Pulitzer Center Update

This Week: The True Story of the Fake U.S. Embassy in Ghana

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Image by Yepoka Yeebo. Ghana, 2017.

Image by Yepoka Yeebo. Ghana, 2017.

Real Fake News Exposed

Yepoka Yeebo

Could a phony U.S. embassy be flying the American flag and issuing visas for as much as $6,000 from a decrepit boarding house in Ghana? According to a statement issued last year by the U.S. State Department, the fake embassy was operated by “figures from both Ghanaian and Turkish organized crime rings and a Ghanaian attorney practicing immigration and criminal law.” The story spread wildly around the globe, picked up by Fox News and the Chinese news agency Xinhua, among others. But Yepoka Yeebo investigated for The Guardian and found that none of it was true.

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Sarah Al Suhaimi is the first and only woman to lead a bourse in the Middle East. Image by Alvaro Tapia Hidalgo.

Sarah Al Suhaimi is the first and only woman to lead a bourse in the Middle East. Image by Alvaro Tapia Hidalgo.

Breaking Saudi Glass Ceilings

Elizabeth Dickinson

In February, Saudi Arabia’s Sarah Al Suhaimi became the first woman to lead a stock exchange in the Middle East. She’s now a role model for other Saudi women who are joining the workforce in large numbers, reports Elizabeth Dickinson for Ozy.

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A defaced truck bearing anti-abortion messages outside one of the last hospitals in Poland that still performs abortions. Image by Alex Cocotas. Poland, 2016.

A defaced truck bearing anti-abortion messages outside one of the last hospitals in Poland that still performs abortions. Image by Alex Cocotas. Poland, 2016.

Poland’s Growing Abortion Battle

Alex Cocotas

No one in Poland is jailed for having an abortion, but the procedure is effectively banned, and pressure from church groups and others is threatening whatever reproductive rights remain. Alex Cocotas examines the growing debate for The Guardian.

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