28 Feb 2020

Exposing Weinstein: what we're reading this week

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This week, a jury in New York convicted Harvey Weinstein of rape and sexual assault. We look back at the reporting that exposed the sexual abuse perpetrated by the Hollywood heavyweight.

Harvey Weinstein paid off sexual harassment accusers for decades

The New York Times / Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey

Kantor and Twohey’s reporting in October 2017 exposed the Hollywood producer’s predatory behaviour and earned The Times the Pulitzer Prize for public service, which it shared with The New Yorker.

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From aggressive overtures to sexual assault: Harvey Weinstein’s accusers tell their stories

The New Yorker / Ronan Farrow

Farrow’s harrowing interviews with Weinstein’s victims, along with the reporting by The Times, helped launch the #MeToo movement.

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Take a look at some of the other stories that caught our attention this week.

Escape artist

Airmail / Joseph Bullmore

Inigo Philbrick, the elusive art dealer accused of running a Ponzi scheme that fleeced the art world of an estimated $US70 million, has disappeared.

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Delhi riots: Mosque set on fire in Ashok Nagar, Hanuman flag placed on minaret

The Wire / Naomi Barton

Riots in Delhi — the worst Hindu-Muslim violence in years — have seen dozens injured, shops looted and t a mosque damaged.

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Warren Buffett finally traded in his flip phone for an iPhone

CNN / Jordan Valinsky

The billionaire investor, one of Apple’s largest shareholders, has previously never owned an iPhone. Until recently, Buffett has relied on an old flip phone, made by competitor Samsung, which he joked had been given to him by the Alexander Graham-Bell.

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Hong Kong reporters inspired The Life and Death of a Journalist

The Guardian / Jingan Young

Journalist and playwright Young provides a warning about the “consequences of welcoming an authoritarian propaganda outlet with open arms.”

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The new coronavirus and racist tropes

Columbia Journalism Review / Amanda Darrach

Images of empty streets and empty shelves are powerful images from a country with such a large population. But many of the images from China focus on people, shrouded in surgical masks. What are the stigmatising effects of how the media covers the disease?

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Shopping with Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The Economist 1843 / Pamela Druckerman

The Nigerian writer, women’s rights advocate and style icon is “such a phenomenon that her assistant recently warned that fraudsters were posing as her agent to collect speaking fees.”