According to emails revealed by US journalist Max Blumenthal, the propaganda organization White Helmets have tried to lobby Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters with Saudi money.
The White Helmets have became widely known thanks to the conflcit in Syria where they are actively invovled in media operations aimed at promoting the regime-change in Syria.
In the email from October 2016, Saudi billionaire Hani Farsi invited Roger Waters to a fundraising dinner he had organized on behalf of The Syria Campaign, which is a public relations front established to promote the White Helmets in the Western audience. Waters was also encouraged to watch a documentary about the group in the email. Rogers has not respond to the email as Blumenthal said.
Furthermore, during his Barcelona concert, Waters denounced the White Helmets:
“The White Helmets is a fake organization that exists only to create propaganda for jihadists and terrorists. That’s my belief. We have opposing beliefs,” he said. “If we were to listen to the propaganda of the White Helmets and others, we would be encouraged to encourage our governments to start dropping bombs on people in Syria. This would be a mistake of monumental proportions for us as human beings.”
“What we should do is go and persuade our governments not to go and drop bombs on people. And certainly not until we have done all the research that is necessary so that we would have a clear idea of what is really going on,” Waters added. “Because we live in the world where propaganda seems to be more important than the reality of what is really going on.”