Exaro is to hold a panel debate in September on: “Did the media ever hold power to account?” As questions over the effectiveness of the media in holding power to account fall ever sharper into focus, I shall be chairing what promises to be a fascinating debate in the heart of Fleet Street with journalists who have absolutely been at the frontline of it.
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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.
Germany’s Weltspiegel aired a report with Exaro’s help about allegations of child sex abuse against politicians in the UK. The current-affairs programme featured an interview with Esther Baker, who alleges that a former Liberal Democrat MP and others, including then-serving police officers, sexually abused her as a girl. It included an interview with Mark Watts, Exaro’s Editor-in-Chief, and John Mann, Labour MP.
Russia Today’s George Galloway talked to Exaro Editor-in-Chief Mark Watts in what turned out to be a remarkably prescient interview. They discussed a series of developments on the exposure of the scandal of the ‘Westminster paedophile network’ since Watts appeared on Galloway’s programme in June. Within days, Sir Edward Heath, former British prime minister, was named as being under investigation by police.
Australia’s Channel 9 today broadcast a special report on 60 Minutes about the ‘Westminster paedophile network’. Exaro helped 60 Minutes to make the half-hour film, the main story on this week’s edition of the programme. Ross Coulthart, the reporter on the special investigation, described it as “Britain’s biggest ever scandal”, adding: “This is the story that will rock the British establishment.”
Exaro’s exposure of the ‘Westminster paedophile network’ was the topic of discussion when Editor-in-Chief Mark Watts appeared on ex-MP George Galloway’s programme on Russia Today. Watts described it as “the biggest political scandal in post-War Britain.” Galloway said that he could not think of a bigger one before the War. Exaro has forced the authorities in the UK to focus on the issue.
Editor-in-Chief Mark Watts joined presenter Iain Dale and Labour mayoral candidate Tessa Jowell for LBC’s Newsmakers to discuss Exaro’s investigation into the ‘Westminster paedophile network’. As LBC put out the final edition of several reports about the murdered schoolboy, Vishal Mehrotra, the programme discussed the case and the wider scandal that has been steadily uncovered by Exaro over more than two-and-a-half years.
Exaro has won three nominations in this year’s Online Media Awards for its outstanding journalism. We have been nominated in the awards – for the third time – for ‘best campaigning or investigative journalism’. We are also shortlisted for ‘breaking news story of the year’. And, completing the hat-trick, our Editor-in-Chief, Mark Watts, has been nominated in the awards for ‘online editor of the year’. Updated 10 June 2015
Media across the world have increasingly focussed their attention on the ‘Westminster paedophile network’ that operated in the UK over many years. Overseas broadcasters and other international media have run special reports on “the biggest political scandal in Britain’s post-war history”, often featuring Exaro as its investigation uncovers shocking evidence that exposes the UK’s establishment – including Parliament, Whitehall and the BBC.
Exaro and the Sunday People have been jointly nominated in the newspaper industry’s Press Awards for ‘news team of the year’. The nomination is for a series of stunning scoops last year on the ‘Westminster paedophile network’. Exaro and the Sunday People worked together on the stories. It is highly unusual for a website to be nominated in the Press Awards, which are for newspapers. Updated 11.50pm
Exaro and the work of eight of its journalists are shortlisted for this year’s British Journalism Awards. The eight contributed to a series of articles on Exaro that led to the overarching inquiry into child sex abuse. In addition, David Hencke is nominated for politics journalist of the year in the prestigious awards, which are run by Press Gazette, the trade magazine for journalists. Updated 2 December 2014