison. In 2016 Ruth was awarded the Sylvester Stein fellowship which she used to study the role race and class play in mass incarceration in the United States and how popular dissent against systematic injustice can lead to reform. Her non-fiction investigative book on the private prison, Misery Merchants (Life and Death in a Private South African Prison), was published in March 2020 by Jacana Media. Ruth also worked on an international documentary film based on the same investigation. It premiered in November 2019 to acclaim at the International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam. See:

Award-winning South African journalist and Yale Poynter Fellow Khadija Sharife introduces and discusses elements of her work on corruption in Africa during a seven-part seminar series. Her seminars focus on famous whistleblower cases she has been involved in, the technology of leaks, corruption in the privatization of prisons and security, environmental crimes, and the practice and ethics of investigative journalism. All seminars are open to the public and available also as recordings on the Yale Global Justice Program video channel at: