Jake Hanrahan

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Jake Hanrahan
OccupationJournalist, filmmaker
EmployerVICE News, HBO, ProPublica

Jake Hanrahan (born 23 January, 1990) is a British journalist 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 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-tipi, before being deported back to the UK.[1][2]

Hanrahan has also reported on the Ukraine war, embedding with both the Ukraine Army[3] and the separatist forces in the Donbass.[4] He's also covered conflict in Syria, Iraq, Palestine and various riots across Europe.

Hanrahan runs an independent media platform called 'Popular Front', which consists of a podcast, documentaries and investigations. Popular Front is framed as anti-corporate journalism.[5]


  1. ^ Association, Press (September 6, 2015). "Vice News journalists back in UK after release from Turkish prison". the Guardian. Retrieved January 20, 2017.
  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.
  3. ^ VICE News (2016-10-21), Inside the Front Lines Of The Ukrainian Cease-fire That Wasn't (HBO), retrieved 2017-11-07
  4. ^ VICE News (2016-12-26), Inside The DNR, The Russia-Backed Region Clashing With Ukraine (HBO), retrieved 2017-11-07
  5. ^ "About". popularfront.co. Retrieved 1 May 2019.

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