By John B. Black (auth.)

The systematic use of propaganda is particularly a lot a phenomenon of the 20 th century. over the years, kings, political leaders, and statesmen have frequently made use of what may possibly now be referred to as "propaganda tech­ niques" however it is barely in the current century that using seasoned­ paganda has been constructed as a scientific software of nationwide and overseas coverage. still, considering the fact that global conflict II propaganda has develop into a standard peacetime tool of overseas coverage for many states, be they enormous or small. whereas a few enormous consciousness has been given to the propaganda enterprises and actions of the U.S. and likely Com­ munist international locations, particularly the U.S.S.R., fairly little has been performed at the British method of propaganda. the current examine makes an attempt to a minimum of partly fill that vacuum. A heritage of the abroad Informa­ tion prone isn't undertaken and that i will depart that vital job to destiny students. in its place i've got tested the British method of the supplier of propaganda and the mechanics they've got built to make use of this tool of international policy.

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1955, pp. 22-3, 154. - "Inside the Foreign Office," International Relations, London, vol. 2, April, 1960, p. 7. Colin Seymour· Ure, The Press, Politics and the PubU,c, London, Methuen, 1968, pp. 260-3. 19 Great Britain, Parliament, House of Commons, Select Committee on Estimates, Com· monwealth Relations Office: Third Report with part 0/ the Evidence taken be/ore Sub· Committee E and Appendices. (Session 1958-g). p. 3. THE OFFICIAL INFORMATION SERVICES 25 relations with those states, the Dominions Office.

THE OFFICIAL INFORMATION SERVICES 37 link with Home Departments and sits on a number of committees primarily involved with domestic pUblicity thus providing a means of giving the FCO contact with these areas when necessary. On the regional desks there is no attempt made to separate foreign and Commonwealth countries and former members of the Commonwealth Relations Office and Foreign Office are used interchangeably on policy desks. By providing guidance and information policy directives, this department is given a central operational role in contemporary British overseas propaganda activities.

In addition, a number of regional editions sent to various parts of the world in regular daily radio-teletype transmissions are supplemented by airmail services of feature articles, radio script features, and a large volume of industrial and commercial information. Although the London Press Service is not actually "vetted" by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office before transmission (there simply is not time to clear it all each day) it is certainly subject to its control. COl has a number of specialist liaison officers ("correspondents") who cover the diplomatic scene, economic affairs, Parliamentary affairs, and other areas to obtain material for the service as well as providing regular liaison with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

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