Western Media Complicit in NATO's 'Humanitarian Bloodbath'
August 23, 2011 Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya / Global Research & Russia Today
Commentary: "War propaganda has entered a new phase, involving the coordinated action of satellite TV stations. CNN, France24, the BBC and Al Jazeera have become instruments of disinformation used to demonize governments and justify armed aggressions. These practices are illegal under international law and the impunity of the perpetrators must be stopped."
LIVE FROM TRIPOLI
Western Media Complicit in NATO's "Humanitarian Bloodbath" Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya / Global Research & Russia Today
TRIPOLI (August 22, 2011) -- Foreign journalists who have been obliged to stay in a hotel in Tripoli during the conflict are now trapped in the building as practically all the staff and security personnel have run for their lives.
Journalist Mahdi Nazemroaya from the Center for Research on Globalisation is in Tripoli and has crossed live to RT, saying the situation is critical and the next several hours will be decisive.
According to journalist, the rebel Transitional Council have ordered snipers to control the area around the hotel where foreign journalist are staying to ensure that no chaotic scenes develop in the vicinity. There is an electrified mob outside chanting clearly audible victory slogans and shooting in the air and the situation is increasingly tense.
"There is no security, the only security is journalists securing the perimeter [of the hotel] by themselves," Mahdi Nazemroaya said, adding that the rebels have been checking the documentation of guests at the hotel, which has been abandoned by staff, and have discovered that some of the journalists using the hotel are not journalists at all.
Mahdi Nazemroaya says "Yugoslavian" tactics have been used, with NATO bombing out military and civil infrastructure to clear the way for the rebels.
"NATO did all the work here with the bombing and their leaders must be held accountable as war criminals for killing civilians," he said, questioning why NATO is engaged in toppling Muammar Gaddfi while regimes in Qatar and Bahrain have been suppressing democracy and killing their own people without being held accountable.
Looters are already ripping off computers and screen projection units from the first floor of the hotel, going through rooms and grabbing whatever they can.
The journalists in the deserted hotel are panicky, hanging signs saying "TV" and "PRESS" wherever they can, including on themselves.
Journalists are hoping against hope that they will be evacuated from the hotel by international contingents from the UN, not NATO. Nazemroaya says crowds have gathered outside the hotel with the express aim of sowing panic and intimidating the press.
Libyan rebels claim they control most of Tripoli.
Two of Gaddafi's sons have been arrested with some reports suggesting the leader himself is in a specialist cardiac unit in a town 14 kilometres east of the capital. .
Following a night of chaos in the capital, crowds have gathered in the city's central square waving revolutionary flags.
Journalists Who Engage in War Propaganda Must Be Held Accountable Thierry Meyssan / Global Research & Voltaire Network
LIBYA (August 21, 2011) -- War propaganda has entered a new phase, involving the coordinated action of satellite TV stations. CNN, France24, the BBC and Al Jazeera have become instruments of disinformation used to demonize governments and justify armed aggressions. These practices are illegal under international law and the impunity of the perpetrators must be stopped.
LIBYA (August 16, 2011) -- The current processing of the information on Libya and Syria has marked a turning point in the history of war propaganda in that it uses new ways that have taken the international public by surprise.
Four powers -- the United States, France, the UK and Qatar -- have combined their technical means to intoxicate the "international community". These are mainly CNN (which, although private, interacts with the Pentagon’s psychological warfare unit), France24, the BBC and Al Jazeera.
These media are being used to falsely attribute to the governments of Libya and Syria crimes they did not commit while covering the crimes that are committed by the secret services of the aforementioned powers and NATO.
We witnessed a similar situation, on a smaller scale, in 2002 when Globovisión broadcast live images of a popular revolution against elected President Hugo Chávez plus images of pro-Chavez activists gunning down protesters. This staged event had made it possible to mask a military coup orchestrated by Washington with the help of Madrid. However, after a genuine popular uprising aborted the coup and reinstated the elected president, legal and journalistic investigations revealed that the revolution filmed by Globovisión was in fact a case of visual trickery and that the Chavistas had never fired on the crowd, but were themselves the victims of snipers armed by the CIA.
We see the same thing happening today, but with a consortium of satellite channels which transmit images of nonexistent events in Libya and Syria. Their aim is to make people believe the majority of Libyans and Syrians want to overthrow their political institutions and that Muammar Gaddafi and Bashar al-Assad have massacred their own people. On the basis of such media intoxication, NATO attacked Libya and is about to destroy Syria.
Now, after the Second World War, the United Nations General Assembly passed legislation to prohibit and punish such practices.
Resolution 110 of 3 November 1947 regarding "measures to be taken against propaganda and the inciters of a new war," condemns "propaganda which is either designed or likely to provoke or encourage any threat to the peace, breach of the peace, or act of aggression. "
Resolution 381 of 17 November 1950 further strengthens this condemnation by condemning the censorship of conflicting information as part of the propaganda against peace.
Finally, Resolution 819 of 11 December 1954 on "the removal of barriers to free exchange of information and ideas," recognizes the responsibility of governments to remove barriers that impede the free exchange of information and ideas.
In so doing, the General Assembly has developed its own doctrine on freedom of expression: it condemned the lies leading to war and upheld the free flow of information and ideas and critical debate as weapons in the service of peace.
Words and, especially, images can be used to prepare the worst crimes. In this case, the intoxication by CNN, France24, the BBC and Al Jazeera constitute "crimes against peace." They should be considered as being more serious than the war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by NATO in Libya and by Western intelligence agencies in Syria insofar as they precede and make them possible.
Journalists who engage in war propaganda must be tried by International Justice.
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