Protest groups raise comms to promote peace

Anti-war protest groups have stepped up communications as the

threat of large-scale US military attacks against alleged terrorist

targets looms.



More than 70 media workers, including journalists from the BBC, ITV and

national newspapers, have been persuaded by campaigners to adopt a

statement resolving to 'promote anti-war viewpoints through the

media'.



The agreement was reached at a Socialist Alliance meeting intended to

create a Media Workers Against War group.



CND spokesman Nigel Chamberlain confirmed the group had 'stepped up' its

campaigning, and was planning to utilise e-mail as a communication

method for the first time in a major conflict.



'We have never mobilised before as efficiently and that is predominantly

down to e-mail,' he said, attributing the turnout at last weekend's

Protest for Peace rally in central London to a word of mouth campaign

started just six days before.



War Resisters International co-ordinator Roberta Bacic confirmed that

meetings took place last week to agree a joint strategy among protest

groups.



She added that efforts would be aimed at persuading 'uncommitted'

supporters of military action: 'There is always a strand of society not

wholly committed to military means and we need to sway them,' she

said.



Protest groups have been joined by 14 NGOs including Amnesty

International, Oxfam and Save the Children, which issued a joint

statement urging the US to respond 'within the framework of

international law'.



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