By Jim Hayes
Unknown to most citizens, the Australian parliament has passed legislation to compel tech companies to pay a fee for news content. Those familiar with the issue know that this is about helping Rupert Murdoch extend his monopoly into online media. Continue reading New legislation helps to extend Murdoch monopoly into digital media
By Jim Hayes
Facebook will cut down allowing news content to be posted on its platform in Australia. This is the reaction to the move to force social media companies to pay publishers. Restrictions have already begun. Continue reading The battle for control over social media in Australia
Julian Assange’s extradition hearing continued last week, and a lot of time was devoted to argument over his mental health. The judge made clear, a decision is not going to be made before the United States Presidential election in November. Big media, press freedom groups, and some prominent ‘human rights’ organisations continue to fall in line with Donald Trump, and have mostly gone silent on the case. Author and member of the Glasgow University Media Group, Alan Macleod, writes about this (Orinoco Tribune 25 September 2020).
Julian Assange’s extradition case in the United Kingdom continues. The accused is in prison and appearing on the dock at court, although he has been charged with no crime. Continue reading Julian Assange’s defence in London court exposing sinister methods to get him
From the United States to Australia, Rupert Murdoch’s media empire regularly courts controversy. Its coverage of COVID-19, however, is on another level.
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The following article was republished in the New Daily (14 June 2020). The source is Associated Press. The name of the author is not provided. The article is noteworthy, as it provides details of Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News knowingly publishing fake photographs to back its portrayal of protests against the killing of George Floyd by police officers in Seatle, as violent and needing to be suppressed. Fox is the source of the fiction that armed gangs hare holding areas in American cities hostage terrorising inhabitants and demanding protection money, now making the rounds of social media. Bringing the truth to light is important.
This statement is being circulated among journalists and others working in media, as a measure of support for Julian Assange. The persecution of the WikiLeaks editor is a serious violation of the right to free speech, threatening all who work in media, and by extension, the loss of the right of all citizens to know. Many minds have been muddled by a long propaganda war to destroy Assange’s reputation and legitimise extraordinary methods, like the ignoring of legal principals, disproportionate punishment and what amounts to torture. Continue reading Journalists speak up for Julian Assange
Today, 16 October, marks the anniversary of the murder of the Balibo Five. They were Australian journalists reporting on the situation in East Timor. The Indonesian army had taken them and made them disappear. Continue reading Australia’s government and major media outlets ignore murder of nine Australian journalists
Australian Federal Police are to fly to Afghanistan to investigate alleged war crimes involving Australian soldiers. Continue reading Federal Police to go to investigate Australian war crimes in Afghanistan