The threat of terrorism and the increasing power of terrorist groups has prompted a rapid growth of the security services and changes in legislation, permitting the collection of communications data. This provides journalism with acute dilemmas. The media claims responsibility for holding power to account, yet cannot know more than superficial details about the newly empowered secret services. This book is the first to analyze, in the aftermath of the Snowden/NSA revelations, relations between two key institutions in the modern state: the intelligence services and the news media. It provides the answers to crucial questions including: how can power be held to account if one of the greatest state powers is secret? How far have the Snowden/NSA revelations damaged the activities of the secret services? And have governments lost all trust from journalists and the public?
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About the Author
John Lloyd is a Senior Research Fellow at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, a contributing editor at the Financial Times, and a columnist for both Reuters.com and La Repubblica of Rome.
Table of Contents
Preface: Divided by a Common Commitment to Democracy vi
1 Fictions Before Facts 1
2 Losing and Finding the Plot 34
3 Down with the State and its Servile Hacks! 94
4 The Breaking of Freedom's Back? 136
5 Le jour de guerre est arriveé 185
Conclusion: More Light to Lighten the Darkness 215