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Those involved in journalism are exposed to cults in quite a different way to those in other areas, because they are used to digging deep for information and are likely not to accept at face value what they are told.

This does not, however, mean that a journalist is safe from the clutches of cults, and there are purported reporters who have been beguiled by cults and become their apologists. A harmful cult will try to win as many references and plaudits as it can, and the backing of a journalist will suit its purposes nicely.

If you are working for a newspaper, radio or television and find what you suspect to be a dangerous cult, you may find FAIR News & Archive useful in showing the activities of a particular group, or cults more generally. If you consider the group to be harmless, perhaps some of the articles may surprise you.

Because totalitarian cults tend to use deception as part of their public relations, be wary of any information which you find produced by the group itself, or the apparently kind attention of its representatives, who are always interested and suspicious of a journalist carrying out research. Sometimes, as noted, cults have spies or their own investigative journalists whom they have bought or deceived, so it is always worth corroborating any sources, and watching for unwanted interference, either covert or overt. Some cults are capable of very nasty harassment. Be particularly careful in any undercover work you may carry out. Some investigative journalists, even critical ones, have fallen victim to the powerful, insidious indoctrination techniques of cults.