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The Messenger by Shiv Malik
  

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Shiv Malik nearly lost his journalistic career after being duped by an informant, a reluctant jihadist. Now looking back after six years, Shiv Malik questions his own judgement, the public perceptions of terror and the lies that governments pedal to curtail freedom. ~ Sue Baker

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The Messenger by Shiv Malik

Every reporter knows the first rule of journalism: never betray your source. But what if your source turns out to be unworthy of your silence? What if it's your source who betrays you? The Messenger is about the unlikely friendship between two men looking to change the world - a repentant jihadist and a journalist, Hassan Butt and Shiv Malik. This troubling real-life thriller takes us from their first meeting in a spartan flat in the rough suburbs of Manchester, to Butt's dramatic arrest and Malik's court appearance and a reporting career on the brink of ruin. Six years later, Malik returns to this extraordinary story. He probes where we place our faith - in reams of evidence, in a government we believe is on our side, in a trusted source, in a terrorist who swears he's changed, in a friend who has no one but you. He asks the uncomfortable questions about why he, as well as the wider media and the nation, came to be so afraid. And he lays bare the deceits pedalled to us by governments and terrorists alike. This is investigative journalism of the highest order.

About the Author

Shiv Malik is a reporter for the Guardian. He has written for New Statesman, the Sunday Times and the Independent on Sunday among others. He is a regular contributor in the UK media - Newsnight, Today, Channel 4 News - on issues of terrorism and economics. He is the author of Jilted Generation: How Britain Has Bankrupted Its Youth.

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Book Info

Publication date

18th January 2018

Author

Shiv Malik

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Publisher

Guardian Faber Publishing

Format

Paperback
336 pages

Categories

Biography / Autobiography
The Real World

Memoirs
Autobiography: historical, political & military
Terrorism, armed struggle

ISBN

9781783350452

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