FJA 2019 / Shortlist

Category: Outstanding Investigative Reporting

Ian Cobain (United Kingdom)

“'Mind control': The secret UK government blueprints shaping post-terror planning”

22 May 2019
Middle East Eye

After the 2017 London Bridge attack, local officials were told: 'We're sending you a hundred imams.' How hashtags, vigils and flowers are used to steer the public towards grief instead of anger.

The British government has prepared for terrorist incidents by pre-planning social media campaigns that are designed to appear to be a spontaneous public response to attacks, Middle East Eye has learned.

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