Fraud & Truth: A Story of Investigative Journalism

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Join us for this important and thought-provoking event exploring the remarkable impact of investigative journalism.

As a cornerstone of a civilised free society, investigative journalism is important, expensive, challenging, at times physically dangerous, and thus a profession for the resilient and the resolute.

Join us to hear our speaker Dan McCrum discuss the remarkable and impactful story of “Money Men: A Hot Start up, A Billion Dollar Fraud, A Fight for the Truth”. He will be joined by Jamie Bartlett, a technology author, whose next book, “The Missing Cryptoqueen” is due out on 23rd June.

“Money Men” had its origin in a chance tip off from a hedge fund manager, an interesting aside, given that it was also a chance tip off from a taxi driver which led to “The Great Post Office Scandal” by Nick Wallis (RSA Fellow-led event on 1st December 2021, recording available).

This compelling read outlines the wild rise and crash of WIRECARD, involving elements of intimidation, surveillance and conspiracy theories. Bradley Hope called the book “the financial investigation of the decade” while a Panama Papers author indicated “it reads like a thriller but is all true”. The German edition of the book has literally just been published as “House of WIRECARD: Die Ganze Geschichte”

Dan McCrum is an author and investigative journalist for the Financial Times investigations team. His reporting on the fraudulent German company Wirecard won more than a dozen awards and prizes, including journalist of the year at the 2020 British Press Awards. He has spent 15 years writing about business from New York and London. Before becoming a reporter, he learned a little about finance as a graduate in the research department of an American investment bank. His first book Money Men tells the incredible true story of facing spies, lawyers, hackers, prosecutors and dirty tricks to expose Wirecard's fraud.

Jamie Bartlett has in the past worked at Demos. His past journalism and publications include the Spectator and the Telegraph. Past books include “The Dark Net” (in 2014 about internet subcultures), “Radicals” (in 2017) and “The People Vx. Tech” (2018 about data and democracies).

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