Smoke Screen

Smoke Screen: Love, bribes, lies and spies in the tobacco industry.Victoria Hollingsworth tells the true story of corrupt practices behind the scenes at British American Tobacco. We hear from the very people who were caught up in this world as we sink deep into the dirty underbelly of the tobacco industry in South Africa.BAT says its actions were simply to combat the illicit trade in tobacco products. The UK's Serious Fraud Office investigated matters and found there was insufficient evidence for any prosecution.Our investigation tries to find the truth behind the lies.A partnership between the Bureau of Investigative Journalism and Auddy. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

35:38 2021-10-17
We come back to the investigation to understand why there is such much to uncover. The link to the local private security firm seems to hold the key. Their surveillance techniques led to more allegations and people being held accountable.A Novel Productio...
29:57 2021-10-10
The search for Belinda begins. BAT said their actions were simply to combat the illicit trade in tobacco products. But just how big was this operation?A Novel Production for The Bureau of Investigative Journalism and Auddy. See acast.com/privacy for priva...
33:50 2021-10-04
Whose side were you on? We continue our investigation into the murky world of the tobacco industry in South Africa. As it became harder to know who to trust, people’s careers have paid the price. A Novel Production for The Bureau of Investigative Journa...
34:55 2021-09-27
We met Johann Van Loggerenberg in episode 2, but how did a tax official know so much? Exploring his relationship with Belinda uncovers how sensitive information could have got into the wrong hands.A Novel Production for The Bureau of Investigative Journal...
30:12 2021-09-20
How and why did Belinda end up blowing the whistle on BAT? Only she really knows the answer. Is she really who she seems? And how was she involved with the state intelligence agency? As the investigation unfolds, we see her vulnerability, hear her story a...
28:16 2021-09-13
They say a leopard doesn’t change its spots. Our investigation starts in 2013, and we meet an attorney called Belinda Walter who is recruited by BAT in London to spy on the tobacco smugglers within South Africa. How is...
3:18 2021-09-10
Smoke Screen. Love, bribes, lies and spies in the tobacco industry.Victoria Hollingsworth tells the true story of corrupt practices behind the scenes at British American Tobacco. We hear from the very people who were caught up in this world as we sink dee...