Thursday, July 10, 2014

BBC Propaganda in Thailand Gets Reboot

July 10, 2014 (Tony Cartalucci - AltThaiNews) - All one needs to know about how desperately the West wants to manipulate Thailand's political landscape can be seen in their attempts to spread their propaganda. The BBC is planning to do so via its "World Service" arm. 

In the Telegraph's article, "
BBC takes on Thailand dictatorship with a 'pop-up' Thai service," it reports: 

The BBC's World Service will launch a new Thai-language 'pop-up' service on Thursday to provide an alternative source of information to the heavily-censored media controlled by the military dictatorship.
The news operation will launch in the early hours British Summer Time and will be delivered by social media and digital platforms in an effort to circumvent regime controls.
After years of shrinking foreign language and coming under criticism from former ambassadors and others, the BBC Thai initiative is a three-month experiment in how to respond to the imposition of dictatorship in a formerly democratic state.
The BBC's World Service is in fact funded by the US State Department, among others, and therefore is divorced utterly from any semblance of journalism through a very overt conflict of interest. In March of 2011, the London Guardian in its report, "BBC World Service to sign funding deal with US state department," stated explicitly:  
The BBC World Service is to receive a "significant" sum of money from the US government to help combat the blocking of TV and internet services in countries including Iran and China.

In what the BBC said is the first deal of its kind, an agreement is expected to be signed later this month that will see US state department money – understood to be a low six-figure sum – given to the World Service to invest in developing anti-jamming technology and software.

The funding is also expected to be used to educate people in countries with state censorship in how to circumnavigate the blocking of internet and TV services.

It is understood the US government has decided the reach of the World Service is such that it makes investment worthwhile.

RT would also report in 2011, in their report "BBC World Service and US State Department: new partners, new bias?," that:  
This would not be the first time the BBC has accepted money from organizations with their own agendas. In 2008, the corporation faced accusations of pro-Europe bias after it was revealed it had taken out US $230 million in loans from the EU. The loans were given by the European Investment Bank, which strives to promote EU policies.

Member of European Parliament Gerard Batten has a long-running beef with the BBC.
"It is institutionally politically biased, certainly in favour of things like the European Union, mass immigration, and a whole other host of ‘politically correct’ ideas that I think it peddles to the public,”he told RT.

Batten says taking this money would expose the hypocrisy at the heart of the BBC.

"The EU bans sponsorship of any news and current affairs TV programs across the EU,” Batten said. “Now it would appear then, that if the US State Department is going to fund BBC that would appear to be in breach of the directive."
Biased, politically motivated enterprises like BBC's World Service in fact represent a breach of journalistic ethics, and not only was Beijing's decision to shut down World Services highly appropriate (if they in fact have done so), as would Thailand's decision to do so, but so too would an investigation in both the US and the UK seeking to ascertain why in an ongoing economic crisis, money is being spent to sow political subversion overseas for the sake of corporate special interests, when people at home direly need assistance. 

The BBC is an organization mired in controversy, and repeatedly exposed as exploiting people's trust in their reputation to push the agenda of well-paying special interests. The coordinated effort by the Western media including the BBC's attempts to infiltrate and spread divisive propaganda across Thai society, constitute a danger the Thai government and the Thai people must both devise defenses against. The BBC is stepping in, because its "local" proxies, including the myriad of intellectually dishonest foreign-funded NGOs and academics have been effectively exposed and shutdown. Thailand must likewise expose and shutdown the BBC's latest attempt to reassert itself in defining Thailand's political narrative.