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調査報道の力

 
New Yorkerの電子メールは毎週過去のアーカイブからオススメ記事を紹介してくれています。今週のテーマは調査報道でした。

The Power of Investigative Journalism
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This week, we’re bringing you this report and other highlights from The New Yorker’s long history of investigative journalism. In “Silent Spring,” Rachel Carson offers a groundbreaking examination of the environmental impact of DDT and other pesticides. Seymour M. Hersh reports on the My Lai massacre, in Vietnam, in 1972, and Jane Mayer explores how, during the George W. Bush Administration, an internal effort to ban the torture of detainees at Guantánamo Bay was thwarted. In “Unholy Acts,” which was published nearly a decade before the Boston Globe ran its Spotlight series on the Catholic Church abuse scandal, Paul Wilkes writes about the Church’s failure to confront hundreds of cases of sexual misconduct with children. In “Abuses of Power,” Ronan Farrow shares the harrowing allegations by multiple women of their abuse and harassment by Harvey Weinstein, one of the most powerful executives in Hollywood. Susan Sheehan investigates the case of a schizophrenic patient at the Creedmoor Psychiatric Center, in Queens Village, New York, in 1981, and Ed Caesar chronicles a ten-billion-dollar Russian money-laundering scheme at Deutsche Bank. In “Casualties of War,” Daniel Lang reports on the rape and murder of a village girl by American soldiers during the Vietnam War. Finally, in “The Apostate,” Lawrence Wright examines the history of the Church of Scientology and describes the director Paul Haggis’s efforts to leave the Church. At a time of global uncertainty, these stories are a bracing reminder of the power of investigative reporting.
—Erin Overbey, archive editor



エンタメ業界を揺るがせた文春砲といえばワインスティンのセクハラ・パワハラ暴露記事。もう2年が経とうとしているんですね。

October 23, 2017 Issue
From Aggressive Overtures to Sexual Assault: Harvey Weinstein’s Accusers Tell Their StoriesMultiple women share harrowing accounts of sexual assault and harassment by the film executive.
By Ronan Farrow

ルワンダのジェノサイド発生前に警告があっという調査報道も紹介されています。

May 11, 1998 Issue
The Genocide FaxThe United Nations was warned about Rwanda. Did anyone care?
By Philip Gourevitch

環境問題告発の先駆け『沈黙の春』もNew Yorkerで掲載されていたんんですね。

By Rachel Carson

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Rachel Carson
(1907-64) a US scientist and author. Her book Silent Spring (1963), about the threat to animals from farm chemicals, helped to change the way such chemicals are used. She also wrote The Sea Around Us (1951).



ソンミ村虐殺事件の初出はこの雑誌ではないようですが、調査報道の見本みたいな扱いになっているものですね。動画は昨年の事件発生50年の時のもの。

January 22, 1972 Issue
A mass killing and its coverup.
By Seymour M. Hersh

英英辞典でもしっかり扱われている事件です。

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My Lai massacre, the
a village in Vietnam where, in 1968, a group of US soldiers cruelly killed several hundred people, mostly old people, women, and children, during the Vietnam War. The officer who led this attack, Lt William Calley, was later put on trial and sent to prison, but he was allowed to go free after a short time. This event influenced many Americans to oppose the war.

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the My Lai massacre
an incident that occurred during the Vietnam War on 16 March 1968. A group of US soldiers killed 347 ordinary people, including women and children, in the Vietnamese village of My Lai. In 1971, the officer who ordered the attack, Lieutenant William Calley, was sent to prison for life, but this was later reduced to 10 years and he was in fact released in 1974. Many Americans were shocked by the incident, and as a result protests against the war increased.

昔は調査報道がしやすかったのかというとそうではないようです。昨年でた彼の本Reporterを読みましたが、最初はLifeなどにも断られていたようですし、報道した後も色々と嫌がらせもあったようです。
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