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Ex Mi5 Agent: How Spies Spin the Media | Manchester

Ex Mi5 Agent: How Spies Spin the Media | Manchester

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  •  67 Lever Street, Manchester, M1 1FL
Suitable for: Adults
Annie Machon was an intelligence officer for the UK's Security Service, MI5, in the 1990s, before resigning to help blow the whistle on the crimes and incompetence of the Br... More Info »
This Funzing Experience:
Join ex-Mi5 agent & former whistleblower Annie Machon, for a fascinating talk - where we discuss whether we can trust our media.

Much has been made of fake news, post-truth reality, and alternative facts, particularly in the wake of Brexit and the Trump win in the USA. And much of this has originated from intelligence agencies, both East and West.

But this is nothing new - intelligence agencies have been influencing our news streams for decades, from the Zinoviev Letter, via Operation Mockingbird, and the Iraq War, to the current "war in whistleblowers" and Russiagate.

Drawing on her personal experiences with the media during her
whistleblowing era, as well as subsequent research and work with many journalists and other whistleblowers over the years, Annie Machon will piece together quite how the power structures and levers of control work, both with the old media and the new, to shape our perception of
the world.

Over the last few years she has spoken on this subject at investigative journalism conferences across Europe. Few, if any, journalists have disagreed with her analysis. It is the new realpolitik.

Venue: Texture, Manchester

Doors: 7pm / Talk starts: 7.30pm.

Talk followed by a Q+A

*Please see venue website for admission (age restrictions) or accessibility information. Our talks may be filmed for promotional purposes.

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Join ex-Mi5 agent & former whistleblower Annie Machon, for a fascinating talk - where we discuss whether we can trust our media. Much has been made of fake news, post-truth reality, and alternative facts, particularly in the wake of Brexit and th... Read More
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