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Declaration on Disinformation University of Lethbridge professor Anthony J. Hall, who educates on disinformation, put it within a framework:
“Disinformation originates in the deliberate and systemic effort to break down social cohesion and to deprive humanity of perceptive consciousness of our conditions. Disinformation seeks to isolate and divide human beings; to alienate us from our ability to use our senses, our intellect, and our communicative powers in order to identity truth and act on this knowledge. Disinformation is deeply implicated in the history of imperialism, Eurocentric racism, American Manifest Destiny, Nazi propaganda, the psychological warfare of the Cold War, and capitalist globalization. Disinformation seeks to erode and destroy the basis of individual and collective memory, the basis of those inheritances from history which give humanity our richness of diverse languages, cultures, nationalities, peoplehoods, and means of self-determination. The reach and intensity of disinformation tends to increase with the concentration of ownership and control of the media of mass communications.”
The subject was tackled in early July 2004 at the Halifax International Symposium on Media and Disinformation put together by the collective at shunpiking magazine. It was a conference in which all comers were invited to participate in the proceedings. Following four days of detailed information on the method and operation of disinformation, as well as relevant international law and conventions on propaganda, the symposium participants held that disinformation is:
1. A deliberate instrument to attack the consciousness, conscience, rights and well-being of the world’s peoples;
2. Is a major block to the aspirations of humanity to establish a world of peace and justice and the ecology of sustainable and healthy life of the planet; and
3. Is a flagrant violent of fundamental international law and norms.
This led the symposium participants to unanimously declare:
1. Disinformation—its creation and propagation—is a crime against humanity and a crime against peace;
2. Those responsible for the creation, propagation, and orchestration of disinformation campaigns should be indicted for crimes against humanity and peace.
Incumbent with this declaration, was the voicing of “resolute support for the struggles of all those [people] fighting for their rights and self-determination.” This includes the struggle of Iraqis, the Indigenous peoples, Palestinians, Cubans, Venezuelans, Haitians, and many others.
Recently at the elite gathering of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, CNN news division head Eason Jordan admitted to a panel that the US military had targeted journalists working in Iraq. Jordan said “he knew of about 12 journalists who had not only been killed by American troops, but had been targeted as a matter of policy.” In an effort to quickly sweep the matter under the rug, some US politicians reflexively denounced Jordan’s remarks.
The targeting of journalists is aimed at brutalizing, intimidating, and silencing all journalists and media personnel.