This chapter addresses the year 1955, just after the thaw following Joseph Stalin's death but before the Anglo-French debacle at Suez, which led to a revamping of Britain's global propaganda strategy. The traditional role of London as a centre for world news allowed British propaganda to fit more or less unobtrusively into existing channels, to be more likely to be accepted as legitimate news and thus influence the creation of common sense overseas. Finally, the fact-based propaganda of the Information Research Department and its cool, detached tone blended well into the Anglo-American journalistic tradition of facticity and objectivity. In the interest of propaganda, the British Foreign Office had eroded national media barriers based on routine and tradition, subsidised international news on hard-to-find topics and encouraged international media connections that served its interests.
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