A public meeting about the causes of the Syrian war and the refugee crisis is to be held in Broadstairs on Wednesday 14 October.
At the meeting journalist and author Ian Sinclair will explain how events in Syria have led to the thousands of people fleeing for their lives across Europe.
Mr Sinclair will argue that people in Britain get a limited and distorted view of what’s been happening in Syria – in particular the role of western countries.
He says: “Other than a few honourable exceptions, journalists have repeatedly downplayed the scale of western intervention in Syria.
“Contrary to the actual actions of the west in Syria, much of the reporting and analysis of the mainstream press has presented a false narrative of western inaction and benevolence.”
He argues that this makes it harder for the general public to understand our own role in exacerbating the refugee crisis.
He says: “As David Yelland, the former editor of the Sun, once said “People attack papers for what they print. But what they don’t print is often the bigger story.”
Mr Sinclair is the author of “The March That Shook Blair.”
An open discussion will follow his presentation.
The meeting, which has been organised by the Thanet Left Forum, is at 7pm on Wednesday 14 October at the Red Hall, 11 Grosvenor Rd, Broadstairs CT10 2BT. Entry is free and all are welcome