1 December 2023

Evgueni Prigojine, July 4, 2017, in Moscow.


What could bring together the Russian oligarch Yevgueni Prigojine and the salmon? Answer: a new investigative series signed Arte and entitled “Sources”. For “open sources”: that is to say documents (almost always) freely available on the Internet for those who know exactly what they are looking for, and where to look.

Also listen Wagner Group: Yevgueni Prigojine, a threat to Vladimir Putin?

Gold mines for intelligence services and journalists, especially during conflicts – preferably cold ones – and what to check and cross-check information when “fake news” is suspected. At the controls, Alexandra Jousset, Albert London Audiovisual Prize 2022, with her colleague Ksenia Bolchakova for the powerful documentary Wagner, Putin’s shadow army.

From the first episode, we put the cover back on with the Wagner Group and its enigmatic chef and founder. From pirated documents, the journalists deploy the Prigojine system: its private military company and its links with the Russian state; the Lakhta project and disinformation campaigns that target the West; the establishment of a service responsible for monitoring political opponents and covering up war crimes committed by Wagner’s mercenaries.

Making of black on white

The second issue is devoted to the underside of the organic salmon that we consume in Europe. Journalists trace how European companies are ravaging Mauritanian fish stocks to produce oils and flours that will be used to feed farmed salmon – a sector supposed to preserve ocean reserves from overfishing – consumed on the Old Continent.

Alexandra Jousset, journalist: “We wanted people to be able to follow our journey”

By browsing through social networks, retrieving videos or photos from messaging applications, searching freely accessible databases on the Internet, satellite images or even GPS location tools for boats or planes, these journalists (At World too) take advantage of the astronomical amount of data that is generated every day on the Web. For each Osint (Open Source Intelligence) survey, the method is described in length, a kind of black on white making of. “We wanted people to be able to follow our journeyexplains Alexandra Jousset. We are committed to restoring trust in journalistic work. »

This new Arte magazine, which should have six episodes per year, emphasizes rigor, served by ubiquitous graphic animation. The investigations and the methods deployed, as arid as certain stages are, are perfectly clear, leaving the viewer with the feeling that the investigation has unraveled before their eyes. Next issue at the end of May.

“The Prigozhin Files” and “Saumon: histoire d’un enfumage”, two investigations as part of the investigative magazine “Sources” (Fr., 2022, 26 min and 17 min), available on demand on Arte.tv until 2026.

Read also: Why “Le Monde” is strengthening its open source video investigation unit (OSINT)

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