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Ruth Hopkins

freelance
Johannesburg, Gauteng
I am an investigative journalist currently based in the UK. I used to live in South Africa from 2011 to 2019. This is where I started my investigation into a privately run prison in the country. The prison was and still is run by British multinational private security contractor G4S. I wrote a book about the prison called Misery Merchants and I also worked on a film about the investigation: Prison for Profit. The book and film were launched internationally recently. I also set up a transnational network of investigative journalists in approx 30 countries, called the Private Security Network, see www.privatesecurity.network. The first private security contractor this network is investigating is G4S, currently the biggest private security provider in the world.