Forthcoming event – the dossier 10 years on

by Andrew Mason

The University of Westminster (in conjunction with the Media Society and Biteback Publishing) will be hosting a debate about the continuing and serious fallout that the publication of the notorious September 2002 dossier on Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction and the following ‘dodgy’ February 2003 paper on Iraq’s infrastructure of concealment, deception and intimidation have demonstrably provoked.

The debate is to take place on the tenth anniversary of the publication of the WMD dossier.

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Ten years on – The Iraq Dossiers: Who was damaged most by Hutton

Date: 24 September 2012

Time: 6.30pm – .

Location: University of Westminster, 309 Regent Street, London W1B 2UW

Kevin Marsh who was at the helm of Radio Four’s Today programme when it broadcasted the controversial Andrew Gilligan report has broken his omerta. His book ‘Stumbling Over Truth: The inside story of the sexed-up dossier, Hutton and the BBC’ will be the subject of a debate which will be chaired by Steve Hewlett.

Chair: Steve Hewlett, presenter ‘The Media Show’ BBC Radio Four


Kevin Marsh, former editor ‘Today’, ’The World at One’ and ‘PM’ BBC Radio Four
Peter Oborne, The Daily Telegraph, author ‘The Rise of Political Lying’
Lance Price, former spin doctor to Tony Blair
Professor Steven Barnett, Westminster University, author ‘The Rise and Fall of Television Journalism’
Professor Jean Seaton, Westminster University, official historian The BBC

This special Media Society, University of Westminster and Biteback debate will explore the long term effects of Hutton on the BBC on the 10th anniversary of the ‘dodgy dossier’. Was this the start of political lying as a way of life?

Admission: This event is free but you must register. Please contact Sam at

(The Digest notes here that there still seems to remain a degree of confusion about which of the two dossiers was actually and initially referred to as being ‘dodgy’. The term arose in the online pages of Spiked magazine following Glen Rangwala’s discovery that some of the work in the ‘Infrastructure of Concealment, Deception and Intimidation’ dossier had been plagiarised from a number of unattributed sources and then edited to imply stronger conclusions.)