Exaro / COVERAGE
Exaro Editor-in-Chief Mark Watts told how a survivor of child sex abuse attempted suicide after BBC Panorama’s attack on similar witnesses in police investigations.
Watts spoke to Russia Today’s Sputnik, presented by George Galloway, about the impact of BBC1’s Panorama on abuse survivors. Our editor also talked about the Panorama to LBC’s James O’Brien, BBC Radio 4’s Media Show, and BBC2’s Newsnight.
UK / POLICE
Home secretary Theresa May is considering ordering an inquiry into police actions in the infamous “battle of Orgreave” in the miners’ strike of 1984.
Exaro can reveal that May has already agreed to receive a legal submission from lawyers on behalf of campaigners who want a full investigation into claims of police brutality during a mass picket of a coking plant in Orgreave.
UK / CHILD ABUSE
Police are investigating a senior detective who is a confidential source for BBC1’s Panorama over the leaking of secret identities of complainants in abuse cases.
Communications seen by Exaro reveal that the Metropolitan Police Service’s directorate of professional standards launched the investigation last month into the officer on suspicion that he improperly disclosed the name and address of a complainant in a criminal investigation. Updated 6.33pm, 5 October 2015
UK / CHILD ABUSE
This is how I responded to Panorama’s request for an interview with me for its programme on the ‘Westminster paedophile network’…
I often appear on television and radio to talk about – and face questions about – Exaro’s work. My default position is to agree to such requests. I turn them down if the programme has no credibility or will not treat the subject properly.
UK / CHILD ABUSE
BBC1’s Panorama is planning to attack survivors of child sex abuse and others who are uncovering evidence of a ‘Westminster paedophile network’.
Many journalists at the broadcaster fear that the programme will prompt a backlash because two established cases of VIP paedophiles were among the BBC’s biggest stars – Jimmy Savile and Stuart Hall. Exaro can reveal what Panorama’s repeatedly-delayed programme will allege.
Tony Gallagher at Exaro debate: investigations are key for Press
Newly-appointed Sun editor Tony Gallagher made a clarion call for investigative journalism while speaking at the inaugural Exaro debate. Gallagher was one of four leading lights from the journalism industry on the panel for the inaugural Exaro debate in Fleet Street – including our own David Hencke, along with Glenda Cooper and Peter Jukes. We have uploaded the video of the full, fascinating debate.
BBC seeks to delay Smith review until after renewal of charter
BBC bosses are trying to delay publication of an inquiry into its failures over paedophile Jimmy Savile until after ministers agree the broadcaster’s charter renewal. Whitehall and BBC sources say that the Dame Janet Smith’s review into the Savile scandal is so damaging of management knowledge and tolerance of abuse that senior executives fear that it threatens the future of the broadcaster.
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Geoff Hoon faces further corruption challenge at Westland
Former defence secretary Geoff Hoon faces fresh pressure as Anglo-Italian helicopter manufacturer AgustaWestland has been plunged into a spate of corruption claims. Hoon, managing director for AgustaWestland’s international business, will be responsible for helping the company to defend itself from several criminal investigations abroad. He had helped to promote AgustaWestland’s business in two countries where investigations are under way.