Guardian Investigative Journalism

  • Thu, 28 Jun 2018 10:00:06 +0000: Three Identical Strangers: the bizarre tale of triplets separated at birth - Investigative journalism | The Guardian

    The director of one of the year’s most shocking documentaries talks about his extraordinary subjects, the film-making process, and the age-old question: nature or nurture?

    “Ideas are my bread and butter,” says film-maker Tim Wardle. “But it’s hard to find ideas that make you want to get out of bed at 3am and go film somewhere.”

    That, however, was not the case when a producer at Raw, the London-based production company where Wardle works, brought to his attention the story of Bobby Shafran, Eddy Galland and David Kellman, a set of identical triplets who knew nothing of one another until they were reunited by happenstance at age 19. That alone would make for a compelling documentary, but their story doesn’t end there.

    Related: How two small documentaries stormed the US box office this summer

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  • Wed, 27 Jun 2018 00:53:04 +0000: Brenda the Civil Disobedience Penguin says totalitarianism is coming to Australia | First Dog on the Moon - Investigative journalism | The Guardian

    Only free speech hating lefty do-gooders and certain sea birds seem to give a fig about civil liberties these days

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  • Sun, 10 Jun 2018 06:00:44 +0000: Reporter: A Memoir by Seymour Hersh – review - Investigative journalism | The Guardian

    US journalist Seymour Hersh recounts in fine detail the stories that made him, from the My Lai massacre to Abu Ghraib

    Ten years ago, not long before the election that put Barack Obama in the White House, I went to Washington to interview Seymour Hersh, the reporter who, in 1969, single-handedly uncovered the atrocities that had been committed by an American platoon in My Lai, South Vietnam, 12 months before: a story that hastened the end of the Vietnam war and for which, in 1970, he won a Pulitzer prize. I remember our encounter vividly: the chaos of his office, with its filthy walls and toppling piles of notebooks; the unstoppable flow of his conversation; the wolfish greed with which he scoffed his eggs at breakfast. Above all, what has stayed with me was his almost total lack of interest in anything other than his reporting (by his own estimation, pretty brilliant); his contacts (so numerous that they rival the crowd at the Super Bowl); his editors (occasionally fantastic, but more often annoying and dumb). If Hersh had a hinterland, he was keeping it well hidden.

    Thanks to this, I was well prepared for Reporter, a memoir he only embarked upon because the book he was contracted to write for his publishers – a coruscating volume about Dick Cheney and all who sail in him – had hit the buffers. I guessed – correctly, as it turned out – that Reporter would be unrelenting, and focused entirely on his work; that it would come with no false modesty (or much modesty at all). All the same, even I was taken aback by the extent of his completism. Did he kidnap the book’s editor, tie him or her up until it was at the printers? It’s right that the big stories he has reported – My Lai, the domestic and foreign policy crimes of the Nixon era, the abuse of Iraqi prisoners by US soldiers at Abu Ghraib – are recounted in chapters that run to many pages. But it seems a bit much when, determined not to leave anything out, he resorts literally to running lists of the other, smaller scandals on which he worked in between. Detail swamps his narrative, like creeper clambering over an ancient Mayan ruin, and for the reader, hacking through it is completely exhausting.

    Determination directed unyieldingly at politicians and other high-ups is never not a good thing

    Related: The World As It Is: Inside the Obama White House by Ben Rhodes – review

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  • Thu, 17 May 2018 10:09:29 +0000: Slovakia police criticised over treatment of murdered journalist's colleague - Investigative journalism | The Guardian

    Critics condemn ‘hostile’ eight-hour interrogation of Pavla Holcová by officers investigating killing of Ján Kuciak

    Slovakia’s law enforcement agencies are facing criticism of their investigation into the assassination of journalist Ján Kuciak after officers spent eight hours interrogating a reporter who had worked closely with him.

    Kuciak, 27, and his fiancee, Martina Kušnírová, were shot dead at their home in February.

    Related: Journalist's murder does not make Slovakia a mafia state, says PM

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  • Mon, 14 May 2018 06:45:43 +0000: Ronan Farrow: Woody Allen, Harvey Weinstein and me - Investigative journalism | The Guardian

    Ronan Farrow, the son of Mia and Woody Allen, is the Pulitzer-prize winning journalist whose exposé triggered #MeToo. Now, he has written an acclaimed book on waning US diplomatic influence – and he’s still only 30

    “Thanks for taking the time,” says Ronan Farrow when we meet at a central London hotel. Farrow is the journalist whose exposé of Harvey Weinstein helped kickstart the #MeToo movement. Just 30 years old, he looks, up close, about 13. But he has packed into his three decades more adventures and achievements than most of us could manage in two lifetimes. Of course he had a head start. He was the only biological child of two extremely famous people: Woody Allen, arguably America’s most celebrated living film-maker, and Mia Farrow, herself a child of Hollywood royalty, star of many films and ex-wife of Frank Sinatra.

    By the time that he was five, Ronan had witnessed his parents’ epically bitter break-up, his father’s new relationship with his 22-year-old sister (Farrow’s adopted daughter) Soon-Yi (the cause of the vicious split), and the allegations that his father had sexually abused his seven-year-old adopted sister Dylan Farrow. A court case and custody battle ensued in the relentless glare of the world’s media.

    I’ve made too many enemies through my journalism ever to run for political office in the United States

    Related: Those who deplored the persecution of Roman Polanski enabled the likes of Weinstein | Barbara Ellen

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