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Sam Bradpiece

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About Sam
Sam Bradpiece is a multilingual journalist based in Dakar Senegal. 

He has worked as a foreign correspondent for France 24 and field producer for CNN. 

He has written features and investigations for publications including NPR, The Washington Post, The Times and others. He also shoots photos for The Guardian, The Telegraph and others. 

You can find samples of his work here: lnk.bio/sam_bradpiece
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Senegal votes in delayed presidential election

24 Mar 2024
Senegal opened its polls on March 24 for a presidential election with 17 candidates, marking the highest number in the nation's history. The election had been preceded by months of uncertainty and unrest.

The famous faces stripped of France's highest honour

17 Dec 2023
The Légion d'honneur, France's highest award, can be stripped from recipients for criminal convictions or dishonorable acts against France. Gérard Depardieu faces a disciplinary procedure for sexual assault allegations. Notable figures stripped of the honour include Philippe Pétain, Maurice Papon, Bashar al-Assad, John Galliano, and Lance Armstrong. Controversial figures like Vladimir Putin, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, Benito Mussolini, Francisco Franco, and Nicolae Ceaușescu still hold the title, with some legal barriers preventing posthumous removal.

In Kyiv, South African leader urges Russia and Ukraine to de-escalate

16 Jun 2023
African leaders met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kyiv to present an Afrocentric perspective on achieving peace between Russia and Ukraine. In Senegal, there are concerns over free speech as Walf TV has been ordered to cease broadcasting. Meanwhile, a humanitarian crisis is unfolding in northern Nigeria, particularly in Borno state, where millions face the threat of starvation due to escalating food insecurity.

Who is Ousmane Sonko, Senegal opposition leader convicted of corrupting youth?

02 Jun 2023
Following the conviction of Senegalese opposition leader Ousmane Sonko for corrupting youth, resulting in a two-year jail sentence, Senegal experienced a second day of significant unrest. The violence, which led to nine fatalities, erupted in response to a verdict that potentially jeopardizes Sonko's eligibility to run for president in the upcoming election. The opposition contends that the charges are politically motivated. Sam Bradpiece of FRANCE 24 reported on the situation from Dakar.

Senegal opposition leader's presidential bid in doubt after appeal court ruling

09 May 2023
Ousmane Sonko's chances of running for president in Senegal are uncertain following an appeal court's decision to impose a heavier suspended sentence on him for libel. This development sparked a minor protest in Dakar, which was dispersed by riot police using tear gas. Sonko has criticized the legal proceedings as politically motivated.

Video and writing for CNN

18 Apr 2023

Feature for Al Jazeera

18 Apr 2023

Words and photos for The Guardian

18 Apr 2023

Investigation for The Times

18 Apr 2023  |  www.thetimes.co.uk
The article discusses how Russian trolls are exploiting the nationality of Lauriane Doumbouya, the French wife of Guinea's new leader, Colonel Mamady Doumbouya. A doctored video suggesting she was an ex-lover of French President Macron has been circulated to fuel anti-French sentiment. This comes as Russia aims to strengthen its influence in Africa, reminiscent of its Soviet-era presence. Colonel Mamady Doumbouya recently became the interim leader of Guinea after a successful coup against President Condé. The first lady, who has four children with Doumbouya and works for the French military police, was present at her husband's swearing-in ceremony.

Words for Quartz

18 Apr 2023

Investigation for NPR

18 Apr 2023

Photos for The Telegraph

18 Apr 2023

Photos for The Times

18 Apr 2023  |  www.thetimes.co.uk
The article discusses the Diambars Academy, a football academy in Senegal founded by Patrick Vieira. The academy is known for its modern training methods and state-of-the-art facilities, which include six pitches and large changing rooms. It provides a home and training for over 100 young Senegalese footballers, many of whom aspire to play for Europe's biggest teams. The academy is a beacon of hope in a country where the average footballer's wage is relatively low, and the training sessions are taken very seriously by the young athletes. The article highlights the academy's role in nurturing football talent in Africa and the opportunities it offers to its pupils.

Words and photos for The Telegraph

18 Apr 2023

Police fire tear gas at supporters of Senegal opposition leader Sonko

17 Feb 2023
In Dakar, Senegal, police used tear gas to disperse supporters of opposition leader Ousmane Sonko following his court appearance for a libel case. The incident reflects growing tensions ahead of next year's elections, where Sonko may challenge incumbent President Macky Sall, whose potential third-term candidacy is deemed unconstitutional by critics.

Piece to camera for France 24

19 May 2021

My long form investigation for Huck Magazine.

19 May 2021

My piece to camera for France 24 on Alassane Ouattara's presidential election victory in October 2020.

19 May 2021

I produced and voiced this story for France 24.

19 May 2021

I co-wrote this exclusive story for The Washington Post, reporting on the ground from Ivory Coast.

19 May 2021

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