Harry Evans is new Centre for Investigative Journalism patron

June 22, 2008

Centre for Investigative JournalismThe Centre for Invest­ig­at­ive Journ­al­ism, which is based at City Uni­ver­sity Lon­don — where I work — has just recruited Harry Evans as pat­ron.

The former Edit­or of the Sunday Times (whose words provide this blog’s motto — see right), Evans helped estab­lish journ­al­ism at City in the 1970s as a vis­it­ing pro­fess­or. The CIJ will be hold­ing their annu­al sum­mer school — book here — here, 18–20 July.

Gav­in Mac­Fa­dyen, the CIJ’s dir­ect­or, writes:

Harry Evans is well known to invest­ig­at­ive report­ing, hav­ing brought a cru­sad­ing journ­al­ism that unearthed stor­ies and scan­dals that were often offi­cially denied or ignored. The Sunday Times Insight Team was the mod­el and inspir­a­tion for many invest­ig­at­ive bur­eaus around the world.

CIJ, in addi­tion to our inter­na­tion­al train­ing pro­grammes, is com­mit­ted to the act­ive defence and pub­lic sup­port of invest­ig­at­ive report­ing.  With Harry Evans, CIJ is com­mit­ted to the  estab­lish­ment of inde­pend­ent, aggress­ive journ­al­ism on behalf of the vul­ner­able against the power­ful, for trans­par­ency and account­ab­il­ity, and to expose abuse, cor­rup­tion, incom­pet­ence, and despo­li­ation of the envir­on­ment.

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