Media on Trial with John Pilger

It’s a huge honour to be sharing a platform with renowned veteran journalist and documentary film maker John Pilger, former UK ambassador to Syria Peter Ford, independent journalist Vanessa BeeleyPatrick Henningsen of 21st Century Wire, Professor Piers Robinson of the University of Sheffield and Professor Tim Hawyard of the University of Edinburgh at the next Media on Trial event in London on Thursday 19 October, organised by Frome Stop War.  Full details below. 

Media on Trial John Pilger poster

  • Thursday 19 October 2017, 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm
  • Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, 235 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8EP. Map here.
  • Tickets (£5 – £10) available here

What should we expect from the mainstream media? Accurate reporting? Impartial analysis? Speaking truth to power? At times of proposed war or foreign intervention the public has a right to expect all these.

Establishment media tends to be dismissive of independent journalism. With its greater size and influence the mainstream media (MSM) has avoided critical questions about its own reporting and journalistic standards and deflects calls for corroboration, verification and independent analysis.

The leviathan that is the mainstream media has formed the narrative and stifled dissent but that’s going to change. Our panel of seven experts including legendary investigative journalist John Pilger, will be applying the scrutiny to mainstream media reporting which we should all demand, given its power to sway opinion when our government is seeking consent for war.

Specific instances of falsehoods which have led to disastrous and deadly campaigns will be highlighted with fact based evidence. Examples of insidious propagandist reporting for war will be analysed.

It’s time to hear ‘the other side’ – the one that the mainstream media blocks from the airwaves and print media.

Panel: John Pilger, Vanessa Beeley, retired British diplomat Peter Ford, Patrick Henningsen, Professor Piers Robinson, Robert Stuart and Professor Tim Hayward.

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Working with @TVOFFAL on feature documentary exposé of the 2013 BBC Panorama special Saving Syria's Children

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