- Women-Led Radio Station Amplifies Voices of Indigenous Communities in Argentina (November 20, 2018)
In the late 1990s several Indigenous women founded a radio station which continues to broadcast. It resists cultural subjugation and provides a voice to Indigenous people.
- It's not a 'defense' of Alex Jones to argue that we're on a slippery slope of internet censorship (August 8, 2018)
The celebration on the Left at the quick-fire purge of Alex Jones and InfoWars from social media has been disturbing -- not because Jones' views deserve to be defended, but because his banning is a warning shot against dissent.
- PayPal censors journalists who criticize Israel (July 25, 2018)
Under apparent influence from Benjamin Weinthal, PayPal chose to close down the account of the French online publication Agence Media Palestine. Such a move constitutes censorship as it denies journalists the means to raise money for their work and freedom to express ideas.
- The Ideal of a Free Media Died Long Ago (June 4, 2018)
Should the media include positive editorial content secretly paid for by major corporations, as London's Evening Standard newspaper has begun doing, according to new revelations?
Most of us instantly recoil from any blurring between editorial and advertising in the media. How would we know if what was reported was factual, truthful and newsworthy or there simply as public relations spin? How could we trust anything we read?
- The Ideal of a Free Media Died Long Ago (June 4, 2018)
Most of us instantly recoil from any blurring between editorial and advertising in the media. How would we know if what was reported was factual, truthful and newsworthy or there simply as public relations spin? How could we trust anything we read? But here's a seditious idea. Would that be such a bad thing? Maybe it would better if we were far more wary of the corporate media and began to think of it chiefly as a sales platform selling us an ideology harmful to our individual welfare and that of our societies.
- What if Ida B. Wells Depended on Facebook? (May 8, 2018)
The work of Ida B. Wells, the crusading journalist who forced Americans to pay attention to lynchings and human rights abuses, is a reminder why we need a tax-dollars-funded, and journalism focused, commitment to public media.
- Denver Post Editor Who Criticized Paper's Ownership Resigns (May 3, 2018)
Chuck Plunkett said he knew that he was risking his job as the editorial page editor of The Denver Post when he wrote an impassioned editorial last month blasting the newspaper's hedge-fund owners as "vulture capitalists" who had hobbled Colorado's largest newspaper with deep layoffs and cost-cutting. On Thursday, Mr. Plunkett resigned after he said an executive who oversees the newspaper refused to run another sharp-edged editorial Mr. Plunkett had written for this Sunday's newspaper.
- Argentine Newspapers Recuperated by Workers' Cooperatives (April 10, 2018)
An economic recession in Argentina that culminated in intense protests and the resignation of then-president Fernando de la Rua, also fostered the phenomenon of companies being recuperated by its workers as a cooperatives. In the last two years the majority of companies recuperated have been media outlets, which opens up new possibilities for journalism in the country.
- Laura Ingraham's advertisers aren't really staging a boycott. It's a capital strike (April 4, 2018)
There are no regulations or laws preventing or even restricting capital strikes in the form of corporate activism, therefore social and political aspirations of capital always have an effective instrument on hand; yet the same cannot be said for labour.
- Facebook and the Rise of Anti-Social Media (April 2, 2018)
For those who haven't thought about it, the internet is insidious because of the very capacity that Cambridge Analytica claims to be able to exploit: customization. Users have limited ability to confirm the authenticity of anything they see, read or hear on it. Print editions can be compared and contrasted-- technology limits print media to large-scale deceptions. With the capacity to create entire realms of deception -- identities, content, web pages and entire online publications, trust is made a function of gullibility.
- America's Troll Farm Media (March 9, 2018)
A look at the American mainstream media, which is in a constant search of sensation, scandal, gossip, and above all -- profit.
- Fake News and the Gatekeepers of Truth (February 11, 2018)
A look at misinformation or 'fake news' and how it has changed from the past; while only governments and prominent figures could once manipulate public opinion, today it is anyone with online access.
- Propaganda! Pardon me, is mine really bigger than yours? (February 8, 2018)
They say Propaganda! In the West, both the mainstream media and even some of the so-called progressive outlets are shouting: "Those Russians and Chinese and the others like them, they are at it again! Their vicious propaganda is infiltrating our democratic, freedom-loving countries, spreading confusion and chaos!"
Yes, ban or at least curb RT, contain TeleSur, and if at all possible, throw Press TV to the dogs. And put the writers of NEO, Sputnik, Global Times and other foreign outlets on that proverbial Western mass media 'no fly list'.
- Facebook announces latest step in censorship campaign, prioritizing "local news" (February 6, 2018)
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that the social media giant will prioritize news from 'local sources' in the News Feed displayed to users. This is the third move this year in a roll-out of updates by Facebook aimed at censoring online information.
- Apple and the Guardian: Partners in a Death Spiral (January 20, 2018)
This report on Apple CEO Tim Cook's visit to a UK school to promote the company's new coding curriculum for schoolchildren could hardly be a better illustration of the way the Guardian newspaper serves as a key propagandist for aggressive global corporate capitalism, helping to create for it a façade of humanitarianism.
- Alternative Media: Ulli Diemer - Selected snippets & quotes from Radical Digressions (2018)
- Half of UK sees The Sun tabloid as 'negative influence' (December 18, 2017)
Half of Britons see one of the UK's largest tabloids, The Sun, as a negative influence on society, according to a new poll.
- Broadband monopolies to censor Internet content (December 5, 2017)
The recently released plan by the American Federal Communications Commission to abolish net neutrality has evoked mass opposition across the US and around the world.
- Withdrawal of RT America's accreditation on Capitol Hill 'dire development' (November 30, 2017)
The US congressional press office has revoked RT America's accreditation on Capitol Hill, citing its 'foreign agent' status.
- US & Europe's farcical hypocrisy over Russian foreign media law (November 28, 2017)
The US and the European Union rushed to condemn Russia's new media laws restricting foreign entities. At the same time, they assume the unilateral right to hound Russian news outlets as "foreign agents."
- Google will 'de-rank' RT articles to make them harder to find - Eric Schmidt (November 20, 2017)
The Executive Chairman of Google's parent company Alphabet states that the company will engineer specific algorithms for news services RT and Sputnik to make their content less prominent on the search engine's news delivery services.
- Whos Afraid of Corporate COINTELPRO? (November 3, 2017)
On November 30, 2016, presumably right at the stroke of midnight, Google Inc. unpersoned CounterPunch. They didn't send out a press release or anything. They just quietly removed it from the Google News aggregator. Not very many people noticed.
- Tabloids do not represent the working class (November 2, 2017)
It should come as little surprise that media owned and run by unscrupulous billionaires like Rupert Murdoch and Richard Desmond should be more concerned with protecting the party of big business than it is with the wellbeing or interests of working class people. We need to call out the tabloid media for what it is run by and for the elites.
- Google, Amazon, Netflix mount lobby crusade on Trudeau Liberals (October 31, 2017)
The numerous meetings between top Liberal Government officials and U.S. tech giants not only smack of favouritism, but also raise ethical questions and concerns over deregulation.
- Cowardly New World: Alternative Media Under Attack by Algorithms (October 26, 2017)
An insidious assault is underway against alternative media on the internet. Leftist and progressive websites have been suffering significant declines in traffic. Some have had online income sources cut. Many others have been publicly defamed.
The only voices speaking the truth, says Kollibri terre Sonnenblume, are those on the fringes and we must amplify them however we can. Some suggestions:
* Read/view alternative media stories and share them in whatever venues you can.
* Stop consuming mainstream media and stop posting links to it.
* Actively support alternative media by donating money, time or other resources.
* Stop using Google as your search engine; I recommend DuckDuckGo. You will be surprised at how much you've been missing.
* Become the media: take your own photos or video and write up stories yourself for whatever outlet will take your work, even if that's only your own blog.
- 'Pay to play': Facebook rolls out nightmare scenario for publishers on its network (October 24, 2017)
Facebook is testing out a change to their network in six markets. As a result, posts from some publishers and businesses will be removed from the site's News Feed section. The change has caused a dramatic drop in referral traffic to news outlets.
- Israeli Soldiers Shut Down Media Outlets In The West Bank (October 18, 2017)
Israeli soldiers and secret security officers invaded media outlets in dawn raids in several parts of the occupied West Bank. The media outlets provide services to Palestinian TV stations such as Al-Aqsa and Al-Quds.
- The Censorious Vortex of the "Flash News" Barons (September 22, 2017)
For decades, the factors that decided what noteworthy stories would not find their way into print or on the air came down to the media's ignorance, laziness or from advertising restraints. For too long, the explosive material for good journalism in these and other areas had remained hidden in plain sight.
- Sources News Releases (September 11, 2017)
News releases from organizations and companies on a wide range of topics. Includes an extensive topic index, an archive of releases going back to the 1970s, and links to experts and organizations knowledgeable about the issues covered in the releases. Available via RSS feed as well as on the Sources.com website.
- CBC Radio badly off track with too much personal storytelling (August 22, 2017)
CBC Radio's wandering off into a journalistic sub-culture must be curtailed. At most, radio's schedule should include a couple of the storytelling programs.
- Do you know a community that might like a new newspaper? (August 8, 2017)
At least 171 media organizations in 138 communities closed between 2008 and this January . However, Canadian communities still should be able to have reliable newspapers. They need to explore creating community-controlled not-for-profit papers.
- Here's why papers don't deserve support; money should go to committed Internet sites (July 4, 2017)
Governement funding should not go toward propping up mainstream print media, but rather towards access to information in communities where it is currently lacking.
- The Breaking Of The Corporate Media Monopoly (June 15, 2017)
Alternative articles are being shared more widely online than the views of mainstream newspaper commentators. Discussed in relation to 2017 UK election.
- 'Liberal' Libel Law: Still a Disgrace to Democracy (March 21, 2017)
In the age of social media, our allegedly liberal libel laws might pose more of a threat to unfettered free speech than ever.
- Manufactured Consent (January 25, 2017)
Corporations don't just shape our politics or economics, they also seek to change public opinion to serve their interests. Which corporations play the biggest role in shaping knowledge and news? What do they fund? Who do they represent? What role have they played in the rise of authoritarian populists? This infographic for State of Power 2017 exposes those 'manufacturing consent'.
- 'Fake News' in America (December 18, 2016)
Details the hypocrisy of the media and Democratic party's recent outcry over 'fake news', as the loose definition encompasses well-established media practices, and may be used to attack any alternative media source.
- RT in UK: A brief history of establishment hysteria (October 22, 2016)
NatWest Bank, a subsidiary of Britain's majority state-controlled Royal Bank of Scotland, gives notice that it is closing RT's accounts without explanation. In this article detailed information has been presented concerning the issue.
- Sources HotLink - February 22, 2016 (February 22, 2016)
We start off our year with a review of the last. According to the report, 2015 was a dangerous year for journalists overseas. In North America, we re-explore the debate between privacy and security and the curious case of Donald Trump. In South America, the issues with impunity remain ever prevalent.
For our media relations professionals, we feature a fun guide to press releases and the words of thought leaders in digital media.
Bookworms get The Man Who Recorded the World and film buffs get Control Room.
- MEDIA IN CRISIS - 1: Why feds should step in to help democracy's watchdogs (February 2, 2016)
A flourishing, capable news media is the oxygen of democracy. In Canada, our traditional oxygen-providers, the mainstream corporate-owned newspapers, are dying. We need to come up with something better to serve our communities.
- MEDIA IN CRISIS - 2: Citizens, government need to plan now to have quality media in future (February 2, 2016)
Canada's mainstream media are in a state of incipient meltdown. They no longer deliver the volume or quality of news that Canadians need to be informed about important happenings in their communities, let alone to participate in a healthy democratic process.
- Grassroots media relations (January 1, 2016)
A media relations guide for organizers and activists.
- Big media versus the people (October 1, 2015)
A look how "Big Media" shapes public attitudes, the economy, culture, leisure and education, and how governments have developed close relationships with the press in a way which has not been in the public interest.
- Sources HotLink - August 12, 2015 (August 12, 2015)
This issue features articles that are centred around the theme of the big overpowering the small; through physical violence, deception, law and slander. Those who are powerful have always exerted their strength to control the thoughts and behaviours of the weak. In the past, it was straightforward -- through force. In modern times, however, this control is much less obvious. For our marketers and public relations specialists, we offer guides in internet marketing: one article on the current state of internet communications and another article on search engine optimization. Also included in this issue is a film about corporate abuse of power and a book on news stories that stand the test of time.
- Sources HotLink - July 22, 2015 (July 22, 2015)
This issue features articles on censorship and violence. Closer to home, we look at media and public interpretations of the Charleston massacre. Overseas, we explore brutal police tactics and violent suppression of free expression. For our marketers, feature an expert interview on the current state of print media. Following the tone of the interview, we also feature a guide on incorporation social media into your marketing strategy. Also featured in this article, is a book on environmental exploitation and a movie on worker exploitation.
- Sources HotLink - June 9, 2015 (June 9, 2015)
This issue features many stories related to the themes of journalistic standards and censorship. With increasing pressure from corporations and governments, reporters are finding it more and more difficult to report on issues that affect powerful interests. The problem lies not only with top-down pressure and control, but also with journalists themselves. Journalists often frame their stories to support particular narratives or points of view. Also in this issue: books, movies and other resources related to the theme of censorship, journalistic integrity, and acess to information.
- UK Media Regulator Again Threatens RT for "Bias": This Time, Airing "Anti-Western Views" (March 2, 2015)
The U.K. Government loves to lecture the world about infringements of liberty generally and press freedom specifically. It does so as it threatens to revoke the broadcasting license of a media outlet for broadcasting "anti-western" views and other perspectives at odds with the U.K. Government, all while shielding (and venerating) the equally virulent biases from pro-state television in the U.K.
- Feral Journalism - Rewilding Dissent (January 29, 2015)
Media censorship from corporations and politicians are distoring our view of reality but most of us aren't so far gone that we can't recognize the need for non-corporate media.
- What needs to happen to save and rebuild the CBC (December 2, 2014)
Can the CBC be saved and restored? Probably. But it will take some time and some good luck, as well as some heavy duty political lobbying. It is important that CBC supporters, including those who have fallen by the wayside during the destructive Harper years, unite behind some common goals and pressure the two opposition leaders to commit themselves to restoring the Corporation to its proper role in the country.
- The Comic Book Simplicity Of Propaganda (October 4, 2014)
The referendum campaign on Scottish independence heightened many people's awareness of the pro-elite bias of the 'mainstream' news media. The grassroots power of social media in exposing and countering this bias was heartening to see. But the issue of independence for Scotland is just one of many where the traditional media consistently favour establishment power.
- Sources HotLink - September 11, 2014 (September 11, 2014)
Featuring Micahel Riordon's Bold Scientists: Dispatches from the Battle for Honest Science, plus China continuing attempts to control and regulate media in Hong Kong, and attempts to free three imprisoned Al Jazeera journalists in Egypt.
- An alternative media list (September 1, 2014)
A selective list of English-language alternative media.
- Sources HotLink - July 24, 2014 (July 24, 2014)
Featuring news on imprisoned journalists in Egypt and Burma, the bias in media coverage of Israeli deaths versus Palestinian death, newspaper closures in Canada, and topic-fo-the-week focuses on Gaza, Surveillance, and Prostitution.
- Chomsky, Pilger and Loach call on BBC to reflect reality of Gaza's occupation (July 14, 2014)
Noam Chomsky, John Pilger and Ken Loach are among 45,000 signatories who have signed an open letter to the BBC calling on its journalists to reflect the reality of Gazas occupation while reporting on Israels current assault.
- Television news cuts at CBC will hurt Canadians (June 27, 2014)
The Canadian Association of Journalists expresses its concern over the Canadian Broadcasting Corporations decision to reduce its workforce in coming years by up to 1,500 employees.
- Millions in poverty get less coverage than 482 billionaires (June 26, 2014)
FAIR uses data from CBS, ABC, and NBC to conduct a study on how much the media reports on poverty, concluding that there is not very much coverage of people in poverty.
- Free Speech Groups Issue New Guide to the International 'Necessary & Proportionate Principles' (June 2, 2014)
EFF and ARTICLE 19 Urges Governments to Preserve Fundamental Freedoms in the Age of Mass Surveillance
- When media bosses censor their own journalists (June 2, 2014)
Reporters Without Borders condemns the censorship of Suelte la lengua (Talk freely), a programme that Canal 6 TV has not broadcast since 15 May without any explanation from its CEO, Paul Misselem.
- An apology for the Danish cartoon crisis (May 30, 2014)
One of the leading forces in the 200506 prophet Muhammad cartoon controversy, Danish Muslim activist Ahmed Akkari, now regrets his role as agitator and reveals a larger, more deliberate, and more vicious conspiracy behind the crisis than previously known.
- Take This Job and Shove it (May 14, 2014)
On May 1, International Workers Day, I walked into my publishers office mid-afternoon, after he finally came into work that day, and resigned as editor-in-chief of the San Antonio Business Journal, a position I had held for 20 years.
The Alamo, located in the heart of downtown San Antonio, is an old, rather small former Spanish mission that has been around for some 300 years. The San Antonio Business Journal, by contrast, was launched a little more than 25 years ago with Bill Conroy serving as editor-in-chief for 20 of those years.
During that period, the newspaper was always profitable and I never had to fire a single person. Consequently, I had a kickass veteran reporting staff, most of them there at least 10 years a rarity in the news business today. Ironically, then, I was the first person I ever fired, and it was due to two primary reasons.
The first is as old as the newspaper industry itself, and baseball for that matter. When a coach of even a winning baseball team has a philosophical disagreement with a new general manager, over players or strategy, the coach almost invariably loses, and is out of a job. The same scenario holds true in the newspaper industry.
- Canadian group not dealing with major free expression issue (May 3, 2014)
We need to address how corporate-owned mainstream news organizations restrict the freedom of journalists and prevent the public from having access to a wide variety of important news and opinion articles. This lack of balanced information affects everything from people having the information they need to decide how to vote to all of us better understanding how power is exercised in our communities. The censorship consists of banning some topics and discussions and filtering out stories and ideas that do not fit the current mainstream media agenda.
- 2013-14 Review of Free Expression in Canada (May 3, 2014)
Evaluates people, policies and institutions that help and hinder freedom of expression. The 2013-14 Review of Free Expression in Canada contains feature articles about some of the most pressing areas of free expression, such as access to information, digital surveillance, and the failure to protectwhistleblowers. Also: a Report Card and Cross-Canada Reports.
- Reporters Without Borders and Torservers.net, partners against online surveillance and censorship (April 29, 2014)
Reporters Without Borders and Torservers.net have joined forces to create and maintain 250 additional relays for the Tor network.
- Journalistic Autonomy in Denmark. A Study (April 17, 2014)
A new study that looks at the subject of autonomy in the Danish media found that journalists in Denmark feel they have nearly complete freedom to make important choices concerning their work and the content they produce.
- Propaganda (January 27, 2014)
Today, it is clearer than ever to a growing number of people that there is something seriously wrong with 'the news'. The current system of planet-crushing propaganda relies on a mere façade of overall 'balance', 'reasonableness' and 'range of views'. In the UK, BBC News is the crucial foundation stone of this propaganda system, with the Guardian playing an accompanying role.
- Recommendations on the right to be forgotten (2014)
On the problems for the protection of freedom of expression and the right to information posed by the right to be removed from search engine results and, more broadly, the right to be forgotten. Privacy and freedom of expression are fundamental rights of equal value. Whenever one conflicts with the other, a balance must be reached under a judges authority because, as a matter of principle, one cannot be given more importance than the other.
- Pirating Creativity (November 22, 2013)
The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) goes all-out enforce its intellectual property claims upon those who would dare share and distribute media.
- Obama's Sinister Crackdown on the Press (August 20, 2013)
David Miranda was placed on such a watch list by the US because of his relationship with Greenwald and was detained and held, without access to a lawyer, for nine hours.
- What the Snowden Affair Reveals About US Journalism (July 8, 2013)
The national corporate media is little more than unofficial propaganda arms of the US government.
- If U.S. Mass Media Were State-Controlled, Would They Look Any Different? (June 27, 2013)
The Edward Snowden leaks have revealed a U.S. corporate media system at war with independent journalism. Many of the same outlets that missed the Wall Street meltdown and cheer-led the Iraq invasion have come to resemble state-controlled media outlets in their near-total identification with the government.
- How can you protect yourself from online snooping? (June 13, 2013)
Reporters Without Borders has published an Online Survival Kit on its WefightCensorship.org website that has tools and practical advice that will allow you to protect your communications and data.
- IFJ/EFJ Call for Greek Government to Revoke Closure of Public Broadcaster (June 13, 2013)
Journalists' organizations call on the Greek government to immediately revoke their unprecedented decision to close down its public broadcasting station ERT.
- Osama Bin Laden, Bradley Manning and Me (March 13, 2013)
As far as can be deduced, the government believes that the documents and videos that Bradley Manning gave to Wikileaks, which Wikileaks then widely distributed to international media, aided the enemy because it put US foreign policy in a very bad light.
- The BBC's 'Bogeyman' Narrative on Hugo Chavez (March 7, 2013)
The changes in Venezuela, and throughout Latin America, over the past decade: the development of peaceful, democratic alternatives to the policies of neoliberalism; standards of living improved for millions of people following a process that has had popular, democratic support, are at risk of being written off as simply the actions of another 'anti-American' 'bogeyman' due to the media's relentless negative treatment of the Venezuelan government.
- Groups need to investigate impact of damaging corporate media censorship (February 24, 2013)
- The Empire's Shill (February 14, 2013)
- Masters of the Internet (February 7, 2013)
The Internets unbalanced control structure provides an essential basis for US corporate and military supremacy in cyberspace. While the US government exercises an outsized role, other states possess scant opportunity individually or collectively to regulate the system.
- Why the Washington Post Killed the Story of Murdochs Bid to Buy the US Presidency (December 21, 2012)
- Facebook bans developer of F.B. Purity (December 19, 2012)
- Facebook forces Instagram users to allow it to sell their uploaded photos (December 18, 2012)
Move means pictures could be used in advertising, with all payments going to social media giant.
- Why Are We The Good Guys? - Book Review (September 18, 2012)
One of the unspoken assumptions of the Western world is that we are great defenders of human rights, a free press and the benefits of market economics. Mistakes might be made along the way, perhaps even tragic errors of judgement. But the prevailing view is that 'the West' is essentially a force for good in the wider world. Why Are We The Good Guys? is a provocative challenge to this false ideology.
- The Only Game in Town (September 1, 2012)
Private newspaper owners have vaulted themselves into a historically unique situation, which enables them to sculpt the news to serve their personal interests while circumventing the costs that come with true adverserial journalism.
- The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and SOURCES (July 31, 2012)
Stories turn out better with SOURCES.
- Richard O'Dwyer: living with the threat of extradition (June 24, 2012)
Richard O'Dwyer's web-linking site would place him at the heart of the titanic running battle between the Hollywood giants struggling to keep their beleaguered business model intact in the online era and a new digital generation unwilling to play by the old rules.
- An Open Letter to CanLit about the Derogatory Term, "Small Press" (June 15, 2012)
We need the government to value Canadian publishing houses, and calling them small presses is not helping that cause.
- WikiLeaks Begins Publishing 5 Million Emails From STRATFOR (February 27, 2012)
- Polishing Putin: hacked emails suggest dirty tricks by Russian youth group (February 7, 2012)
Nashi runs web of online trolls and bloggers paid to praise Vladimir Putin and denigrate enemies.
- The Newsfakers (January 16, 2012)
YouTube and blogs have made it easier than ever to fabricate events. The media are happy to run unsubstantiated reports and footage.
- The media consensus on Israel is collapsing (December 21, 2011)
Across the political spectrum, once-taboo criticism is now common.
- A Death Sentence For Africa (December 15, 2011)
Carbon emissions, already at their peak, will continue to increase for at least the next eight years, pushing humanity closer to the brink of climate collapse. Rather than address the madness of a global system of corporate-led capitalism that is bulldozing us to this disaster, the corporate media mouthed deceptive platitudes.
- Cover story: a year of beautiful books (December 2, 2011)
Publishers have started building their marketing strategies around form rather than content.
The article emphasises that the whole point of a good book design is to grab the attention of both the reader and bookseller.
- Climate Crisis - The Collapse In Corporate Media Coverage (December 1, 2011)
We find that Britain and the US - the two countries responding most aggressively to alleged 'threats' to human security in countries like Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya - are also the two countries least interested in responding to the very real threat of climate change.
- Haaretz reporter Uri Blau facing up to seven years in prison (November 10, 2011)
Journalist faces heavy jail sentence for using classified military papers to document human rights abuses and murders by the Israeli military.
- Domestic reality does not match bold words on Internet freedom of expression (November 2, 2011)
The U.S. government gives lip service to online free speech but simultaneously acts in ways to drastically limit freedom of expression.
- Journalists, community groups need to develop independent Canadian media (October 26, 2011)
It is shocking that in the 21st Century we still have a system under which corporate over-lords not the journalists who produce the news control the process that determines the content of mainstream media.
- Media control and intimidation a reality for 5.5 billion, says WAN-IFRA (October 20, 2011)
This year, 44 journalists have already been murdered, says the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA), which launched a review of press freedom around the world during World Newspaper Week
- Corporate-owned media manipulation threatens Canadian democracy (October 18, 2011)
How freedom of expression is threatened because corporate-owned media in Canada censor and manipulate the news.
- Bias in the Eye of the Beholder (October 11, 2011)
In a time of economic instability, growing poverty, and chronic income and financial insecurity, Americans are increasingly critical of a governing system that they feel has failed in providing for their basic needs. This general distrust, however, can at times manifest itself in ignorant and destructive ways. So it is with the liberal bias claims, which misdirect public attention away from the very real bi-partisan, official source bias of the media, and toward some mythic media conspiracy to marginalize conservatives in favor of an elite liberal agenda. We should be careful to acknowledge this reality next time we hear friends, family, or acquaintances lamenting the liberal media elite.
- The Dangerous Cult of the Guardian (September 28, 2011)
The Guardian includes some fine reporting and occasionally insightful commentary. Possibly because it is farther from the heart of empire, it is able to provide a partial antidote to the craven coverage of the corporate-owned media in the US. Nonetheless, it would be unwise to believe that the Guardian is therefore a free market in progressive or dissident ideas on the left. In fact, quite the contrary: the paper strictly polices what can be said and who can say it in its pages, for cynical reasons we shall come to.
- The Koch Whisperers (September 12, 2011)
A review of documents and tax records for the dizzying, interconnected web of corporate front groups, frequently created, supported and influenced by Charles or David Koch, shows just how dangerous these groups espousing free markets and liberty have become to a free society. The game plan is to devalue the rights of actual citizens by seeking human voices dangling from a corporate marionette string, that might be willing for the right amount of cash incentive to broadcast the Orwellian reverse-speak: liberty means more liberty for corporations (corporate serfdom for real citizens); freedom means corporate freedom to privatize national resources, pollute the environment and fleece the consumer with impunity; free market means the freedom to draw a dark curtain around how the corporations are actually screwing us and stealing our liberty.
- Citizen Activism Challenges Protected Media Oligopoly (August 17, 2011)
The issue of news and information is playing a central role in this upsurge of citizen unrest in Chile.
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