Journalism, Power and Investigation presents a contemporary, trans-national analysis of investigative journalism. Beginning with a detailed introduction that examines the relationship between this form of public communication and normative conceptions of democracy, the book offers a selection of spirited contributions to current debates concerning the place, function, and political impact of investigative work. The 14 chapters, produced by practising journalists, academics, and activists, cover a range of topics, with examples drawn from the global struggle to produce reliable, in-depth accounts of public events.
The collection brings together a range of significant investigations from across the world. These include an assignment conducted in the dangerous sectarian environment of Iraq, close engagement with Spain’s Memory Movement, and an account of the work of radical charity Global Witness. Other chapters examine the relationship between journalists and state/corporate power, the troubled political legacy of WikiLeaks, the legal constraints on investigative journalism in the UK, and the bold international agenda of the investigative collective The Ferret. This material is accompanied by other analytical pieces on events in Bermuda, Brazil, and Egypt.
Investigative journalism is a form of reportage that has long provided a benchmark for in-depth, critical interventions. Using numerous case studies, Journalism, Power and Investigation gives students and researchers an insight into the principles and methods that animate this global search for truth and justice.
Table of Contents
Introduction: journalism, democracy and the critique of political culture
PART I Investigative journalism, public integrity, and the state
Chapter One - Investigative journalism and terrorism: the proactive legal duty to report Richard Danbury
Chapter Two - Researching the Deep State: surveillance, politics, and dissent
Chapter Three - State, Hierarchy and Executive Power: journalists under duress
Chapter Four - Can you keep a secret? Legal and technological obstacles to protecting journalistic sources
Richard Danbury and Judith Townend
PART II Activism, investigation, and the quest for social justice
Chapter 5 - Citizens’ Investigations: recovering the past in contemporary Spain
Ruth Sanz Sabido
Chapter 6 - Global Witness and investigative journalism
Chapter 7 - Violence and impunity in Rio de Janeiro’s favelas: citizens, smartphones and police malpractice
PART III The hazards of investigation: journalists on assignment
Chapter 8 - Surviving the Sectarian Divide: investigative journalism in the quagmire of Iraq Ahmed Bahiya
Chapter 9 - Co-operative International Coverage? The Ferret’s foreign reporting
Peter Geoghegan, Billy Briggs and Brindusa Ioana Nastasa
Chapter 10 - After the Arab Revolts: social media and the journalist in Egypt
Chapter 11 - Protecting the Colony: Bermuda’s national image and media censorship
PART IV An industry in turmoil: fake news, leaks, and economic challenges
Chapter 12 - Fact-checking, False Balance and ‘Fake News’: the discourse and practice of verification in political communication
Chapter 13 - Wikileaks and Investigative Journalism: the organization’s effects and unfinished legacy
Chapter 14 - Online news video, collaboration and social networks: the disruption of the media industry
Stuart Price is Professor of Media and Political Discourse, and Director of the Media Discourse Centre at De Montfort University, UK. He is the author of the forthcoming title Corbyn and the Media and several monographs, including Worst-Case Scenario? (2011), Brute Reality (2010), and Discourse Power Address (2007). He is the editor, with Ruth Sanz Sabido, of Sites of Protest (2016) and Contemporary Protest and the Legacy of Dissent (2015). His well-known textbooks include Communication Studies (1996).