Mainstream’s War on Truth and Independent Journalism
Vanessa Beeley’s report to Ron Paul on 16th April 2018
This was Vanessa Beeley 9 days before the US/UK/French attack on Syria (below)
Claire Connelly wrote an article:
On the morning US and UK forces were bombing in Syria, Piers Robinson and Tim Hayward found themselves on the front page of The Times.
Last week, the Times newspaper attacked professors Piers Robinson & Tim Hayward, using the front page of the paper to admonish the academics & their colleagues for launching a research group examining the true origin of chemical weapons attacks in Syria, libelling them as ‘apologists for Assad working in British universities’.
Professor Robinson says The Times smear piece quite clearly demonstrates the limits of democracy.
“We are not anywhere near as free as we think we are,” he says
Professor Robinson is a propaganda researcher and the chair of politics, society and political journalism at the University of Sheffield. His colleague, Professor Tim Hayward, is a professor of Environmental Political Theory at Edinburgh University and founding Director of the Just World Institute and the Ethics Forum.
Robinson tells Renegade Inc. that The Times’ claims are irrational and illogical because to question the sponsorship of chemical weapons attacks does not logically mean one supports Assad.
Listen to the BBC’s response to Admiral Alan West
The following is the letter Mike Wendling, BBC Reporter sent to Vanessa Beeley
Dear Ms Beeley,
My team is currently preparing a report on influential social media commentators on the Syrian conflict and recent alleged chemical weapons attack to be published on the BBC News website, your Twitter account has been identified as a key influencer on Twitter. I’m obliged to give you a further chance to comment and the opportunity to answer some questions and give some contact details.
- Do you believe that the alleged chemical attack at Douma was staged, a false flag event or even faked?
- Do you believe the alleged chemical attack at Kan Shaykhun April 2017 was staged, a false flag event or even faked.
- Would you describe yourself as an ‘independent journalist’?
- Are you in favour of the current military action being carried out by the Syrian Government and its allies?
- In a report, the Syrian campaign stated that you publicly called for white helmets to be considered legitimate military targets seven times, that you are part of a coordinated disinformation campaign, and that you described a meeting with President Bashar al-Assad as your proudest moment. Are these statements true?
- According to the website media bias/FAQ check 21st-Century Wire publishes conspiracy theories and pseudoscientific stories, do you have a response to this analysis?
- Have you or 21st-Century Wire received funding for your work from the Syrian Government or its allies?
We plan to publish this story tomorrow on the BBC News website, so if you could get back to me by the end of the day, I’d appreciate it.
Vanessa Beeley’s reply to Mike Wendling:
My view on the alleged Douma CW attack is clear from my reports and interviews that I conducted on the ground in Syria. Your question clearly implies that the BBC condones the UK’s unlawful military aggression against a sovereign nation on the basis of unsubstantiated evidence, reliant upon social media chatter from compromised sources such as the White Helmets who are funded primarily by the US State Department and the UK Foreign Office and are openly affiliated to extremist groups in Syria, including Al Qaeda. The fraud of the Trump/May/Macron attacks is exposed in today’s Independent report by Robert Fisk, an eminent and higly acclaimed Middle East reporter.
The alleged chemical weapons attack in Khan Shaykhun has been debunked by a number of highly respected analysts and experts including Scott Ritter, the UN weapons inspector, in Iraq from 1991 to 1998. Again my opinion is clear from my articles and interviews. Most of the evidence for the Khan Shaykhun attack was provided, again by the White Helmets, whose backers are a roll-call of those seeking to overthrow the government in Syria. When has the BBC reported the evidence that points to the White Helmets as a propaganda construct?
Yes, I am an independent journalist, owing no allegiance to any government, unlike the BBC. I was a finalist in one of the most prestigious journalism awards – the 2017 Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism – whose winners have included the likes of Robert Parry in 2017, Patrick Cockburn, Robert Fisk, Nick Davies and the Bureau for Investigative Journalism team.
This can only be answered with a question: Does the BBC endorse the UK Government role in fomenting and potentially financing a violent, extremist insurgency inside Syria?
International law, to which the UK is a signatory, says the following: “International law is indifferent to the perceived legitimacy of the state and to the form of government; both democracies and authoritarian regimes have the right to fight insurgencies and to defend themselves from external powers which aid the insurgents.
Either way, it falls under the domestic jurisdiction of the state. Foreign powers are prohibited from assisting insurgents.
General Assembly resolution 2131 (XX) declares that “No State shall organize, assist, foment, finance, incite or tolerate subversive, terrorist or armed activities directed towards the violent overthrow of the regime of another State, or interfere in civil strife in another State.”
This was reaffirmed by the International Court of Justice in Nicaragua v. USA.
The injured state is even entitled to adopt counter measures against the intervening state.”
Juliette Harkin, former BBC Media Action Project Manager and an ‘expert’ on Syria, states, “we [BBC Media Action] worked in 2004 with individuals within the [Syrian] ministry who wanted change and tried to get them to be the drivers of that.”
All media development work that has been done within Syria has, in my opinion, been predicated upon this idea that there can be change from within – you have an authoritarian regime and you find who the reformers are within that [regime] and work with them.
“I agree with Julia Harkin. I, too, am a supporter of change from within. However, I do not support “change” that leads to the kind of violence and cynical foreign invasion that has so blighted Syria in recent years.
Does the BBC endorse this level of infiltration and subversion that has been engineered by BBC Media Action since 2004?
The White Helmets are proven to be working in partnership with Nusra Front and a number of extremist factions who operate inside Nusra Front-occupied or controlled areas.
In my reporting from inside Syria, I have demonstrated that many among the White Helmet leadership, are members of some of the most brutal, extremist, sectarian groups operating in Syria. The White Helmets are armed and have participated in terrorist atrocities against Syrian civilians and POWs, including public executions – their claim to be a “humanitarian” organisation is highly questionable. Does the BBC have access to the documentation of the 100,000 civilians that the White Helmets claim have rescued? If not, how can the BBC support such claims that are made without context, details, names, dates, incident reports? Why has the BBC never carried out an investigation into the White Helmets?
Why does the BBC not condemn terrorist attacks on the REAL Syria Civil Defence, the authentic SYRIAN volunteer civil defence organisation established in Syria in 1953 and operating in more than 85% of inhabited areas of Syria? In fact, why does the BBC never mention this organisation, the only civil defence organisation to be recognised by the ICDO in Geneva?
My “proudest moment” was to be a part of the US Peace Council Delegation to Syria to meet with a number of parliamentary members, opposition members, faith leaders, and the elected President of Syria. It was a peaceful fact-find mission – is that an initiative that would be condemned by the BBC, if so, on what basis?
The majority of the British people were opposed to their Government’s report attack on Syria. Where are the BBC reports that reflect this? Where are the BBC reports that provided background and context to the UK Government’s conspiracy to overthrow the Syrian government – pre-planned as early as 2009 according to former French Foreign Minister, Roland Dumas. Please provide answers to this and other questions raised.
Should your BBC “team” seek to impugn my reputation by making unsubstantiated accusations about myself or 21st Century Wire, and should you not publish these answers in full, unedited and with prominence – it will be regarded as slander. The BBC’s reporting of Syria – already notorious, thanks to Panorama’s’ Saving Syria’s Children’, investigated by independent researcher, Robert Stuart – is made even more disgraceful by a blatant attempt, such as this, to silence independent journalism.
Another journalist, Carla Ortiz, affirms the White Helmets are working with the terrorists
The UK Government carries out a further crackdown on independent media