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Putting lives in danger? Tinker, tailor, journalist, spy: the use of journalistic cover

Lashmar, P. (2017). Putting lives in danger? Tinker, tailor, journalist, spy: the use of journalistic cover. Journalism: Theory, Practice & Criticism, doi: 10.1177/1464884917724301

Abstract

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 paper examines the extent to which these covert practices have taken place and whether they have put journalists’ lives in danger. This paper, 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 paper concludes that widespread use of journalistic cover by spies has put lives in danger but the extent is unquantifiable.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: Lashmar, P., Putting lives in danger? Tinker, tailor, journalist, spy: the use of journalistic cover, Journalism, Copyright © 2017, the authors. Reprinted by permission of SAGE Publications.
Publisher Keywords: journalism, intelligence, spies, undercover, kidnap, murder
Departments: School of Arts & Social Sciences > Journalism
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/18364
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