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Grayzone challenges Guardian reporter on US state-funded Syria smears

Grayzone challenges Guardian reporter on US state-funded Syria smears

4. August 2022

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A recent article in The Guardian parroted a US state-funded group’s evidence-free allegations that The Grayzone’s Aaron Maté — who has reported extensively on the OPCW’s Syria cover-up scandal — is “the most prolific spreader of disinformation” about Syria among a “network” of “conspiracy theorists.”

Aaron called Guardian reporter Mark Townsend on the phone to ask him to substantiate these defamatory claims, and why he didn’t reach out before printing them. 

Guest: Mark Townsend. Reporter for The Guardian who wrote the story, “Network of Syria conspiracy theorists identified” — now updated with Aaron Maté’s response.

Note: to reduce repetition, the recording of the phone call between Aaron and Mark Townsend has been shortened. Townsend was contacted for comment prior to publication of this segment, but did not respond. 

This video was produced by The Grayzone and published on their YouTube channel on the 19th of July 2022. We have translated it into German and are republishing it today to help build opinion on this issue in Germany.

Background information on this scandal can be found on our website. Pease use the search engine and type “OPCW”.


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ABOUT AARON MATÉ

Aaron Maté is a journalist and producer. He hosts Pushback with Aaron Maté on The Grayzone. He is also is contributor to The Nation magazine and former host/producer for The Real News and Democracy Now!. Aaron has also presented and produced for Vice, AJ+, and Al Jazeera.


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