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The role in the Fukushima cover up of the BBC in supporting corrupt Science Media Centres!

At the dawn of the 21st century in a little room in the UK an idea was hatched to provide media with scientists.. this 2 woman enterprise was to be funded by Monsanto and 80 odd other organisations.. The founder and director of this service was the brainchild of Fiona Fox.

guess which is Fionna?

This is the bbc`s Rebecca Morelle who knows one of the above or maybe both?

Does this guy have the hots for Fionna or Rebecca?

The connections to the BBC and other outlets in the UK gives the UK Science media an unparalleled power to manipulate the scientific argument.

Journalism would usually be looking from the outside of the science community as a check balance to fraud, incompetence or just plain mistakes.. A trained science journalist would assimilate the technical data and make a report based on unbiased oversight (depending on which newspapers they come from ).

Fionna Fox and the UK SMC decided that this oversight was getting in the way of her preferred scientists and has had many campaigns to sideline any other independent scientists or researchers.

Not content with fully corrupting UK science discussion especially on the BBC (who she has deep connections with ), as well as other main stream outlets. Fionna decided to open another in Australia.. Killing off some good critical thinking journalists and news outlets with the help of  the likes Ashursts legal corporation (A UK headquartered corporation, currently trying to silence an Australian blogger – Christina Macpherson from http://www.nuclear-news.net ), therby, silencing the last of the independent voice in Australia (nearly)

Then came the Fukushima tragedy.. Fionna Fox then came swinging into action with her nuclear contacts to counter the truth of the situation in japan along side the likes of PR corporations like WPP (PR conglomerate and think tank and employer of Tony Blair and Peter Mandelson ). She opened the pre crime division of the SMC Japan to counter “illegal rumour”, though this branch of her SMC empire was to fail only a year later as some truth escaped her “science blockade” .

As most people are aware by now that there are some serious deceptions going on concerning the Japanese nuclear disaster and Fionna has been quoted as supporting the nuclear Science Media Centre lobby who says “no health implications as the dose was to low”. this SMC in Japan was supported by the Australian SMC and was further enhanced by the UK SMC “experts.. The problem occurred as the news of the thyroid cancers in Fukushima began their steady upward rise.. The Japan SMC was abandoned and now lies idle as far as its public presence is concerned. However Geraldine Thomas (imperial College Uni. and Chernobyl Tissue bank)was recently quoted once again saying ther is no health effects and that the sudden rash of thyroids cancers are not proved to be from radiation. And this is good balanced science? So, maybe Fionna still has a contract in Japan or the Empire of SMC has left licking its wounds in this case. Proving the adage that ” THE TRUTH CAN HURT”

Still supporting the Japanese in an open way is good old BBC favourite, Geraldine Thomas and the small cohort of UK nuclear advisors giving an outdated and simplistic approach to explaining nuclear events such as Fukushima.

The SMC`s and the chosen ones of the science community will not allow other points of view concerning the dose arguments that are raging across the planet. They also spread rumours to usurp any faults in their corporate backed view of radiation risk assessments. A good example of this is attacks on the likes of independent researcher and scientist Prof. Chris Busby, or even attacking a huge research paper such as the New York Academy of Science (NYAS) released “http://www.globalresearch.ca/chernobyl-consequences-of-the-catastrophe-for-people-and-the-environment/17571

The NYAS book review was taken up by the BBC and their SMC friends and a rumour was spread that the book (a research of Chernobyl of staggering importance to the dose argument) was flawed and not reliable. This was an outright lie perpetrated by science “experts” from the BBC then onto the rest of the media. Dr Yablakovs book will NOT be seen in any of the 3 UNSCEAR meetings set for October 2013. No balanced research allowed there.

Below are some links and quotes. There is also some critiques of the SMC and Fionna Fox. Also, there is links to the impact of SMC`s on science journalism (and its not a good effect)

More on the BBC as i connect the dots. I will be posting more on the above issues in detail in the near future.

Here are some of my preliminary findings on the dodgy global Science Media Centres/Centers

http://nuclear-news.net/2013/07/11/fukushima-science-media-centres-and-their-part-in-corrupting-truth/Japanese part translated

Fukushima – Science Media Centres and their part in corrupting truth. 福島-科学Mediaセンターとその腐敗してしまった真実について

http://nuclear-news.net/2013/07/26/fukushima-science-media-centres-and-their-part-in-corrupting-truth-%E7%A6%8F%E5%B3%B6%EF%BC%8D%E7%A7%91%E5%AD%A6%EF%BD%8D%EF%BD%85%EF%BD%84%EF%BD%89%EF%BD%81%E3%82%BB%E3%83%B3%E3%82%BF/

I dont know why i would want to connect Ashursts with Imperial college University.. hmmm???  watch for the rabbit hole here  http://nuclear-news.net/?s=imperial+college+university   :)

And heres the connection

Ashurst advises Imperial College London of Science, Technology and Medicine on £140 million rights issue and placing of warrants

16 December 2010

Ashurst is advising Imperial College London of Science, Technology and Medicine as a major shareholder of Imperial Innovations Group on a £140 million  rights issue and issue of warrants by Imperial Innovations Group.  Imperial College London of Science, Technology and Medicine was issued with warrants to subscribe for new convertible shares in consideration of the undertaking not to take up rights under the rights issue.

J.P. Morgan Cazenove placed the whole of the warrants allocated to the College with Invesco, another major shareholder of Imperial Innovations Group plc.

The Ashurst team was led by corporate partner Anthony Clare, assisted by associate Karin Kirschner.

Mayer Brown International LLP advised Imperial Innovations Group plc and Macfarlanes LLP advised J.P. Morgan Cazenove.

http://www.ashurst.com/media-item.aspx?id_Content=9369&expandOfficeList=true&id_queryContent=&showDeals=true

Hey!! Christina, I think Ashurst are being paid by someone to nobble your blog!! :(

And this from a survivor from the Australian Thought Crime Purge, a dedicated independent science journalist cutie called Christina MacPherson  :) makes some relevant points.

http://nuclear-news.net/2013/07/26/sloppy-science-writing-in-australias-media/

And finally some of the links and articles that inspired me to put together this article.. sorry about the clutter but i am too busy to tweak.. please feel free to change, reblog or disseminate in any way.. i am a great believer in free crowd sourced news, so feel free to improve, correct or copy… The public is being fooled by the science and its up to us bloggers to unfool the public.. imo.. Arclight2011

Media blackouts and the health risks of GM food exposed

September 17th, 2013

The Mail, Telegraph and Financial Times were the only papers to publish the story in their print editions.  According to our source, who wished to remain anonymous, the BBC had two programmes lined up to cover the study on the day it went public but mysteriously pulled the broadcasts.

Fiona Fox, chief executive of the pro-GM Science Media Centre (SMC), which receives funding from biotech companies including Monsanto, publicly claimed credit for killing media coverage of Séralini’s work in the UK.1  The SMC enjoys an exceptionally cosy relationship with the broadcaster: it has pocketed cash from BBC Worldwide and BBC staff are on both its advisory board and board of trustees.  Fox has her own BBC blog.

http://gmoseralini.org/media-blackouts-and-the-health-risks-of-gm-food-exposed/

17 June 2013

By Sandy Starr

Appeared in BioNews 709

The director of the Science Media Centre (SMC), a charity that seeks to improve public trust in science, has been awarded an OBE. Fiona Fox, who has been given the award for services to science, founded the SMC in 2002 following a House of Lords report that called for better communication between scientists and the media.

http://www.bionews.org.uk/page_313767.asp

and another version of the OBE story

Genocide-denying director of the SMC awarded an OBE

More rabbit hole past this point…… you have been warned…

Friday, June 28,

Just how brilliantly the SMC under Fox has managed to manipulate the media on issues like GM is analysed here: http://www.spinwatch.org/index.php/issues/science/item/164

Only yesterday, Jonathan Leake, the science and environment editor of The Sunday Times, asked on Twitter, “Whenever scientists question GM the SMC lines up experts to knock them down. Why??” He told the SMC, “Scientists should be able to monitor [this technology] without fear of ridicule by your experts.”
That seems unlikely to happen on Fiona Fox’s watch.
What you should know about Fiona Fox: 1.Fiona Fox – LobbyWatch profile 2.Science Media Centre Director Made Fake Call — — 1.Fiona Fox – LobbyWatch profile

Fiona Fox is the director of the Science Media Centre (SMC). Despite having no previous background in science or science communication, Fox has been afforded, since her appointment in December 2001, the status of expert…

Within a matter of months of Fox becoming director, the SMC was embroiled in controversy over its activities. It was accused of operating as ‘a sort of Mandelsonian rapid rebuttal unit’ [1] and of employing ‘some of the clumsiest spin techniques of New Labour’ [2]. There have also been controversies about both the SMC’s funding and Fox’s background.

http://beforeitsnews.com/alternative/2013/06/genocide-denying-director-of-the-smc-awarded-an-obe-2695104.html

SMC global network (except Japan since March 2012????)

As the first Science Media Centre we are very excited about the emergence of a network of SMCs around the world. This confirms that this unique model works well even in countries with very different  types of media and different challenges.

http://www.sciencemediacentre.net/history.html

By Pallab Ghosh Science correspondent, BBC News

14 June 2013

One of the UK’s most influential science communicators is pressing the government to let more of its scientists speak to the media.

Fiona Fox, chief executive of the Science Media Centre (SMC), has said that the views of some of the UK’s leading experts are not being heard.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-22845865

03 December, 2010 14:48

reuters institute for the study of journalism

“…”The scientists blamed the media for all their woes, and all the journalists were calling the scientists a pain in the ass, unable to speak in the media’, explained Fox.

SMC put the issue to the scientists in this manner: “If you don’t do it, someone else will. Better that it is a scientist.” Initially the SMC was content just to find scientists who were good in television.
“We have a more sophisticated screening process now”, Fox said. “We try to get the scientists who are referred to in peer journals.” ….”

https://reutersinstitute.politics.ox.ac.uk/about/news/item/article/from-deep-ignorance-to-sharp-questi.html

Rebecca Morelle is the science reporter with the BBC World Service.[1] Prior to joining the BBC in 2005, Morelle (then known as ‘Becky’) was a press officer at the Science Media Centre (appointed in 2001 in advance of its creation in 2002).

Both she and Fiona Fox started in December 2001 and were responsible for the founding document the Consultation Report, which noted their role:

Fiona Fox started work in December, along with Becky Morelle, a Chemistry graduate from Oxford who was appointed as the media relations assistant. With the broader aims and vision from the Advisory Council as their starting point, the SMC staff began a major consultation with key stakeholders to identify the day-to-day priorities of the new service… The consultation was carried out between December 2001 and February 2002.[5]

In around 2004 Morelle was promoted to senior press officer.

In April 2005 Morelle alerted Australian science communicators that she was involved in setting up the Australian SMC:

In late 2005 Morelle was the first recipient of the ‘Ivan Noble bursary’. The BBC reported that ‘Rebecca will join the BBC News website in the New Year, and will spend six months in the department developing her journalistic skills.’

http://www.powerbase.info/index.php/Rebecca_Morelle

“The media will DO science better when scientists DO the media better”

https://www.gov.uk/government/world-location-news/uk-science-media-centres-founding-director-fiona-fox-in-paris

Some history here..

Science Media Centre director made fake call

16 October 2010

http://www.theoneclickgroup.co.uk/news.php?id=5396#newspost

1.Science Media Centre Director Made Fake Call
2.Fiona Fox – LobbyWatch profile

EXTRACT: Fox’s own journalism might suggest that she is none too fussy about either truth or openness when it comes to pushing her agenda. It is perhaps revealing that someone whose own journalism has been called ‘shoddy’ and ‘an affront to the truth’, and who has proved enormously controversial, has been selected as the director of an organisation which claims the role of making sure that controversial scientific issues like GM crops are reported accurately in the media. (item 2)

1.Science Media Centre Director Made Fake Call


Double-life SMC Director Fiona Fox makes fake call in
support of ex-MP Jim Devine, facing a criminal trial
(Caption & Pic Courtesy Of One Click)

Fiona Fox, the Director of Britain’s pro-GM Science Media Centre, is in the news. It’s as a result of the disgraced former Labour politician Jim Devine being ordered to pay his former office manager 35,000 pounds in damages after she won an employment tribunal claim against him. Devine is already facing a criminal trial over allegations he fiddled his expenses as an MP.
http://news.scotsman.com/topstories/Expensesscandal-MP-told-to-pay.6582375.jp?articlepage=2

A key part of Devine’s former office manager’s case centered around a hoax call. The telephone call was made to the office manager by a friend of Devine posing as a journalist looking into MPs’ expenses.

Eventually the office manager realised the call had been a hoax. But this was only after she came across an e-mail to Devine marked urgent from Fiona Fox, Director of the Science Media Centre. The e-mail was mostly about the Human Fertility and Embryology Bill but at the end was a PS referring to the hoax call Fox had made to Devine’s office manager.
http://deadlinescotland.wordpress.com/2010/10/14/ex-labour-mps-sick-joke-left-office-manager-sick-with-stress/

Fox and Devine seem to have struck up their close friendship while working together to win public support for animal-human hybrid embryos during the passage of the Embryology Bill. The fact that Devine was a Catholic was particularly useful, and he even brokered a special meeting between the head of the Catholic Church in Scotland and scientific supporters of hybrid embryos.
http://www.heraldscotland.com/cardinal-agrees-to-meet-embryo-scientists-1.877540

The Science Media Centre was involved in co-ordinating the media work in support of the Embryology Bill, and Fox and her collaborators were particularly anxious not to see the Bill bogged down by public opposition, as happened with GM.
http://www.bionews.org.uk/page_37989.asp

Fox’s involvement in the Devine hoax has not gone unnoticed in science communication circles. Ian Sample, the science correspondent of The Guardian, has written:

“Though appalling from the off, it was not the top line [of the employment tribunal story] that shocked many of my colleagues most. What came as a surprise was the revelation far down the story that the fake call in question was made by Fiona Fox, head of the Science Media Centre in London, a prominent venue for press conferences on all matters scientific and medical. Otherwise articulate people who read the story struggled to say more than three letters: WTF?”

But before anyone assumes that the Director of the Science Media Centre doing such a bizarre favour for an allegedly corrupt politician, is just some otherwise inexplicable lapse of judgement, they should probe a little deeper into Fox’s extraordinary background.

Fox has consistently led a double life that includes even more shameful “lapses of judgement” made in the interests of her ideological agenda.

2.Fiona Fox – LobbyWatch profile
http://www.lobbywatch.org/profile1.asp?PrId=337

Fiona Fox is the director of the Science Media Centre (SMC). Despite having no previous background in science or science communication, Fox has been afforded, since her appointment in December 2001, the status of expert…

Within a matter of months of Fox becoming director, the SMC was embroiled in controversy over its activities. It was accused of operating as ‘a sort of Mandelsonian rapid rebuttal unit’ [1] and of employing ‘some of the clumsiest spin techniques of New Labour’ [2]. There have also been controversies about both the SMC’s funding and Fox’s background.

According to the profile provided by the SMC, Fox previously ran ‘the media operation at the National Council for One Parent Families’ and was ‘Head of Media at CAFOD, the Catholic aid agency’. In addition, the SMC says, Fox ‘has written extensively for newspapers and publications, authored several policy papers and contributed to books on humanitarian aid’. [3]

What they do not say is that throughout much of that time Fox led a double life. It’s one which seriously undermines the SMC’s claims to be open, rational, balanced and independent, not to mention its being in the business of ensuring the ‘that the public gets access to all sides of the debate about controversial issues.’

It’s a double life that connects the SMC’s director to the inner circles of a political network that compares environmentalists to Nazis and eulogises GM crops and cloning. More disturbingly it is a network whose members have a long history of infiltrating media organisations and science-related lobby groups in order to promote their own agenda. It is also a network that has targeted certain media organisations and sought to discredit them or their journalists.

Denying genocide in Rwanda

Fox’s double life was first exposed after an article entitled ‘Massacring the truth in Rwanda’ appeared in the December 1995 issue of Living Marxism [4]. The magazine subsequently reported receiving ‘a stream of outraged letters from the Nazi-hunters of the prestigious Simon Wiesenthal Center in Jerusalem, the Rwandan embassy, the London-based African Rights group and others.’

Rakiya Omaar and Alex de Waal of African Rights wrote to the magazine to express their outrage at the article:

Investigating crimes against humanity gives one a high threshold of shock. But the article by Fiona Foster on Rwanda (Massacring the truth in Rwanda, December 1995) was the sort of writing that we never expected to appear in print. We each read it with a growing sense of outrage, leaving us at the end simply numb. Had your paper been entitled Living Fascism we might have been less surprised, but even then we would have expected something a little more circumspect. Not only do you make an apologia for the genocide – the first to appear in print in a widely sold English language publication – but go so far as to question its very reality. This is not only an affront to the truth, in defiance of the fundamentals of humanity, but deeply offensive to the survivors of the third indisputable genocide of this century.

Omaar and de Waal, who now works for the U.N., describe the article as ‘shoddy journalism’ and the ideas advanced in it as ‘absurd’. All of which ‘would matter less if you were not dealing with one of the greatest crimes of the century, and playing into the hands of genocidal killers’. Omaar and de Waal subsequently established that ‘Fiona Foster’, the author of the article, was Fiona Fox, then a press officer for CAFOD.

Those trying to understand Fox’s bid, in the words of a Guardian article, ‘to rewrite history in favour of the murderers’, have focussed on her media role at a Catholic aid agency, linking this to the embarrassment of the Church over the role of some priests and bishops in the mass murder. What has received less attention is the nature of Fox’s relationship with Living Marxism.

By the time of the Rwandan article Fox had, in fact, been regularly writing for the monthly review of the Revolutionary Communist Party (RCP) for at least two and a half years. Living Marxism was first published in 1987 and although the LM archive only goes back to 1992 and not all issues are accessible, it is clear that Fox’s articles in Living Marxism stretch from at least 1992 to 1999, ie to not long before it was forced into closure. Indeed, prior to her Rwanda article, Fox was one of Living Marxism’s most prolific contributors, on one occasion even contributing two articles to a single issue (LM 75).

Her use of the Fiona Foster alias may have reflected a need to keep her Living Marxism connections hidden, although the use of aliases was also a standard practice among leading RCP supporters. These aliases typically involved retaining first names and altering surnames. For instance, Frank Furedi was Frank Richards, James Hughes was James Heartfield, Joan Hoey was Joan Phillips, Keith Teare was Keith Tompson and Claire Fox, Fiona’s sister, was Claire Foster.

Northern Ireland

The main focus of most of Fiona Fox’s articles was the troubles in Northern Ireland. In her pieces Fox makes reference to both the Irish Freedom Movement and the Campaign Against Militarism, both of which were front groups for the RCP. The line Fox advances in the articles is precisely that of the RCP which unequivocally supported the IRA in its armed struggle against ‘British imperialism’.

According to a former RCP supporter, Fiona Fox became the head of the Irish Freedom Movement which had a position of never condemning the IRA even when it committed terrorist atrocities aimed at civilian targets. In the end, her support for the ‘armed struggle’ was to outflank even that of the IRA.

After the start of the peace process, Fox’s articles provided a platform for the dissident republican Tommy McKearney (See: Irish republican speaks out – LM 66, April 94 Opposing the ‘peace process’ – LM 75, January 95). Like the RCP, McKearney saw the peace process as ‘a historic defeat for the liberation movement’, or as he puts it in one of Fox’s pieces, ‘a cynical ploy to dupe the republican movement’ into surrendering unconditionally to the British.

Fox writes:

‘First and foremost I don’t believe that it is a peace process at all.’ That was how Tommy McKearney, a former IRA prisoner of war, began his speech to the Campaign Against Militarism conference at Wembley in March 1994. He concluded by calling on his audience to expose Britain as a warmonger not a peacemaker in Ireland.

In spite of providing a platform for someone who was opposing the peace process in Ireland, in June 2003 Fiona Fox [http://www.terrorismresearch.net/chairbiographies.htm chaired] a session at the two day conference Communicating the War on Terror which took place at the Royal Institution, as did Bruno Waterfield and Bill Durodie, who organised the conference for the Centre for Defence Studies at Kings College London. All have had connections to RCP/LM as had conference speakers like Frank Furedi, Phil Hammond, Michael Fitzpatrick and Mick Hume, LM’s former editor. LM contributor and Assistant Director of Sense About Science, Ellen Raphael helped Durodie organise the event. Their LM connections do not appear to have been disclosed to conference participants or fellow contributors.

Fox’s last article for LM, which was on Africa, was in 1999 but she appears to have continued her connection with the group, chairing a meeting, for example, for the Institute of Ideas (IoI), the organisation formed by her sister Claire when LM was sued out of existence, in February 2002.

Claire Fox’s LM connections and role within the RCP have been much more public than her sister’s, but interestingly in terms of Living Marxism, Claire Fox’s contributions to Living Marxism do not begin until December 1993 – eighteen months after her sister’s – and they are at first only very intermittent.

Fiona Fox’s presence in the SMC also needs to be seen in the context of LM contributors holding senior positions, in a series of organisations which lobby on issues related to biotechnology, e.g. Sense About Science (managing director: Tracey Brown; director: Ellen Raphael), Genetic Interest Group (former policy director: John Gillott), Progress Educational Trust (former director: Juliet Tizzard), and the Scientific Alliance (advisor: Bill Durodie).

This background has to be an immense cause for concern in relation to Fox’s role as director of the SMC. Fox’s Green College Lecture was titled, ‘The truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth: so where does that leave journalism?’ But neither Fox nor the Science Media Centre have been willing to disclose any of the truth about her long years of involvement with a network of extremists who engage in infiltration of media organisations and science-related lobby groups in order to promote their own agenda. It is also a network which eulogises GM crops and cloning and is extremely hostile towards their critics.

Fox’s own journalism might also suggest that she is none too fussy about either truth or openness when it comes to pushing her agenda. It is perhaps revealing that someone whose own journalism has been called ‘shoddy’ and ‘an affront to the truth’, and has proved enormously controversial, has been selected as the director of an organisation which claims the role of making sure that controversial scientific issues like GM crops are reported accurately in the media.

Notes

[1] Ronan Bennett, The conspiracy to undermine the truth about our GM drama, The Guardian, 2 June 2002, accessed March 22 2009

[2] Alan Rusbridger, Fields of ire, The Guardian, 7 June 2002 accessed March 22 2009

[3] Staff, Science Media Centre website, version placed in web archive 17 January 2004, accessed March 2009

[4] Massacring the truth in Rwanda, LM, December 1995, accessed in web archive March 23 2009

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At Fukushima, no physical health effects of radiation have been observed among the general public and effects on workers have been far lower than those at Chernobyl. The INES was meant to aid public understanding of nuclear safety but has, in fact, made it more confused. The INES should be substantially modified or scrapped.

Dr Don Higson  http://smc-japan.org/eng/archives/1434

September 18, 2013 - Posted by | Arclight's Vision, Legal, media

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