The ingredients of timely investigative journalism

Richard Keeble is one of Britain’s leading journalism academics and he’s taught at the University of Lincoln for many years. Author of seminal books on reporting, his latest, just released work is co-edited with John Mair and it’s called, “Investigative Journalism Today: Speaking Truth to Power“. It features a range of writers exploring the importance…

The importance of strong encryption

Today NGO Digital Rights Watch launched an important campaign that I was asked to support. Very happy to: Today, a global coalition led by civil society and technology experts sent a letter asking the government of Australia to abandon plans to introduce legislation that would undermine strong encryption. The letter calls on government officials to…

New Zealand outlet positively reviews Disaster Capitalism film

My film Disaster Capitalism with director Thor Neureiter continues to spread around the world. Thor was recently in Melbourne for the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival and the film is screening soon in Australia, the UK and elsewhere. New Zealand outlet Foreign Control Watchdog has published a review of the film written by Jeremy Agar: Afghanistan…

Capitalising on disaster in the Trump era

My latest book, Disaster Capitalism: Making A Killing Out Of Catastrophe, remains continually relevant especially in the Trump era (just a few examples in the news recently include Blackwater founder Erik Prince still obsessed with privatising the Afghan war and a CIA-linked military contractor making money from housing refugees in the US). UK publisher Taylor…

Australian asylum policies inspiring the globe

My investigation in US magazine The Nation: Soon after President Trump assumed office in January 2017, he had a phone call with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. The transcript of the conversation, leaked in August, revealed that the new US president admired his Australian counterpart because Turnbull was “worse than I am” on asylum seekers.…

Getting past the drug addicted myths

My following book review appears in the Sydney Morning Herald/Melbourne Age today: Addicted? How Addiction Affects Every One of Us and What We Can Do About It Matt Noffs and Kieran Palmer HarperCollins, $32.99 When the Australian Greens recently called for the legalisation and regulation of cannabis, following moves in countless US states, Uruguay and…