Paul Lashmar is Deputy Head of Journalism at City, University of London. His research interests include investigative journalism, intelligence-media relations, organised crime reporting, digital journalism and media bias. Paul has been an investigative journalist in television and print and on the staff of The Observer, Granada Television’s World in Action current affairs series and The Independent.
SPIES LIKE US: THE RETURN OF THE ESPIONAGE ACT
The American authorities are increasingly resorting to The Espionage Act 1917 to prosecute journalists, and the British Government prepares its own Espionage Act which conflates journalists, whistleblowers and spies. As TV channels and NGO’s are asked to register as a “foreign agents” and Wikileaks is identified as a “hostile intelligence service”, we ask questions about the relationship between journalism and espionage. Are journalists still being used as spies and informants by intelligence agencies? How best can we best protect ourselves and those we work with against the allegation of spying?