Thursday 30 July 2015

Assistance request from anyone interested in Intelligence-Media relations

Major exposes of British Intelligence failures by UK news media.
I’m drawing up an indicative timeline and would appreciate any improvements you might suggest. It is very much a work in progress. It can be found:…/200222-media-intelligence-exposes

The criteria

This timeline should show:
All Major exposes of British Intelligence (in the broadest sense MI6, MI5, GCHQ and security forces) malpractice (illegality, incompetence, corruption, anti-democratic or immoral acts) primarily by UK news media. 1909 – present day.

Only the breaking story not the follow ups. No op-ed.

It will inevitably be, to some extent, subjective as there are a number of criteria that are hard to define (e.g. difference between major and lesser expose).

I am usually looking for the first exclusive publication or broadcast.

While the emphasis is on revelation it can include an expose that comes when a major scandal is being investigated publicly, for example in a trial or tribunal, where the reporter finds a unique revelation.

It can be a news report based on the publication of a book with a major revelation.

It cannot be a report of malpractice revealed elsewhere.

I have tried not to rely too heavily on my own work. Nonetheless there are examples I use as I know my own work best.
Please feel fit to make suggestions for additions and corrections.
Any help appreciated please email: paul.lashmar1@btinternet,com

Friday 24 July 2015

PL gets his hands dirty as rookie archaeologist

At Druce Roman Villa 23 July 2015


Thursday 02 July 2015

I will be hosting ESRC funded major seminar on Privacy and Surveillance at Brunel on Wednesday.

Media Agenda-Building, National Security, Trust & Forced Transparency

Seminar 3 in the DATA PSST! series

How, when secretive intelligence methods are made public, as with Snowden’s (2013) revelations, do governments respond to maintain public trust? Led by Journalism and Security theorists and practitioners, we will explore state attempts to manage public and political opinion of secretive national security and intelligence surveillance methods; and examine implications of forced transparency for whistle-blowers, journalists, debate on national security issues, and trust in government agencies.
Brunel all day July 8.

Led by Dr Vian Bakir and Paul Lashmar.

To go to website click here

Saturday 13 June 2015

Paul will be chairing two highlights of the Centre for Investigative Journalism’s Summer School sessions

Brunel’s Paul Lashmar will be chairing two keynote session of the Centre for Investigative Journalism’s Summer Conference, including with the journalist who broke the FIFA corruption story.   1. Paul will be in conversation with the investigative reporter, Andrew Jennings and will talk to him about his fifteen year investigation into FIFA. Friday 3 July PM.   2. The HSBC Leaks panel with David Leigh, James Oliver and Herve Falciani.

Date Sat 4 July: 12:00 – 13:00. This was the major investigation of a few months back that revealed that HSBC helped rich clients evade tax.    

Paul Lashmar is subject leader for Journalism@Brunel, an award winning investigative journalist and now a research academic. As a multimedia journalist he covered many of the major stories of the last 30 years. He is an adviser to TCIJ.   “I have known Andrew, David and James for many years and they are all exceptional journalists who have consistently broken major stories.

They are examples of what great journalism is all about, as they are relentless, smart and act in the public interest. These sessions promise to be fascinating, plus there will be one or two amusing anecdotes from the past,” he says.  This is the UK’s only investigative journalism training conference for journalists and any one interest in improving their investigative skills.

The Summer School takes place on 2-4 July at Goldsmiths, University of London.   Tickets available from:

Sunday 31 May 2015

Lord Acton and me

When I was a student one of my lecturers, Richard Fletcher, quoted Lord Acton’s dictum “Power tends to corrupt, absolute power tends to corrupt absolutely” and told me it was the journalist' job to bring the powerful to account. This has been my life’s work and it continues to this day underpinning my teaching.

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