Thursday, January 05, 2006

t r u t h o u t - John Pilger | The un Quiet Death of Freedom?

The BBC that fought against the war in iraq has been crushed. Now they do not even quote our greatest living dramatist when he tells the truth about the destruction of our free world.

t r u t h o u t - John Pilger | The Quiet Death of Freedom?: "To its credit, the Guardian in London published every word of Pinter's warning. To its shame, though unsurprising, the state television broadcaster ignored it. All that Newsnight flatulence about the arts, all that recycled preening for the cameras at Booker prize-giving events, yet the BBC could not make room for Britain's greatest living dramatist, so honoured, to tell the truth.

For the BBC, it simply never happened, just as the killing of half a million children by America's medieval siege of Iraq during the 1990s never happened, just as the Dhafir and Padilla trials and the Senate vote, banning freedom, never happened. The political prisoners of Belmarsh barely exist; and a big, brave posse of Metropolitan police never swept away Maya Evans as she publicly grieved for British soldiers killed in the cause of nothing except rotten power."

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