Please sign this petition to stop Murdoch buying BSkyB(4 Posts)
Have copied the following from Avaaz, but if you can't be bothered to read, just spend 30 seconds following the link and sign the petition.
In 24 hours, nearly half our commercial media could be owned by Rupert Murdoch.
For four decades he has interfered with our democracy -- determining election results, bolstering politicians in exchange for influence, and smearing others who refuse his orders. But he may have finally gone too far -- with just 24 hours left before the decision, the coalition is still deeply divided on Murdoch's bid for BSkyB.
The government is deciding right now whether Murdoch can gain control of one of Britain's largest news corporations. Let's tip the balance against Murdoch's attempt to tighten his grip on our media. Click to send an urgent message directly to key decision makers on the BSkyB bid and send this on to everyone -- let's flood our politicians with tens of thousands of messages telling them we want Murdoch?s hands off our democracy:
Murdoch has used his vast media empire to push war in Iraq, elect George W Bush, and block global action on climate change, and if he wins this week in Britain he will use his networks here to undermine all the issues that we care about. He has manipulated US, British and Australian democracy for years, but now he wants more complete control. In the US, most of the likely Republican presidential candidates are actually paid employees of Murdoch! When his Fox News Network was shunned by Barack Obama as a mere propaganda mouthpiece, it spawned the far right "tea party"and broadcast constant, often hate-filled attacks against Obama and his healthcare and peace agenda -- resulting in a huge win for Republicans in the 2010 congressional elections.
Murdoch media staff have trampled laws and standards when gathering news. Several News Corporation executives approved phone hacking and, when a formal investigation began, they had regular secret meetings with senior police officers who then failed to investigate the full extent of the scandal. Our government should punish such an organisation, not allow it monopoly powers over our media. But if Rupert Murdoch is allowed to buy all of BSkyB this week, he will soon own half of our commercial newspapers and television. This should not be allowed in any democracy.
We can turn the tide on this powerful threat to our democracy. In the end the News of the World phone hacking scandal forced David Cameron?s communications director to resign. And a mass outcry from Canadian Avaaz members recently prevented a Murdoch-style TV network from getting taxpayer funding and stopped the Canadian government from removing the journalistic standards that would prevent this new network from spreading lies to the public. The fight against Murdoch has just begun, but already we've begun to win. Let's do the same in Britain! Click below to send an urgent message and send this on to everyone:
After the latest revelations from Murdoch's News International I think it is imperitive to boycott all of his meida.
Some shocking info here on his past practises taken from John Pilger's book Hidden Agendas:
The ethos Murdoch wanted to build in his papers was demonstrated early in his career. In 1964, his Sydney Tabloid published the diary of a fourteen year old schoolgirl under the headline, WE HAVE SCHOOLGIRL'S ORGY DIARY. A thirteen-year-old boy, who was identified, was expelled from the same school. Shortly afterwards, he hanged himself from his mother's clothesline. The girl was subsequently examined by a doctor from the Child Welfare Department and found to be a virgin. The diary was the product of a fertile adolescent imagination.
Richard Neville, an editor at a different publication, went to see the boy's family and was moved to grief, and angered by the circumstances of the boy's death. In his autobiography he wrote, It seemed that some publishers could get away with murder. Neville later confronted Murdoch with the consequence of his newspaper's behaviour and was told, Everybody makes mistakes.
Here's another bit from the same book on Murdoch's Sun newspaper's treatment of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster days after the tragedy in 1989.
[on the Sun's front page was written] 'THE TRUTH' in huge letters. Beneath it were three subsidiary headlines: 'Some fans picked pockets of victims'...'some fans urinated on the brave cops'...'some fans beat up PC giving kiss of life'.
The story described how drunken Liverpool fans viciously attacked rescue workers as they tried to revive victims and police officers, fireman and ambulance crew were punched kicked and urinated upon.
None of it was true. There was no hooliganism. People were vomiting and behaving strangely because they were being crushed and traumatised. Others died because senior police officers failed to understand that the fans inside the pen were fighting for their lives, not trying to invade the pitch. The truth was the opposite. Like much of the sun it was clearly intended to pander to prejudice.
When ITN news asked permission to film the funeral of Joan Taylor's two dead sons, she respectfully refused, asking for her family's privacy to be respected. By Sun invaded the funeral, with photographers shooting from a wall. The picture of her son's coffin on the front page of the paper that had lied about the circumstances of their deaths so deeply upset her that eight years later, she has difficulty speaking about it. Is this what a newspaper is meant to do? she asked
The subsequent inquiry by Lord Justice Taylor left no doubt where the blame lay. The real cause of the Hillsborough disaster, he said in his report, was overcrowding...the main reason for the disaster was the failure of the police.
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Here is a link on Youtube about these incidents, please post this too.
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