The Guardian’s Edward Snowden revelations were widely condemned by those involved in secret intelligence for undermining spies’ safety.
But a new study, by City University’s Paul Lashmar, has warned that western intelligence agencies themselves have put journalists in danger by using the profession as cover whilst operating covertly.
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Dr Paul Lashmar will be teaching on undergraduate and postgraduate journalism courses
Dr Lashmar, who is also a well-known academic, will be teaching on undergraduate and postgraduate journalism courses as a Senior Lecturer, including City’s MA Investigative Journalism programme.
He said: “I’m delighted to join City, one of the world’s most exciting journalism schools, and to be working alongside so many distinguished colleagues. It’s also great to be back in London, one of the great global news hubs.
“I’ll be doing everything I can to help students to become the probing and ethical journalists that world so desperately needs in this difficult time of fake news and sensationalist reporting.”
Dr Lashmar has worked in television, radio and print for media including Channel 4, the Observer, the Independent on Sunday and Granada Television.
He is an outstanding journalist and educator and our students will benefit hugely from his experience – Professor Suzanne Franks, Head of the Department of Journalism
His academic research and journalism has covered a broad range of subjects, including organised crime, terrorism, intelligence and business fraud. He is the author of four books, an adviser to the Centre for Investigative Journalism and a former winner of the Reporter of The Year prize at the British Press Awards.
Professor Suzanne Franks, Head of the Department of Journalism at City, said: “I am delighted that Paul Lashmar is joining our staff. He is an outstanding journalist and educator and our students will benefit hugely from his experience. Paul is also developing a strong track record as a researcher and we look forward to his contribution in this area.”
Dr Lashmar is an experienced commentator in the UK media and is regularly interviewed on radio and television. His current research interests include: the British press and the EU, journalism and espionage, and reporting serious crime.
He joins City from the University of Sussex.
I’m interviewed around 20 minutes in. Talking about the UK side of major crime and comparing to Italian Mafia and other organised crime groups.
Putting lives in danger? Tinker, tailor, journalist, spy: the use of journalistic cover
First Published September 13, 2017
The Anglo-American intelligence agencies’ use of journalists as spies or propagandists and the practice of providing intelligence agents in the field with journalistic cover have been a source of controversy for many decades. This article examines the extent to which these covert practices have taken place and whether they have put journalists’ lives in danger. This article, drawing on various methodologies, examines a number of cases where the arrest, murder or kidnap of journalists was justified on the grounds that the journalist was a ‘spy’. This has been followed through with research, using a range of sources, that shows there have been many occasions when the distinction between spies and journalists has been opaque. The article concludes that widespread use of journalistic cover by spies has put lives in danger, but that the extent is unquantifiable.
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There’s a lot of interest in the Mafia in the UK at the moment. Here’s a story I prepared earlier from the Lashmar archive. From Sunday 22 March 1987.