Journalist Profile

Duncan Campbell

Duncan Campbell, Britain, is a founder member of ICIJ and played a pivotal role in a series of international investigations revealing that the world’s largest tobacco companies were involved with organised crime in the large scale smuggling of their own products. He worked as ICIJ's Data Journalism Manager on the Secrecy for Sale investigation.

Trained in physics and working as an investigative journalist and television reporter and producer since 1975, Campbell has specialized in investigating sensitive political topics, including defense, policing, intelligence services and electronic surveillance.  He has also specialised in medical fraud and malpractice.  

His awards include Britain’s Investigative Report of the Year. His scoops including revealing for the first time many aspects of international espionage, including telephone tapping and the Echelon satellite interception network. The investigations led to new legislation and several  international parliamentary enquiries.  Successive British governments prosecuted him under the notorious Official Secrets Act (subsequently repealed) and sought to ban an investigative series he produced for the BBC, Secret Society (subsequently shown).  

Campbell’s production company, IPTV, has produced investigative documentaries for Britain’s Channel 4 Television. He currently works freelance as a reporter and commentator for print, broadcast and online publications, including The Register.  Campbell is also a visiting lecturer in media studies at Bournemouth University and works separately as a forensic specialist on computer-based evidence.

He was for many years a writer and assistant editor for the British political weekly New Statesman, and has continued to challenge government secrecy in areas where its object is the defeat of public accountability. His personal website is duncancampbell.org.

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