Introduction - Rixon Stewart September 7, 2004
In recent weeks the British news media has been full of reports about the humanitarian tragedy unfolding in the Sudan. The BBC
even characterised the conflict between the pro-government population and the regions black African population as “ethnic cleansing” and “genocide”.
However, amid all the media coverage one critical factor has hardly been mentioned. As the following report details, one man is fuelling and profiting from this conflict and he has "close"
ties with Britain’s Ministry of Defence. If, indeed, the mainstream media were to highlight this fact, then maybe there would be enough public indignation to stop his activities and prevent further suffering.
But for reasons known only to them, the mainstream news media remains remarkably reticent over this. Thereby allowing the unfolding tragedy, with its starvation, suffering and sheer brutality, to continue.
Unfortunately, this is how the 'free press' now works. Thus the tragedy in Beslan gets maximum coverage, while condemnations of the terror attack by Chechen separatist leaders themselves, and questions about who actually carried out the attack, get minimal exposure. As Britain's mainstream news media plays Sudan's "humanitarian tragedy" angle to the hilt, while barely acknowledging the fact that a Briton – with "close"
ties to the Ministry of Defence – is profiting from it.
It has been said before, but the mainstream media has been likened to a whore: screwing with the truth for profit. But it is worse than that, much worse. In effect, the mainstream news media has become complicit, not only in distorting the truth, but in so doing, complicit in war crimes and crimes against humanity.
Briton fuelling war in Sudan: paper
AFP - September 5, 2004
A millionaire British arms dealer is fuelling a bloody civil war in Sudan by arranging to supply its government with tanks, rocket launchers and a cruise missile, the Sunday Times in London said.
John Knight, a businessman from Kent, south England, stands to make 2.25 million pounds by providing Sudan with enough hardware to equip a small army, the newspaper said.
Knight, who has close links with Britain's defence ministry, is believed to have breached EU and British sanctions by organizing the deal, it said. Documents show that the deal includes 50 Soviet T-72 tanks.
Last updated 10/09/2004