“To anyone who has been listening, everything I have told you is public knowledge.” As a journalist I have heard these words countless times when speaking to government officials and politicians on the phone in a bid to get context while working on a story.

I have also been asked — which I’m sure many can attest to — to put my phone on airplane mode, switch it off and put it in my handbag when meeting so-called sources. We have been living in a state of paranoia for years, all because of the fear that we are being spied on by elements in the state.

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