World Tribunal on Iraq

Session on

Media Wrongs Against Truth and Humanity
Exposing the Politics of Disinformation

Aula Magna del Rettorato
Università degli Studi Roma Tre
10-13 February 2005

Statement - Call for Endorsement - List of Endorsers
Sponsorship Appeal - Press Release (09/02/05)


Confirmed Panel of Jury

Prof. Samir Amin Director, Third World Forum - Egypt/Senegal
Prof. Upendra Baxi Professor of Law, University of Warwick - India/UK
Prof François Houtart Director, Center Tricontinental - Belgium
Prof Margherita Hack Astronomist - Italy (waiting for confirmation)
Prof. Wangaari Mathai Nobel Peace Prize 2004, Minister of Environment -
(waiting for confirmation)

Confirmed Participants

Dr. Corinne Kumar
Director, El-Taller International, Coord. World Court
of Women, Tunisia.
Danny Schechter MediaChannel, New York, Journalist/Film-maker (WMD - Weapons of Mass Deception), USA
Dahr Jamail Independent Journalist, Alaska/Iraq
Isam Rasheed Iraq
Tahrir Swift Independent Journalist, Arab Media Watch, UK
Michele Santoro Journalist, MEP, Italy
Gabriele Zamparini Independent Film-maker (XXIst Century), Italy/UK
Fernando S. Del Solar Guerrero Azteca Project, US
Prof. David Miller Professor of Geography, Media Analyst (Ed. Tell Me
Lies), UK
Prof. Peter Phillips Director, Project Censored, USA
Anjali Kamat Independent Journalist, India/Egypt
Dr. Tony Alessandrini Human Rights Activist, WTI International, USA
Hana Albayaty Independent Film-maker, activist, Iraq/Belgium
Ayse Berktay Peace Initiative Turkey, WTI International Coordination Group,
Patricia Alessandrini Composer, USA/France


10 February 2005

7.00 pm - 8.00 pm: Opening Ceremony and Introductory Statements

8.00 pm - 11.30 pm: Concert: Peoples' for Truth and Against War

11 February 2005

10.00 am - 10.30 am: Introduction - The Right and Duty to Truth

10.30 am - 1.30 pm: Truth-Telling in Context

•  'Media Wars' and the Histories of Media Propaganda, Disinformation and Resistance
•  On Ownership, Message and Profits
•  Theory and Practice of "Embeddedness"
•  The Silencing Of Dissent

1.30 pm - 2.30 pm: Lunch

2.45 pm - 5.00 pm: Media Wrongs Against the Peoples of Iraq: Aggression

•  Complicity in waging a war of aggression through disinformation
•  Complicity in denying peaceful resolution of situation
•  Complicity in distorting the Iraqi will

5.00 pm - 5.30 pm: Coffee

5.40 pm - 7.30 pm: Media Wrongs Against the Peoples of Iraq: Silence.

•  Silence on the realities of war, occupation, reconstruction, liberation and political transition.
•  Silence on truths of civilian suffering
•  Silence on Iraqi visions and rejections

12 February 2005

10.00 am - 1.30 pm: Media Wrongs Against the Peoples of the 'Coalition': Deception and Incitement

•  Complicity in willing a public to war
•  Deception on the political and economic motives of war and occupation
•  Silence on costs of war and occupation
•  Incitement of a public mood of fear and insecurity

1.30 pm - 2.30 pm: Lunch

2.45 pm - 6.00 pm: Media Wrongs Against Humanity: Exclusion and Usurpation

•  Distortion of the fundamental concerns and priorities of the global population
•  Complicity in enabling the corporate-military usurpation of visions of 'security'
•  Complicity in the exclusion and non-hearing of global voices for peace and justice
•  Complicity in denying the truths told by non-Western and alternative Media

13 February 2005

10.00 am - 1.30 pm: Celebrations of Compassionate Truth-Telling

•  Watching the Media
•  Blogging Towards Truth
•  Experiments of Peoples' Media

1.30 pm - 2.30 pm: Lunch

2.45 pm - 5.00 pm: Voices of Truth, Humanity and Wisdom

•  inter-cultural visions of the duty to truth and truth-telling
•  the poetics of non-violent futures
•  experiences of reclaimed voices

5.00 pm - 9.00 pm: Break

9.00 pm - 10.00 pm: Presentation of Preliminary Findings and Summary Statement of Judgement

10.00 pm - 10.15 pm: Concluding Statements

Awaiting Confirmation

Dr. Saadi Youssef Poet, Iraq/UK
Dr. Hamudi Jasim Iraq
David Barsamian Director, Alternative Radio, USA
P. Sainath Independent Journalist, Activist, India
Amy Goodman Democracy Now, Independent Journalist, USA
Kalpana Sharma Journalist, India

If you would like to provide additional support, either financial or back-up services, please contact WTI Italy at the following address:

Contact: Jayan Nayar - Walter Musco
Peoples' Law Programme
Lelio Basso International Foundation
Via della Dogana Vecchia, 5 - 00186 Rome Italy
Tel. 0039. - Fax 0039.