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4 July 2024

Six Years of #MeToo Reporting

The New York Times's investigation into allegations of sexual harassment and assault by the Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein in October 2017 led to an avalanche of MeToo stories in the media. These are not easy stories to tell, especially in the UK where laws around both defamation and privacy are much tougher for journalists than in the US.

3 July 2024

Election Integrity: the Indian Electoral Bonds Scam

The Electoral Bonds scheme was introduced by the Indian government as a tool to make political donations through banking channels. It was subsequently used by individuals within that government, according to Poonam Agarwal's investigation, to take bribes in the form of donations.

3 July 2024

How Not to Get Too Burned Investigating Gangsters & Bent Cops

Police corruption, unsolved murders, organised crime and miscarriages of justice are all the rage across media platforms. But it is a hostile environment full of thugs, liars, fantasists, hidden agendas and libel.

3 July 2024

#MeTooNHS: Investigating Sexual Violence in the Health Service

Award winning journalists David Batty and Anna Bowder talk about their investigation into sexual violence in the NHS: from the difficulties of investigating sexual violence to collaborating with specialist publications and to the impact of the investigation a year on.

4 July 2024

Breaking Horizon: The Post Office Scandal

Over nearly two decades, the UK Post Office prosecuted hundreds of innocent subpostmasters for shortfalls in their accounts caused, in fact, by errors of an IT system called Horizon - one of the biggest and most egregious miscarriages of justice in recent British history.

28 June 2023

Investigating Sexual Assault at the Workplace: the Case of  Crispin Odey

Crispin Odey reigned over London’s hedge fund scene for more than three decades. At its peak his firm, Odey Asset Management, was one of Europe's largest hedge fund companies. But behind the scenes, and known to the company's executives, persistent sexual misconduct and abuse was taking place.

29 June 2023

Investor-State Disputes: Exposing Shadowy Threats to Democracy

Multinational corporations and investors have filed almost 1,000 legal cases against entire countries at an obscure branch of the World Bank. Such cases have been successfully used by corporations to circumvent environmental regulations, as well as post-apartheid policies in South Africa designed to empower black communities.

28 June 2023

Of War Crimes and Libel Laws: The Case of Ben Roberts-Smith VC

In one of the most important libel trials for decades, this month three Australian newspapers won a historic victory over Ben Roberts-Smith VC, Australia’s most decorated soldier, after they accused him of killing three Afghan civilians in cold blood and he sued.

29 June 2023

Ukraine: Investigations in the Shadow of Invasion

The Russian invasion of Ukraine changed many of the topics covered by Ukrainian investigative journalists, though the key investigative techniques have often remained the same. Elena Loginova speaks about an investigation by the OCCRP, The Banality of Brutality.

29 June 2023

Investigating Covid Loan Fraud: How to Overcome Obstacles and Win an Award

British Journalism Awards winner in the Crime and Legal Affairs category, Stefania Spezzati speaks about her investigation into a massive taxpayer-funded fraud which the UK government tried to keep secret.