Guardian Investigative Journalism

  • 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.

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    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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  • 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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