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Meet Amber Lyon: Former Reporter Exposes Massive Censorship at CNN

Meet Amber Lyon: Former Reporter Exposes Massive Censorship at CNN | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

I saw first-hand that these regime claims were lies, and I couldn’t believe CNN was making me put what I knew to be government lies into my reporting.
- Amber Lyon

 

Back in March 2011, CNN sent a four person team to Bahrain to cover the Arab Spring. Once there, the crew was the subject of extreme intimidation amongst other things, but they were able to record some fantastic footage. As Glenn Greenwald of the UK’s Guardian writes in his blockbuster article from today:

In the segment, Lyon interviewed activists as they explicitly described their torture at the hands of government forces, while family members recounted their relatives’ abrupt disappearances. She spoke with government officials justifying the imprisonment of activists. And the segment featured harrowing video footage of regime forces shooting unarmed demonstrators, along with the mass arrests of peaceful protesters. In sum, the early 2011 CNN segment on Bahrain presented one of the starkest reports to date of the brutal repression embraced by the US-backed regime.

Despite these accolades, and despite the dangers their own journalists and their sources endured to produce it, CNN International (CNNi) never broadcast the documentary. Even in the face of numerous inquiries and complaints from their own employees inside CNN, it continued to refuse to broadcast the program or even provide any explanation for the decision. To date, this documentary has never aired on CNNi.

 

In March 2012, Lyon was laid off from CNN as part of an unrelated move by the network to outsource its investigative documentaries.

“At this point,” Lyon said, “I look at those payments as dirty money to stay silent. I got into journalism to expose, not help conceal, wrongdoing, and I’m not willing to keep quiet about this any longer, even if it means I’ll lose those payments.”

 

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Bahrain Opinion: The Regime's Propaganda Machine is Cranked Up to Eleven

Bahrain Opinion: The Regime's Propaganda Machine is Cranked Up to Eleven | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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So the BNA propaganda team are still keen to conflate any act of deviance as somehow an act of deceit, perpetrated by people who claim it is peaceful. In short, they wish to blur the lines between those who actually DO believe in peaceful protest, with those who use violence or other methods. In other words, anyone who wants political change, regardless of the methods they espouse, is a security threat....

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The PR/Media Lies of the Bahraini regime...great video!

مترجم بالعربي: تقرير الجزيرة الانجليزية حول واقع الإعلام في البحرين وتضيقه على وسائل الإعلام الأخرى بعنوان "الإعلام الرسمي في البحرين: اعلام العائلة والصوت ا...
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Countess of Wessex 'should return bloodstained' gems to Bahrain

Countess of Wessex 'should return bloodstained' gems to Bahrain | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Labour MP Denis MacShane and activist Peter Tatchell call on Sophie to return jewels after crackdown on democracy protests...

 

"Clearly, the Bahraini royals were using the visit by the Wessexes as a PR exercise in a bid to show that they still have international support and allies. Britain should have nothing to do with the tyranny in Bahrain. It should be isolated as a pariah state."

He added that they "should return these blood-stained gifts".

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Blogger unveils the PR firms hired to rehab the Al-Khalifa image.....Good luck!

Fahad Desmukh, in a speech in Conference in Support Of the Bahrain Revolution 17-12-2-2011 -In Manchester مؤتمر دعم الثورة في البحرينية في مانشتسر http://twi...
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British intelligence gathering firm assists Bahraini regime amidst crackdown

British intelligence gathering firm assists Bahraini regime amidst crackdown | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

I wrote recently about the army of Western PR firms hired by the Bahraini regime to whitewash its image. ...

While none of this is directly incriminating, this is enough circumstantial evidence to demand to know exactly what is going on. If nothing else, one should be asking why a British firm is working with the Bahraini regime's security apparatus, which has committed serious human rights abuses in its crackdown on the democracy movement.

If you'd like to pay them a visit, Olton's office in Bahrain is located on Level 22 of the West Tower at the Bahrain Financial Harbour. Or if you are in the UK, their office is at One Wood Street, London, EC2V 7WS.

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Squitieri: Regime troll! ... How Bahrain works Washington - PR lies

Squitieri: Regime troll! ...  How Bahrain works Washington - PR lies | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

...Squitieri states in his blog posts that he “works with the Bahrain government on media awareness and press freedom,” which is an odd way of describing work that amounts to propaganda. But unless you count his work at NewsMax, the right-wing media organization, Squitieri hasn’t been a journalist since 2005, when he resigned from USA Today for plagiarism. Nor does he mention anywhere that he is an employee of Qorvis Communications, a Washington firm that is registered to lobby for the government of Bahrain. ...

 

Then there’s Squitieri, who has worked for a range of domestic and foreign clients through his own P.R. firm, TS Navigations. ...

 

For Bahrain, Squitieri tweets and blogs. He puts on airs of objectivity and impartiality yet his paymaster’s point of view, delivered in hackneyed prose, is obvious.

“As Bahrain wheezes and convulses in its uncertain steps,” he wrote for Huffington Post, in October, “the gray is slowly emerging more in the reports of those spending at least a little time letting all the senses embrace.” He described Bahraini protesters seeking a more democratic government as being driven by “anger without a purpose” and called them “foot soldiers for puppet masters with a greater agenda,” referring obliquely to Iran. (Incidentally, the newly commissioned Bahraini government report said it found no evidence that the Iranians were behind the protests.)

Even though he works for Qorvis, Bahrain’s registered lobbying firm, Squitieri insisted in an email that he does not “engage in any lobbying.” He describes his work for Bahrain as “media awareness, media training and helping to identify possible stories.”

Asked why Squitieri’s blog posts weren’t identified as paid product for Qorvis, Matt Lauer of the firm said by email, “Tom’s blogs are his own thoughts, but he does disclose his affiliation with the government.”

Incidentally, the Independent of London reported this week on a journalistic sting operation on Bell Pottinger, a major British P.R. firm that Qorvis works with on Bahrain. The sting — modeled on a similar piece I did for Harper’s several years ago — involved reporters posing as agents of the government of Uzbekistan, who contacted Bell Pottinger to see if the firm would run a P.R. campaign on behalf of that country’s dictatorial regime.

Bell Pottinger was keen to do so and gave a presentation to the undercover journalists during which it promised it would utilize the “dark arts” to influence public opinion for Uzbekistan. That included creating “third-party blogs” – which would look independent but be run by the P.R. firm — that would, along with other tactics, help bury bad news about the country on Internet searches. “The ambition obviously is to drown that negative content and make sure that you have positive content out there online,” a Bell Pottinger representative told the undercover reporters.

All of which appears to be the very model that Qorvis, with the help of Squitieri, employs on behalf of Bahrain.

 

CONTACT
Tom Squitieri
tom@tsnavigations.com
+1.202.257.7984

 

http://www.tsnavigations.com/ 

 

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Bell Pottinger: Public Relations firm used by Hamad and his criminal regime!

Feel free to express your displeasure! 

 

see:  http://is.gd/OYJ2tt     &     http://is.gd/Dn6D9u

 

London Office:
14 Curzon Street London W1J 5HN
Caroline Robertson
PA to Tim Ryan
+44 (0) 2078618541
CRobertson@bell-pottinger.co.uk

 

Bahrain Office:

11th Floor, East Tower
Bahrain Financial Harbour
Manama - Kingdom of Bahrain
+973 16 536 144
Bahrainoffice@bell-pottinger.co.uk

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Bell Pottinger's work for Bahrain Government under the spotlight - PR and Public Relations news - PR Week

Bell Pottinger's work for Bahrain Government under the spotlight - PR and Public Relations news - PR Week | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Following the killing of seven protesters in a police crackdown on the anti-regime campaign in Bahrain, a small group of protesters appeared outside Bell Pottinger’s High Holborn offices in London this morning to draw attention to the work the agency does for the country.

Today’s protesters, who held placards with slogans such as ‘You can’t spin the unspinnable’, caused the main doors of Bell Pottinger’s offices to be closed and employees had to enter by a rear entrance.

But Bell Pottinger chairman Lord Bell said that he felt under no pressure to resign the account following the seven killings.

Bell Pottinger has been retained by the Government of Bahrain for two years. In the past week, the agency has taken on extra responsibility and is handling media centre enquiries about the protests.

Lord Bell commented: 'We work for the Economic Development board. Whatever happens, the economy has got to grow. We're nothing to do with the constitution, we're nothing to do with Sunnis and Shiites.'

 

See also: http://is.gd/OYJ2tt     &     http://is.gd/hgkAXm

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Bahrain foreign minister on D.C. charm offensive

Bahrain foreign minister on D.C. charm offensive | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

This guy suffers from morbid obesity!  My goodness!  Loose 200 lbs and live a day or two longer!  . . . B L O A T E D ! !

 

Anyway, no human rights, no military goodies, so you had better release the prisoners of conscience, start rebuilding the mosques, and reinstate all the sacked workers:  Khalifas!

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The Bahrain regime's Western hasbara agents

Expose of Western Public Relations firms trying to salvage the image of the Al-Khalifa regime.

 

Bahrain has a good name......the Al-Khalifa name is marginally above that of slime-molds..........

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War Room: Joe Trippi doing P.R. for Bahrain

War Room: Joe Trippi doing P.R. for Bahrain | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
The Democratic political operative joins Gulf kingdom's push to burnish its reputation after crackdown on protests...

 [Another firm to try to rehabilitate the Khalifa Image......good luck]

http://www.sanitasint.com/en/content/7/contact-us/

 

 

1101 Pennsylvania Ave
6th Floor NW
Washington, DC 20004
USA

General contact details:
Tel: 202.756.1961
Email: info@sanitasint.com
Web: www.sanitasint.com 

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D.C. firm inks lucrative public-relations contract with Bahrain

D.C. firm inks lucrative public-relations contract with Bahrain | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
As the Gulf monarchy cracks down on an international aid group, it hires Qorvis for $40,000-per-month P.R.

 

Please flood their emails with the facts about the Human Rights abuses of the Evil Al-Khalifa regime!  - Qorvis Communications at:  http://www.qorvis.com/contact-us

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PR Watch Bahrain: keeping an eye on the Kingdom's PR

PR Watch Bahrain: keeping an eye on the Kingdom's PR | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

PR Watch is an attempt to shed some light on the otherwise opaque dealings of public relations companies with the Government of Bahrain. By the very nature of their work, these firms seek to conceal much of what they do from public view. Over recent months, some companies and their methods have been revealed, however to date there has been no comprehensive survey. PR Watch seeks to hold these firms to account for their willingness to do business that is ethically suspect. You can read more about the project in the press release.

Below is a summary of the firms hired by the Kingdom, including fees and expenses spent or allocated since the start of protests in Bahrain in February 2011. Click on a company's name below, or to the right, to learn more about its role in transforming the narrative about Bahrain in the Western media. You can also browse by map.

 

[A mere 32.5 Million $ of Bahraini wealth squandered by the Al-Khalifa terrorists! ]

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Lockheed Martin fosters PR lies of the Al-Khalifa terrorists in Bahrain!

Lockheed Martin fosters PR lies of the Al-Khalifa terrorists in Bahrain! | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
A top executive for the military contractor worked with lobbyists for Bahrain to publish Op-Ed defending the regime...
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Human Rights PR lies from the Bahraini Regime | Human Rights First

Human Rights PR lies from the Bahraini Regime |  Human Rights First | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

With delicious irony, the Government of Bahrain sent out a press release last week declaring that it “welcomes visits by all human rights organizations,” and that its “open-door policy remains in place” on the same day it sent me a letter saying it wouldn’t let me into the country.

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Bahrain lobbied for Washington Times op-ed | More PR lies from the Al-Khalifa regime!

A top executive at Lockheed Martin recently worked with lobbyists for Bahrain to place an op-ed defending the nation’s embattled regime in the Washington Times — but the newspaper did not reveal the role of the regime’s lobbyists to its readers. Hence, they did not know that the pro-Bahrain opinion column they were reading was published at the behest of … Bahrain, an oil-rich kingdom of 1.2 million people that has been rocked by popular protests since early 2011.

The episode is a glimpse into the usually hidden world of how Washington’s op-ed pages, which are prized real estate for those with interests before the U.S. government, are shaped. It also shows how Lockheed gave an assist to a major client — Bahrain has bought hundreds of millions of dollars of weapons from the company over the years —as it faces widespread criticism for human rights abuses against pro-democracy protesters.

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BTV Conflicting With Reality: BTV lies!

TWITTER: Http://twitter.com/PolCensored -----

 

This dramarically shows in split-screen the divergence between the Regime PR lies and the reality on the ground in Bahrain!

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Truth Massages & the Intelligence Unknown | Bahrain PR lies & deceptions

Truth Massages & the Intelligence Unknown  |  Bahrain PR lies & deceptions | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Although such musings may be giving far too much credit to the likes of Olton, it is the very secrecy of such entities that help contribute to a decline of trust in cybersppace. The unknown capabilities of both companies and governments are in some ways the most effective means of social control. Determining the extent to which these forces exercise means of surveillance therefore becomes an important issue in determining our own autonomy. On this note, the recent revelation that Bell Pottinger admitted to creating and maintaining third party blogs is highly interesting, for it suggests that the process of creating fake accounts is more widespread than previously thought. Whether or not these accounts are used for purpose of deceit, data-mining, or plain old trolling is unknown, but simply the idea of their existence is enough to erode trust (trust being vital to civil society) whilst increasing that feeling of surveillance. This in turn jeopardises social media’s ability to function as a democratic space in which freedom of expression is encouraged.

 

@marcowenjones on twitter!

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EA WorldView - Home - Bahrain Opinion: "Loonies" and The Sins of Bell Pottinger

EA WorldView - Home - Bahrain Opinion: "Loonies" and The Sins of Bell Pottinger | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Of course, if he meant by "best in class", the best of PR firms that take money from King Hamad of Bahrain or President Islam Karimov of Uzbekistan, that would be a very fair point. Public relations companies exist to ensure that their clients get a fair hearing whoever those clients are. However, the line is drawn for the "best in class" when promotion moves into manipulation of information for propaganda.

If Bingle wants to put food on his table from money received by defending men who arrest and prosecute doctors for treating injured unarmed protesters, or who boil people to death that is something with which he has to live. But there are ethical ways of carrying out that professional activity. When the means are far from ethical, the people asking questions are not hostile journalists. They are also professionals, doing their job of asking others about unprofessional conduct.

Bingle's tweet and Bell Pottinger's conduct have not just shown questionable morals. They have demonstrated a failure in how to do their jobs, one illustrated when staff have to get lessons from Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales on how exactly to follow the encyclopedia's guidelines. In the words of Wales yesterday:

Some press are now receiving a statement from Bell Pottinger that they followed Wikipedia guidlines. That is flatly false.

Bell Pottinger behaved unethically and broke several Wikipedia rules in doing so. The public record can be seen by anyone.

Bell Pottinger continuing to insist that they did nothing wrong at Wikipedia is a total farce.

So how far are people willing to sink their professionalism for money? In this case, pretty damn far. Ethics can be ignored. Personal attacks against professional journalists are self-defense.

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Caught on camera: top lobbyists boasting how they influence the PM

Caught on camera: top lobbyists boasting how they influence the PM | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
One of Britain's largest lobbying companies has been secretly recorded boasting about its access to the heart of the Government and how it uses the "dark arts" to bury bad coverage and influence public opinion.  

 

See also:  http://is.gd/Dn6D9u     &      http://is.gd/hgkAXm

 

[ You guessed it!  .......   They work for Hamad, in Bahrain too ]

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The Times of London deal with Bahrain Government - Private Eye | Bahrain Justice & Development Movement حركة البحرين للعدالة والتنمية

The Times of London deal with Bahrain Government - Private Eye | Bahrain Justice & Development Movement حركة البحرين للعدالة والتنمية | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
According to Private Eye, The Times of London received £60,000 to promote Bahrain culture and arts...

 

LONDON TIMES IS BOUGHT-OFF!  NO ACCURATE NEWS FROM THEM IS POSSIBLE PERTINENT TO BAHRAIN!  THIS IS PR, NOT JOURNALISM!

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DON'T BE FOOLED! : Bahrain TV stooping to new lows

DON'T BE FOOLED!  : Bahrain TV stooping to new lows | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Along with its brutal security crackdown against pro-democracy protesters, the regime in Bahrain has launched a (mis) information offensive to defend its position.

 

The real Democracy protesters are very different!

The Balaclavas are an obvious giveaway!  No real protesters wear these!  Same protester at widely different locales....another obvious regime flub!

These are Al-Khalifa PR monies that are wasted!

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An epilogue for Liliane Khalil

An epilogue for Liliane Khalil | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
While fake journalist Liliane Khalil has vanished, new information suggests a connection between her and the government of Bahrain.

...What Liliane didn’t mention in her interview was that Reem Zain is also the owner and managing director of a recruitment consultancy firm in Bahrain named ‘Task Consultancy’. And according to the public records of the Bahrain government’s Tender Board, in June 2011, the Information Affairs Authority (the Information Ministry) awarded Task Consultancy with a contract to implement “a comprehensive plan in the field of public relations." The contract is worth BD 240,000 (~US$ 636,000) for a period of one year. The information can be found in item number 222 in this file (.docx) listing government tenders awarded in June 2011 hosted on the Tender Board’s website.

 

[Task Consultancy
Phone: +973 17213123
Fax: +973 17214288
Email: task1@batelco.com.bh   

http://www.taskconsultancy.com/

......To express your displeasure]

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Bahraini Public relations firm - Potomac Square Group

Potomac Square Group

644 9th St NE

Washington DC., 20002

 

202.384.8925

 

ccooper@psgdc.com

 

Let's slam this PR group w/ emails describing the Human Rights abuses of the Al-Khalifa regime!

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