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British Propaganda and News Media in the Cold War by John Jenks

By John Jenks

This can be a examine of the British state's new release, suppression and manipulation of reports to additional international coverage targets in the course of the early chilly battle. Bribing editors, blackballing "unreliable" reporters, growing rapid media specialists via provision of conscientiously edited "inside information", and exploiting the worldwide media method to plant propaganda -- disguised as information -- world wide: those have been all equipment utilized by the British to aim to persuade the foreign public of Soviet deceit and illegal activity and hence achieve help for anti-Soviet guidelines at domestic and abroad.Britain's shaky overseas place heightened the significance of propaganda. The Soviets and americans 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 struggle. The British exploited and more suitable their media energy and propaganda services to maintain with the superpowers and defend their very own worldwide impact at a time while British financial, political and army energy was once sharply declining. This task without delay inspired family media relatives, 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 Fifties censorship waned yet covert propaganda had develop into addictive. The unending rigidity of the chilly conflict normalized what had formerly been irregular country involvement within the media, and led it to take advantage of related instruments opposed to Egyptian nationalists, Irish republicans and British leftists. even more lately, reliable manipulation of reports approximately Iraq shows behind-the-scenes exam of nation propaganda's past days is very relevant.John Jenks attracts seriously on lately declassified archival fabric for this publication, specially documents of the international Office's anti-Communist info examine division (IRD) propaganda supplier, and the papers of key media agencies, newshounds, 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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35. Yergin, Shattered Peace, pp. 166–7. 36. ), Britain and the First Cold War (Houndmills: Macmillan, 1990). 37. The Tom Harrisson Mass-Observation Archive, File Report No. 2301, ‘Attitudes to Russia’, 11 March 1946. 38. ‘Outside Fleet Street’, James Bartlett, Newspaper World, 9 February 1946. 39. ), British Officials and British Foreign Policy, 1945–50 (Leicester: Leicester University Press, 1990). 40. , vol. 6 (no. 83, N4157/97/38) Roberts to Bevin, 18 March 1946. 41. Donald McLachlan, In the Chair: Barrington-Ward of ‘The Times’, 1927–1948 (London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1971), pp.

56. Royal Commission on the Press, pp. 49–53. 57. UNESCO, News Agencies: Their Structure and Operation (Paris: UNESCO, 1953), p. 46. 58. Royal Commission on the Press, p. 52. 59. Reuters Archives, Chancellor to Bevin, 8 January 1946. 60. Read, The Power of News, pp. 246–56. 61. ]. 62. PRO FO953/117–119. 63. PRO FO953/117 P2924, ‘Reuters News Agency’, compiled by R. S. Smith, 9 February 1948. 64. PRO FO953/118 P7720/21/950, Wardour to A. A. F. Haigh, 6 October 1948. 65. PRO FO953/119, Chancellor to Warner, 30 September 1948.

The Beaverbrook press, however, had held out some hope for reconciliation, but it was on its last legs in January 1948. Beaverbrook leader writer George Malcolm Thomson summed up the situation with his tongue firmly in cheek before ending with a swipe at two reporters who had been cheerleaders for the USSR during the war: The Russians have not a friend left in Britain apart from the Express. (I do not of course count the Worker, and the lunatic fringe of the Socialist party). The liberals have all abandoned them.

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