Jane Corbin

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(journalist, propagandist)
BornJuly 16, 1954,
Exeter, England

Jane Corbin is a British journalist and film-maker, mainly for the BBC. She has made many propaganda films for supporting the government line, the most notorious being "The case against Saddam" in support of the WMD-lie in the run-up to the attack on Iraq in 2003,, where "using testimony from top scientists in the west, and from defectors who have fled the regime carrying its secrets, Panorama examines Saddam's history of developing nuclear, chemical and biological weapons and reveals just what he still has in his arsenal and where it is hidden".[1], all presented as "hard evidence".


When reviewing her film-making career, one is struck by how many times she obfuscate facts or shifts focus in support of the British government line, when not outright spreading lies.

Career

Jane Corbin was educated at King's College London, graduating with a degree in English in 1975. She was part of the first intake of new journalists to be employed by Channel 4 News before its launch in November 1982. While with ITN Corbin covered major news events such as the siege of the Holy Sikh Temple at Amritsar in June 1984 and reported on the miners' strike in the same year. She accompanied Benazir Bhutto back to Pakistan in 1982.

Since joining the BBC's flagship current affairs programme Panorama in 1988, Corbin has made over a hundred documentaries working as a reporter in war zones and as an investigative journalist in general for the BBC. She has specialised in making films about Al-Qaeda since 1998, when she was one of the first reporters to identify the threat from Osama bin Laden in Death to America.

Corbin has reported extensively from the Middle East covering the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, including her inside account of the negotiations that led to the Oslo Peace Accords in 1993. She has recently made the film Price Tag Wars on the activities of right-wing teenagers in Israel whom their own government calls 'terrorists'. Corbin reported from Iraq during the first Gulf War in 1991/2 when she revealed the existence of Saddam Hussein's secret nuclear weapons programme and his Supergun.

During the second Iraq war of 2003, Corbin gained exclusive access to the United Nations weapons inspectors as they searched for the alleged Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq, which have never been found. After filming the British forces' invasion and taking of Basra she was again given access to the coalition Iraq Survey Group as they searched fruitlessly for the WMDs that had been used to justify the war - all these documentart

Jane Corbin has reported extensively from Afghanistan and from Pakistan making programmes about the Taliban, women's rights and the war against militants on both sides of the border. She covered the hunt for Bin Laden in Afghanistan and Pakistan and made a one-hour documentary for BBC1, Hostage, on Al-Qaeda's tactic of hostage-taking in Iraq.

She investigated the network of the 'father of the Islamic bomb', Dr A.Q. Khan, in The Nuclear Super Market (2004) and later reported from the tribal area of Waziristan on the impact of America's secret drone war in Pakistan. In The Death of Bin Laden (2011) she told a version of how the CIA allegedly tracked down and killed the fugitive leader of the terror group.

In 2011 and 2012, Corbin covered the uprisings in the Middle East known as the Arab Spring, reporting from Tahrir Square in Cairo as Hosni Mubarak was toppled as Egypt's president. Her report from Syria of human rights abuses against children and women in the town of Dera'a resulted in cases being brought before the International Court of Justice against members of President Bashar al-Assad's regime.

In 2015 in 'Iraq: The Final Judgement" at the time of the Chilcot Report into the causes and impact of the Iraq War, Corbin re-visited the places and people - from Basra to Baghdad - she had filmed over a decade of reporting on the coalition's war, asking "Why did it all go so wrong?" but taking no personal responsibility for being part of an organized propaganda campaign.[2]

In October 2016, Corbin wrote and presented Israel's Arab Warriors for the BBC, following the first unit of Israeli Arab soldiers (ie Quislings) to serve in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

The same year in a BBC film "Kill the Christians", she charted the destruction of Christian communities by ISIS, the Islamic State across the Middle East from Iraq to Syria and their exodus to Iraqi Kurdistan and the Lebanon.

In 2017 Corbin presented a documentary on the Balfour Declaration, signed a hundred years before, which led to the creation of a homeland for the Jewish people, the creation of the state of Israel and the bitter conflict that has continued to this day between Israel and the Palestinians over the Gaza Strip, the West Bank and the status of Jerusalem and right of return of Palestinian refugees.

In November 2018 Corbin wrote and presented a major investigation into the Russian Novichok nerve agent attack in Salisbury that the British government claims killed Dawn Sturgess and gravely injured former British spy of Russian nationality, Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia. Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey of Wiltshire police, also allegedly poisoned in the attack, gave Corbin an exclusive interview in this film, where she spread British government assertions regarding the part played by the GRU, the Russian state and President Putin in the incident.

In April 2019, as a preparation for a war on Iran, Corbin's film for the BBC 'The Shadow Commander" investigated the role played in many wars and intelligence led operations in the Middle East by the powerful Commander of the Quds Force of the Revolutionary Guard of Iran - General Qassem Suleimani.

Corbin is a three-time winner of the Royal Television Society Award and is an Emmy Award nominee. She has given expert testimony before various Committees of the House of Commons on Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq and also on Al-Qaeda. She has written two books, Gaza First and Al Qaeda: the terror network that threatens the world. [3]


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