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Wrong turn

Plenty of people take wrong turns in their lives. But so too can justice systems. John Crilly and hundreds more have been the victims of the legal doctrine of Joint Enterprise and how it has been applied for the past 30 years.

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Ransomware: 2021’s Somali pirate crisis

The secret to fighting back against cyberattacks could lie in the Somalian pirate attacks of the early 2010s.

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Open News Meeting

Join us tomorrow evening, either in-person in our newsroom or digitally, to chew over the live news agenda with Team Tortoise.

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All part of the mix

People of mixed heritage have become an important part of Britain’s demographic makeup. It’s time we recognised that – and them.


Can we stay ahead of cybercrime?

In a digital world, we are more at risk than ever. Join us on Thursday 30 September for the Tortoise Cyber Summit.

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Submarine warfare

20 september 2021
  • UK energy companies asked for state-backed loans to avoid going out of business because of soaring wholesale gas prices (more below).
  • Olivia Colman won an Emmy for her portrayal of the Queen in The Crown.
  • Iran’s top nuclear scientist was killed by Israeli agents with an AI machine gun, a New York Times investigation into the 2020 assassination concluded.

Sometime in the next few days Joe Biden will pick up the phone to Emmanuel Macron. It will be awkward. France and the US have been allies since 1789. Benjamin Franklin was a founding father and the first American ambassador to Paris. Now Macron has withdrawn his ambassador from DC over a cancelled submarine contract – and much more than that.


We need to get the world vaccinated as fast as possible. We’re in an arms race: vaccines vs variants. That’s why we’ve launched our Vaccine Tracker along with a campaign to vaccinate the world by the end of next year.

Everyone can join

By offering sponsored membership to those who otherwise could not join Tortoise, we are truly an open and inclusive newsroom.

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The Battle for Truth

Does truth even exist anymore and, if so, who owns it? Welcome to Season One of ThinkIn with James Harding.

What our members are saying about the Battle for Truth podcast series

The Battle for Truth series was outstanding and truly thought-provoking.

I definitely plan to go back to them in my lifelong pursuit of learning how to think.

Debbie, member since April 2020

I have to tell you how outstanding the Battle for Truth podcasts were. The adjective “enjoyable” is too bland. For me they were illuminating.

Thank you for doing this for us, and even better to allocate enough time for an in-depth examination of the issue.

Heather, member since December 2019

We’re not cutting emissions fast enough

In the run-up to COP26 in Glasgow, Tortoise – in collaboration with members and a network of coalition organisations – is running a programme of ThinkIns and journalism devoted to accelerating net zero.

By the time we get to the conference, we want to have an agenda with a difference.

covid Inquiry

Why wait until spring 2022?

That’s when the prime minister has said an independent inquiry into the government’s response to Covid will begin. Here at Tortoise, we felt the need was far more urgent – and so, last Autumn, we held our own.



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