Ian Cobain (born 1960) is a British journalist, best known for his investigation into torture perpetrated by agents of the United Kingdom government.
Ian Cobain was born in Liverpool. A journalist since the early 1980s, he is currently an investigative reporter for The Guardian. He has won the Martha Gelhorn Prize and the Paul Foot Award for investigative journalism, as well as several Amnesty International journalism awards.
Cobain's 2012 book Cruel Britannia documents a remarkable continuity of British involvement in torture over the last six decades: in Palestine, during and after World War II, in Cyprus, Kenya, Northern Ireland and in extraordinary rendition in the War on Terror.
- Cruel Britannia: A Secret History of Torture, Portobello Books, 2012. ISBN 184627334X
- ^ Sivia Casale, Ian Cobain and Malcolm Evans
- ^ Reviews: John Kampfner, Revelations of Britain's true record on torture make absorbing but depressing reading, The Observer, 4 November 2012; David Blair, Cruel Britannia by Ian Cobain, a history of British torture, is flawed by omissions, The Daily Telegraph, 13 November 2012; Clive Stafford Smith, A history of Britain's involvement with torture is essential reading, The Guardian, 23 November 2012; Stephen Howe, This admirable investigation into torture in the fraying empire will overturn myths, The Independent, 24 November 2012.