Anti-war protest groups have stepped up communications as the
threat of large-scale US military attacks against alleged terrorist
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
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
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
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