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The journalist & the jihadi conman

Book review of The Messenger

Cover of The Messenger. Credits: Amazon.in
Cover of The Messenger. Credits: Amazon.in

In the book under review, Shiv Malik, a corporate communications professional and former investigative journalist, recounts the unnerving tale of being conned by a man who claimed to be an Islamist sympathiser with links to terror organisations. After the 7/7 bombings in London, the British media was keen to probe home-grown terror emanating from Muslims born and brought up in Britain turning to Islamist ideology. Malik, who has worked for a number of British media outlets over the years, was keen to interview Hassan Butt, an Al Qaeda-affiliated radical, who as early as 2002 had ...