News Agency That Reported US Drone Killings of 100 CIvilians Taken Off Air in UK

October 17th, 2011 - by admin

PressTV & Patrick Henningsen / – 2011-10-17 00:02:46

US Drone Strikes Kill over 100 in 2 Days
Press TV

TEHRAN (October 16, 2011) — More than one hundred people have been killed in US drone strikes in Somalia, Pakistan’s northwestern tribal region bordering Afghanistan, and Yemen over the past two days.

On Saturday, 15 people were killed and 43 others were injured when the US military launched an attack using a remote-controlled unmanned aerial vehicle on the village of Bilis Qooqaani, which is located in southern Somalia, 448 kilometers (278 miles) west of the capital Mogadishu. The US also launched drone strikes on the same region on Friday, killing at least 70 people.

In addition, five people were killed and four others injured in a non-UN-sanctioned US drone attack on Pakistan’s South Waziristan on Saturday. According to Pakistani officials, the unmanned aircraft fired four missiles at a house in the Baghar China area early on Saturday. Local residents said four US drones were flying over the area before the attack.

On Friday, a US drone targeted a vehicle near the village of Darpa Khel, which is located about four kilometers (two miles) west of Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan. At least four people were killed in the non-UN-sanctioned US drone strike.

Seven people, including an Egyptian, were also killed in attacks carried out by unmanned US aircraft in southern Yemen on Friday. A local official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that the seven people were killed in three separate drone strikes. He added that a mosque was also targeted by the unmanned US aircraft in an attack that left a number of people injured.

The US says its remote-controlled unmanned drones only target militants. However, reports have shown that most of the people killed in the drone strikes are civilians.

Press TV Taken Off Air in UK —
War for Freedom of Speech Now On

Patrick Henningsen /

(October 14, 2011) — In case you are not yet aware, OfCom, Britain’s Office of Communications, decided to take Press TV off air in the UK this week. The significance of this move by the state regulator should not be underestimated. The battle for free speech is definitely on.

With this move, the state apparatus has all but declared war on a foreign network’s ability to broadcast a political perspective that differs from the consensus reality line. Note that the state, particularly in the UK, will spend millions per year in order to enforce a rolling agenda of talking points. In the US will also spend billions to ensure the same thing.

Today London’s Telegraph newspaper reported:
“The foreign arm of the Iranian state broadcaster is to be pulled off the British airwaves after media regulator revoked its broadcasting license.

Press TV, the channel which acts as the overseas mouthpiece of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s government, has been told by Ofcom that it breached broadcasting rules with its interview of a journalist who was imprisioned in an Iranian jail and forced to read from a prepared script.

The ruling comes after a year-long investigation by Ofcom into the claims made by Maziar Bahari, a journalist for Newsweek, the US magazine, who was filmed by Press TV while imprisioned in Tehran for nearly four months. He was arrested while covering the 2009 Iranian Presidential elections.”

With this move, a new front in the infowars has truly opened up. It’s not just about winning over minds and getting the info out. It is now about being able to get that info out there. It’s about preserving the free speech platform where we can receive and deliver all that valuable information. And we are up against the state.

Over the last eight years, I’ve involved myself in the battle — the one which Alex Jones and others have referred to as the Information War. The first step was getting informed, and the second step was getting involved by creating content, which, up to this point, has relied heavily on the Internet’s free speech platform. From this open platform, even an individual could broadcast locally, regionally and globally, disseminating information that would otherwise not get to these audiences.

Active internet news hounds like this writer, in search of alternative views that differ from the corporate mainstream media conglomerates could not believe their eyes when Press TV, a 24-hour English language global news network launched online in January 2007, followed by the TV launch later. It seemed to be the only place in the UK where one could go to catch a completely different, fresh take on domestic and world events. For sure, it had an edge.

Ofcom’s legal reasons for pulled down the network was an administrative one, citing a breach in the broadcasting code and some administrative problems with Press TV’s application as the reason.

Press TV’s response today was at the UK ban was predictably defiant:

“The British media regulator’s decision is considered to be an abuse of the UK media law and the result of mounting pressure on the organization by certain members of the royal family and government.

As an alternative international media outlet, Press TV took pains to break the mainstream media’s total silence on the violations of international law and human rights committed by the UK government at home and abroad.

The fact that Press TV is Iranian owned and operated, has drawn heavy fire from certain establishment and government critics who accuse it of being ‘bias’ towards an Iranian agenda. If only that were a prerequisite for taking a media network off the air. If it were, you could expect that Britain’s state broadcaster, the BBC, would have its license revoked overnight in foreign countries around the world.

certainly, the main reason for the west’s aggressive attitude toward Press TV is that, according to the US State Department, Iran is meant to be an enemy of the United States, Europe and Israel. If you’ve been paying attention, the war drum against Iran has not stopped beating since Dick Cheney and John Bolton began pounding it early in 2004.

If a war with Iran is on the cards, eliminating Press TV in the UK and the US will be a top priority for governments in those countries, as Press TV will be broadcasting a different view than the BBC or CNN. This would be very problematic for the establishment.

The US and Britain, who built their empires on the powerful illusion of media, simply cannot accept that a country like Iran could win-over English speaking audiences, doing a better job reporting the news than the likes of CNN or the BBC. Worse yet, they cannot accept anything other than an anti-Iranian perspective portrayed through the TV lens.

Chris Bambery, a political analyst in London explains the possible motivation behind Britain’s move:
“To me Press TV has a much wider range of debate than is available on BBC, with views of people who support their Republican Party in the United States, who support free market policies in this country. I have debated with those people and I think Press TV has done an startling job here and that is precisely why, I believe, it is being taken off because as the reporter just said, we know there has been pressure from a number of lobbies in this country, from the Foreign Office and inside the BBC to take Press TV off the air.”

Will the state be moving in on another foreign network next?

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