New True Crime podcast for Audible
Been wanting to talk about this for a long time! I produced/ sound designed an 8-part true crime series, presented by former Guardian colleague Shiv Malik. It's the story of Shiv's experience when he befriended a former Jihadist. I made the series with Chalk and Blade for Topic Studios.
'The Messenger is an extraordinary audio tale of friendship, lies, betrayal, terrorism, the destruction of a marriage, and the insidiousness of fake news long before it went viral. In the wake of the 7/7 London bombings, Shiv Malik began working for the BBC to discover how young South Asian men like him had turned into suicide bombers. That's when he met notorious Islamist spokesman Hassan Butt, who told Shiv that he'd repented and left al-Qaeda. Hassan wanted Shiv to write his biography, and Shiv thought he'd found the biggest story of his life—a story that would help to change the world for the better. Little did he know that Hassan Butt would almost destroy his life. '