Department Of Homeland Security Compiling Database Of Journalists And ‘Media Influencers’
Every day, journalists face serious consequences including physical violence, imprisonment and death. A few days ago, the Committee to Protect Journalists launched its annual Free The Press campaign to raise awareness about imprisoned journalists throughout the world. On May 3, UNESCO will once again mark World Press Freedom Day “to inform citizens of violations of press freedom — a reminder that in dozens of countries around the world, publications are censored, fined, suspended and closed down, while journalists, editors and publishers are harassed, attacked, detained and even murdered.”
Meanwhile, the United States government, traditionally one of the bastions of press freedom, is about to compile a list of professional journalists and “top media influencers,” which would seem to include bloggers and podcasters, and monitor what they’re putting out to the public.
The alternative media legitimately has had a lot to say since the mainstream media became concentrated in the hands of a few wealthy individuals whose goals in becoming news magnates had more to do with their personal wealth building than anything else.
The SEC and FCC could and should have stopped the over-consolidation of publishing and broadcast ownership decades ago. When they failed to do so, the DoJ should have stepped in and stopped it. But it didn’t.
Things will get even worse if you don’t speak up … bias-drenched Sinclair Broadcasting giant will grow even bigger. Please sign the petition to prevent it from this link:
If you remain unconvinced that you should sign the petition, please read a bit about what the LA Times had to say about Fox’s Rupert Murdoch 32+ years ago, and what the Guardian has to say about Jeff Bezos yesterday and reconsider. Thank you.
Murdoch Becomes U.S. Citizen, Can Buy TV Network
NEW YORK — Rupert Murdoch, Australian-born publishing magnate, became a U.S. citizen today, removing an obstacle to his acquisition of a network of independent American television stations …
… Murdoch recently purchased 50% of 20th Century Fox Film Corp. and plans to purchase Metromedia, the nation’s largest group of independent television stations, including KTTV in Los Angeles. Under federal regulations an alien may not own more than 20% of a broadcast license.
September 4, 1985
Trump’s enemy is not your friend: why we shouldn’t defend Amazon
In threatening a single business because of some personal quarrel with its CEO – apparently in order to squeeze friendlier coverage out of a newspaper that the CEO happens to own – Donald Trump has clearly violated the basic rules of democratic government. But it is also important to remember that the enemy of my enemy is not necessarily my friend. Amazon has been the subject of critical reporting for a number of years; anyone who reads the Guardian or the New York Times knows about the company’s alarming labour practices and its imperial economic ambitions.