Black Propaganda on UK’s Channel 4 TV


Richard Moore

Date: Sun, 04 Feb 2007 19:46:39 +0000
From: Rory Winter <•••@••.•••>
Subject: Black Propaganda on UK's Channel 4 TV

Jonathan Rugman presented a biased anti-Iran report on "Iran invites journalists
to nuclear site" on Channel 4 News on Saturday 3rd Febraury. While showing 
monitoring cameras of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) all over the
Isfahan nuclear site, what the UK and the US governments not to speak of Israel 
would never allow, he repeatedly stated that the enrichment programme in Iran 
can be used to build nuclear bombs, failing to mention that:

(i) the IAEA after over 2200 person/hours of intrusive inspections for some 
three years for most of which the Additional Protocol was voluntarily observed 
by Iran have not found any shred of evidence for a nuclear weapons programme in 
the country,

(ii) the Director General of the IAEA, Dr Elbradei, has repeatedly said that 
there is no evidence of a diversion to a weaponization programme in Iran, (iii) 
there is a religious decree by Ayatollah Khamenei, who has the final say on all 
major state matters, against the production and use of nuclear weapons.

(iv) Rugman also failed to observe that Iran has only enriched uranium to less 
that 5% far short of the 90% grade uranium required to build a bomb.In fact, the
British nuclear physicist Dr Frank Barnaby of Oxford Research Group who is a 
leading world expert on Iran's nuclear activities has stated categorically that

Iran is unable to enrich uranium beyond 20% due to contamination of its uranium 
with heavy metals. See page 4 in 

Jonathan Rugman's report also had the effect of softening up the public for an 
illegal military attack by the US and/or Israel against Iran. In fact, he 
asserted twice that if diplomacy fails then Iranian nuclear sites can be 
attacked failing to point out that the  UN Security Council has explicitly ruled
out any military attack on Iran.

Therefore while trying to persuade the viewers that Iran is exercising any thing
other than its legitimate right under the Non-Proliferation Treaty to enrich 
uranium for a civilian nuclear programme, he in effect gave justification for an
illegal military attack against Iran.

Is Jonathan Rugman's memory so short that he cannot see here a rerun of the 
propaganda in the lead-up to the invasion of Iraq? There the propaganda was the 

premise of the Weapons of Mass Destruction which never existed; here it is the 
false premise of a nuclear weapons programme. In this case again, the media is 
softening the public to accept an illegal, criminal and catastrophic attack on 

Dr Abbas Edalat, Campaign Iran, 3 February 2007


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