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Expensive, time-consuming, redundant – and still necessary. News of the death of investigative reporting has been greatly exaggerated, if Hackgate is any barometer. The story that has dominated (some) headlines in recent weeks has been labelled a “triumph for investigative reporting”, not least for reporter Nick Davies. Nick Davies has been reporting on the failings of the global media industry for years. When Julian Assange wanted The Guardian to publish Bradley Manning’s explosive stash of cables, Nick Davies was the man he approached. They later had a much-publicised falling out.

Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger has written for Newsweek on how the newspaper covered the story. Remembering the million-dollar damages paid to a News of the World journalist who’d been bullied by Andy Coulson in 2009 – ignored by other newspapers – Rusbridger writes, “There seemed to be some omertà principle at work that meant that not a single other national newspaper thought this could possibly be worth an inch of newsprint.” The omertà ended when it became clear that phone hacking was not just a prank played on celebrities but involved a murdered 13 year-old girl.



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2 comments so far:

MURDOCH MOST FOUL

READ ALL ABOUT IT ? NOT IN MURDOCH PAPERS YOU WON'T!

But you can read it here, on Independent Australia.
And we salute Nick Davies and Jonathan Owen for their courage and resolve.
And Sean Hoare, the News of the World whistleblower who was found dead inhis flat the other week. Journalism is one member down.

http://www.independentaustralia.net/2011/media-2/murdoch-most-foul/

TESS LAWRENCE
25 July at 12:07PM

Easy to take the moral high ground with the illegal behavior of Murdoch's NotW.

But not many people were sniffing at them when they broke the Pakistani cricket-rigging scandals. And if I recall correctly the Fairfax press did not dismiss them as a tabloid either--- it was always 'newspaper'....

Oohh--and isn't our Fin Review also a tabloid?

Glenn Sutherland


25 July at 12:38PM

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