Take a look at some of the main stories from the week and an insight into The Ferret's work.
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Hi ,

What are your favourite signifiers of autumn? The leaves turning from a vibrant green to a rich umber? Cosy evenings in comforting stasis with your loved ones?

Here at The Ferret, we enjoy those things too but, for us, what really marks the season is a BRAND NEW INVESTIGATION!

Next week we'll be launching our probe into Scotland's environmental protection agency (Sepa), looking at the perilous state of regulation and preservation of natural habitats.

Sepa has faced numerous issues in recent years including a cyber attack, the Covid-19 pandemic, and the loss of its chief executive.

Can it still be trusted to enforce environmental rules, and hold polluters to account?

Find out from Tuesday 26 September...
Story of the week
An in-depth look at a Ferret investigation
The UK Government is “whipping up hatred” against asylum seekers and putting vulnerable people at “real risk” from harm, according to a psychotherapist who works with torture survivors in Glasgow.

Fiona Crombie, the out-going head of clinical services, Scotland, at Freedom from Torture (FfT), spoke exclusively to The Ferret’s How to Survive Torture podcast to explain how people who have been tortured are helped to rebuild their lives.
What did we dig up this week?
A round up of our investigations in the last seven days
Scottish veterans suffering from PTSD abandoned by justice system
Veterans across Scotland suffering from combat related trauma are falling between the cracks of the criminal justice system, it has been claimed.
Silent disaster: Eni’s Nigerian subsidiary accused of causing major oil spill
An oil spill in Nigeria that polluted rivers and destroyed crops was allegedly caused by a firm owned by an oil multinational with billions invested in the North Sea.
Force public bodies to ditch access fees for running events, ministers urged
Ministers must force public bodies to ditch land access restrictions and fees as high as £700, say running event organisers.
Yousaf vows NatureScot probe after nearly 50,000 animals licensed to be killed
Humza Yousaf made the vow at first minister’s questions on 7 September after our investigation was raised by SNP MSP Christine Grahame.
For Fact's Sake
Our misinformation and fact-checking podcast

For Fact’s Sake podcast: How are
online scammers using artificial intelligence?

On this podcast we are talking online scams.

Things have moved on from the generous Nigerian Prince offering to share his fortune with you, now there are lots of different ways that scammers can separate you from your money.

Ali spoke to Professor Oli Buckley, cyber security expert at the University of East Anglia, about the state of scams today, and how artificial intelligence is used by scammers to play on your deepest fears and anxieties.

Question of the Week
Is the UK Government’s rhetoric putting
asylum seekers at risk?
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Create an account here to get access.
Best of the rest
Investigations we've enjoyed from around the world
Russell Brand’s wonderland: the online soapbox where the star pushes his ‘free speech’
Amid the relentless conspiracy theorising on the comedian’s YouTube and Rumble video channels, there have been fleeting pauses for self-reflection. (Guardian)
Tim Ballard’s departure from Operation Underground Railroad followed sexual misconduct investigation
Sources alleged Ballard invited women to act as his “wife” on overseas missions ostensibly aimed at rescuing victims of sex trafficking. (Vice News)
Libya floods: Why damage to Derna was so catastrophic
Visualising some of the reasons why the floods caused such catastrophic damage in Derna. (BBC Verify)
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