Guardian Investigative Journalism

  • Sun, 31 Dec 2017 06:59:23 +0000: The death toll falls but the blood and danger remain for reporters - Investigative journalism | The Guardian
    The numbers of journalists killed in 2017 was the lowest for 14 years: a small matter for celebration in a difficult time

    Some good news – in a constrained sort of way. Some 65 working journalists were killed on duty this year, the lowest total for 14 years, Reporters Sans Frontières has said, with 326 journalists currently held in prison and 54 held hostage by non-state groups.

    China is the biggest jailer of journalists (52) followed by Turkey with 43, according to RSF. Syria was the deadliest country for journalists in 2017 (with 12 killed), followed by Mexico (11), Afghanistan (9) and Iraq (8).

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  • Sun, 17 Dec 2017 08:00:26 +0000: The week in radio: Grenfell: Dust on Our Lips; Darknet Diaries; The Tip Off - Investigative journalism | The Guardian

    Devastating testimony did justice to the Grenfell tragedy, ‘virtual lives’ were shown being upended by hackers, and a fearless podcast continued to speak truth to power

    Grenfell: Dust On Our Lips (Radio 4) | iPlayer
    Darknet Diaries | darknetdiaries.com
    The Tip Off | iTunes

    Six months since the Grenfell fire, and the wounds are still raw. In Radio 4’s Grenfell: Dust On Our Lips, a local mother described how, on the night of the fire, she saw children at one of Grenfell Tower’s windows, “with the fire behind them. And then they weren’t there any more”. She explained how her own children talk about the tower, which they see every day: “They’re scared it’s going to fall on them.”

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  • Thu, 30 Nov 2017 00:01:14 +0000: Global press freedom plunges to worst level this century - Investigative journalism | The Guardian

    Study finds freedom of expression at lowest point since 2000 with reporters facing violence, prosecution and financial rout in dozens of countries

    Media freedom around the world has fallen to the lowest level for at least a decade, according to a study that shows journalists are threatened by government censorship, organised crime and commercial pressures caused by the growth of the internet.

    Turkey has experienced the biggest decline in freedom of speech over the past decade but Brazil, Burundi, Egypt, Poland, Venezuela and Bangladesh have also had a disturbing decline in the diversity and independence of the media, according to the report.

    Related: 'You can get killed': journalists living in fear as states crack down

    Related: 'Downward spiral': UK slips to 40th place in press freedom rankings

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  • Tue, 21 Nov 2017 15:02:29 +0000: G4S orders independent review into scandal-hit immigration centre - Investigative journalism | The Guardian

    ‘Attitude and behaviour’ of Brook House staff to be examined after Panorama claimed detainees were being abused

    G4S has ordered an independent review into its running of an immigration removal centre amid allegations of abuse of detainees by staff working there.

    The company has commissioned an investigation into the “attitude and behaviour” of its staff at Brook House, where an undercover investigation by the Panorama programme found evidence of a culture of “chaos, incompetence and abuse”, it has told MPs.

    If you have experienced or seen abuse in an IRC you can tell us about using our encrypted form here.

    Related: Panorama’s exposé of immigration centre abuse is no surprise. I saw it for myself

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  • Sun, 12 Nov 2017 17:00:02 +0000: Behind Belle Gibson's cancer con: 'Everything about this story is extreme' - Investigative journalism | The Guardian

    The journalists who broke the story about the wellness blogger failing to pass on charity donations describe the obstacles they hit writing their book about her

    More than two years after her very public exposure and disgrace, the spectre of Belle Gibson still strikes fear into her former associates, even those who once called her their friend.

    Or so found the writers Beau Donelly and Nick Toscano when researching their new book about the wellness entrepreneur’s astonishing downfall, The Woman Who Fooled the World. The two journalists had done some of the earliest investigative reporting on Gibson, revealing in 2015 that the young Instagram star, who claimed to have healed her own brain cancer solely through diet, had raised substantial funds for charity with the help of her hundreds of thousands of followers – and then had not donated the money. The revelation led to increased scrutiny on the health claims that formed the foundation of Gibson’s wellness business, which included a cookbook and app named The Whole Pantry – claims that quickly began to fall apart.

    You don’t want someone googling your name and having it come up against Belle Gibson’s

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