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By John Jenks

This can be a examine of the British state's new release, suppression and manipulation of reports to extra overseas coverage pursuits through the early chilly conflict. Bribing editors, blackballing "unreliable" reporters, developing immediate media specialists via provision of conscientiously edited "inside information", and exploiting the worldwide media procedure to plant propaganda -- disguised as information -- around the globe: those have been all equipment utilized by the British to attempt to persuade the overseas public of Soviet deceit and illegal activity and therefore achieve aid for anti-Soviet rules at domestic and abroad.Britain's shaky overseas place heightened the significance of propaganda. The Soviets and american citizens have been making an investment seriously in propaganda to win the "hearts and minds" of the area and replacement for more and more unthinkable nuclear conflict. The British exploited and more advantageous their media strength and propaganda services to maintain with the superpowers and shield their very own worldwide effect at a time whilst British financial, political and army strength was once sharply declining. This job at once motivated family media kin, as officers used British media to launder foreign-bound propaganda and to create the specified photographs of British "public opinion" for overseas audiences.By the early Nineteen Fifties censorship waned yet covert propaganda had turn into addictive. The unending pressure of the chilly struggle normalized what had formerly been irregular nation involvement within the media, and led it to exploit comparable instruments opposed to Egyptian nationalists, Irish republicans and British leftists. even more lately, respectable manipulation of reports approximately Iraq shows behind-the-scenes exam of country propaganda's past days is extremely relevant.John Jenks attracts seriously on lately declassified archival fabric for this ebook, particularly documents of the overseas Office's anti-Communist info study division (IRD) propaganda enterprise, and the papers of key media enterprises, reporters, politicians and officers. Readers will hence achieve a better figuring out of the intensity of the state's strength with the media at a time whilst issues approximately propaganda and media manipulation are once more on the fore. (1/1/08)

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The general public do not read ‘World’s Press News’ and the newspaper world must have known all this already. The British P1: PJO EUBK017-02 EUBK017-Jenks 30 March 6, 2006 16:36 Char Count= 0 british propaganda and news media in the cold war public will remain in ignorance of the totally misleading nature of news from Moscow, so long as the ordinary press maintain their conspiracy of silence. 16 Few did. 17 In Eastern Europe liberation did not lead to open access for British reporters or more critical coverage.

Are the old-style “human interest” standards and the propaganda-before-news prejudices putting us back where we were? ’38 P1: PJO EUBK017-02 EUBK017-Jenks March 6, 2006 16:36 Char Count= 0 ussr: media, propaganda, consensus 33 Within the Foreign Office a consensus was emerging that Britain not only had to get tougher with the Soviet Union, but also that the British news media needed to frame their news and views in a much more critical light to ‘enlighten’ the public as to the true nature of the USSR.

Richard Cockett, David Astor and the Observer (London: Andre Deutsch); William Clark, From Three Worlds: Memoirs, (London: Sidgwick and Jackson, 1986), pp. 114– 45. 39. White Paper on Broadcasting, Cmd. 6852, 1946. 40. ’ Daily Express, 6 July 1949. 41. PRO FO1110/50 PR230, MacLaren Note. 42. Political and Economic Planning (for Arts Enquiry), The Factual Film (London: Oxford University Press, 1947). 43. PRO CAB134/545, Overseas Information Committee minutes, 17 April 1947; PRO T254/2, Economic Planning Board – Crisis Publicity, October 1947.

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