1st Edition

Journalism, Power and Investigation Global and Activist Perspectives

Edited By Stuart Price Copyright 2019
    324 Pages
    by Routledge

    324 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.

    Introduction: journalism, democracy and the critique of political culture

    Stuart Price

    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

    Ben Harbisher

    Chapter Three - State, Hierarchy and Executive Power: journalists under duress

    Stuart Price

    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

    Ali Hines

    Chapter 7 - Violence and impunity in Rio de Janeiro’s favelas: citizens, smartphones and police malpractice

    Fernanda Amaral

    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

    Zahera Harb

    Chapter 11 - Protecting the Colony: Bermuda’s national image and media censorship

    Dana Selassie

    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

    Jen Birks

    Chapter 13 - Wikileaks and Investigative Journalism: the organization’s effects and unfinished legacy

    Lisa Lynch

    Chapter 14 - Online news video, collaboration and social networks: the disruption of the media industry

    David Hayward




    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).