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NOTHING NEW ABOUT CAPITALIST 'FAKE NEWS' SAY COMMUNISTS

'There is nothing new about "fake" news - the capitalist media monopolies have been pumping it out for more than a century', Steve Johnson told the Communist Party's political committee on Wednesday evening (November 15).

He cited the infamous example of the 'Zinoviev Letter' in 1924, when the Daily Mail and British press reported that the head of the Communist International had sent instructions to Britain's Communists to engage in violent subversion.

Fabricated by emigre Russians in league with the German and British intelligence services, the forgery helped stop the re-election of a Labour government.

In 1960, John F Kennedy won the US presidential election with a media campaign that attacked a non-existent 'missile gap' between US and Soviet nuclear forces. 

But now, Mr Johnson warned, the charge of 'fake news' is being used by lying right-wing politicians and media monopolies to discredit not only their rivals but also investigative journalism which exposes state secrecy and big business corruption.

'The label is increasingly being pinned on Wikileaks, the Paradise Papers, TV channels such as RT and the social media generally which dare to challenge imperialist foreign policy and super-rich tax fraud', the Communist Party's London district secretary declared.

'This labelling is the prelude to greater censorship of news and views that don't fit into the framework established by the billionaire media on behalf of monopoly capitalism', Mr Johnson feared.

Meanwhile, the torrent of 'fake news' designed to justify imperialist intervention in Syria, undermine support for Brexit, discredit supporters of the Labour Party leadership and divert attention from the scale of corporate corruption continues unabated.

The Communist Party's political committee agreed that these developments underlined the value of the Morning Star as 'the only daily paper which honestly reports news and views that challenge capitalism and imperialism'. The committee looked forward to the launch of the Star's planned online and rolling news initiatives, urging trade union and left-wing organisations to step up their financial support for the paper.

Britain's Communists also expressed their growing concerns about new war dangers in the Middle East.

'In addition to Western-backed, Saudi Arabian-led barbarism in Yemen and the ongoing drive to fragment Syria and Iraq, the US and its Saudi and Israeli allies - with British support - are preparing fresh acts of provocation and aggression against Lebanon and Iran', the CP international secretary John Foster warned.

The long history of British, French and US imperialism's intervention in the region to control resources and transport routes had inflicted colossal death and destruction on its peoples, Mr Foster pointed out.

COMMUNISTS WARN AGAINST NEOLIBERAL OPTIONS

'Big business and the Tory Cabinet may be divided over Britain's future relationship with the EU - but neither camp offers a way forward that would benefit the workers and peoples of Britain', Robert Griffiths told the Communist Party's political committee on Thursday.

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COMMUNISTS - 'MASS ACTION CAN DRIVE OUT TORIES'

Britain's Communists have urged full support for the People's Assembly events in Manchester this week to protest against the Tory Party conference.

Meeting in the city at the weekend, the Communist Party executive committee said that workers and their families had had enough of cuts, low pay and privatisation.

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PUT WORKERS BEFORE 'FREE MARKETS', SAY COMMUNISTS

'Britain's trade unions must prove their worth to millions of young workers who are in low paid and insecure employment or the future is bleak', Communist Party trade union organiser Andy Bain declared at the conclusion of the TUC annual conference on Wednesday.

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