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John Pilger, Richard Gizbert, and Julian Assange - The Wikileaks Files - Book Launch - London - 29th September 2015.jpg

John Pilger, Richard Gizbert, and Julian Assange are before the investigative press regarding The Wikileaks Files - Book Launch - Foyles, London - 29th September 2015. Credit: Walej.

Def. a "form of journalism in which the reporter deeply investigates a single topic of interest, often involving crime or corruption"[1] is called investigative journalism.

"Reporting, through one's own initiative and work product, matters of importance to readers, viewers, or listeners [is investigative journalism]."[2]

"An investigative journalist is a man or woman whose profession it is to discover the truth and to identify lapses from it in whatever media may be available. The act of doing this generally is called investigative journalism and is distinct from apparently similar work done by police, lawyers, auditors, and regulatory bodies in that it is not limited as to target, not legally founded and closely connected to publicity."[3]


  1. investigative journalism. San Francisco, California: Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. March 1, 2014. https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/investigative_journalism. Retrieved 2014-05-06. 
  2. Steve Weinberg, The Reporter's Handbook: An Investigator's Guide to Documents and Techniques, St. Martin's Press, 1996
  3. Investigative Journalism: Context and Practice, Hugo de Burgh (ed), Routledge, London and New York, 2000

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