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Mayday: When James Le Mesurier fell to his death he left behind a tangle of truths and lies.

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Mayday: When James Le Mesurier fell to his death he left behind a tangle of truths and lies.

    Extra Episode: The Canister on the Bed

    Extra Episode: The Canister on the Bed

    “The crime scene had been left unguarded for two weeks”. What really happened in the Douma massacre? This episode is a diversion from the story of the life and death of James Le Mesurier. It’s about one of the most contested events in the war - the chemical attack in the town of Douma in 2018. Unravelling what really happened there takes us to the heart of the global race to control the narrative of the Syrian war. Mayday tells the extraordinary real story of the man who organised the White Helmets – rescuers who film themselves pulling survivors from bombed out buildings in rebel-held areas of Syria – and investigates claims that, far from being heroes, they are part of a very elaborate hoax. James Le Mesurier – his detractors say – was a British secret agent, pulling the strings. So when his body was found by worshippers on their way to morning prayers, there were a lot questions.

    This episode contains a description of the aftermath of a chemical attack.

    Produced, written and presented by Chloe Hadjimatheou
    Editor: Emma Rippon
    Researcher: Tom Wright
    Production Coordinator: Gemma Ashman
    Sound Design and Mixing by Neil Churchill
    With additional mixing by Graham Puddifoot and Gareth Jones
    Arabic translation and additional research: Vanessa Bowles, Abdul Kader Habak
    Turkish Researcher: Nevin Sungur
    Narrative Consultant: John Yorke
    Original music: Nick Mundy
    Final track Zamilou by Bu Kolthoum

    • 36 min
    Ep10: Mayday - The Second Casualty of War

    Ep10: Mayday - The Second Casualty of War

    “They will be targeted for the rest of their lives.” Where does that leave everyone else?

    When James Le Mesurier fell to his death in Turkey in 2019 he left behind a tangle of truths and lies. Mayday tells the extraordinary real story of the man who organised the White Helmets – rescuers who film themselves pulling survivors from bombed out buildings in rebel-held areas of Syria – and investigates claims that, far from being heroes, they are part of a very elaborate hoax. James Le Mesurier – his detractors say – was a British secret agent, pulling the strings. So when his body was found by worshippers on their way to morning prayers, there were a lot questions.

    Produced, written and presented by: Chloe Hadjimatheou
    Editor: Emma Rippon
    Researcher: Tom Wright
    Mixed by: Neil Churchill
    Arabic translation and additional research: Vanessa Bowles, Abdul Kader Habak
    Turkish researcher: Nevin Sungur
    Narrative Consultant: John Yorke
    Original music: Nick Mundy and Bu Kolthoum
    Production Coordinator - Gemma Ashman

    REFERENCES

    “Statement by Amb.Nebenzia on addressing the issue of linkages between terrorism and organized crime” RussiaUN YouTube channel, 07 August 2020

    “UK in Syria- Creating A Dystopian Shadow State Ft Vanessa Beeley on British Constitution Group” ICIT Digital Library, 02 May 2017

    Vanessa Beeley Twitter posts @VanessaBeeley

    • 33 min
    Ep9: Mayday - The Boiling Frog

    Ep9: Mayday - The Boiling Frog

    “My love it’s 10 times worse than we thought.” Things start to unravel.

    When James Le Mesurier fell to his death in Turkey in 2019 he left behind a tangle of truths and lies. Mayday tells the extraordinary real story of the man who organised the White Helmets – rescuers who film themselves pulling survivors from bombed out buildings in rebel-held areas of Syria – and investigates claims that, far from being heroes, they are part of a very elaborate hoax. James Le Mesurier – his detractors say – was a British secret agent, pulling the strings. So when his body was found by worshippers on their way to morning prayers, there were a lot questions.

    Produced, written and presented by: Chloe Hadjimatheou
    Editor: Emma Rippon
    Researcher: Tom Wright
    Mixed by: Neil Churchill
    Arabic translation and additional research: Vanessa Bowles, Abdul Kader Habak
    Turkish researcher: Nevin Sungur
    Narrative Consultant: John Yorke
    Original music: Nick Mundy and Bu Kolthoum
    Production Coordinator - Gemma Ashman

    REFERENCES

    Various Newspaper headlines

    Express Tribune Pakistan: Founder of Syrian 'White Helmets' found dead in Istanbul 12/11/2019

    The Scotsman British army officer and founder of Syria volunteers found dead by Margaret Neighbour 11/11/2019

    Daily Sabah, Istanbul Officials reveal White Helmets founder's cause of death 20/11/2019

    “Entrevista exclusiva com James Le Mesurier no CIBE BRAZIL 2017 – Bombeiros” (“Exclusive interview with James Le Mesurier at CIBE BRAZIL 2017 – Firefighters”) CBMGO YouTube channel, 26 September 2017

    “Is Le Mesurier an Epstein?” - Fault Lines, Sputnik International, 12 November 2019

    Brandpunt - Witte helmen” (Focal point - Season 1 - White helmets) - KRO-NCRV, 08 Nov 2016. Reporter Piet de Blaauw

    • 32 min
    Ep8: Mayday - Operation Magic Carpet

    Ep8: Mayday - Operation Magic Carpet

    “I had to do it because my colleagues faced death.” Now the rescuers need saving.

    When James Le Mesurier fell to his death in Turkey in 2019 he left behind a tangle of truths and lies. Mayday tells the extraordinary real story of the man who organised the White Helmets – rescuers who film themselves pulling survivors from bombed out buildings in rebel-held areas of Syria – and investigates claims that, far from being heroes, they are part of a very elaborate hoax. James Le Mesurier – his detractors say – was a British secret agent, pulling the strings. So when his body was found by worshippers on their way to morning prayers, there were a lot questions.

    Produced, written and presented by: Chloe Hadjimatheou
    Editor: Emma Rippon
    Researcher: Tom Wright
    Mixed by: Neil Churchill
    Arabic translation and additional research: Vanessa Bowles, Abdul Kader Habak
    Turkish researcher: Nevin Sungur
    Narrative Consultant: John Yorke
    Original music: Nick Mundy and Bu Kolthoum
    Production Coordinator - Gemma Ashman

    REFERENCES

    * Abdulhadi video – Syria’s White Helmets: Mask of Terror report. Anna News Agency Documentary, January 5th, 2017 Uploaded to Daily Motion by Sayed Hasan

    ARCHIVE TRUMP WITHDRAWAL: Press conference April 3rd 2018 – Source Reuters via The Washington Post website

    • 23 min
    Ep7: Mayday - Managed Massacres

    Ep7: Mayday - Managed Massacres

    “ I have these epiphanies all the time, especially if I had anchovies on my pizza..” Could the White Helmets be involved in staging chemical attacks?

    When James Le Mesurier fell to his death in Turkey in 2019 he left behind a tangle of truths and lies. Mayday tells the extraordinary real story of the man who organised the White Helmets – rescuers who film themselves pulling survivors from bombed out buildings in rebel-held areas of Syria – and investigates claims that, far from being heroes, they are part of a very elaborate hoax. James Le Mesurier – his detractors say – was a British secret agent, pulling the strings. So when his body was found by worshippers on their way to morning prayers, there were a lot questions.

    Produced, written and presented by: Chloe Hadjimatheou
    Editor: Emma Rippon
    Researcher: Tom Wright
    Mixed by: Neil Churchill
    Arabic translation and additional research: Vanessa Bowles, Abdul Kader Habak
    Turkish researcher: Nevin Sungur
    Narrative Consultant: John Yorke
    Original music: Nick Mundy and Bu Kolthoum
    Production Coordinator - Gemma Ashman

    REFERENCES

    “Roger Waters - Reporting The Truth” Roger Waters YouTube channel, 6 December 2019

    “Briefing by Chief of Main Operational Directorate of Russian General Staff Sergei Rudskoy” Минобороны России (Ministry of Defense of Russia) YouTube channel 17 March 2018

    “Voices of people hiding in a basement in #EasternGhouta while #Assad regime & #Russia forces shell the area. Trying to destroy #Syria & kills its people or make them succumb to starvation & tyranny.” Dima Moussa @dimam78 Tweet 04 March 2018

    Syria Gas Attack Victims Treated at Hospital, Syria Civil Defence video

    “Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov - BBC HARDtalk rushes” - BBC HARDtalk exclusive, 17 April 2018

    برومو رجل الثورة Revolution Man promotional video, 10 February 2018 - Movie Produced by the Syrian ministry of culture

    “Gasping for life: Syria's merciless war on its own children” CNN
    كونتاك الحلقة

    23 Panet46 (Contac Episode 23 Panet46) dailymotion - Shoof Drama شوف دراما

    “Ethics Forum: Paul McKeigue (Edinburgh Usher Institute)” 25 January 2019 video from Jamie Smith on 12 February 2019, published on the University of Edinburgh website

    “UN: Chlorine was placed in Douma by militants for provocative purposes –Russia's OPCW rep. Shulgin” 20 January 2020, Ruptly YouTube Channel (Ruptly is part of the same media family as RT) credit: UNIFEED-UNTV

    • 36 min
    Ep6: Mayday - The One With Sean Penn

    Ep6: Mayday - The One With Sean Penn

    “I went to meet with Assad to see what kind of access we might get.” James is accused of a horrific crime.

    When James Le Mesurier fell to his death in Turkey in 2019 he left behind a tangle of truths and lies. Mayday tells the extraordinary real story of the man who organised the White Helmets – rescuers who film themselves pulling survivors from bombed out buildings in rebel-held areas of Syria – and investigates claims that, far from being heroes, they are part of a very elaborate hoax. James Le Mesurier – his detractors say – was a British secret agent, pulling the strings. So when his body was found by worshippers on their way to morning prayers, there were a lot questions.

    AMENDMENT: Sean Penn has confirmed that it was Eva Bartlett not Vanessa Beeley he met in Los Angeles. This does not change the story materially.

    Produced, written and presented by: Chloe Hadjimatheou
    Editor: Emma Rippon
    Researcher: Tom Wright
    Mixed by: Neil Churchill
    Arabic translation and additional research: Vanessa Bowles, Abdul Kader Habak
    Turkish researcher: Nevin Sungur
    Narrative Consultant: John Yorke
    Original music: Nick Mundy and Bu Kolthoum
    Production Coordinator - Gemma Ashman

    REFERENCES

    “’The White Helmets” wins Best Documentary Short.” Oscars YouTube Channel, 03 April 2017

    “President Bashar al-Assad's opinion on White Helmet's Oscar” from Egy Ember YouTube channel, 11 Mar 2017, source listed as Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA)

    “KEEP TALKING - Vanessa Beeley on The White Helmets & the billionaires funding Regime Change” Ian Fantom YouTube channel, 17 July 2019

    “Vanessa Beeley -The tale of the White Helmets in the Western media, on the ground in Syria and beyond” Mot Dag TV, 13 February 2019

    “Panel Discussion on White Helmets Organization in Syria” UN Audiovisual Library video, 20 December 2018

    “UK Column News” Brian Gerrish, Mike Robinson are joined by Alex Thomson and Vanessa Beeley for today's UK Column News. 14th October 2020

    “Interview with Vanessa Beeley” HPU Al-Hawash Private University, 21 November 2018

    • 27 min

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Well done Chloe you have set the gold standard for sloppy journalism. Disregard anything that doesn’t fit the narrative and give the balance of doubt to sustain your bias. A Mesurier love-in and a Beeley hate in. The hatchet job on Beeley showed your lack of impartiality.

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