My tribute to Gavin MacFadyen of TCIJ published in Three-D

Three-D Issue 27: Gavin MacFadyen Obituary


Just occasionally a cliché does the job, and as John Pilger said of the late Gavin MacFadyen, at the memorial to Gavin in December: “They don’t make them like that anymore”. Gavin was in every way larger than life and the obituaries which have appeared in the New York Timesthe Guardian and many other publications reveal a man who lived his 77 years to the full. He was a 1960s radical embodied. His adult life was devoted to causing grief to the corrupt, the greedy, and the complacent. Whatever the mission it was conducted as an adventure – with gusto, mischief and a booming laugh.

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PL in The Conversation: Snoopers’ Charter: why journalists (and the rest of us) should be afraid.

The “Snooper’s Charter mark two” – or Investigatory Powers Act – which has recently passed into law demonstrates again how successful Islamist terrorism has been in changing British society into a secret state.

With the passing of the Act we have taken a step into a new world of permanent surveillance that was not deemed necessary in 30 years of “The Troubles”, four decades of the Cold War or during two world wars. Home secretary Amber Rudd’s comment that it is “world-leading legislation” is worthy of Orwell’s doublethink. One might ask, what part of the world are we leading exactly: North Korea, Cuba, China and Saudi Arabia?

It provides the intelligence agencies with massive new surveillance powers including rules that force internet providers to keep complete records of every website that all of their customers visit. That information will be available to a wide range of other agencies, including the Department for Work and Pensions as well as the Food Standards Agency.

The first impact of the Act is on the freedom of the press. To read more

Congratulations to Andrew Jennings and James Oliver for FIFA story award. Some exceptional UK journalism to consider.

If you want to see some great examples of UK journalism I suggest you follow up these award storied. I’m particularly pleased about the award of Sports Story of the year to old friends Andrew Jennings and James Oliver at BBC Panorama.


The 2016 FPA Media Awards took place on Tuesday 29 November

Journalist of the year:

2016 Marcel Mettelsiefen: Channel 4


TV News Story of the Year:

Lisa Holland, Mostyn Pryce

Rescue in the Aegean

Sky News

Print & Web News Story of the Year

Anthony Loyd

The man who shot me now works for the CIA

The Times

Financial/Economic Story of the Year

Ed Caesar

The Moscow Laundromat

The New Yorker

TV Documentary/Feature Story of the Year

Marcel Mettelsiefen, Stephen Ellis

Children on the frontline: The Escape

Channel 4

Print & Web Feature Story of the Year

Christina Lamb

A fight for the soul of the world

Sunday Times Magazine

Radio Story of the Year

Manveen Rana, Nick Sutton, Emma Rippon, Peter Karlsen

A new life in Europe

BBC Radio 4

Environment Story of the Year

Karim Shah, Fazeelat Aslam, Daniel Bogado, Monica Garnsey, Eamonn Matthews

Unreported World: The city with no water

Channel 4

Arts & Culture Story of the Year

Liviu Tipurita, Sarah Waldron, Sam Bagnall

The New Gypsy Kings


Thomson Foundation Young Journalist from the Developing World

Yousra Elbagir


Science Story of the Year

Javid Abdelmoneim, Josie Wicks, Harri Grace, Richard Jephcote

Operation Gaza

Al Jazeera

Story of the Year by a Full Member of the FPA

Nahlah Ayed, Tracy Seeley, Richard Devey

Dirty work


Sports Story of the Year

Andrew Jennings, James Oliver, Karen Wightman, Andrew Head, Matt Bardo, Dan Newling and Laura Burns

Panorama: Fifa, Sepp Blatter and me


Travel/Tourism Story of the Year

Jack Shenker

Welcome to the land that no country wants

The Guardian Long Reads