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Scrutinising the media: Fake news, censorship, and war

This coming event couldn’t be more relevant right now or closer to our own primary area of concern, and as an added bonus Piers Robinson, one of our much-esteemed contributing authors, will be speaking there – so go along if you can. Visit the website HERE

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Sun 4 November 2018
13:00 – 17:00 GMT

This event will engage the public in discussion and debate about journalistic objectivity in traditional and social media. The aim is to raise public awareness of the techniques used by the media in order to condition public opinion, particularly with respect to war, so that citizens might make better informed judgments about the news they consume.

The event will be centred on the topical concept of ‘fake news’ and will explore how that concept is being used to legitimise censorship. Attention will be drawn to the online censorship campaign currently being waged by Google, Facebook, Twitter, and Wikipedia. The media’s role in legitimising US/UK military intervention in Syria will be explored, as will attempts by mainstream news sources to close down any challenge to the official narrative. The case of Julian Assange and its implications for free speech and liberal values will be discussed and debated.

Speakers will include David Hughes (University of Lincoln), Piers Robinson (Sheffield University) and Julie Hyland (Deputy National Secretary of the Socialist Equality Party). David Hughes is the event organiser and Senior Lecturer for International Relations at the University of Lincoln; Piers Robinson is a member of the Working Group on Syria, Propaganda, and Media; and Julie Hyland campaigns against internet censorship on behalf of the World Socialist Web Site.

For more information visit the website HERE


5 Comments

  1. Cut&Paste from SyrPer BTL:

    Beeley listed by Britain’s National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) as nnumber 14 of Britain’s ‘Most Respected Journalists,’

    http://www.nctj.com/downloadlibrary/A%20list%20of%20the%20most%20respected%20journalists%20as%20voted%20for%20by%20journalists.pdf

    Elliot Higgins isn’t on the list. Neither is Osama Suleiman, founder of SOHR.

    “The truth simply outlives its opponents” — “Mad” Max Planck, physicist

  2. Scruitinise the bullies says

    On the side, here is a piece of news that shows how communities need to remain vigilant and act quickly against MSM.

    In Australia, NSW Premier cowered before a media giant-vermin called Alan Jones (Mainstream media, 2GB and Daily Telegraph, broadcaster, with a long history of bullying) who wanted to use the Sydney Opera House sails as an advertising billboard for his business interests in horse racing.

    At a record speed, a petition garnered more than a quarter of a million signatures (now topping 311.000) calling on the state government to reverse the decision of allowing horse racing ads to be projected. The 2GB media vermin was then forced to apologise for bullying the opera house management.

    http://hottornottradio.com/news/thousands-sign-petitions-to-defend-sydney-opera-house-sails-from-advertising/

    It seems, we’ve reached the stage where every citizen needs to constantly scrutinise MSM deceptive antiques.

  3. Very encouraging to see that this is happening.

    It’s too long a walk for me, from the west coast of the US, but I do hope that you will have a really, really large turnout, and that it will encourage others to organize similar events around the world.

    • Retrospin – it may well get nobbled, like a “Media on Trial” event in Yorkshire recently with Peter Ford, Vanessa Beeley, Patrick Henningsen etc. The local council banned them from using the hired premises.

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