Exposing wrongdoing can be a risky endeavour. If you are serious about whistleblowing get professional advice or do your homework.

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source: https://thenounproject.com/term/whistleblower/89125/

Government Guidance

According GOV.UK, you are whistleblowing if “you’re a worker and you report certain types of wrongdoing”. The wrongdoings you are disclosing should be in the “public interest”. As a whistleblower, you are protected by law, and should be be treated fairly and have an expectation not to loose your job (due to the act of whistleblowing itself).

Note that personal grievances are not protected under the whistleblowing law, under they are in the public interest. …

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source: Wikimedia

A month after a high court judge denied a US request for extraditing Julian Assange, while refusing his request to be released on bail, Mrs Anna Ardin (a.k.a. the Swedish Mrs. A) publishes a new tell-all, “In the Shadow of Assange: My Testimony”. Here’s a short update.

Julian Assange, the Australian born founder of WikiLeaks, was accused of sexually assaulting Mrs. Ardin in 2010 when he stayed at her apartment. …

a no-nonsense a bi-weekly newsletter covering dark web reporting, research and opportunities.

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Clark Merrefield (Journalist’s Resource) talks with Gary King (director of Harvard University’s Institute for Quantitative Social Science) who launched The SilverLining Project: “Can academics and journalists collaborate on big data projects?”


Harvard University’s Institute for Quantitative Social Science is inviting journalist to collaborate on analysing, developing methodologies and gaining long term insights from data collected on the dark web: “The SilverLining Project seeks to advise academics who want to use data on the dark web for scholarly analysis without running afoul of the law and university rules.”…

Dorsey and Zuckerberg, US Congress, (Bloomberg)
Dorsey and Zuckerberg, US Congress, (Bloomberg)
source: Bloomberg

Since their seventeenth century emergence, newspapers have evolved from instruments of commerce, through being platforms for partisan political expression, and towards their modern form: marketplaces of public opinion (Barnhurst and Nerone, 2009: 17–18).

Still, defining what is journalism remains an elusive task, mainly due to contemporary blurring of boundaries between professional and audience reporting (Shapiro, 2014: 555).

Social Network Sites (SNS), a term used to collectively describe a diverse group of commercial online services, allow for the speedy distribution of information to wide audiences (Torres et al., 2018).

SNS usage is ubiquitous, as stated in an Oxford University report by…

Birmingham City Council billing practices may obscure significant and recurring spending of close to £1.5m on homeless accommodation over the twelve months period ending on September 2020.

Analysis of credit card transactions by the Neighbourhood Directorate reveals 583 individual credit card billings with an identical amount of £3,000.

Over 85% of these chunked transactions can be directly linked to regular bi-weekly payments to “Premier Apartments Birmingham” for homeless accommodations, adding up to £1,497,000.

Graph showing £3,000 chunked payments over the 12 month period, broken down by supplier.
Graph showing £3,000 chunked payments over the 12 month period, broken down by supplier.
source: West Midlands Combined Authority Data Factory

This billing practice, of using a council credit cards, results in the expense not becoming visible on a government mandated report of all expenses over £500.


Two slides + two videos on @HeadlinerQuizBot

HeadlinerQuizBot is a research and a meditainment tool capable of monitoring multiple UK news sites, generating fun quizzes and providing headline datasets for download.

Now available on Telegram as @HeadlinerQuizBot.

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Starting 1 January 2021, Hauliers and HGV operators are facing a host of new regulations when crossing EU borders.

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UK government document, updated 27 November, lays out in detail a maze of new visa, port and vehicle registration requirements.

Here are 1o things to watch for, in case you plan to drive a truck to or from the EU following this new year’s holiday, according to gov.uk:

1. Drivers: documents, licences and permits — you will still your Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) in order to work. Carry it with you.

2. Visas, passports and identity cards — you…

[audio version of this story is available]

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Birmingham, the city of a thousand trades, is in lockdown, again.

With the memories of its first lockdown submerged safely into to its collective subconscious, and high on hopes for a comeback Christmas season, the city’s stop button was once again depressed.

Or was it?

Leaving New-Street Station on a sunny Wednesday, we set sail to find out.

At this point I should clarify that when I say we, I don’t mean the Royal We, nor should you imagine a bearded soundman and a producer chasing this zestful reporter. …

MED7334: this is the original article

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“Do not print this!” is an opinion piece, written in the form of an interview, in the genre of fictional journalism. It is a critique on the possible clicheic nature of genres and on the virtues of certain world leaders.

Some Definitions

Oxford Dictionary defines an Opinion Piece as: “An article in which the writer expresses their personal opinion, typically one which is controversial or provocative, about a particular issue or item of news.”

Fictional Journalism might be described as references to journalistic practices and endeavours within the framework of fictional writing. …

Clichés, stock phrases, adherence to conventional, standardised codes of expression and conduct have the socially recognised function of protecting us against reality, that is, against the claim on our thinking attention that all events and facts make by virtue of their existence
― Hannah Arendt, The Life of the Mind

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(Pikrepo, creative commons)

SUB: Before we begin, I should tell you that none of this can ever be printed. Are we in agreement here?

INT: So what do you propose are we doing here?

SUB: You are interviewing me and I’m going to try my best to answer your questions, just as long…

Dror Kessler

Data driven journalism, folkrock and political commentary. #Sderot #Jaffa #Wirksworth 自由

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