Aspiring journalist, Tareq Haddad

At a time in which propaganda, corporate interests and political polarisation dominate, I am a writer and journalist whose primary aim is to report the truth at all costs, regardless of how difficult or unpopular that truth may be.

Following my training with the Press Association and various placements at regional and national news outlets, I have since worked at the Hull Daily Mail, the International Business Times UK, Airwars and Newsweek.

In December of 2019, I publicly resigned from my role at Newsweek after editors censored my attempts to publish leaked documents from experts at the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) — the U.N.-backed chemical weapons watchdog.

The OPCW documents showed that the organisation published doctored reports in relation to an alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria, falsely blaming Bashar al Assad’s government.

As attempts to publish this story failed, I discovered serious corruption at Newsweek: editors at the publication had links to the U.S. State Department and to powerful lobby groups who profited from war, thus leading to their decision to suppress the story. This is a major breach of journalism ethics and raises serious questions about freedom of press. A full report explaining my findings is available here.

Since then, I have launched The Watchdog — an independent news service which aims to become the new standard bearer for accountability and transparency in journalism. My work is fully funded by donations and I would be very grateful for your support.