Guardian Investigative Journalism

  • Sun, 24 Nov 2019 13:02:05 +0000: Tazeen Ahmad obituary - Investigative journalism | The Guardian
    BBC Three and NBC news presenter and investigative reporter for Channel 4’s Dispatches

    The investigative reporter and presenter Tazeen Ahmad, who has died of cancer aged 48, tackled controversial and sensitive subjects in her work for the BBC, ITN, Channel 4 and NBC. Fearlessly confronting wrongdoers, she changed lives with her reports, some of which led to successful criminal proceedings.

    In 2011, for Channel 4’s Dispatches, she exposed violence against children in a mosque; a teacher was subsequently jailed. The Hunt for Britain’s Sex Gangs (2013), also for Dispatches, explored the grooming of girls in the Midlands and won Royal Television Society and Asian Media awards, as well as receiving a Bafta nomination.

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  • Fri, 18 Oct 2019 06:00:48 +0000: Official Secrets review – Keira Knightley shines as a very British whistleblower - Investigative journalism | The Guardian

    Knightley gives a sympathetic performance as Iraq war whistleblower Katharine Gun in this shrewd and relevant spy drama

    Keira Knightley: ‘Iraq was the first time I’d been politically engaged’

    There’s something interestingly tough and forthright about this slow-burner from director and co-writer Gavin Hood. It is a beady-eyed spy drama that has shrewd things to say about the British establishment’s tendency to spite under pressure, about the eternal duality of cockup and conspiracy, about the Kafkaesque problems involved in defending yourself legally against a treason charge, and, importantly, about the kind of young, vulnerable people that we end up depending on to tell us how we are governed.

    Official Secrets shows that spy dramas from real life are very often not action thrillers such as Bond or Bourne or Homeland – or indeed Hood’s last movie, Eye in the Sky, from 2015 – but something more like nuclear-level office politics.

    Related: Keira Knightley: ‘Iraq was the first time I’d been politically engaged’

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  • Sun, 04 Aug 2019 06:00:16 +0000: The week in radio and podcasts: The Tip Off; The Bellingcat Podcast – review - Investigative journalism | The Guardian

    Go beyond true crime and discover some of the best investigative journalism podcasts

    The Tip Off
    The Bellingcat Podcast

    Investigative journalism has been a quiet stalwart of podcasting for some time now, ticking over quite nicely thank you, despite its brasher subgenre true crime generating more of the headlines. The best true crime podcasts are, of course, a version of investigative journalism, driven by curiosity and dogged reportage; it’s just that much of the donkey work – the hours following online threads or sifting through reports or interviewing witnesses – is kept away from the listener, in favour of more salacious details.

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  • Tue, 09 Jul 2019 18:48:57 +0000: Fears UK law change could prevent scrutiny of money launderers - Investigative journalism | The Guardian

    Media and researchers from around world warn they may struggle to access information

    Plans to introduce laws in Britain to combat money laundering could prevent the media and researchers from accessing vital information on the tide of dirty cash flowing around the world, campaigners and journalists have warned.

    An open letter to the foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has about 80 signatories including the son of the murdered anti-corruption reporter Daphne Caruana Galizia and journalists from the Guardian, Times and BBC.

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  • Sun, 09 Jun 2019 06:00:20 +0000: Carole Cadwalladr inspires Nordic heroine of new young adult novel - Investigative journalism | The Guardian

    Book tells story of young journalist investigating a murder who uncovers a data scandal at a secretive London agency

    The Observer’s own Carole Cadwalladr is about to take her place on the bookshelf alongside popular young adult fictional stars such as Alex Rider and Percy Jackson. The journalist who uncovered the Cambridge Analytica data scandal has inspired a new thriller aimed at teenage readers.

    “I would describe it as Nancy Drew meets The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” said Icelandic novelist Sif Sigmarsdóttir, referring to the fictional American teen detective and to Stieg Larsson’s Lisbeth Salander to sum up the mix of styles in her Nordic tale. Sigmarsdóttir, 40, who lives in London and is a published author in Iceland and Britain, sees Cadwalladr as a true role model.

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