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Is Investigative Journalism Dead Or Alive?

Its death has been much predicted and is long in coming but Investigative Journalism in Britain is still in rude health.

In the last year alone we have seen Rupert Murdoch catapulted to crisis by ‘Hackgate’, Sepp Blatter forced into a corner and Jack Warner out of FIFA, a policeman prosecuted for the unlawful killing of a bystander at the G20 demonstrations in 2009 ,a quarter of a million previously secret diplomatic cables released by Wikileaks, Winterbourne View , a ‘care’ home exposed and closed by ‘Panorama’ and more wrongdoers brought to justice all thanks to the diggers of the journalistic world.

Investigative journalism is alive and well in the UK most certainly in the broadsheet press and on television. It had been the conventional wisdom that Britain’s draconian libel laws, cuts in editorial budgets and loss of interest and will by editors and proprietors had killed it off.

Written by John Mair – Senior Lecturer.

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