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November 8, 2014

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

Origin of the Separatists’ Buk: A Bellingcat Investigation

Summary This report analyses evidence from open sources, in particular social media, relating to the Buk missile launcher filmed and photographed in eastern Ukraine on July 17th that many have linked to the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. While other open source information is available on other aspects of the downing of MH17, the…

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November 8, 2014

By Peter Jukes

Did Mazher Mahmood mislead Leveson about the Dark Arts of his Past?

With Monday’s BBC1 Panorama documentary set to shed new light into the activities of News of the World‘s most famous reporter, Mazher Mahmood, the Fake Sheikh, it is worth going back over his evidence to the Leveson Inquiry. Though Mahmood’s identity was concealed, his witness statements make for some eye opening reading. The ‘particular firm’…

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November 7, 2014

By The Regular Contributor

Mazher Mahmood, Murdoch, and the NCA

‘Why don’t the police chase proper criminals instead?’ ‘They should be out catching paedos and looking at dodgy blue chip firms not journalists just doing their job’ Paraphrasing an often heard criticism, the view is that police priorities are all skewed. And they’ve got a good point. There are honourable examples of tabloid law-and-order campaigns,…

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November 5, 2014

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

Murdoch’s Corporate Governance: The Problem with Mazher Mahmood for Rebekah Brooks, Andy Coulson, & Victoria Newton

By Joe Public While News Corp. lawyers have censored the BBC broadcasting a Panorama exposure of their notorious undercover reporter Mazher Mahmood for a week, there will be far more worrying questions regarding corporate governance at News Corp – parent company of News UK – despite assurances post Leveson from the company; “News Corp’s Board…

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October 12, 2014

By The Regular Contributor

RIPA, Caryatid, and the News of the World Newsdesk

The current press outrage about police using the Regulation of Investigatory Powers (RIPA) makes for interesting debate. Many are surprised. But it isn’t a new police tactic. It was used at least as far back as Operation Caryatid – the original MPS investigation into phone hacking by Clive Goodman and Glenn Mulcaire. Acquiring newspaper newsdesk…

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