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Thursday, 01 February 2018 - Wednesday, 28 February 2018

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Panel on security and intelligence: the politics and the media

Starts: Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Professor Richard Keeble, Professor of Journalism at the University of Lincoln and Visiting Fellow of the Desmond Tutu Centre for War and Peace Studies.

Talk: Spooks and scoops: Journalists and the secret state

According to Roy Greenslade, Professor of Journalism at City, University of London, and media commentator on the Guardian: ‘Most tabloid newspapers – or newspapers in general – are playthings of MI5.’ This talk will delve into the implications of that statement, exploring the notion of the ‘secret’ state (which operates in parallel with the ‘democratic’ state). The various elements of the ‘secret’ state will be identified as will be some of the ways in which we come to know about the ‘secret’ state: whistleblowers (Manning, Snowden etc), National Archive releases, memoirs, official histories, court cases etc. The crucial role of journalists will then be covered. Using Daniel Hallin’s notion of ideological spheres (consensus, legitimate debate and deviant), journalists will be divided into three main categories: corporate/mainstream, necessary mavericks and alternative/activist. Journalists with close ties to intelligence (e.g. Orwell, Ian Fleming, David Astor, Hugh Cudlipp etc) will be identified. The conclusion will call for permanent scepticism: about all intelligence-related matters and everything else!


Dr Dimitrios Anagnostakis, Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in Politics, Department of History and Politics, Liverpool Hope University.

Talk: The EU-US cybersecurity and intelligence cooperation 

Dr Anagnostakis examines the way the EU and the US cooperate in the area of cybersecurity and intelligence. The talk identifies how the EU and the United States negotiate and establish principles, norms, rules, and decision-making procedures in these policy fields. It also investigates the extent to which the emergence of new cybersecurity threats has produced a new collective transatlantic identity based on common threat perceptions and interests.


Category: Lectures and Seminars
Date: Wednesday, 14 February 2018 - Wednesday, 14 February 2018
Time: 12pm
Venue : FML 201, Hope Park

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