NUJ exposes MI6 led disinformation campaign against Iran


The NUJ (National
Union of Journalists
) have exposed the workings of a ‘journalist’ who
appears to have based his career on rehashing stories and disinformation fed to
him from MI6.

The Press
Complaints Commission have launched their third investigation of Daily
Telegraph political editor, Con Coughlin, in as many months, after a number of
high level complaints about his latest article on
Iran

The investigation
is looking at an article by Mr Coughlin on 24 January relying on an unnamed
“European defence official” alleging that North Korea is helping Iran prepare a
nuclear weapons test and follows the recent publication of a report detailing a
catalogue of innaccurate and misleading stories about Iran.

The report, put
together by Campaign
Iran and published last month, revealed that
Mr Coughlin, the man who ‘broke the story’ of
Iraq’s 45 minute WMD capacity, is behind sixteen articles
containing unsubstantiated allegations against
Iran over the past twelve months. The PCC will examine whether the stories, all
based on unnamed or untraceable sources, are in breach of Clause 1 of their
Code of Practice, requiring accuracy. 

The report finds
some stark patterns in terms of his journalistic technique:

• Sources are unnamed or untraceable, often “senior Western intelligence
officials” or “senior Foreign Office officials”.
• Articles are published at sensitive and delicate times where there has been relatively positive diplomatic moves towards Iran.
• Articles contain exclusive revelations about
Iran combined with eye-catching controversial
headlines;
• The story upon which the headline is based does not usually exceed one line
or at the most one paragraph. The rest of the article focuses on other, often
unrelated, information.

Full story here.
 

This revelation
comes at the same time as the controversy builds over the detained British Naval
personnel by Iranian Revolutionary Guards, which many believe was a set up that
went wrong. Judging by the reception the UK received in the UN other nations believe
so as well. 

The release of
details by the MOD, and the statement in Parliament by the British Foreign
Secretary Margaret Beckett have been likened to the Iraq 45 minute
WMD statement, and have been questioned by ex
British diplomat Craig
Murray
.

Craig writes: 'Bumping
into the Iranians can’t be helped in the northern
Persian Gulf, where the lines between Iraqi and
Iranian territorial water are blurred, officials said.

“No maritime
border has been agreed upon by the two countries,” Lockwood said.'

That is Royal
Australian Navy Commodore Peter Lockwood. He is the Commander of the Combined
Task Force in the
Northern
Persian Gulf
.

 

Wonder why Bush is so quiet over this dispute? Is Britain acting as the patsy yet
again for the war ambitions of the
US with concerted
disinformation and jingoism?. Or is it being used to distract from the slide
into dictatorship at home?.

Perhaps BBC Newsnight would like to do a story about journalistic professionalism with Con Coughlin and Michael White tonight? what's the betting it doesn't even rate a mention.


 

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