Last week’s Panorama, Cops, Criminals, Corruption: The Inside Story helped shed some light into the corrupt links between underworld criminals, corrupt police and private investigators around the murder of Daniel Morgan. But there is a fourth element which partly explains why this murder has been so difficult to investigate – and that’s the role of the fourth estate: the media.
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INTERVIEW: ‘At the bottom of the phone hacking scandal, there’s a bigger scandal. I’m staggered I didn’t know about it.’ So says Peter Jukes, a playwright-turned-investigative journalist, whose name might be familiar from his work live-tweeting the phone hacking trial in 2012.
The scandal he’s referring to is the unsolved case of the murder of Daniel Morgan. ‘I’ve given so many talks about the hacking trial, and when I get onto the Daniel Morgan story, the jaws hit the floor. Everyone knows about Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson and Milly Dowler, but no-one knows this story.’Daniel Morgan’s murder in 1987 has been dubbed ‘the most-investigated unsolved murder in British history’.
On the night of Tuesday 10 March, 1987, Morgan – a private investigator with Southern Investigations, an agency he ran with partner Jonathan Rees – was found in the car park of the Golden Lion pub in south-east London with an axe embedded in his head. The 29th anniversary of Daniel’s death has just been marked, but the murder remains unsolved. Daniel’s brother Alastair has campaigned tirelessly for three decades for the murderers to be brought to justice –
Jukes first came across the case when he was covering the phone hacking trial, a significant seven-month undertaking in which he claimed to type over 450,000 words. After writing a blog saying he’d missed a mortgage payment for the first time in his life, and couldn’t afford to cover the trial off his own back, he began a crowd-funding campaign and successfully raised £20,000 to enable him to attend every day of events at the Old Bailey.
Crowdfunding is what has allowed him to work to bring the Daniel Morgan murder case to light – he has raised nearly £10,000 in order to produce a Serial-style podcast examining the intricacies of the case. ‘I was sitting in the pub with my co-producer and we were talking about Serial. Then the idea came to me – why don’t we do this as a podcast? We’re independent, we don’t have to rely on major news organisations – we can bypass all of that and get direct to our audience.
’‘The great thing about crowdfunding is that people become part of it and you don’t have to deal with a middleman,’ Jukes continues.
As the 29th anniversary of the murder of Llanfrechfa private deceptive Daniel Morgan approaches the guilty have not been identified. The key to understanding the unbelievable corruption of the past Metropolitan Police is the still secret Tiberius Report. It has not been published although it could be with names and other details redacted.
An important campaign by Paddy French at the Press Gang, also crowdfunding on Byline
AT THE beginning of 2016 Rupert Murdoch once again dominates British media.
David Cameron is back on side.
Juries have refused to convict Sun journalists of bribing corrupt police officers.
The threat of a tough new media regulator has all but vanished.
In September Murdoch felt strong enough to rehabilitate his beloved Rebekah Brooks.
In December the most dangerous threat — the possibility of corporate charges — was lifted.
Today, the billionaire is more powerful than ever.
But all is not lost.
There are millions of people on three continents who oppose him.
Today Press Gang launches a new campaign — The People versus Murdoch.
We’ve found an important chink in the media mogul’s armour …
THIS MORNING Press Gang sent a four page letter to the broadcasting regulator Ofcom.
We asked chief executive Sharon White to launch an inquiry into whether Rupert Murdoch and his family are “fit and…
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Great news. Within a day of launch the production costs of the first Daniel Morgan podcast has been funded. So expect our first full episode before Christmas
If you liked the true crime US podcast Serial, then you’ll find this even more eye opening.
The most investigated unsolved murder in British history, with Alastair Morgan and Peter Jukes
The funding costs of this podcast are being split equally three ways: to Alastair Morgan, Peter Jukes, and the producers Flameflower Studios
If you think the phone hacking scandal that closed News of the World was big, that was just the tip of the iceberg.
The murder of Daniel Morgan is the most investigated murder in British history. It’s been described by an Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police as “one of the most disgraceful episodes in the entire history of the Metropolitan Police Service.”
The Podcast Serial
Once the project begins to get funded, around this Christmas, we aim to produce a half hour podcast every week or so, covering the six major phases of the story
Read more and do lend your support: The Daniel Morgan Murder: a 6 Part Podcast Serial
Because neither of these important articles by David Rose in 1990 are available easily online I’m posting now for research purposes Continue reading