Election Expenses Exposed wins IRE Award

‘Election Expenses Exposed’, an investigation I’ve been working on with the Channel 4 News Investigations Team for the last 18 months, has won an Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) award in the Broadcast Large category. The IRE awards are held annually, and recognise the...

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Volkswagen emissions scandal – Five questions for the Department for Transport

As the Volkswagen emissions scandal continued to billow out across the media, the National Audit Office asked some interesting questions to the Department for Transport. In summary, what did the department know about ‘defeat devices’ in vehicles? And what action did the department take after...

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MoD pays compensation for 362 innocent civilians killed by British military in Iraq and Afghanistan

Ministry of Defence paid compensation for deaths of at least 362 innocent men, women and children in Iraq and Afghanistan between 2003 and 2015 5 civilian deaths known to be caused by airstrikes in 2009/10, including a five-year-old girl and an eight-year-old girl killed...

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FOI – A Practical Guide to the Freedom of Information Act

Here’s an edited version of a chapter I wrote with Paul McNamara for the book ‘FOI 10 Years On’, edited by Tom Felle and John Mair (Abramis). Our chapter is ‘Uncovering the state’s secrets: how to use FOI effectively’. It also appeared in the...

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Live animal exports – a look at the journey logs

I’ve been looking into live animal exports for a while. Not many people know that it still goes on, and many people are still campaigning to see it stop for good. After a long time, I’ve managed to get hold of some of the journey logs...

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David Cameron’s father died leaving assets offshore in tax haven of Jersey

Prime Minister David Cameron’s stockbroker father died leaving assets offshore in the tax haven of Jersey, a Channel 4 News investigation can reveal. Ian Cameron’s offshore wealth is revealed in a legal document filed with courts on the island, where he had helped run...

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MPs expenses: 46 claim for rent or hotels in London despite owning property nearby

Forty six MPs have claimed expenses for London rent or hotels despite owning a property in the capital, a Channel 4 News investigation has found. Analysis shows the expenses claims cost the taxpayer more than £1.3m since 2012, write Guy Basnett and Paul McNamara....

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Slaughter logs – a look at animal welfare breaches

Slaughter is always a difficult topic, and often the public just don’t want to know how animals killed for meat are treated before death. I started to look at slaughterhouses, and obtained details of breaches of animal welfare rules from the Food Standards Agency. Some relate...

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Incineration of foetal remains in British hospitals – investigation

Almost exactly a year ago, I started to receive a series of emails confirming that British hospitals were incinerating foetal remains from abortions and miscarriages – sometimes in waste-to-energy power plants. In short, the remains of foetuses were being burned by hospitals to generate...

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Ruby for journalists – Scraping BBC salaries with Nokogiri

One immensely powerful reason for learning to code as a journalist is the ability to scrape information from websites. There’s a huge amount of data on the web that has value for journalists, but often it’s scattered about in a way that makes it frustrating...

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More than 6,000 children across England reported at risk of child sexual exploitation

More than 6,000 children across England have been reported as at risk of child sex exploitation since the beginning of 2013. The figures, drawn together through Freedom of Information requests, reveal for the first time the scale of child exploitation across the country. A...

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