Royal coup de grace

January 21, 2012 at 11:56 am (Free Speech, Galloway, media, Rosie B)

Broadcasting in Britain is controlled by the royal family – and they will force any television channel that criticises them to close down, Press TV revealed today.

Ofcom has revoked Press TV’s licence, claiming that Press TV had not paid the £100,000 fine that had been demanded after it had broken regulations by broadcasting a “forced” confession from a journalist, and also for being controlled from Teheran rather than London. [more here]

Press TV’s scoop:-

Ofcom is said to have close ties to Britain’s royal family. And the cables released by the whistleblower website WikiLeaks show that Press TV’s programs on the royal wedding, which many in the country described as extravagant, angered the royal family.

The CEO of Press TV, Mohammad Sarafaz, is not daunted:-

Sarafraz stressed that Ofcom’s bid to revoke Press TV’s license will not prevent the channel from broadcasting the truth about the British Royal regime.

“It is futile to attempt to conceal the truth from the people of Britain, and those that want to hear our alternative voice will find a way despite your efforts,” he said.

In these internet streaming days, Mr Sarafaz is no doubt right.   Those who are looking for the alternative voice on eg the “Holocaust”, will not be thwarted.

The fair-minded analysis of the brilliant literary stylist
, George Galloway, will still be available.  Lauren Booth will still speak her truths to power about Zionist control of the Palestinian Solidarity Campaign. and their persecution of the popular intellectual, Gilad Atzmon.

Hireling lackey of the British government and Welsh corgi poodle John Humphrys “covered” the story of Press TV on the BBC’s Today programme this morning (second item from the end).   He interviewed Yvonne Ridley, an employee of the channel.  So afraid was he of any more revelations about the British royal family’s stranglehold on broadcasting in Britain he did not once ask her to enlarge on this exclusive story dug up by Press TV.

Ms Ridley announced that Press TV could not pay the fine as there are sanctions on Iran’s banks.  As for her salary, barrels of unrefined oil are collected by her, Mr Galloway and Ms Booth at London’s docklands where they hawk them in the street.

We at Shiraz demand further investigation into the Royal family’s death grip on the media of this country.

We know that Prince Charles is in the habit of interfering in political affairs – normally on matters of architecture, ecology and quack medicine.   However, if he has been leaning on media outlets who question paying for Royal extravaganzas, that is the end of The Guardian, the New Statesman and letter writers to The Times.  Here’s something that  Carol Ann Duffy, the poet laureate should address:-

Listen matey,
To keep your job,
Act  like mater
And shut your gob

Note from Ofcom:- Guards, take her away. (Clang of dropping portcullis).


  1. Monsuer Jelly est Formidable said,

    does anyone actually watch preSS TEe Vee?


    other than cunts and tossers that is.

  2. hossenpfeffer said,

    every fucker at harry’s place apparently. typical harry’s place post on it..
    “i have never been so outraged. i have just spent 312 hours nonstop watching PressTV. That’s 1098 hours this week. This is the 37th time this week I have had to blog about it this week under one or other of my seven different names. it should be shut down. it is terrible and packed with people who won’t agree with me blah blah blah. Now that nice Oliver Kamm is no longer on it it has gone to shit blah blah blah.”

  3. Monsuer Jelly est Formidable said,

    Documentary on David CamerOON and corporAL Clogg here:

    nearly 8 million ‘views’

  4. SteveH said,

    Once again you tow the establishment line and justify and apologise for the actions of the British state. This comes as no surprise as this is your objective in life.

    Following on from Jelly, maybe they should ban far left groups as does anyone actaully notice them, apart from cunts and tossers that is?

    • Monsuer Jelly est Formidable said,

      confused and muddled steevehaitch as usual. woTT a MOrAN

    • Robin Carmody said,

      If the British state is opposed to theocratic extreme conservatism then I am perfectly happy to support its line.

      The idea that the royal family dictate everything Ofcom (or any other quango) does *is* funny, and you don’t have to be a royalist to think so.

  5. modernity's ghost said,

    The problem here is, that many on the British Left can ‘tadmit that Press TV and the regime that controls it push anti-Jewish racism.

    That’s the problem.

    And those moving to the Far Right like, SteveH, couldn’t give a damn if it was, simply because it plays to their own prejudices.

    Press TV pushes Holocaust deniers, neo-Nazis and their friends, yet SteveH can’t see why that might be a problem?

  6. SteveH said,

    The wonderful Shiraz posse ode to censorship. A love peom to censors!

    I have to say this makes me smile from ear to ear.

    Ofcom serve the British state, which royalty is but a part (though quite a powerful part!). Wikileaks revealed that the highest levels of the British state (those that salute her majesty) were working to take it off the air, which has now happened.

    All round, no doubt, a time for the Shiraz posse to crack open the champagne, it ticks so many boxes, yet at the same time reveals the utter hypocrisy and contradiction of the Shiraz posse. Talk about the most unattractive cheerleaders on the planet!

    Any of us who know what Shiraz are and represent are in no way surprised by any of this, it just confirms without any doubt the view we already had.

    But Press TV lives on, online communication means the censors have only won a partial victory, though given time and enough propaganda, I expect the internet to succumb to the bastards also. (with Shiraz cheerleading all the way obviously).

    • Martin Ohr said,

      come on shiraz, it’s one thing taking the piss out of press tv, but pretending to be SteveH to made him looks stupid is a bit mean.

      • Monsuer Jelly est Formidable said,


  7. Rosie said,

    SteveH has said

    “Many Marxists with decades long experience in the movement have contributed to press tv, which in content and form, beats the superficial news churned out by media that Hitchens whored himself to.”

    I assume its ideas of the power of the royal family is part of its superior content, and proof of its non superficiality.

    FWIW I don’t care if it’s on the air or not – I wouldn’t watch it and I agree with Mr Jelly’s estimate of its audience (see comment 1).

  8. SteveH said,


    Fox news and the kosher media (if I can use that term) push anti Muslim racism, it was part of the construct for the war on terror. Do I think they should ban Fox news? No way.

    I am also a council communist, now you can label that far right if you like. Fair enough, I am an anti semitic, far right council communist and proud!

    Whereas you seem to be a bluster of irrelevance, You seems to serve as a kind of witchfinder, whispering in the ears of people, don’t like the look of him. A purveyor of pure poison, a sinister fool. Your smear campaign tactics are quite notable among Zionist supporters, what is it with you people?

  9. SteveH said,


    I know you don’t care either way, censorship to you matters only in the context of who is being cennsured and who is doing the censoring. Which sort of defeats the whole point really, no really it does!

    I just don’t get the relevance of how many people watched Press TV?

    As for content, I stand by every word. It beats Sky or BBC news hands down, though that isn’t saying much!

  10. Rosie said,

    I just don’t get the relevance of how many people watched Press TV?

    Jelly’s comment doesn’t refer to the number of people so much as the kind of people who watch Press TV.

    As for “censorship” – all Press TV had to do was cough up £100k for the fine and set up some kind of bureau in London to run the place. The fact that they couldn’t be bothered suggests a certain contempt for their audience.

  11. SteveH said,

    Forgive me Rosie I had given you more credit than believe the audience is just cunts and tossers. I assumed it was some sort of a joke that no one with any ounce of sanity would take seriously. I forgot I was talking to the Shiraz posse for a moment!

    You say the kind of people who watch Press TV, you mean people who have dark skins and speak a bit funny? – to take Jelly’s reductionism ad absurdum to its limit.

    You do though seem a tad concerned by Press TV’s viewing figures, as your socialist unity comment highlights. Again, I don’t see the relevance of how big or small the audience is?

    The £100k had nothing to do with the decision.

    You are of course entitled to your pro censorship position and servile arse licking of the British ‘elite’, just don’t expect to be taken seriously in future when you talk about democratic rights and freedoms.

  12. modernity's ghost said,

    As I wrote, SteveH can’t admit that Press TV pushes anti-Jewish racism.

    It simply doesn’t register with him

  13. SteveH said,

    I think Press Tv was superior to the racist kosher channels which you have no problem with.

    However I was not oblivious to those times when it engaged in propaganda, though it was not alone in doing this. Pro Zionists are the worst offenders in this regard btw.

    What is registering with me is this political act of censorship by the British state.

    Oh and Modernity, you can call me Adolf.

  14. charliethechulo said,

    Steve H is either a complete fucking eedjit, or a thoroughly nasty liar and racist: I can’t work out which. But maybe he’s both.

    “People who have dark skins and speak a bit funny? ” – too contemptible to be worth replying to.

    “I think Press Tv was superior to the racist kosher channels which you have no problem with.”:

    “Superior” to the Jewish and/or “Zionist”-controlled media, you mean? Even Fox News isn’t actually owned and controlled by a government. Perhaps its just the international Zionist media conspiracy that has Murdoch in its power. eh? Just like “They” control the BBC and the Guardian.

    Press TV is the mouthpiece of a barbaric clerical fascist regime. Anyone who appears on it, let alone is employed by it, is simply scum. End of.

    I think it’s getting close to banning time once again.

  15. modernity's ghost said,


    SteveH is unapologetic about Press TV soliciting of material from neo-Nazis.

    SteveH is unconcerned with racism towards Jews.

    Sadly, SteveH is not alone in his indifference towards racism towards Jews.

    But anyone who seriously opposes the Far Right, David Irving and his allies should inform themselves of the activities of Press TV and how it helped them.

  16. Rosie said,

    A piece from May 2011 about what lies behind Ofcom’s treatment of Press TV:-

    “It may not be a coincidence that the British Ofcom case against Press TV Iran pops up against the backdrop of Netanyahu’s state visit to the United States to press his own case for ongoing Talmudic Death and Destruction in the Middle East, courtesy of wholehearted American political support and economic subsidy. Israel’s purchased Democratic and Republican supporters in the Zionist Occupied Territory (ZOA) known as Capitol Hill are tripping over themselves to demonstrate which of the two major parties can demonstrate more obeisances to the Zionist State and its domestic Jewish lobby stateside”

    The piece opens with a broader theoretical explanation, with a quotation from a classic text that provides the intellectual framework for Press TV’s world view.

    “The intensification of armaments, the increase in police forces, are all essential for the completion of the aforementioned plans. What we have to get at is that there should be in all the states of the world, besides ourselves, only the masses of the proletariat, a few millionaires devoted to our interests, police, and soldiers….”

    “We must create ferments, discords and hostility. . . .The principal factor of success in the political is the secrecy of its undertakings. . . .We must compel the governments of the goyim to take action in the direction favored by our widely conceived plan. . .by what we shall represent as public opinion, secretly promoted by us through the means of that so-called ‘great power’-the press, which with a few exceptions that may be disregarded, is already entirely in our hands. [emphasis added]“

    The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion, protocol #7-

    (h/t Socialist Unity comments thread)

    Jim – I wouldn’t ban SteveH. He condemns himself out of his own mouth.

  17. SteveH said,



    “Steve H is either a complete fucking eedjit, or a thoroughly nasty liar and racist”

    I am all three ChuChuTrain, and far right and anti semitic. I also drink the blood of children. I hate woman also and gays -that is why I love Iran so much. I do like the disabled though, being mental and all.

    We all condemn ourselves by what comes out of our mouths. You show yourselves to be servile apologists of the British elite and god knows who else? You also condemn yourselves as supporters and apologists of political state censorship. Add this to your pro Iraq war and other wars of imperialism and my own condemnations seem minor in comparison.

  18. modernity's ghost said,

    Don’t you see, SteveH is unapologetic about his views.

    Nothing registers with him.

    Not even Press TV’s racism.

  19. Faster Pussycat Miaow Miaow Miaow! said,

    In the mind of Gauleiter SteveH (soon to be editor of Der Stürmer-bis) kashrus = racism. He doesn’t even bother with the usual figleaf of ‘zionism’, it’s ‘kashrus’ you see, therefore all observant Jews of whatever political, social or philosophical stripe are ipso facto racists.

    Re people who have dark skins and speak a bit funny? You mean like more than half the Jewish population of Israel?

    Press TV is a propaganda arm of the Iranian state, a state which is theocratic, arguably fascist, and which tortures and murders dissenters, trade unionists, students etc. “yeah mate, you work on him until he says what you want and we’ll run it, no worries’.

    Mind you, I’d pull the plug on Fox and Sky if I had even half a chance.

    • Monsuer Jelly est Formidable said,

      wot faster feline says

  20. Robin Carmody said,

    Some chilling posts from SteveH here – but some superb responses.

    He reminds me of some people on a far-right forum I used to look at – the same atavistic fear, the same basic unwillingness to see that anyone might see the world differently, the same mental capacity, advance and sophistication of a gnat.

  21. modernity's ghost said,

    The problem is, that you can’t reason with the likes of SteveH.

    Such people have so many serious hangups that when they look straight at anti-Jewish racism, it doesn’t make any connection with them.

    In fact, the opposite, SteveH uses sneering and racist language in an unapologetic way. He has no insight into his own racism.

    Had SteveH and the other apologists for Press TV the ability to use Google then they would see that Press TV has used the services of:

    1) Lady Renouf (close associate of David Irving),
    2) Nick Kollerstrom, neo-Nazi and Holocaust denier
    3) Mark Dankof, semiprofessional antisemite and associate of David Duke.

    (to name but a few)

    David Duke is famous for his visceral hatred of blacks and Jews. that’s the type of company that Press TV writer’s like to be in.

    That’s what Press TV’s defenders are apologising for.

    They are edging towards the Far Right, without a thought, without a blink. They are becoming what they once hated.

  22. Andrew Coates said,

    I have never watched Press TV. It was available through the SKY Platform, and apart from not having the money, I would dislike anything to do with SKY, for reasons that are pretty obvious.

    I have never watched Press TV, but I noticed the case of the journalist Bahri, something like a Stalinist show trial confession.

    I have never watched Press TV but now Modernity points out its anti-semitism along with its apologies for the theocracy.

    I will never watch Press TV not even if I want to hear the kind of childish dirvel about the Royal Family that Rosie rightly lacughs at.

    There are some no doubt, and one here, who follow John Ress who argues that, that the left has to defend a regime that is being attacked by imperialism, while opposing that regime.

    Perhaps only a ‘dialectician’ can explain that one.

  23. Philip Cross said,

    I wonder if anyone has come across an Australian ‘comedian’ called Steve Hughes, who was resident in the UK during much of the last decade.

    In 2006, a Jamie Glassman article in The Times recounted his visit to that year’s Edinburgh Festival. The same Steve Hughes is reported to have said “I want to kill that f*****g Jew Richard Perle” ( ). There are more insane comments from Hughes in Glasman’s piece.

    This Steve Hughes is labeled a ‘conspiracy theorist’ in numerous online pages. Try these webpages as an example:

    The sound clips on his website refer to a Nazi Gift Shop in Israel (“Anyone want to buy a Swastika”), and he also links himself to the Big Issue newspaper (it is unclear if this is reciprocated):

    Poisonous and repellant.

    I make no accusations about anyone commenting in this thread, I merely think all this is of interest.

  24. modernity's ghost said,

    I would recommend to those genuinely interested in opposing racism to read this small selection:

  25. Robin Carmody said,

    Hughes moaning about Health & Safety – shows the inner Mailism of all this stuff.

    Philip – if you see this, I can only apologise for the part of my life when I was taken in by Clark & Lindsay and all they stand for. There is nothing I am so deeply ashamed of now, and the last two years of my life have been a steady and conscious mea culpa.

  26. modernity's ghost said,

    I see your old sparing partner, David Ellis, has finally come out of the Atzmon closet and admitted he’s one of his admirer.

    He is as pig ignorant as ever, shown by his comment below:

    ” There are all sorts of people who deny the Holocaust and for all sorts of reasons including Stalinist conspiracy theorists and actual fascists who want to distance fascism from its violent past so they can go forward to a violent future but one group who do not deny the holocaust are hard core Nazis. Why would they? They are proud of it.

    Posted by David Ellis 25 January, 2012 at 10:56″

    Thankfully, SU readers corrected Ellis’s stupid comment as neo-Nazis *do* deny the Holocaust, as anyone with the ability to read should know.

    Neo-Nazis do so to rehabilitate National Socialism, but I would assume that Ellis doesn’t know that either.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: