Ian Pannell

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(journalist, propagandist)
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UK journalist turned propagandist who came to prominence for his role in Saving Syria's Children Panorama episode, about what he subsequently made various self-contradictory statements.

Employment.png Senior Foreign Correspondent

In office
June 2017 - Present
EmployerABC News

Employment.png International Correspondent

In office
2014 - June 2017
"Reporting on major news stories around the world with particular focus on the Middle East, in particular Syria."

Employment.png Foreign Correspondent

In office
2011 - 2014

Employment.png South Asia Correspondent

In office
2008 - 2011
"Based primarily in Afghanistan, reporting on the battle against the Taliban and the struggle for democratic change."

Employment.png Middle East Correspondent

In office
2005 - 2008

Employment.png Washington Correspondent

In office
2002 - 2005
Preceded byJake Tapper
"Ian worked primarily for BBC Breakfast News and morning radio, reporting on the Bush administration and US affairs in the post 911 world and the launch of the "war on terror"."

Ian Pannell is a former BBC journalist who worked on the infamous Saving Syria's Children Panorama episode, about which he has made multiple self contradictory statements. In March 2017, 21st Century Wire shortlisted him for their 2017 Horace Greeley Award for Best Fake News Journalist, but did not win.[1]


Ian Pannell began his career with BBC Radio Leicester. In 1994 Ian joined the new BBC network, 5 Live and moved to London. He then transferred to Radio 1 Newsbeat and eventually to BBC Radio 4's World at One, PM and World This Weekend.

Saving Syria's Children

Full article: Saving Syria's Children
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Pannell came to prominence for his role in Saving Syria's Children. 21st Century Wire wrote that that "Panel ran point on the BBC’s now legendary Panorama program, Saving Syria's Children which ran on the day of the Syrian War vote in August 2013. This ‘documentary’ has been exposed as one of the most egregious examples of manipulated pro-intervention propaganda ever. Looking back at it, it borders on the absurd. Amazing to think anyone thought it was real to begin with."[1]

Pannell used Al-Qaeda linked jihadi group Ahrar al-Sham as security during the filming of Saving Syria's Children, "scant weeks after the group’s participation in the massacre and kidnap of civilians, and that Conway’s close-quarters footage of alleged victims arriving at Atareb Hospital features at least one vehicle prominently displaying the ISIS banner."[2]

Contradictory statements

Robert Stuart has highlighted a number of self-contradictory statements made by Ian Pannell (and others).[3]

Image credit: Robert Stuart
Image credit: Robert Stuart
Image credit: Robert Stuart
Image credit: Robert Stuart

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