The Centre for Investigative Journalism
The Centre for Investigative Journalism

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?

Anna Belkina

Anna Belkina is RT’s deputy editor in chief and head of communications, marketing and strategic development. Anna has provided expertise to the Foreign Affairs Select Committee of the UK Parliament, has appeared as a speaker at the World Economic Forum in Davos, the Westminster Media Forum, the Global Editors Network and a range of other […]

Betsy Reed

Betsy Reed is the Editor-in-Chief of The Intercept. Previously, she was Executive Editor of The Nation, where she led the magazine’s award-winning investigative coverage. She has edited several best-selling books, including Jeremy Scahill’s “Blackwater” and “Dirty Wars.” Reed co-edited the New York Times best-seller “Going Rouge: Sarah Palin, An American Nightmare” with Richard Kim.

Gill Phillips

Gill Phillips is a lawyer who works in-house as the Director of Editorial Legal Services for Guardian News & Media Limited, advising on a range of content-related matters including defamation, privacy, contempt of court and reporting restrictions.

Paul Lashmar

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.

Stefania Maurizi

Stefania Maurizi works for the Italian daily la Repubblica as an investigative journalist, after ten years working for the Italian newsmagazine l’Espresso. She has worked on all WikiLeaks releases of secret documents, and partnered with Glenn Greenwald to reveal the Snowden files about Italy.
  • 19 October 2018 11.15–12.15