- Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - October 14, 2023 (October 14, 2023)
Fading to silence, as well as the more active and deliberate silencing of dissenting views, is the theme of this issue of Other Voices.
- The Need To Replace The Existing U.S.-Government-Controlled Web (September 21, 2023)
The U.S. Government controls the Web; and this means that it also indirectly controls the news-media.
- The EU's best weapon against free speech isn't working (September 7, 2023)
The European Union has just realized that it can't rule the internet with an iron fist by throwing around the 'Kremlin propaganda' label.
- YouTube bans Scott Ritter (August 11, 2023)
YouTube has terminated the account of former US intelligence officer Scott Ritter and deleted all of his videos on the platform.
- From Yellow Journalism to China Bashing, the Media's Enduring Role in Promoting War (May 1, 2023)
- John Pilger's Guide to Propaganda (April 21, 2023)
Journalist, author and filmmaker John Pilger, who has spent decades studying governments nefariousness, tells Katie Halper how to spot propaganda.
- Snowden and Texeira: Ten Years of Disaster (April 16, 2023)
The idea that the legacy media in any way serves the truth or the public interest is now completely buried. The legacy media serves the state, and the state serves the billionaires. It is a shame the Washington Post, New York Times, Guardian and Bellingcat each had no interest whatsoever in the journalistic pursuit of the truth behind this extraordinary episode. We live entirely in security states: there is no doubt about it.
- The Media Accountability Project (2023)
- Censoring Palestine: Swarms of Israeli Bots Are Crippling Pro-Palestinian Twitter Account (May 17, 2022)
The Israeli government's targeting of Palestinian digital content is well-documented. According to 7amleh, The Arab Center for the Advancement of Social Media, the Israeli Ministry of Justice Cyber Unit sends content-removal requests aimed at Palestinian content to social media companies such as Facebook, Google, and YouTube. The Justice Ministry has boasted these corporations comply with 95% of their requests. And Israeli governmental organizations and NGOs also encourage their citizens to flag Palestinian content for removal.
- Donziger: a Tale for Our Times (May 4, 2022)
This case shows how we are all, in a sense, the prisoners of corporations which dictate the terms on which we live, work and share knowledge.
- A Reader Sounds Off on PayPal's Ban on Consortium News (May 3, 2022)
As with Julian Assange and WikiLeaks, journalism that tells some truths that might undermine the case for war can't be tolerated.
- The NATO to TikTok Pipeline: Why is Tiktok employing so many national security agents? (April 29, 2022)
- An Intellectual No-Fly Zone: Online Censorship of Ukraine Dissent Is Becoming the New Norm (April 25, 2022)
Google has sent a warning shot across the world, ominously informing media outlets, bloggers, and content creators that it will no longer tolerate certain opinions when it comes to Russias invasion of Ukraine.
- Big Tech's 'Cancel Culture' Love Affair (April 21, 2022)
Cancel culture is inbuilt in the techno-feudalist project: conform to the hegemonic narrative, or else. Journalism that does not conform must be taken down. This month, several of us - Scott Ritter, myself, ASB Military News, among others - were canceled from Twitter. The - unstated - reason: we were debunking the officially approved narrative of the Russia/NATO/Ukraine war.
- As opportunities to see old movies fade, so does basic cinematic literacy (April 19, 2022)
When it comes to the movies many people feel comfortable ignoring anything made before they were born. Black-and-white movies? Forget it. Silent films? Are you kidding? And Im not even talking about teenagers, or casual fans. I've taught film students - many of whom want to make their own movies - who seem to think cinema started with 'Pulp Fiction.'
- Twitter Wars: My Personal Experience in Twitter's Ongoing Assault on Free Speech (April 13, 2022)
- Social media giants repress Palestinian content (March 29, 2022)
Silicon Valley is solidly entrenching itself as a devoted enemy of political dissent. As the West implements draconian sanctions against Russia over the invasion of Ukraine, including the banning of the Russian news outlets RT and Sputnik from YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and TikTok as well as search engine results, social media censorship of political messaging about the Palestinian liberation struggle continues.
- On Being Disappeared (March 28, 2022)
YouTube has removed the entire six-year archive of the author's show 'On Contact.' This censorship, he says, is about supporting what I.F Stone reminded us is what governments always do - lie.
- Social media giants allow hate speech against Russia but silence Israel's critics (March 18, 2022)
Silicon Valley's decision to allow anti-Russia threats reveals it as little more than a propaganda arm of the West.
- Conflict In Ukraine Used To Silence Voices Of Dissent In The United States (March 14, 2022)
Clearing the FOG speaks with political comedian Lee Camp about the sudden de-platforming that happened to him when RT America abruptly shut down after the Russian military intervention in Ukraine last month. Camp lost his program Redacted Tonight that aired weekly for the past eight years, and he was kicked off of other platforms such as Spotify. Camp talks about the big picture of growing censorship, the state of the media and freedom of the press, and the assault on the public's access to information that counters the narrative in the corporate media.
- Australian Government Sanctions People For Sharing Unauthorized Thoughts (March 8, 2022)
Stomping on speech which doesn't align with the authorized opinions of the government and the globe-spanning empire of which it is a member state.
- Western cancel culture has gone nuclear in targeting an entire country (March 7, 2022)
By now, we're all used to righteous people pitching fits and ganging up, mean-girl style, on those they feel have committed transgressions against the status quo. But amid the conflict in Ukraine, some are actually trying to deplatform the world's largest country by attacking anyone and anything even remotely associated with it.
- War, Conflict & Enemies of Truth (March 5, 2022)
The frenzy engendered by the Ukraine conflict reinforces a herd mentality that cries out for critical thinking.
- Defending Freedom And Democracy Sure Requires An Awful Lot Of Censorship (March 2, 2022)
Perhaps we have foolishly consented to a reality where the most powerful people in the world get to control the information people consume in order to shut down dissent against a murderous and oppressive globe-spanning oligarchic empire.
- Foreign Agents Designation Causes Media Cold War (February 28, 2022)
Media based in countries the United States regards as enemies, such as Russia and China, even if they are privately owned, are required to register as "foreign agents." So are media which run reports critical of U.S. foreign policy, like Al Jazeera. Other state owned-media, like the BBC, CBC, Deutsche Welle, let alone Voice of America, are not required to register.
- Censorship By Algorithm Does Far More Damage Than Conventional Censorship (January 24, 2022)
By mid-2017 independent media outlets were already reporting across ideological lines that algorithm changes from important sources of viewership like Google had suddenly begun hiding their content from people who were searching for the subjects they reported on.
- The Israel Narrative Is Crumbling Because Of Phone Cameras And The Internet (May 11, 2021)
Social media is teeming with viral video footage of police assaulting peaceful worshippers in the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, of Israelis cheering and chanting Yimach shemam (may their names be erased) at the sight of a fire near the mosque, of Israeli soldiers arresting Palestinian protesters using the signature knee-on-neck maneuver made famous by the murder of George Floyd, many of which have millions of views.
- We can defeat the corporate medias war to snuff out independent journalism (May 10, 2021)
as journalists seek to liberate themselves from the strictures of the old corporate media, that same corporate media is working very hard to characterise the new technology as a threat to media freedoms. This self-serving argument should be treated with a great deal of scepticism. I want to use my own experiences to argue that quite the reverse is true. And that the real danger is allowing the corporate media to reassert its monopoly over narrating the world to us.
- Like the Diana story, Meghans fight with the Royals will ensure nothing really changes (March 9, 2021)
Oprah Winfrey's interview with Meghan and Harry is a perfect case study of how an important political debate about the corrupting role of the monarchy on British life gets shunted aside yet again, not just by the endless Royal soap opera but by supposedly progressive identity politics.
- Twitter Rolls Out New Wikipedia-Like Program To Narrative Manage Tweets (January 26, 2021)
On the concerns raised in relation to Twitter's Birdwatch feature.
- Trump's Twitter Ban May Be Justified, but That Doesn't Mean Tech Giants' Power Isn't Scary (January 15, 2021)
On the implications of mixed media response to social media companies taking measures against Trump, after the storming of the US Capitol.
- Social media's erasure of Palestinians is a grim warning for our future (October 26, 2020)
Nowhere are ties between tech and state officials more evident than in their dealings with Israel. This has led to starkly different treatment of digital rights for Israelis and Palestinians.
- Twitter spreads paid US government propaganda while falsely claiming it bans state media ads (August 10, 2020)
On allegations that Twitter has demonstrated bias in favor of US government and its interests, with regards to policies on state-backed media outlets.
- Wikipedia formally censors the Grayzone as regime-change advocates monopolize editing (June 10, 2020)
On the blacklisting campaign of certain independent new sites launched by a small group of Wikipedia editors.
- People's Skepticism About Covid-19 Is The Fault Of The Lying Mass Media (March 31, 2020)
- Facebook censors explainer clip recalling when western media liked Soleimani and demonetizes popular account for sharing it (January 15, 2020)
The social media behemoth didn't just remove independent journalist Dan Cohen's 'In the Now' segment, "How 'good guy' Soleimani became US media's 'bad guy'," from the show's page on Tuesday it demonetized In the Now entirely, citing the typical unspecified violations of "community standards." The move comes amid an alarming escalation in the platform's crackdown on political speech that runs contrary to US foreign policy, a wave of censorship that has not been limited to Facebook.
- Facebook advertisers can write their own headlines for shared news stories (September 16, 2019)
Advertisers on Facebook are able to completely rewrite the displayed headline for news stories, CBC News has learned, opening the door for potential disinformation to spread on the platform while using news media branding as cover.
- Facebook Wants You to Know if Youre Getting Your News From the Wrong Government (March 1, 2019)
Media outlets owned by a company with ties to the Russian government are forced to disclose their affiliation on Facebook. Media outlets owned or funded by the US government are not held to the same standard.
- 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.
- Thank You, Ed Herman (November 15, 2017)
Obituary of Edward S. Herman, condsiderd "the godfather of antiwar media critique."
- 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.
- The Sad Story of Canadian Geographic (July 21, 2015)
Staff at Canadian Geographic magazine report that it publishes articles financed and vetted by companies without disclosing it as sponsored content.
- 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.
- The Pattern (Musically Annotated) (July 28, 2014)
The war of words heats up. Israeli and US leaders are all over the airwaves, saying Israel has a right to defend itself and that Hamas is responsible for all deaths on both sides. The news organizations feel they have to have some reporters in Gaza for a change. They keep trying to spin the news in Israels favour, but once theyre showing even a little bit of the reality on the ground, it all starts looking really bad for the Israelis with each new dead Palestinian child buried beneath the rubble.
- 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.
- Rupert's Empire of Slime (July 22, 2011)
In the name of freedom of the press Ruperts Fox News and commentators spew verbal venom on notions that smack of socialist, pink or liberal thought like taxing billionaires and regulating their corporate and banking behavior. Indeed, the Foxers promote billionaires not paying taxes as an example of virtue and freedom. You dont want your government squandering taxpayers money. Sure, imagine life without cops, firemen, schools, road repair service, etc.
- US military taps 'sock puppets' (March 25, 2011)
A new $2.76 million dollar 'counter-terrorism' initiative to create a pro-America online presence using fake online personas is underway. These interventions will not be conducted in English or on American sites, but will be Arabic, Farsi, Urdu, and Pashtu speaking "sock-puppets".
- Organized Crime: Muscling in on the media (February 24, 2011)
A total of 141 journalists were killed during the decade of the 2000s for daring to denounce the influence of criminal gangs and their parallel economy. Since the end of the Cold War, the medias leading predators have been mafias, drug cartels and paramilitary groups that have turned to large-scale smuggling.
- Sex.com takes crown as worlds most expensive domain name (February 23, 2011)
- AOL Buys Huffington Post and Another Crack at a Future (February 7, 2011)
- The Egyptian Uprising in the American Media (February 3, 2011)
It is no wonder that most Americans are hopelessly in the dark. Middle East news in the mainstream is constructed so that people remain in a perpetual state of confusion and fear.
- BBC Joins Smear Campaign Against Assange and Wikileaks (February 1, 2011)
The campaign by the establishment press against Julian Assange is intensifying.
- Keller's Hatchet Job (February 1, 2011)
For evidence of the sorry state of honesty and integrity in American public life, one need go no further than the New New York Times.
- A Wikileak on the US and Al-Jazeera (January 31, 2011)
A Wikileaks-released cable from the U.S. embassy in Doha, Qatar, shows that U.S. officials were angry with Al Jazeera in the wake of Israels three-week assault on Gaza, because, alone of news networks the world over, al-Jazeera had actually shown what was happening on the ground to Gazan civilians besieged by an unrelenting Israeli air, artillery, and ground attack.
- The Empty Press Room - How Corporate Journalism Happily Lost Interest in Climate Change (January 26, 2011)
In the medias coverage of climate change, are we really still stuck on square one of some ghastly board game?
- The Internet's Unholy Marriage to Capitalism (2011)
The economic context points to the paradox of the Internet as it has developed in a capitalist society. The Internet has been subjected, to a significant extent, to the capital accumulation process, which has a clear logic of its own, inimical to much of the democratic potential of digital communication, and that will be ever more so, going forward. What seemed to be an increasingly open public sphere, removed from the world of commodity exchange, seems to be morphing into a private sphere of increasingly closed, proprietary, even monopolistic markets.
- Australia Rejects Israeli-Ordered Media Censorship (December 22, 2010)
Australia rejects politically motivated censorship attempts.
- Public Disinterest: Information Commons Dismantled (December 14, 2010)
Seventy-five years after the Federal Radio Commission declared there was no room on the public airwaves for propaganda stations and denied a license renewal to a station that attacked Jews and law enforcement agencies, the airwaves are filled with both propaganda and venom. Today the airwaves, stripped of commons rules, feed hatred.
- The Secret Secret (December 9, 2010)
Only those with proper clearances can participate in discussions that affect significant aspects of our lives. Certain technological achievements, our collective ethical decisions (torture, secret prisons, air strikes, etc.), our collective behavior towards other nations and peoples (foreign policy discussions) and more are often obscured by state secrecy. Like the medieval clergy, those holding classified clearances are the sole legitimate interpreters of the 'really important' knowledge. In effect, they are a caste that guides our political and technological cosmologies.
- Net freedom 'at stake' on WikiLeaks (December 8, 2010)
Internet service providers are cutting access to the whistleblower site, raising broader concerns about online freedom.
- IFJ Condemns United States "Desperate and Dangerous" Backlash over WikiLeaks (December 7, 2010)
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) today condemned the political backlash being mounted against the whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks and accused the United States of attacking free speech after it put pressure on the website's host.
- IFJ Invites Applications for General Secretary Post (December 7, 2010)
The Executive Committee of the International Federation of Journalists is seeking to appoint a full time General Secretary, based in Brussels for a period of three years renewable.
- WikiLeaks appeals for help as attacks are stepped up (December 7, 2010)
As the whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks comes under mounting cyber-attacks and as hosting companies continue to withdraw their services, it is appealing to its supporters around the world to create mirror sites.
- The WikiLeaks wake up call (December 7, 2010)
Will a backlash against the WikiLeaks phenomenon have significant implications for the future of the Internet?
- Banamex v. Narco News Precedent Protects WikiLeaks, Too (December 1, 2010)
The story one that defines the times we live in - has been going on for a while now: State power (and that includes private-sector states such as corporations and commercial media organizations) can no longer hide behind commercial (and State-owned) media to consolidate and centralize power when citizens deploy decentralized, small scale, and even temporary media resistances outside of those institutions in these ways that make big media irrelevant.
- Authentic journalism: weapon of the people (November 19, 2010)
The path out of the crises wrought by commercial journalism opens when citizens steal back the mission that big media claimed but failed to do: Honest, coherent storytelling.
- No News is Not Good News (November 19, 2010)
If cops photograph and videotape protesters and journalists, it's news if it happens in China, but when it happens in the U.S., as it routinely does, the media are silent.
- The Media and the Far Right (October 19, 2010)
The right-moving trend of the mainstream media, absurdly deemed liberal by successfully intimidating corporatists and ideological aggressors, continues year after year.
- No longer a real newspaper, new Globe betrays Canadians (October 18, 2010)
The new tarted-up, glossy, colour Globe and Mail is many things, but it is not a real news paper.
- A War on Wikileaks? (August 11, 2010)
If the state fails to make any sense - not surprising - it is because it is has no intention of doing so. The state is appealing to something more visceral with all of this posturing: fear. It wants to strike fear into the minds and bodies of people working with Wikileaks, or anyone else doing such work, and anyone contemplating leaking any classified records. Fear is its greatest weapon of psychological destruction, with proven success at home. The outcome the state hopes for is greater self-censorship and greater self-monitoring.
- Beyond the dross (July 5, 2010)
Pilger and Platt discuss the craft of journalism.
- Know Your Digital Rights, Photographers (April 19, 2010)
- The internet's cyber radicals: heroes of the web changing the world (March 31, 2010)
Internet activists speak about censorship, the democratising impact of open source technology, and the importance of oportunities for anonimity in a post 9-11 world.
- Join the SOURCES Affiliate Program (March 28, 2010)
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- U.S. Intelligence planned to destroy Wikileaks (March 15, 2010)
This document is a classifed (SECRET/NOFORN) 32 page U.S. counterintelligence investigation into WikiLeaks. ``The possibility that current employees or moles within DoD or elsewhere in the U.S. government are providing sensitive or classified information to Wikileaks.org cannot be ruled out''. It concocts a plan to fatally marginalize the organization. Since WikiLeaks uses ``trust as a center of gravity by protecting the anonymity and identity of the insiders, leakers or whisteblowers'', the report recommends ``The identification, exposure, termination of employment, criminal prosecution, legal action against current or former insiders, leakers, or whistlblowers could potentially damage or destroy this center of gravity and deter others considering similar actions from using the Wikileaks.org Web site''.
- Banning of Books Alarms Freedom Advocates (February 23, 2010)
The confiscation and banning of books by Malaysian authorities is sending alarm bells ringing among activists, who want the repeal of laws that the government is using to suppress freedom of expression.
- Funding for Non-profit Media or Public Interest Activities (February 15, 2010)
A group that launches, or even refocuses, an independent news media project - or raises money for just about any public-interest activity - will probably have success in fundraising if it does the proper research and targets a unique audience. It will need to demonstrate that it offers an important public service, such as providing in-depth coverage of local political, economic, and social issues not covered adequately by other media.
- Independent media advocates must develop creative news sites (February 1, 2010)
We should be able to come up with two or three practical models that can be used to set up sustainable news and information production and delivery systems.
- Could a 'mini-paper' nip at the heels of mainstream press? (January 21, 2010)
A mini-paper would be incredibly inexpensive to publish. There would be no requirement for newsprint, a huge printing plant or large delivery system.
- Creation of Sustainable Free Media Would Be Huge Breakthrough (January 12, 2010)
Independent media organizations would approach news differently compared to the coverage provided by corporate-owned media.
- Canadian Media in Crisis (January 10, 2010)
How so-called "business journalism" is often biased and tends to give readers a distorted picture of the news.
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- Why Canada must limit the influence of corporate media (December 16, 2009)
Traditional news departments follow unwritten but well-understood guidelines concerning what they should not cover. Most people in the newsrooms have been so thoroughly indoctrinated in corporate ideology that they seldom suggest a story that falls outside of the guidelines.
- US games company sues British blogger (December 11, 2009)
In an internet defamation case that lawyers say could set an "extraordinary precedent", an American games company is suing a British blogger in the Australian courts.
- Canwest latest 'media giant' to exploit news operations (December 8, 2009)
Media corporations claim to care about quality journalism, but they've deceived Canadians for decades -- censoring news to protect their profits, pandering to the interests of the corporate world, and neglecting to invest adequately in their news operations. For decades powerful media corporations have decided what news Canadians should read, hear, and see. By reading just about any Canadian daily newspaper it's not hard to see how the values of corporate-owned media are quite different from the values and interests of the majority of Canadians.
- PITCHfest, LAUNCHfest Contests to Debut at DOMAINfest Global 2010 Conference (December 6, 2009)
DomainSponsor#, the domain monetization division of Oversee.net#, announced today that PITCHfest(TM) AND LAUNCHfest(TM) will debut at its fourth annual DOMAINfest Global# (DFG) conference, scheduled for January 26-28, 2010 in Santa Monica, California
- Pay-to-Print (November 30, 2009)
On "paid news".
- A Comparative Review of Flat Earth News and Newspeak (November 20, 2009)
A comparative review of two recent books about the media, one a mainstream view, the other using the propaganda model of media control.
- The Malawian who harnessed the airwaves (November 16, 2009)
- Call for more international support for exile radios after station director wins award (November 6, 2009)
Reporters Without Borders congratulates Kim Seong-Min, founder and director of the Seoul-based Free North Korea Radio, on winning the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy#s Asia Democracy and Human Rights Award.
- Justifying What You Know Can't Be True (November 3, 2009)
Researchers looking at al-Qaeda and Saddam Hussein explore why it is that people often steadfastly believe something even when they've been shown it ain't so.
- Sources Calendar (October 29, 2009)
Listings of events of interest to journalists, editors, researchers, publishers and others working in the media and in publishing, covering Canadian and international events, press conferences, meetings, festivals and holidays, as well as award deadlines.
- A memorial to killed journalists, a call to action (October 20, 2009)
More than 500 journalists have been targeted for murder, our research shows, and nearly nine in 10 of these slayings go unpunished. Another 200 journalists have been killed in combat or on dangerous assignments; their stories offer lessons in how to improve security and hold governments accountable. Through interactive maps, timelines, and statistical breakdowns, our new database provides analysis by country, year, and type of death. It puts a special emphasis on unsolved murders, a focal point of CPJ's Global Campaign Against Impunity.
- Guardian gagged from reporting Parliament (October 13, 2009)
- Trafigura gag attempt unites house in protest (October 13, 2009)
Efforts by the law firm Carter-Ruck to stop reporting of a Commons question about Trafigura have outraged MPs on all sides.
- Guardian gagged from reporting parliament (October 12, 2009)
Today's published Commons order papers contain a question to be answered by a minister later this week. The Guardian is prevented from identifying the MP who has asked the question, what the question is, which minister might answer it, or where the question is to be found. The Guardian is also forbidden from telling its readers why the paper is prevented # for the first time in memory # from reporting parliament. Legal obstacles, which cannot be identified, involve proceedings, which cannot be mentioned, on behalf of a client who must remain secret.
- Through the Lens of Young Slum Dwellers (October 10, 2009)
Two dozen young slum dwellers in Buenos Aires began filming a documentary about themselves this month, in an attempt to break down the negative stereotypes with which they are portrayed in the media.
- The Twitterest Pill (October 9, 2009)
Who judges the legitimate and illegitimate uses of communications technology in social movements? Which networked alliances have State-sponsorship, and which ones face criminalization and State-crackdown? Social media are relying on open network access, but this openness too easily sugarcoats itself in democratic notions (participation, interactivity, freedom). At the same historic moment, we are also witnessing an expansion, integration, and refinement of sovereign police power. When the two converge we begin to see an increase in repressive intervention into, and pre-emption of, information use.
- Chomsky in Mexico (October 2, 2009)
September has been a big month for La Jornada. To celebrate its 25th birthday, the National Lottery offered a commemorative ticket as did the Mexico City Metro subway system, rare mainstream honors for a lefty rag, and notorious U.S. rabble rouser Noam Chomsky came to town to help cut the cake - along with Gabriel Garcia Marquez (a founding investor) and the much-lauded Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano. The Jornada was founded in 1984 by itinerant journalists who had bounced from one short-lived left periodical to the next.
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