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The Man in the Green Blanket – a story about South Africa today

Published May 2015.

Published by The Guardian May 19 2015 On August 16 2012, South African police opened fire on a large crowd of men who had walked out on strike from a platinum mine at Marikana, about 80 miles north of Johannesburg. They shot down 112 of them, killing 34. In any country, this would have been […]

How Vietnam beat the US – and then lost out to capitalism

Published April 2015.

Published by The Guardian April 22 2015 Additional research by Calvin Godfrey. Early one morning in February 1968, when the fighting in central Vietnam had reached levels of insanity, a group of South Korean soldiers swept into a village called Ha My, a straggled-out collection of bamboo huts and paddy fields about an hour outside […]

Politicians who challenge Murdoch have nothing to lose but their fear

Published April 2015.

Published by The Guardian April 6 2015 Five years ago, as he prepared to fight the general election of May 2010, the then prime minister Gordon Brown instructed officials to write him a particularly risky speech. It attacked the press. More than that, it attacked Rupert and James Murdoch by name, defending the BBC against […]

Chains that bind the ‘free’ press

Published January 2015.

Published by New Internationalist magazine January 1 2015 The British press was born free but it is everywhere in chains. Some of those chains are financial. As the Internet takes away our readers and advertisers, news organisations struggle to find the money to pay for basic news gathering and even more so for long, complicated […]

Police face unanswered questions about their links to Murdoch

Published July 2014.

Published by The Guardian July 2 2014 It is not only David Cameron and Rupert Murdoch who are caught in the sticky web of the phone-hacking scandal. Scotland Yard too remains tangled in troubling questions which have been revived by evidence disclosed in the Old Bailey trial which ended this week. The questions remain unanswered […]

Inside story of the inquiry which exposed crimes in Fleet Street

Published July 2014.

Published by The Guardian July 2 2014 On January 26 2011, News International passed Scotland Yard three email messages which contained possible evidence of crime. Three and a half years later, the investigation which was launched that day has morphed into 12 separate operations, and some 210 people have been arrested or interviewed under caution […]

The storm of misreporting around Milly Dowler’s messages

Published June 2014.

Published by The Guardian June 26 2014 On December 14 2011, the barrister representing the family of Milly Dowler rose to his feet at the Leveson inquiry to complain of a “storm of misreporting” which had blown up around the release of new evidence about the hacking of the 13-year-old schoolgirl’s phone by the News […]

Coulson guilty; Brooks innocent; Murdoch faces police questions

Published June 2014.

Published by The Guardian June 25 2014 With Lisa O’Carroll Rupert Murdoch has been officially informed by Scotland Yard that detectives want to interview him as a suspect as part of their inquiry into allegations of crime at his British newspapers. It is understood that detectives first contacted Murdoch last year to arrange to question […]

Coulson’s crimes – and the case against the Prime Minister

Published June 2014.

Published by The Guardian June 25 2016 Long before the jury returned their verdict, evidence disclosed at the Old Bailey trial had devastated Andy Coulson’s reputation, clearly suggesting that he had misled the Prime Minister and Parliament about his knowledge of crime at the News of the World. His conviction yesterday will add a prison […]

Rebekah Brooks – adored and loathed

Published June 2014.

Published by The Guardian June 25 2014 With Lisa O’Carroll When Elisabeth Murdoch celebrated her 40th birthday, in the summer of 2008, Rebekah Brooks produced a 32-page souvenir edition of the Sun for the guests at her party with joke stories, a spoof agony aunt column and a composite Page Three girl with Elisabeth’s head […]

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