John Berger: ‘If I’m a storyteller it’s because I listen’

Can I commend this article about John Berger. He is not an investigative journalist but he has an investigate mind. When I was a student it was through my lecturers using Berger’s texts that I learnt to look to see what was really there (or missing) rather than what I was expected to see.

With respect: RIP Gavin MacFadyen

We are extremely sad to announce the death of Gavin MacFadyen, CIJ’s Founder, Director and its leading light.


Over his lifetime Gavin was a fierce defender of justice and human rights around the world. He was a warm, caring, larger-than-life person who, as many will attest, engendered love and respect from all who met him. His life and how he lived it were completely in sync with the principles that he held dear and practiced as a journalist and educator – to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.

Gavin founded the Centre for Investigative Journalism in 2003 to address the worsening media climate for in-depth, sceptical and adversarial reporting. Over the next 13 years he helped train thousands of reporters from over 35 countries, many of which are places where journalism is under attack and those who speak out are at enormous risk.  His students have gone on to great things in their careers and can point to Gavin as a mentor and inspiration. He has touched countless lives; his steadfast support for whistleblowers and journalists working in difficult environments has saved and given succor to some of the globe’s most threatened individuals and groups. He was the model of what a journalist should be.

Gavin was one of life’s bravest, most passionate and courageous souls. Prior to CIJ, as an investigative journalist, Gavin produced and directed more than 50 investigative documentaries, many for Granada Television’s World In Action. They covered countries as diverse as Britain, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Guyana, South Africa, Mexico, Hong Kong, Thailand, the US, Sweden, India and Turkey. He was banned from Apartheid South Africa, the Soviet Union, and attacked by British Neo-Nazis because of his films. The volume and quality of his body of work is unparalleled.

His loyalty to those under attack from powerful forces, particularly whistleblowers and journalistic groups like Wikileaks, will remain a beacon for years to come.

His commitment to exposing the true nature of power was his life force. He spearheaded the creation of a journalistic landscape which has irrevocably lifted the bar for ethical and hard-hitting reporting. Gavin worked tirelessly to hold power to account. He once said “Good journalism is always political journalism.”

We want to catalogue all the memories and stories that people have about Gavin on our website. Please email with your thoughts, stories, anecdotes, photos, videos, interviews, and anything else about Gavin that you want to share. Help us celebrate this wonderful, unique, and inspirational human being.

On behalf of Gavin’s family and many friends,

Susan Benn


CIJ Board                                                                                               CIJ Staff

Caroline Nevejan (chair)                                                                        Matt Kennard, Deputy Director
Andy Mueller-Maguhn                                                                            Tom Sanderson
Eyal Weizman                                                                                        Juliet Ferguson
Joseph Farrell                                                                                        Marina Calland
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We looking for a senior lecturer in Journalism at Sussex

Senior Lecturer in Journalism

University of Sussex – Department of Media, Journalism and Cultural Studies

School of Media, Film and Music

Expected start date: 01 January 2017 or soon after

The School of Media, Film and Music at the University of Sussex wishes to appoint a Senior Lecturer with expertise in the broad field of Journalism to a full time post.

You will possess a higher degree in a relevant area or will have equivalent scholarly or relevant professional activity. You will have teaching experience to undergraduate and postgraduate level. You will have evidence of an international research profile. You will be interested in contributing to leadership posts in both Department of Media, Journalism and Cultural Studies and the School of Media, Film and Music. All areas of Journalism are of interest but it is essential to have teaching and research expertise in one of the following areas: digital journalism, investigative journalism, political journalism, citizen journalism.

For full details and how to apply see

The University of Sussex is committed to equality of opportunity

Media Show’s Steve Hewlett highlights his part in the MI5 vetting of BBC story in The Observer.

The Media Show’s Steve Hewlett highlights his part in the MI5 vetting of BBC story in The Observer today as part of talking about his life now he has a serious cancer diagnosis. This is the story that David Leigh, Mark Hollingsworth and I did  in the Observer back in 1985. I remember sitting the pub with Hewlett as he told me he had been rejected for a BBC job clearly because of his radical politics as a student. Yet another example of a ‘threat to national security’ that has become a significant national figure. Add to that long list of MPs, thinkers and writers.