Press Gazette's top ten investigative journalists: 'Brave and unstoppable' Nick Davies tops the list

Last year Press Gazette contacted more than 30 of the biggest names in British investigative journalism to ask who they think are the best investigative journalists in the UK.

The clear winner was Nick Davies, commended primarily for his exposure of the phone-hacking scandal and work on Wikileaks.

Davies was described by his peers as “the man who humbled Rupert Murdoch”, “top of the investigative journalism tree” and “very brave and absolutely unstoppable”.

On page 10 of last week's Press Gazette – Journalism Weekly, in an interview with Press Gazette, Davies describes his early career, explains why he tries not to read any newspapers – except for The Guardian – and discusses his long friendship with Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger.

1 – Nick Davies (The Guardian)

“Not only for his work on phone-hacking but for, more generally, giving investigative journalism a good name. His work repudiates the popular view that investigative journalists are interested only in celebrities and gossip.”

2 – Claire Newell (The Daily Telegraph)

“Her work exposing FIFA for Insight in particular was top drawer”

3 – David Leigh (The Guardian)

“He’s been performing at a high level for a long time and he hasn’t lost any of his appetite”

4 – Jonathan Calvert (The Sunday Times)

“His scoops are endless, and he effects enormous changes in public behaviour through his exposure of scandals”

5 – Heather Brooke (Freelance)

“Worked well [in the] fight in the High Court in 2008 to force the release of the MPs’ expenses details”

6 – David Rose (Mail on Sunday)

“Brilliant and dedicated, exposing miscarriages of justice, frauds in the climate change lobby, middle east politicking etc.”

7 – Paul Lewis (The Guardian)

“One of the best proponents of data journalism… has had some great scoops, from Police undercover officers having affairs (and children) on their missions, to revealing how Ian Tomlinson really died”

8 – Mazher Mahmood (The Sunday Times)

“Brilliant scoops and stings, whatever one’s slight feelings about the occasional entrapment”

9 – Andrew Norfolk (The Times)

“For his heroic work in pursuing the story of on street sex grooming and trafficking in Northern cities”

10 – Stephen Grey (Thomson Reuters)

“One of his major coups was to secure flight data for the CIA’s network of jets that were used to transport rendition victims. That data… helped blow the entire thing out of the water and expose how widespread it was”

The above testimonies were submitted anonymously by those who voted in this poll.

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  1. U.S.A. Investigating Swiss –Pictet & Cie. Bank .
    Jan.– 2017.
    During this period of extreme scrutiny of the Pictet Bank by the SEC. in the USA and the decades long internet campaign listed below has led to four partners of the Bank quitting — jumping ship.
    Ivan Pictet.
    Phillipe Bertherat .
    Jean Francoise Demole ..
    Jacques De Saussure.
    These four being four of the original seven partners.
    They could see their multi million pound fortunes being put in jeopardy.
    They also knew that after seeing their co-conspirator Madoff get sent to jail for 150 years —–they could risk going to jail themselves.

    Full Story.—-Google. Ivan pictet/monty raphael .

    Sods —– Law.
    Jan.. —– 2017. ( Updated.)

    For almost two decades we have strived to get justice for the injustice we have suffered at the hands of a world renowned bank— PICTET & CIE. BANK.
    Two yorkshiremen both running their own small family businesses trying to resolve the problem by taking all the correct legal procedures to recover their monies.
    The matter was raised in Parliament – twice– the FSA investigated the matter concluding that PICTET had rogues operating in their London Bank — but the rogues had left —saying no one left to prosecute.??? .
    Why is it that when the Chief Executives of the F.S.A. retire they invariably go to top jobs in Swiss Banks.—- scratch my back?
    We then approached the Financial Ombudsman Service. (FOS) — our case was dealt with by seven different people —- then our numerous E-Mails were ignored — nobody would speak to us .
    We then asked the SFO ( Serious Fraud Office.) to investigate our case —- the criteria of our case ticked all their boxes. — we were instructed not to send them
    any documents/evidence.—— in fact they wrote to us advising us to go to the Citizen’s Advice Bureau.(CAB.)
    Richard Alderman the SFO boss —- who responded to our letter was the same man who would not investigate the “ Madoff” scandal or the “Libor” fiasco.
    The MP’s committee —- said he was sloppy— and the SFO was run like “ Fred Karno’s Circus” —– it was an office of fraud..
    Our M.P. approached our local Chief Constable to investigate—– he was called—- Sir Norman Bettison— Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police —- a force that made “ Dad’s Army” look like the S.A.S. They were inept – corrupt —malicious — from top to bottom. We were criminally dealt with by the Forces Solicitor—- the Head of the Economic Crime Unit —-and the Chief Constable .
    We were then advised to pass our complaint against West Yorkshire Police to the I.P.C.C. – which we did — they advised us to make our complaint to —- the West Yorkshire Police — we did with reluctance — all we got was abuse and obfuscation.
    Sir Norman Bettison —- The Forces solicitor— and the Head of the Economic Crime —- have all been removed from their posts and facing criminal allegations.
    We even sought justice through the Courts — the bank being represented by two prominent lawyers – Monty Raphael Q.C. Charles Flint Q.C. —- culminating in a visit to the Court of Appeal-London.— On leaving the Courts of Appeal that day our barrister a “rising star” informed us — that if that was British Justice then you can keep it. He quit the law and moved to Canada .
    A few years later we learned that one of the judges ( Lord Justice.) in our case at the Court of Appeal was related to a senior executive of the Pictet Bank .

    The Ministry of Justice passed our case to Lord Myners to investigate — we would rather have had Mickey Mouse or Donald Duck do it. — to this day we don’t know
    —whether he did anything or not —- probably not — seeing that his wife was on the Pictet Prix Board.
    Pictet & Cie .Bank — voted private bank of the year 2013.
    Ivan Pictet —- Voted banker of the year 2012. —- the senior partner — lied on numerous occasions and had documents destroyed — also said genuine documents were forgeries.
    Pictet & Cie. were adamant that they had no involvement with MADOFF —- they lied again —- they let him steal the monies then conned it off him.
    Madoff got 150 years in jail —- Ivan Pictet got a medal of “ Honour.”
    2012 — June – Published in Anglo INFO. Geneva – USA Trust Fund Investors were sent false and fraudulent documents by Pictet Bank in order to collect large fees ( Like Madoff.) Even after the SEC in the USA uncovered the fraud Pictet continued to charge fees and drain whatever was left in these accounts. Estimated that $90 million lost in this Pictet Ponzi scheme.
    Ivan Pictet in Oct. 2013 —- Given the Legion of Honour — but saying that —- honours were given to Hitler — Eichmann — Mussolini —Franco — he’s in fitting company.
    April 2015. —- Inner City Press.—- United Nations Joint Staff Pension Funds.
    Pension Fund.–$53 Billion.—– The spokesman FARHAN HAQ would not answer whether Investment chairman – IVAN PICTET had to quit —- after allegations made by some staff. —- “ once a crook always a crook” .

    MONTY RAPHAEL.Q.C. — Peters & Peters.London. They were the banks lawyers.
    Monty Raphael.Q.C. along with Ivan Pictet withheld crucial documents requested by the High Court —- the FSA —- and the police Fraud Squad.
    Monty Raphael.Q.C. became an Honorary Queens Counsellor in March. 2012.
    Monty Raphael.Q.C. became a Master of the Bench in Nov.2012.
    An expert in Fraud —the Doyen of Fraud Lawyers. .
    This says a lot about Banks — and their lawyers –the consensus of opinion is that they are highly paid “crooks” —- no wonder they voted Ivan Pictet banker of the year. — and Monty Raphael a Queens Counsellor – “crime does pay”?
    It appears that crimes in the “establishment.” are honoured by their peers.
    “HONOURS AMONG THIEVES.”

    Full Story.—- “google ”—-Ivan Pictet / Monty Raphael Q.C.

    The Swiss Bank –Pictet & Cie.

    Jan —2017.
    Once called the Rolls Royce of Swiss Private Banks , a member of the Swiss Private Bank Association. An association that has shrunk by 25% since the financial crash. The member banks Wegelin and Hottinger were lost through bankruptcy.
    Pictet & Cie Bank and Lombard Odier Bank seeing the collapse of both Wegelin Bank and Hottinger Bank were advised to become limited liability companies to avoid the same fate has both Wegelin and Hottinger. Other members are also considering this course of action.
    Pictet Bank by becoming a Limited liability company thus relieves the bank and its seven partners of their two hundred years unlimited liability. This basically means that the seven partners have been advised that their own monies invested in their bank is at risk. I’ll bet they haven’t informed all their investors / clients of the risks.
    Pictet have a long list of outstanding litigable offences against them , which if they were outside the banking fraternity would be criminal and result in major prison sentences. It is quite obvious why Pictet do not have a bank in America. They have one in every other major financial centre. The reason being the USA imprison corrupt bankers.
    Ivan Pictet in particular operated like a modern day Don Corleone , being in positions of power ( Chairman of this and CEO of that.) a philanthropist with other peoples money . He even had an Auditorium Built in Geneva and named after him with monies illegally obtained. In 2013 he was given the Legion of Honour which was quite apt — seeing that Franco – – Hitler — Mussolini —- Himmler have one.
    He was an exponent of the — bare faced lie — he had crucial incriminating documents destroyed —– he said the bank had no involvement with MADOFF —- in fact they let Madoff steal the money then they conned the money off him.
    Madoff was sent to prison for 150years — Ivan Pictet got a medal. The lawyers in the Madoff case sued Pictet bank for $135 million dollars.
    The Swiss newpaper the Anglo exposed a Pictet Ponzi scheme that robbed USA investors of some $90 million dollars.
    The Pictet Bank hired the top lawyer in Britain to take me to Court, but one week before the case I let Monty Raphael Q.C of Peters & Peters .London that lawyer have sight of the evidence I was putting before the Court basically showing that his clients Pictet Bank had acted criminally.. I went to Court with my legal team — Monty Raphael.Q.C. never turned up. The judge was furious — my barrister suggested it was contempt of court. The Judge made sure my legal costs were adequately re- imbursed .
    There in no way the Pictet Bank and its lawyers will risk taking further legal action which might result in them being imprisoned like Bernard Madoff.
    The Bank will not be using Monty Raphael .Q.C. again in this or any other case.
    Quote.
    American judge/lawyer stated that you can be the richest man in the world with the best lawyers money can buy but you can’t win against a man who has got nothing to loose and his telling the truth. —— thanks to the internet.

    Full Story —- Google —- ivan pictet/monty raphael.

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