How far will they go to propagandise for war?


by Catte


Yesterday (August 26) marked the third anniversary of the alleged incendiary attack on the Atareb school in Aleppo. The news of this event was broadcast on the BBC 10 O’Clock News on August 29, just as MPs were voting on whether the UK would begin airstrikes against the Syrian government. On that occasion the push for war ultimately failed for various reasons, not least of which was the unexpected rebellion of a large portion of the House of Commons. But given that the propaganda for (more) Western intervention is still ongoing, and indeed has ratcheted up recently to a point of potential direct war between the US and Russia, it’s never been more important to remind ourselves about the nature of war-propaganda and indeed of the reality sold to us through the corporate media.

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Three years since BBC “napalm bomb” report‏

Today marks the third anniversary of the alleged incendiary attack on an Aleppo playground, Ian Pannell’s initial report of which was broadcast on the BBC 10 O’Clock News just as MPs were voting on whether the UK  would effectively become ISIS’ air force and bomb Damascus.

Last Sunday I was invited to appear on Syrian television to discuss the wealth of evidence which strongly suggests that the scenes filmed by BBC cameraman Darren Conway of the aftermath of the alleged attack were fabricated.

I had intended to write a post summarising the evidence to date, however as my internet access is currently limited I will restrict myself to listing the coverage published by the website OffGuardian (see below).

I do however wish to point to a key aspect that has yet to be pursued, namely the identification of one the actors/volunteers who participated in the events of 26 August 2013.

I would like to remind journalists that I can provide this woman’s name and approximate location in Amsterdam in order that she may be traced and interviewed. This person may well be able to shed light on the identities of the other participants in what appears to be a historic breach of trust between the BBC and its global audience.

OffGuardian coverage of the August 2013 “playground napalm bomb” report

In the age of media manipulation how much can we afford to take on trust? (22 September 2015)
More puzzles about BBC’s “Saving Syria’s Children” documentary (28 October 2015)
VIDEO: Robert Stuart’s presentation on BBC’s “Saving Syria’s Children” (8 March 2016)
Hand in Hand for propaganda? (9 August 2016)