14th October 2004

 

EX-MI5 AGENT TO GIVE LECTURE AT UNIVERSITY

 

The controversial ex-MI5 agent David Shayler is to give a special guest lecture to Journalism students at the University of Lincoln next week.

 

The lecture forms the third in the major ‘Journalists Speak out on Journalism’ lecture series organised by the university’s new School of Journalism. 

 

Shayler is most famous for his comments in the Mail on Sunday in August 1997, in which he claimed that security services had files on various members of the Labour government.

 

His comments caused an uproar between the government and a host of national media organisations after injunctions were served to prevent the airing or publishing of Shayler’s allegations.

 

The guest lecture is one of Shayler’s few public appearances since he was jailed in 2002 for breaching the Official Secrets Act 1989. He served just seven weeks at Ford Open Prison in West Sussex.

 

"It is very rare for Shayler, one of the most controversial men in Britain's recent history, to give a public talk, and therefore it is something of a coup for the university,” said Richard Keeble, Professor of Journalism at the university.

 

“He tells me he expects Special Branch to be among the audience."

 

Other speakers in the series include journalist John Pilger on 1st November and Al Jazeera reporter Yosri Fouda on 6th December.

 

The guest lecture is open to everyone and will take place on Monday 18th October at 6pm in the Cargill Lecture Theatre on the university’s Brayford campus. Anyone wanting more information can contact Professor Richard Keeble (01522) 807099 or rkeeble@lincoln.ac.uk.

 

 

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