Guardian Investigative Journalism

  • 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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  • Sun, 16 Apr 2017 06:00:23 +0000: Investigative reporting is alive and well – and the prizes prove it - Investigative journalism | The Guardian
    From Moldova’s global steroid ring to corporate pollution in Iowa, newspapers across the world are, even today, exposing hundreds of stories

    Mr Rupert Murdoch is no fan of Pulitzer prizes. Not because the award-givers don’t shower honours on the Murdoch press – though they don’t – but because Pulitzer puts traditional, complex investigation first, leaving stories that sell in big numbers far behind. In short, a distraction to the business of making journalism pay.

    Which is, of course, a valid enough criticism of this year’s most feted gong to the tiny local Storm Lake Times in Iowa, for taking on corporate giants such as Monsanto over the ruination of local water supplies. (Though it’s a pity the courts didn’t crown that campaign in victory.) Maybe the New York Times won plenty as usual and the Washington Post’s man on the road with Trump dug deep for glory, but this was essentially a year when smaller guys – from papers like the East Bay Times in Oakland, California, and the Gazette-Mail in Charleston, West Virginia had their moments of glory.

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  • Wed, 15 Mar 2017 11:13:07 +0000: This tax leak is a start – now let’s see the rest of Trump’s finances | Richard Wolffe - Investigative journalism | The Guardian

    Revelations about the president’s 2005 return prompted White House fury – but they’re true to his leadership style of mixing personal and business interests

    Praise the lord. We now know about Donald Trump’s finances from more than a decade ago. This is what passes for progress in the era of a president who promised to be the most ethical, most popular and most successful commander-in-chief ever.

    Then again, he also promised to forego his presidential salary, protect everyone’s healthcare and forego all new business deals. He may as well have promised to put a unicorn in every pot.

    Related: Trump on track to spend exorbitant amount of taxpayer dollars on travels

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  • Sun, 19 Feb 2017 07:00:02 +0000: Beware, whistleblowers: officials still love secrets more than freedom - Investigative journalism | The Guardian
    The draconian mooted revamp of the Official Secrets Act is another reminder to be wary of any press regulator under the control of parliament

    It seems an odd, indeed ludicrous, moment to talk official secrecy when Trump and co are engaged in full-blown hostilities with the CIA, FBI and homeland security amid a tsunami of leaks. But Britain, head down, cloaks and daggers fully mustered, ploughs on regardless as the Law Commission moves to “update” the Official Secrets Act. Just count the reasons for scepticism and apprehension, though.

    One is the history, pre-1989 update, of that act itself: a history so grotesquely unfair that a sympathetic jury, raising two fingers to a judge’s summing-up, freed Clive Ponting for exposing how the Belgrano was really sunk – a public interest defence that always has Whitehall hopping with anxiety.

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  • Mon, 13 Feb 2017 20:27:30 +0000: No 10: Official Secrets Act proposals 'project of previous prime minister' - Investigative journalism | The Guardian

    Downing Street vehemently denies claims it plans to outlaw investigative journalism and public interest whistleblowers

    The government has attempted to distance itself from claims that a new espionage act would outlaw investigative journalism or whistleblowing in the public interest – describing the proposals as the project of a “previous prime minister”.

    As a row erupted over a Law Commission report which suggested that the maximum penalty of two years in prison for leaking official information might be too low when set against 14 years in comparable jurisdictions, Downing Street on Monday night vehemently denied that it was trying to stifle a free press.

    Related: The Guardian view on official secrets: new proposals threaten democracy | Editorial

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