Friends and Allies

John Jenks

in British Propaganda and News Media in the Cold War

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print April 2006 | ISBN: 9780748623143
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651344 | DOI:
Friends and Allies

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This chapter describes how the Information Research Department (IRD) depended on a number of partners, most importantly the United States propaganda system. The IRD was not a unilateral organisation. It had developed close relationships with other governments – North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) members, Commonwealth partners and independent countries. The Anglo-American propaganda partnership covered much of the world with their shared vision, but with different angles, tones and voices. The British provided propaganda for information and redistribution, and did not really expect much back. The British government had a clear legacy of state–private partnerships in propaganda work in both war and peace. Outside challenges either to the partnership or British autonomy, as posed by NATO propaganda plans, were stoutly resisted. At the same time, the IRD used and expanded a state–private network to launder propaganda, gather information and fortify their friends.

Keywords: Information Research Department; friends; United States; propaganda partnership; NATO; British government; British autonomy

Chapter.  7888 words. 

Subjects: Media Studies

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