Jake Hanrahan

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Jake Hanrahan
OccupationJournalist, filmmaker
EmployerVICE News, HBO, ProPublica

Jake Hanrahan (born 23 January, 1990) is a British journalist, podcaster and documentary filmmaker.

Hanrahan reports on war and conflict, focusing on militia forces, paramilitaries and guerrilla warfare. He is best known for his work covering the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), a Kurdish militant group, in southeast Turkey. He was arrested in September 2015 in Turkey with his colleagues Philip Pendlebury and Mohammed Rasool, after the three embedded with the PKK's youth wing, the YDG-H, who were actively fighting the Turkish Armed Forces. Hanrahan spent two weeks in several maximum security prisons in Turkey, including Diyarbakır Prison and Adana F-type prison, before being deported back to the UK.[1][2] Hanrahan called on Turkey to release translator Mohammed Rasool, who remained in detention after Hanrahan's release for over 100 days.[3]

Hanrahan has also reported on the Ukraine war, embedding with both the Ukrainian Ground Forces[4] and the separatist forces in the Donbass.[5] He has also covered wars in Syria, Iraq, and Palestine, as well as various riots across Europe.[6]

Hanrahan runs a grassroots independent media platform called Popular Front,[7] which consists of a podcast, documentaries and a magazine.

Hanrahan has also worked as a reporter and a producer on VICE News and HBO documentaries.[6][8]

Hanrahan’s investigative reporting has won a duPont journalism award.[9]

In 2020, Hanrahan started the podcast "Q-Clearance: The Hunt for QAnon",[10] aiming to clarify the origins and nature of the right wing political phenomenon QAnon.


  1. ^ "Vice News journalists back in UK after release from Turkish prison". The Guardian. September 6, 2015. Retrieved January 20, 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Palmer, Ewan (September 3, 2015). "Jake Hanrahan and best mate Philip Pendlebury: Vice News journalists arrested for 'aiding Isis' freed in Turkey". International Business Times UK. Retrieved January 20, 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Northampton journalist urges Turkey to free imprisoned colleague". ITV News. Retrieved 2020-05-24.
  4. ^ VICE News (2016-10-21), Inside the Front Lines Of The Ukrainian Cease-fire That Wasn't (HBO), retrieved 2017-11-07 CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ VICE News (2016-12-26), Inside The DNR, The Russia-Backed Region Clashing With Ukraine (HBO), retrieved 2017-11-07 CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ a b "Jake Hanrahan: Irregular Warfare". Throomers. 2019-11-02. Retrieved 2020-05-24.
  7. ^ "Interview: Popular Front's Jake Hanrahan promises all the details of modern war". The Defense Post. 2018-08-22. Retrieved 2020-06-08.
  8. ^ "The Rise of Independent Journalism". The Defiance Podcast. Retrieved 2020-05-24.
  9. ^ https://journalism.columbia.edu/dupont-winners
  10. ^ "Q-Clearance: The Hunt for QAnon". Google Podcasts. 2020-10-06. Retrieved 2020-11-18.

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