College of Humanities - Creative Dialogues Series - Nick Daviesdiscussion Fri 29 Mar 2019, 18:00 – 19:30
The Forum, University of Exeter
Exeter EX4 4SZ
- Free entry - please register in advance
Creative Dialogues is a series of ‘in-conversation’ events, which brings a range of high-profile speakers who are leaders in their respective fields, from across the creative arts, journalism and the creative industries to Exeter.
The next event in the Creative Dialogues ‘in-conversation’ series will see Nick Davies, investigative journalist, writer and documentary maker, in conversation with Don Boyd Hon DLitt, film director, producer, screenwriter and novelist, and Honorary Professor in Film Practice at the University of Exeter.
To find out more and book your free ticket for this event please click here.
Please note filming, recording and photography may take place at this event.
Nick Davies – Biography
Nick Davies spent 40 years as a journalist, mainly doing investigative work for The Guardian, before retiring in 2016.
Towards the end of his career, he was centrally involved in three landmark stories: uncovering the phone-hacking scandal in Rupert Murdoch’s newspaper empire; initiating the alliance of news organisations which published US war logs and cables obtained by Wikileaks; and working as part of the team which handled the British end of Edward Snowden’s leaks about the US National Security Agency. A consistent theme through almost all of his work was the exposure of those who abused power – corporations bullying governments, governments perverting policy, powerful individuals exploiting the vulnerable.
He wrote six books including Flat Earth News which investigated the flow of falsehood, distortion and propaganda through mainstream news organisations and its devastating impact on the societies around them. It also exposed routine racism in the newsroom of the Daily Mail; the manipulation of the Observer by intelligence agencies; and the collapse of journalistic standards at the Sunday Times under Rupert Murdoch. His most recent book, Hack Attack, which detailed Murdoch’s interference in government as well as the crime in his newsrooms, is currently being made into a film by George Clooney.