In 48 hours, nearly half the British mass media could be bought by one of the world’s worst media moguls.
Rupert Murdoch has exploited his vast media empire to push war in Iraq, elect George W Bush, spread resentment of Muslims and immigrants, block global action on climate change, and undermine democracy by viciously smearing politicians who refuse his orders.
A lock on British media will massively boost Murdoch’s power to undermine global efforts on peace, human rights and the environment. The UK is up in arms over the Murdoch bid, and even the Murdoch-allied government is split down the middle as it makes a decision this week. Global solidarity bolstered Egypt’s pro-democracy protesters — it can help Britain’s. Let’s build an urgent global outcry to stop Rupert Murdoch. Sign the petition to UK leaders:
Murdoch undermines democratic government across the world by threatening elected leaders with viciously biased media coverage unless they do his bidding. 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.
We can turn the tide on this powerful threat to democracy. Last year, Murdoch had lunch with the Canadian Prime Minister, who sent his chief aide to set up a Murdoch-style political propaganda TV network in Canada. A mass outcry from Canadian Avaaz members prevented this network from being funded by taxpayer money, and just last week, another mass campaign from Avaaz prevented the Canadian government from removing the journalistic standards that would prevent this new network from spreading lies to the public. This week the battleground is the UK. The fight against Murdoch has just begun, but already we’ve begun to win. Click below to keep up the pressure:
The power of Avaaz and of this moment in our world’s history, is the power of unity. Across the Arab world and beyond, people are coming together in common cause across all boundaries. Murdoch’s power is the ability to divide. His networks use fear and misinformation to divide left from right, citizens from foreigners, Muslim from western, immigrants from non-immigrants, etc. Murdoch knows that democracy must be divided before it can be conquered. This week, let’s show him what unity looks like.
Ricken, Alex, Emma, Sam, Milena, Alice, Iain, Morgan, Maria Paz and the whole Avaaz team Sources:
Murdoch close to deal with regulators over Sky
What’s at stake with Murdoch’s bid for BSkyB
Murdoch editors’ repeated meetings with police chiefs
Rupert Murdoch’s assault on peace and democracy
Rupert Murdoch’s growing media empire
Fox boss ordered staff to cast doubt on climate science http://mediamatters.org/blog/201012150004
Police fail to investigate mass phone hacking http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/05/magazine/05hacking-t.html?_r=1