FRONTLINE/World Fellows Web-Exclusive
Launch date: February 2006
Colombia: The Coca-Cola Controversy
Soft drink company accused of complicity in murder of union leaders
FRONTLINE/World Fellows Rob Harris and Tovin Lapan traveled to Colombia in August 2005 to investigate charges that the Coca-Cola Company was involved in the violent repression of a union at several of its bottling plants. The soft drink company strenuously denies the allegations. But there is growing pressure on the Atlanta, Georgia- based multinational from shareholders and U.S. colleges boycotting Coke to approve a full and independent investigation of the charges. Harris and Lapan journeyed through a country rent asunder by political violence, managing to interview all the parties involved in the Coke controversy. Watch their investigation unfold in five video chapters, as they reveal what they learned.
FRONTLINE/WORLD FELLOWS PROGRAM: THE COCA-COLA CONTROVERSY
Producers and Reporters: TOVIN LAPAN and ROB HARRIS; Senior Interactive Producer: JACKIE BENNION; Interactive Designer: KEI GOWDA; Editor, Camera, Narrator: ROB HARRIS; Consulting Editor: DAVID RITSHER; Senior Associate Producer: SACHI CUNNINGHAM; Legal: ERIC BRASS; Senior Producers: STEPHEN TALBOT and SHARON TILLER. Special thanks to: RACHEL SHIGEKANE, HUMAN RIGHTS CENTER; THE TINKER FOUNDATION;THE GRADUATE SCHOOL OF JOURNALISM AT U.C. BERKELEY; MIMI CHAKAROVA; LYDIA CHAVEZ; THE CENTER FOR NEW DOCUMENTARY..
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