Guardian Investigative Journalism

  • Sun, 22 Oct 2017 05:59:44 +0000: Brutal murder of Maltese journalist is a tragedy that should touch us all - Investigative journalism | The Guardian
    The killing of Daphne Caruana Galizia is unusual because she was female and European – but there are many countries where brave reporters are routinely murdered for revealing the truth

    Somehow it’s the violent deaths of female journalists that linger longest. Veronica Guerin, fearless Irish investigative reporter, shot dead in her car by gangsters at a traffic light. Anna Politkovskaya, gunned down in the stairwell of her Moscow flat. And now Daphne Caruana Galizia, the Maltese journalist who spent her life turning over her island’s stones, blown to bits by a car bomb.

    There are two things worth saying about Caruana Galizia’s brutal killing. One is that she’s a symbol who should make us all think of countries where reporters and editors die regularly, simply because they’re doing their job: say Mexico, 11 killed already this year.

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  • Thu, 19 Oct 2017 17:53:07 +0000: Daphne Caruana Galizia’s killers must be brought to justice | Letters - Investigative journalism | The Guardian
    The murdered Maltese journalist was a fearless watchdog, holding to account the powerful and corrupt, sayMEPs Keith Taylor, Jean Lambert and Molly Scott Cato; but Malta’s Labour government deserves credit for redressing some of the country’s injustices, writes Paul Pastor

    Our thoughts are with Daphne Caruana Galizia’s family and friends at this heartbreaking time (Daily death threats – then came the explosion, 19 October). In a landscape increasingly defined by unquestioning mainstream media, hyper-partisan reportage and fake news, Daphne was that rarest, most vital of journalists: a fearless watchdog, holding to account the powerful and corrupt. The detailed investigative work on the Panama Papers that she and her colleagues undertook was crucial for uncovering the murky reality of corruption in Malta. There were also links to the British Virgin Islands and thus to the UK’s position at the heart of a global network of tax havens that facilitate tax avoidance and crime. It was thanks to the Panama Papers exposé that the European parliament was able to secure an EU-wide inquiry into tax avoidance and financial secrecy. Violence against journalists is deeply concerning. We join the parliament’s Pana committee in urging the authorities to investigate this barbaric attack swiftly and bring the perpetrators to justice.
    Keith Taylor MEP, Jean Lambert MEP and Molly Scott Cato MEP
    Green party

    • The murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia is a despicable act, but your editorial (A reporter’s life is lost to the rotten state of Malta, 17 October) takes little account of the tremendous strides Malta’s present Labour government has taken in redressing some of the injustices – widespread corruption and a widening wealth gap – incurred during almost three decades of rightwing nationalist rule. For many years Malta, like Italy, has had to cope with the steady influx of refugees from north Africa, which has placed a heavy burden on the island’s economy. Faced with such challenges, the present government deserves credit for ensuring that the fruits of a growing economy greatly benefit the poorer sector of the island’s population, which includes many of my relatives, centred mostly in the south. To stigmatise Malta, as some have done, as a “mafia state” is ridiculous.
    Paul Pastor
    Omskirk, Lancashire

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  • Thu, 19 Oct 2017 04:00:13 +0000: Daphne Caruana Galizia: We knew establishment was out to get her – family - Investigative journalism | The Guardian

    Murdered investigative journalist’s sons tell of attempts on their mother’s life, and why they blame a ‘takedown of the rule of law’ in Malta for her death

    Looking back, they had known – perhaps for a long time – that it might end like this. With hindsight, says Matthew Caruana Galizia , red-eyed from emotion and lack of sleep, it seems obvious. “This wasn’t an aberration,” he says. “It was a culmination.”

    The air in the family home in the hamlet of Bidnija, half an hour’s drive from the Maltese capital, Valletta, is thick with grief and quiet anger. Police guard the entrance to the gravel driveway and the cast-iron gates in front of the house.

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  • Fri, 29 Sep 2017 18:43:40 +0000: The Guardian view on food standards: the cost of competition | Editorial - Investigative journalism | The Guardian
    Look away now: an investigation into one food processor might put you off your next chicken meal

    For almost every meat eater, chicken is the great standby. Every day, more than 2 million birds are consumed: spiced up as drumsticks or curry-sauced thighs or succulently ham-wrapped breasts. But there is perhaps no other area of food production where what we eat has become so distant from what happens to it on the way to the plate. It is not a process for the faint-hearted: and as an investigation by the Guardian and ITV has found, it can also break the law.

    Undercover reporters who took jobs with 2 Sisters Food Group (2SFG) found workers at the company’s processing plant in West Bromwich packing chicken pieces that had been picked up off the floor, mixing fresh with less-fresh meat and fiddling key information about slaughter dates in a way that might have meant customers were misled about use-by dates. It ought to shame the industry. But on past evidence, it is hard to believe that it will.

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  • Mon, 15 May 2017 12:32:42 +0000: Untold podcast – the book: new details revealed about Daniel Morgan murder - Investigative journalism | The Guardian

    Thirty years after Morgan’s body was found in a London car park, his brother Alastair and journalist Peter Jukes made the hugely successful podcast Untold about the murder. Now they are back with a book – and new revelations

    The murder of a small-time private investigator in a south London car park generated few headlines at the time. But 30 years on, the killing of Daniel Morgan has reverberated from the New York headquarters of Rupert Murdoch’s empire to 10 Downing Street.

    Now a new book, Untold: the Daniel Morgan Murder Exposed, jointly written by Morgan’s brother Alastair and author, journalist and playwright Peter Jukes, lays out the tortuous story of alleged police and media corruption in unremitting detail. Daniel, who was 37 when he died in 1987, was felled by two blows of an axe to the back of his head in Sydenham. His Rolex watch was taken, but he was found with £1,000 in his back pocket. Southern Investigations, the detective agency he set up with a business partner, was known to be working with the police and journalists at the now-defunct Murdoch tabloid newspaper the News of the World.

    Related: Daniel Morgan: how a 30-year-old murder still haunts Britain's powerful

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