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Since David Cromwell & David Edwards, Editors at correcting for the distorted vision of the corporate media are amongst those who endorse the following message you may all already know about this, but if you do not read on:


Dear friends,

A group of us are organizing a peaceful candle light vigil in front
Of the BBC to protest at their failure to let antiwar voices onto their network.

If you share our concerns over this bias, as recently illustrated by their appalling coverage of Fallujah, then please help.

The best way you can do this is of course to come to the vigil, you can also forward this email onto as many people as you can, put it on your organisations website, or send an endorsement to us at Thank you very much for your help.

In solidarity,
Antony & Gabriele

Vigil outside the BBC, Bush House, Aldwych, London. Thursday, 2nd December between 5:30pm and 7:00pm.

The first barrage of modern warfare is not heard on the battlefield.
Instead, it thunders forth from our TV screens and leaves trails of fiery words across the printed page.

It is often said that 'the first casualty of war is truth', but we rarely reflect on the bloody reality of these words. During war, more than at any other time, language is twisted, stretched, and degraded. 'Precision airstrikes', 'collateral damage', and 'friendly fire': all phrases thrown over a tragedy like a blanket over a corpse; to blur uncomfortably sharp edges and make tolerable the ugly truth beneath.

The corpses are piling high in Iraq. A conservative estimate calculates 100,000 since our invasion; most killed by 'coalition' forces and most of them women and children (Iraq Mortality Survey, The Lancet, 29 October 2004). Our media continues to bury their bodies.

Who will speak for dead Iraqis when our media will not? Denied their voice, our dead brothers and sisters are 'unpeople': like our own fallen soldiers, just more lives lost to the fires of a 'war' that the UN Secretary-General condemns as 'illegal'. Almost as lost are the voices who oppose this bloody crime: 57%, according to a recent survey in the UK.

As George Orwell once wrote: 'Freedom of the Press, if it means anything at all, means the freedom to criticize and oppose.' A healthy democracy needs a free and investigative media, willing to view our own government with the same scepticism it accords official enemies. Objective reporting requires balance; not only between warring factions, but also between the powerful and the powerless. Our media must be held to this standard, so that no body is hidden and no voice unheard.

Join with us, if you can, and help us shine a light on Iraq, on this 'war', and on ourselves.

All are welcome

- Please bring your family and friends.
- Please stand in silence, to mark the silence of the unreported and of the dead.
- Please come with candles, to light the truth and your own placards, to commemorate the dead in Iraq
- Please come as an individual, leaving symbols of party or organisation affiliations at home.

THIS MESSAGE IS ENDORSED BY (In no particular order)

John Pilger, Journalist & Filmmaker
Author of "Tell Me No Lies: Investigative journalism and its triumphs"

Harold Pinter, Writer, Actor and Director

Howard Zinn, Historian
Author of "A People's History of the United States"

Michael Parenti, Author and Lecturer
Author of "Superpatriotism"

Medea Benjamin, Founding Director of Global Exchange and co-founder of "Code Pink: Women for Peace

Norman Solomon,
Writer, co-author of "Target Iraq: What the News Media Didn't Tell You"

David Cromwell & David Edwards, Editors at correcting for the distorted vision of the corporate media

David Miller, Editor at
Author of "TELL ME LIES: Propaganda and Media Distortion in the Attack on Iraq"

Mark Curtis, Historian
Author of "UNPEOPLE"

William Blum, Historian
Author of "Killing Hope: U.S. Military and CIA Interventions Since World War II"

Mickey Z, Author and Activist
Author of "The Seven Deadly Spins: Exposing the Lies Behind War Propaganda"

David Barsamian, founder and director of Alternative Radio (Boulder,
Author of "The Checkbook and the Cruise Missile: Conversations with Arundhati Roy"

Arab Media Watch

Union of Unemployed in Iraq

Alliance for Green Socialism

NABA - National Association of British Arabs

Narendra Subramanian, Associate Professor of Political Science, McGill University, Montreal, Canada

Joanne Baker & Abdul-Haq Al-Ani, founders of Child Victims of War

Patrick Murfin, President of the Interfaith Council for Social Justice, Illinois, US

Iraqi Democrats Against The Occupation

The Network for Political and Economic Democracy

Stephen Soldz, Coordinator, Psychoanalysts for Peace and Justice
Editor, Iraq Occupation and Resistance Report"

September 11 Families for Peaceful Tomorrows

Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation

Robert W. McChesney, co-founder of FreePress
Author of "The Problem of the Media

Vandana Shiva Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology, India.

Paul Feldman and Corinna Lotz
authors of "A World to Win :a rough guide to a future without global capitalism"

Filmmakers Against War

Gabriele Zamparini & Lorenzo Meccoli, Filmmakers
Producers and Directors of the documentary "XXI Century", Open Publishing for Independent Journalists

DAWN, a grassroots citizens group from DuPage County, Illinois.

ArgusFest, The Argus Human Rights Festival, Denver, US

Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament Cymru

CHIcago REVolutionary NETwork [CHIREVNET], Chicago, US

Muswell Hill Stop the War Group, London, UK
Wed Dec 01, 2004 11:50 am
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bloody BBC, do any thinking minds in the world still have that stupid faith in its noble virtues that it keeps telling us they have?
Fri Dec 10, 2004 5:17 pm
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