Swedish Public Television
Urged to Free Itself from
Mental Occupation by USA
Genuinely independent global
news service proposed as alternative
Swedish Public Television (SVT) has been urged to cease functioning as a cog in the only remaining superpowers global propaganda apparatus and, instead, to invest in a genuinely independent source of news that could be of great service to the world at large.
That challenge is issued by Al Burke, co-ordinator of Nordic News Network and a former citizen of the United States, in an open letter to SVTs board of directors. Citing broadcast disclosures and undisputed research which document the nature and extent of the problem, Burke notes that, It is sadly and undeniably true that SVT and other Swedish media have submitted to a sort of mental occupation by the USA and routinely transmit its propaganda, even though the lies and distortions have repeatedly been exposed.
But he maintains that there is more than adequate competence and integrity in Sweden to form the basis of a truly independent global news service, and recommends that the transformation begin with a citizens inquiry into the causes of SVTs subservience to the USA. The steadily expanding military-economic power of the USA, which to a large extent depends on its ability to steer the flow of information, has created a situation not unlike that which preceded the Vietnam War, argues Burke.
The difference is that the USA is even more powerful today, and subject to even less resistance as it assumes the combined roles of global police, judge, jury and executioner, he observes. It is an exceedingly dangerous state of affairs, and god knows what it will lead to.
The role of propaganda is crucial to minimizing resistance to the superpower and enlisting support for its violent crusades. Thus, the falsification of history and the distortion of current events, such as the latest Balkan conflict and its aftermath, are crucial to the expansion and maintenance of the U.S. empire, notes Burke and quotes George Orwell in that connection: Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.
Pointing out that Sweden under the leadership of Olof Palme provided valuable international leadership during the perilous days of the Cold War, Burke maintains that there is no reason to continue helping the USA control the past, present and future. Among other things, SVT could in all likelihood count on the support of the public it is supposed to serve if it were to liberate itself from its mental occupation.
The Swedish people as a whole possess a genuine sense of justice and a fundamental decency that have previously been awakened to life when they have been provided with solid information and wise leadership, notes Burke. Both of those commodities appear to be in short supply in Sweden today. But it need not always be so.
att befria sig från USA:s
Helt oberoende global nyhetstjänst
föreslås som alternativ
Sveriges Television (SVT) har uppmanats att sluta fungera som en kugge i supermaktens globala propaganda-apparat och i stället satsa på att utveckla en fullständigt oberoende nyhetstjänst som kunde vara till stor nytta för hela världen.
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