Julian Assange should be thanked – not smeared – for Wikileaks’ service to journalism

by Mark Curtis Published in Middle East Eye, 21 October 2018 Twelve years ago this month, WikiLeaks began publishing government secrets that the world public might otherwise never have known. What it has revealed about state duplicity, human rights abuses and corruption goes beyond anything published in the world’s “mainstream” media. On 14 October Ecuador partly restored […]

UK General Election: What are the foreign policy implications?

by Mark Curtis Published in New Internationalist, 18 May 2017 The upcoming election has two key features. One is that voters have a genuine choice for the first time in a generation. But the other is that media disinformation backing current foreign policy and attacking Jeremy Corbyn is so great that the election cannot possibly […]

The mass production of ignorance: The media’s propaganda role

This is an edited extract from Web of Deceit: Britain’s Real Role in the World by Mark Curtis   “The news is not a neutral and natural phenomenon; it is rather the manufactured production of ideology” (Glasgow University Media Group).   As several chapters in this book show, Britain’s mainstream media provide critical support for […]