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About Paul Lashmar

Paul Lashmar has been on the journalism staff at Brunel University since 2009. He is currently completing a PhD on the links between the intelligence services and the media.  Paul is an investigative journalist who has worked in television, radio and print. He has been on the staff of The Observer, Granada Television’s World in Action current affairs series and The Independent. He was awarded ‘Reporter of The Year’ in the 1986 UK Press Awards with David Leigh. Paul has written about terrorism, intelligence, organised crime, offshore crime, business fraud and the Cold War. Paul is an adviser to the Centre for Investigative Journalism. His full CV can be found at

Articles by Paul Lashmar

This week's editor


Guest editor Ronan Harrington introduces this week's theme: Spirituality and Visionary Politics.

Ronan is a freelance political strategist and co-creator of Alter Ego, a gathering exploring the future of progressive politics.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

No more sources

Revelations by Edward Snowden, National Security Agency dissident, have grave implications for the role of journalists in the ‘Fourth Estate’ and the primary duty of source protection in the era of mass-surveillance.

The path to hell…. an investigative journalist’s view of Leveson

The Leveson inquiry and demands for tighter regulation have already led to a chilling effect in the British media. The law of unintended consequences may lead to well-meaning measures undermining "serious" investigative journalism and democracy.

Tragedies of the fourth estate

The recent crises must be understood in light of systemic pressures on the BBC's resources and the wider struggle to maintain  healthy and well funded investigative journalism - an essential part of democratic accountability.

The Future of Investigative Journalism: reasons to be cheerful

The general consensus is that investigative journalism is in decline. Yet the future looks hopeful, with the rise of journalism bureaus, the active involvement of the campaign sector, and a new generation of networked, web-savvy journalists pushing the field forward
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