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(en) Freedom 6402 25 Jan, 2003 - What we say ...

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Date Wed, 5 Feb 2003 15:41:48 -0500 (EST)

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As the range of media has increased, so too have
the possibilities for disinformation and
decontextualisation. Television and the internet
try to persuade us we live in a permanent
present. They tell us what we see on our screens
is 'real', not produced or sifted. They feed us a
worldview that comes from the perspective of a
particular set of interests - the ruling ones - even
though they pretend they don't.
Recent reporting of the ricin scare and the
stabbing to death of a Special Branch cop show
this process in action. From the point of view of
the Home Office and their mouthpieces in the
mainstream media, the propaganda
opportunities have been far too good to miss.
The affair has allowed them to combine fear of
'terror' with hostility to 'asylum-seekers'. It's
shit the pigs have been happy to wallow in.
What's been clear throughout, if unreported,  is
that the state has targeted the North African
community. Under the pretext of 'investigating
terrorism', they've carried out an exercise in
mass trawling and intimidation.
Algerian refugees have been portrayed as
potential terrorists and north Africans in general
arrested and harassed. Reading between the
lines a little, the state seems to have conceded
as much itself. Official sources behind a report
in the Observer (12th January) said their
'anti-terror' strategy had now "shifted to a
proactive policy of maximum disruption,
smashing suspected cells and even low-level
criminal operations such

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