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Journalists around the world call for Julian Assange

INITIATED ON DECEMBER 6, 2019, BY TWO SWISS JOURNALISTS SERENA TINARI AND CATHERINE RIVA, THE JOURNALISTS’ CALL FOR JULIAN ASSANGE HAS ALREADY GARNERED PRESTIGIOUS SIGNATURES. WE JOIN IN AND INVITE ALL PROFESSIONALS IN THE TRADE TO DO THE SAME. THE CALL IS RESERVED FOR JOURNALISTS AND RELATED PROFESSIONS, EDITORS, CRITICS, OBSERVERS. Continue reading

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Open letter to Derek Stoffel, CBC Middle East Bureau chief

From: Peter Larson <peter.larson@sympatico.ca>
Sent: May 26, 2018 9:36 AM
To: ‘derek.stoffel@cbc.ca‘ <derek.stoffel@cbc.ca>
Cc: ‘jennifer.mcguire@cbc.ca‘ <jennifer.mcguire@cbc.ca>; ‘jack.nagler@cbc.ca‘ <jack.nagler@cbc.ca>
Subject: Open letter to Mr. Derek Stoffel, CBC Correspondent in Jerusalem, about his coverage of the Palestinian protests in Gaza Continue reading

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How the New York Times partook in the plunder of Iraq

Who gave permission to the New York Times to remove thousands of ISIL files from Iraq? | SINAN ANTOON*

A US soldier hauls documents during a raid conducted at a community centre in Baghdad in June 2003 [AP/Jim Krane]

A US soldier hauls documents during a raid conducted at a community centre in Baghdad in June 2003 | AP/Jim Krane

Many of the precious objects displayed in the global north’s major museums were plundered from their home in the global south. The dubious itinerary and the illegal and unethical practices that facilitated the plunder cannot be found in the laconic texts accompanying these exhibited objects. Continue reading

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What this world needs is some really honest journalists

By RAMZY BAROUD*

Media-Culpa(June 10) – Writing about and reporting the Middle East is not an easy task, especially during these years of turmoil and upheaval. But I cannot remember another time in recent history we needed journalists to shine, to challenge conventional wisdom, to think in terms of contexts, motives, alliances, not ideological, political or financial interests. Continue reading

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CNN International, Gulf Co-operation Council and the business of war

CNNFor four years, the US, Canada and NATO together with the monopoly media such as CNN have portrayed the foreign intervention in the Syrian Arab Republic as a “civil war” and championed foreign terrorists as “moderate rebels” – proxy forces that are harboured, trained, armed, and extensively funded by a coalition of NATO and members of the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC)  within the borders of Turkey (NATO territory) and Jordan. Continue reading

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Halifax Chronicle Herald locks out both press workers and modern journalism

The owners of the Halifax Herald Ltd. have erected a chain-link fence around its printing plant to keep the picketing unionized workers from entering the premises | Halifax Media Co-op

The owners of the Halifax Herald Ltd. have erected a chain-link fence around its printing plant to keep the picketing unionized workers from entering the premises | Halifax Media Co-op

The Chronicle Herald in Halifax has locked out 13 pressroom workers and is printing the daily paper with anti-worker scab mercenaries. The owners of the newspaper have erected a chain-link fence around its printing plant to keep the picketing unionized workers from entering the premises. Hired guards escort the anti-worker mercenaries into the plant to do the work of the locked out press workers. Continue reading

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John Pilger: How the media promotes the lies leading to catastrophic war

The world faces the prospect of major war, but the truth is turned upside down and inside out by journalists, including those who promoted the lies that led to the Iraq bloodbath. JOHN PILGER* 

John Pilger at Ecuador embassy

John Pilger talks to the media after meeting with Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian Embassy, where he has been seeking asylum for over two years.


WHY HAS SO MUCH journalism succumbed to propaganda? Why are censorship and distortion standard practice? Why is the BBC so often a mouthpiece of rapacious power? Why do the New York Times and the Washington Post deceive their readers? Continue reading

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CBC and Obama: Unacceptable

Some 400 people demonstrated at both CBC Radio and CBC TV buildings in Halifax on July 18th to denounce slanted media coverage of the massacre taking place in Gaza. Far from having reporters cover the event or sending out a representative to speak with the protesters, the CBC called security demanding that the demonstrators get off the property.

Some 400 people demonstrated at both CBC Radio and CBC TV buildings in Halifax on July 18th to denounce slanted media coverage of the massacre taking place in Gaza. Far from having reporters cover the event or sending out a representative to speak with the protesters, the CBC called security demanding that the demonstrators get off the property.

By KIM PETERSEN*

(July 19) – On Friday afternoon July 18th in Halifax, Nova Scotia, hundreds of people gathered in front of the building which houses Canada’s state media, the CBC. An article in the CBC of the same day explains why the people of Halifax were disgusted; its subtitle quotes United States president Barack Obama: “’No nation should accept rockets fired into its borders,’ Obama says of Israel’s ground push.”

How should the nations where the United States carries out drone missile attacks respond to such an utterance from Obama? Continue reading

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CBC: Occupation? What Occupation?

CBC “politely” orchestrates disinformation of Harper war government on Israel/Gaza | BRUCE WARK*

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Some 400 people demonstrated at both CBC Radio and CBC TV buildings in Halifax on July 18, 2014 to denounce slanted media coverage of the massacre taking place in Gaza. Far from having reporters cover the event or sending out a representative to speak with the protesters, the CBC called security demanding that the demonstrators get off the property.

mediaspin.ca (July 20) – Jason Kenney, a senior minister in Canada’s Conservative government, delivered a ringing defence of Israel’s latest attacks on Gaza during the July 19th edition of the CBC Radio program, The House, while guest host Rosemary Barton listened politely. Continue reading

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Graphic details: The Puffington Host

puffingtonSource: Mad Magazine, from jimromensko.com

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US: Great moments in disaster journalism

Atlanta calls in it's emergency reserve of snowplows! (Thanks Marty)

Atlanta calls in it’s emergency reserve of snowplows! (Thanks Marty)

Mark Washburn, Charlotte Observer, NC  (Feb. 12) – IN CASE you’re not up with the latest, we are in the gorilla grip of an epic calamity of lost-mitten proportions, a savage siege of ice and snow that will alter our lives forever, if not inconvenience us for hours. Continue reading

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Death of US journalism 2013

 

Merchants of Death Speak: PBS

mediaculpaheader.stretchedThe January 23 episode of PBS series Nova was a mostly upbeat report on drones and surveillance. What viewers may not have known about “Rise of the Drones” was that it was funded in part by Lockheed Martin – the giant aerospace corporation that just happens to be a major drone manufacturer. Continue reading

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Thousands protest press credibility in march against monopoly media

Image from facebook.com @MarchAgainstMainstreamMedia

Image from facebook.com @MarchAgainstMainstreamMedia

I am posting this report for the information of readers, as it reflects the depth of the social disconnect between the people and the self-serving monopoly media. As a professional journalist, once with the Toronto Globe and Mail, I am sympathetic to the pressures faced by the journalists and staff but I do not believe such a media can be reformed nor the illusion that it can “speak truth to power.” The monopoly media is part of power, as demonstrated by how every daily newspaper in Canada supported the Anglo-American war on Iraq in 2003, and the US-UK-disinformation about weapons on mass destruction needed to confuse and disorient the people, as again today with Syria and Iran. I am for building an independent media which seeks truth from fact and reports objective reality in the interests of the people – or which helps us develop true and proper public opinion about the unfolding events. Such a media with lofty aims and representing a just cause cannot be termed “alternative media,” which is to marginalize it. That media is the mainstream media. It is the monopoly media that presents an “alternative” and anti-social view of reality. That was the conviction of myself and my colleagues with which we published Shunpiking, Nova Scotia’s discovery magazine, for 13 years and the response of thousands of our readers. – Tony Seed

THOUSANDS of people in the UK and US united in their rejection of mainstream media in a mass protest. Protesters targetedthe headquarters of media giants like Fox News, the BBC and NBS, decrying their narrow coverage of world affairs. Continue reading

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Graphic details. Use of US news sources

From David Brenneman (thanks to Undernews): Two of a series of charts from a new report from the Pew Research Center illustrate the ongoing decline of the print editions of the American monopoly media. Continue reading

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‘Paid content’ is the degeneration of the monopoly media

Recent paid content strategies threaten to blur the line between news and advertising, analysts say

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Screen shot from The Atlantic’s offending Scientology paid content advertisement

ON MONDAY, Jan. 14, The Atlantic raised some eyebrows with the publication of a “sponsor content” article on its website celebrating the Church of Scientology. The magazine took the article down within hours following outcry from readers and journalists, reported Poynter. As media organizations search for ways to leverage their brands online, critics warn about blurring the lines between news and advertising. Continue reading

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Viciousness of Sportsnet, death of journalism – or Colangelo talking through Rogers’ talking heads?

By OUR ULTIMATE NBA INSIDER, FUELLED BY SYNERGY

bargnani_free_throw640_640SPORTS FANS, his Toronto Raptor team-mates and Andrea Bargnani and his family must have been shocked and stunned by the hostess of Rogers Sportsnet Connected on Monday, November 26. Leading into the 5:00-6:00 p.m. supperhour segment she asked rhetorically, “Has Andrea Bargnani’s time in Toronto run out?”

Thinking it was to be a lead item I waited for the surprising news. And waited. And waited. Finally, some fifty minutes later, she flatly announced with a straight face that Mr Bargnani was on the way out and that “fans have given up on him.” (How she divined this insight only an Insider can figure out.) Our hostess then followed up the shock attack by interviewing one of Sportsnet’s ubiquitous “Insiders,” Michael Grange, to explain it all. Is now the time to trade Andrea Bargnani, he was asked.

Mr Grange said NO!

For a brief moment I thought, wow, Rogers didn’t script this very well. Continue reading

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