Guardian Investigative Journalism

  • 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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  • Mon, 03 Jun 2019 23:08:38 +0000: Police drop investigation into journalists who made Loughinisland film - Investigative journalism | The Guardian

    Judge rebukes forces and quashes warrants after public outcry over Troubles documentary arrests

    Police in England and Northern Ireland have dropped a controversial investigation into journalists who made a documentary about a Troubles atrocity, following a public outcry and a stinging rebuke from judges.

    The Durham constabulary and the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) announced on Monday night that they were no longer investigating Trevor Birney and Barry McCaffrey over their work on No Stone Unturned, a film about the murder of six Catholics in Loughinisland, County Down, in 1994.

    Related: Press freedom Film investigating Loughinisland massacre must get a wider audience

    Related: Is Northern Ireland a democracy or a police state? | Susan McKay

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  • Mon, 03 Jun 2019 05:00:58 +0000: Is Northern Ireland a democracy or a police state? | Susan McKay - Investigative journalism | The Guardian
    Nobody has ever been tried for the 1994 Loughinisland massacre but police arrested two journalists. It’s a scandal worthy of Kafka

    Those who investigate the dark aftermath of conflict walk on dangerous ground. The murder by dissident republicans of Lyra McKee in April was a chilling reminder that there are paramilitaries who are still intent on dragging us back into the hostilities of the past. Another case that has been playing out in Northern Ireland’s legal system is a shocking warning that this may also be true of the police.

    Related: Treatment of Northern Irish journalists likened to police state, court hears

    Related: Investigating the Loughinisland murders – podcast

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  • Sun, 31 Mar 2019 13:00:05 +0000: Investigative journalism is far from dead; it's thriving | Roy Greenslade - Investigative journalism | The Guardian

    Once maligned, digital tools have turned out to be a wonderful addition to our armoury

    One of the enduring myths espoused by veteran reporters is that investigative journalism is dead. I think I heard it first in 1987 when I joined the Sunday Times, the newspaper generally considered to have pioneered agenda-setting investigations. Several of my new colleagues were convinced, despite ample evidence to the contrary, that the paper was no longer committed to providing the necessary resources for lengthy probes into institutional bad behaviour. They held fast to the myth even as the paper went on publishing investigations.

    Later, I discovered that the same mistaken belief existed across the industry and has persisted over the course of 30 years. It gained ground once the digital revolution took hold, and I admit to sharing concerns about the negative effects of the resulting cuts to editorial staffs. But digital tools have turned out to be a wonderful addition to the reporting armoury and it is possible to argue that investigative journalism today is in a healthier state than ever before. Computer terminals have proven more effective in discovering secrets than shoe leather.

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  • Wed, 13 Mar 2019 03:00:06 +0000: Syria, Skripal and MH17: how Bellingcat broke the news – podcast - Investigative journalism | The Guardian

    In 2012, Eliot Higgins began blogging about the news from his front room in Leicester. Seven years later, his investigative website Bellingcat has been responsible for revealing key aspects of some of the world’s biggest stories. And: Jonathan Freedland on the result of Theresa May’s meaningful vote

    Eliot Higgins first became known for his investigations into the Syrian civil war, which he published on his blog Brown Moses. Higgins then went on to found Bellingcat, an investigative website that uses open source tools to expose the truth behind global news stories.

    Higgins, who is the subject of a new documentary, tells Anushka Asthana how he and his international team of volunteers have gone about investigating some of the biggest stories of recent times, including the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in Ukraine and the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal in the UK. He examines the importance of this type of work in an era of fake news and the impact it has had on his professional and personal life.

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