Ep 59 Graham Archer on wrongful convictions, justice by media and fears for investigative journalism

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Television current affairs veteran Graham Archer fears for the future of investigative journalism.

With social media driving a news cycle at break neck speed, bite sized content and broken business models, risky investigations are less attractive to media companies. 

The question is - do we care? Graham still does. Current affairs television has been his world for the last 25 years, with Channel 9’s A Current Affair, ABC’s 730 Report and now Channel 7’s director of news and current affairs in Adelaide.

Graham says media plays a crucial role in holding powerful people and organisations to account, and can influence justice even when the Courts and Parliament can’t. 

This was certainly the case for Henry Keogh, who was wrongly convicted for murder in a high profile case that played out in South Australia from 1995, until Keogh’s release in early 2016. It is a remarkable and shocking story (references below for more information about the case).

Graham was one of the few journalists who continued to ask questions, filing 60 stories over 15 years.

When you threaten powerful people and their systems, resistance is bitter. As Graham raised questions about the Keogh case he was stunned at the attacks on his credibility coming from Parliament and other circles. 

We talk about this much more .. including the former school teacher’s unusual pathway to journalism, and why the “tragic and absurd” world of current affairs television gets a bad wrap. 

HENRY KEOGH REFERENCES

Henry Keogh speaks out http://www.news.com.au/entertainment/tv/current-affairs/henry-keogh-spent-21-years-in-prison-for-a-murder-he-never-committed/news-story/e2a55287eefdf598f7a8e198bee2c44b

Graham Archer on Henry Keogh’s long road to freedom

http://indaily.com.au/opinion/2016/07/08/how-could-this-happen-henry-keoghs-long-road-to-freedom/

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