fuck you, nazi BBC! fuck you, nazi reuters!

UK government secretly funded Reuters in 1960s & 1970s
Joe Concha, The Hill, Jan 13 2020

The British government secretly funded Reuters in the 1960s and 1970s at the direction of an anti-Soviet propaganda organization with links to MI6, according to unclassified documents unveiled Monday. The government used the BBC to conceal funding in making payments to Reuters. A secret British government document written in 1969 and declassified last year was entitled “Funding of Reuters by HMG” and reads:

We are now in a position to conclude an agreement providing discreet Government support for Reuters services in the Middle East and Latin America. HMG’s interests should be well served by the new arrangement.

A Reuters spox some form of state subsidy at the time. Reuters spox said:

Many news organisations received some form of state subsidy afer WW2. But the arrangement in 1969 was not in keeping with our Trust Principles and we would not do this today.

According to the company’s web site:

Reuters Trust, created in 1984, is dedicated to upholding the Trust Principles and to preserving its independence, integrity, and freedom from bias in the gathering and dissemination of information and news.

Reuters was founded in 1851. Its parent company, Thompson Reuters, employs more than 25,000 people worldwide. The BBC cited a similar charter regarding its editorial independence. A BBC spox said in a statement on Monday:

The BBC charter guarantees editorial independence irrespective of whether funding comes from the UK government, the licence fee or commercial sources.

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