Canadian Intelligence Eh!

Working as a journalist in terrorist zones: a conversation with Lynne O’Donnell

Journalists often have to put themselves in danger from violent actors, including terrorists; one reporter’s story from Afghanistan.

Buzzsprout Canadian Intelligence Eh! podcast #142: A foreign correspondent’s harrowing story of the Taliban

Journalists need to go to where the news is in order to cover it. That means travel to parts of the world where violence, including terrorism, is rife. That means that these remarkable people put their lives in danger so we can learn about what is going on. Borealis has a conversation with Australian freelance reporter Lynne O’Donnell, who was recently held and threatened by Taliban terrorists.

About my guest

Lynne O’Donnell is an author, award-winning journalist, foreign correspondent and war reporter. She has an MA in War Studies from King’s College London, where she is visiting research fellow at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience. She is a fellow of the Dart Centre for Journalism and Trauma at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

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Canadian Intelligence Eh

In a world of multiple voices and opinions it can be very hard to know where to turn.  One choice is to look to those who actually worked in counter-terrorism in the national security world. In these half-hour podcasts, 30-year Canadian intelligence veteran Phil Gurski is joined by a fascinating array of individuals with something meaningful to say about these issues as they provide insight into what they mean and what we need to do about them.

About Phil Gurski

Phil Gurski is the President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting Ltd. and Distinguished Fellow in National Security at the University of Ottawa’s Professional Development Institute (PDI). He worked as a senior strategic analyst at CSIS (Canadian Security Intelligence Service) from 2001-2015, specialising in violent Islamist-inspired homegrown terrorism and radicalisation. He is the author of six books on terrorism, including the most recent The Peaceable Kingdom: A history of terrorism in Canada from Confederation to the present.

By Phil Gurski

Phil Gurski is the President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting Ltd. Phil is a 32-year veteran of CSE and CSIS and the author of six books on terrorism.

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