with author Shiv Malik
Every reporter knows never to betray a source. But what if your source betrays you?
The Messenger tells the story of an unlikely friendship between two men looking to change the world – a repentant jihadist and an idealistic journalist. This troubling real-life thriller takes us from their first meeting in a spartan flat in the rough suburbs of Manchester, to a bombing in Pakistan, a dramatic arrest and Malik’s reporting career on the brink of ruin.
Malik reflects on this extraordinary and terrifying time in his career which led him to ask: who can we put our trust in?
The Messenger by Shiv Malik (Guardian Faber Publishing, 2019)