Over 100 MPs From All Parties Unite to Condemn The Murdoch Problem.

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107 MPs from all UK political parties are finally doing something about the Murdoch problem.

They’ve signed a scathing letter to The S*n’s editor, calling for the scalp of the journo who wrote their most recent incendiary, racist article. The article in question plumbed new depths for the S*n’s depravity and has been likened to nazi propaganda.

OS5in5The letter was organised by Naz Shah, the Labour MP for Bradford West and details precise examples of how the S*n’s increasingly racist content correlates with spikes in hate crimes.

It follows a joint complaint about the article to the press regulator, IPSO (the Independent Press Standards Organisation), issued by Jewish and Muslim organisations last week. IPSO have received a further 150 complaints about the article so far.

Given that IPSO are famously toothless and Murdoch is notoriously powerful, letter writing and complaining might appear like futile gesture politics at this point.

Here’s why I think it might not be just that.

Firstly and most broadly, gesture politics are not in and of themselves futile. They are a means to an end. An end to the beginning. Doors opening to new possibilities. Politicians from all parties, people of all faiths and none are uniting against racism and Murdochian propaganda. This marks yet another significant milestone in the struggle for real democracy.

During Occupy Democracy‘s occupations of Parliament Square in 2015-16, we heard from numerous ‘insiders’, including politicians and ex-politicians that they and their colleagues were terrified of the tabloids’ power to snoop, smear and blackmail. The corrupting influence of the media was then and is still now one of the fundamental pillars of corruption in Westminster’s Prostitute State and beyond. No politician would propose or support legislation to meaningfully reform the media, for fear that their character and career would be assassinated by the gutter press, such was the reputation of the billionaires behind the curtain.

Reforming and democratising media ownership became one of Occupy Democracy’s principle demands. During these occupations, some of us co-founded Occupy The Media Billionaires working group. One of the core objectives we set ourselves was to embolden and empower good politicians to end the tabloids’ stranglehold over our democracy.

Two years ago, a gesture like this letter from such a large number of the political classes seemed impossible.

The fact that the letter has cross-party support might also prove to be significant in terms of the progressive alliance for electoral reform, which continues to evolve backstage, regardless what the various party leaderships say. (Jeremy Corbyn’s signature was notably absent from the letter of condemnation, though he has warmly welcomed it’s contents).

Out of all the hatred and fear, does this cross-party political faction represent real hope?

dontletmurdochshitinyourheadMurdoch’s power and influence is not to be underestimated. His empire is vast. We must not be complacent or naive, but we should certainly celebrate the victories when they come. We can also celebrate (but not overstate) the fact that newscorp suffered another loss of £629m (2%) in the first quarter of this year.

Two years ago, corporate 1% media held the monopoly on information and the way in which it was shared.

They were ignoring, censoring or distorting social media and citizen journalism.

Over the last year or so, #PostTruth, #AlternativeFacts and #FakeNews was them laughing at us, trying to distract, divide, demoralise and disempower everybody with infantile astroturfing, gaslighting, flame wars and worse.

Now they’re so desperate that they’re literally printing nazi propaganda, blatantly inciting violence. They’ve been fighting citizen journalism since long before social media arrived. The internet offers us the edge we have desperately needed.

This letter marks another significant win in the struggle for a truly independent media, a real democracy and a fairer, more truthful and compassionate world.

This was only the politicians’ first hurdle though. Next, they should be bringing criminal prosecutions against all the Murdochian, Machievellian hatemongers masquerading as journalists.

If they can introduce some meaningful, strong legislation to democratise media ownership then that would be the cherry on the cake.

Here’s the full letter, as originally published by the independent.

Sincere thanks to all the MPs involved, even the Tories and Blairites.

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BLATANT: MOCKING FAIL OF FAR-RIGHT 1% MEDIA [Daily Wail Corrections]

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The tabloids, their corporate advertisers and chums in government started it…

The last 7 years of the far-right 1%’s constant, vicious, brutal ‘austerity’ (or class war), punishing the most vulnerable members of society is beyond ‘bullying’. As new Sheffield MP, Jared O’Mara says, it’s eugenics. Shadow chancellor, John McDonnell has rightly called for Iain Duncan Smith to face criminal charges over WCA ‘fit to work’ deaths.

The Tories’ Victorian throwback, Jacob Rees-Mogg has barely been slapped on the wrist for associating with nazis. Racist Tory MP, Anne Marie Morris has been suspended from the party, when she should have been expelled and arrested for using hate speech.

It is laughably hypocritical for the 1% to use their gutter press to point the finger at the ‘hard-left’ when their far-right propaganda is so demonstrably damaging to the national psyche in terms of it’s racism, classism and fearmongering.

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It’s not just the fail, either…

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It’s the lot of em.

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KT HOPKINS APOLOGISES [Daily Wail]

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Bigots Sneaked Out £150,000 Apology in the Early Hours of Monday Morning

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TOXIC PARTY CONFERENCE [The Occupied Sun]

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Tories Now More Racist Than UKIP

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WHITE SILENCE IS VIOLENCE #BlackLivesMatter

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WHITE SILENCE IS VIOLENCE

 

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This meme was created by a white person, in solidarity with all of our Black and other non-white family who are suffering around the world in ways I cannot imagine because of my white privilege.

Together, we can overcome the injustice of white
capitalist hetero-patriarchy, AKA the 1%.

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Here is some excellent advice for confronting racism posted by Uditi Sen, an assistant professor of South Asian studies and history at Hampshire College.

“Some tips on dealing with being a spectator. NEVER engage the perpetrator. He (and it is usually he) is looking for confrontation. Instead speak to the person he is abusing. Say hello. Introduce yourself. Shake his or her hand. And just stand with them. Keep talking. About anything. Weather. Bus schedules. Football. This kind of bullying never works against a group of people having a conversation. Usually a single person travelling or a mom with a kid or maximum, two women are targeted. Form a group of people with and around them if you can. Don’t tell them they are not alone. Just don’t let them be alone. I speak from experience. Once, I encountered a young girl wearing a hijab being abused as a terrorist by a drunk man on a train. I just went and sat beside her and started a conversation with her. After a while, the dude lost interest. I had a lovely chat with a young student from Qatar. She wanted to study literature while her dad was only prepared to pay for engineering or commerce as he wanted her to join the family business. It helped her feel safe and it expanded my horizons.”

RACISTS ARE NOT WELCOME HERE!

IMPORTANT UPDATE from Brighton Antifa‘s fedbook page:

“At the same time as fascist march in Brighton, there is also a Skinhead Reunion event. Please be aware that vast majority of those attending are non-racist skinheads with quite few being on our side. Whilst there might be few unsavoury characters from the far-right trying to mix in with the Reunion crowd, use your common sense and don’t assume every skinhead you will see in town on the day came here for the fascist march. Hopefully Skinhead Reunion organisers will also make sure at their end that any attempts of racists trying to infiltrate their event will be dealt with”.

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REFUGEES ARE WELCOME

On the 4th of June, a group of far-right racists want to protest in Brighton against refugees. The group, calling themselves “South Coast Resistance” or “Pie and Mash Squad” say they’re opposed to our city hosting any refugees whilst British people are homeless.

In reality, this is simply an excuse for their undisguised racism. These fascists don’t care about homelessness, they just want to keep refugees out. The reason for the homelessness in Brighton isn’t the ( frankly pathetically small ) amount of refugees we’re taking in, it’s the government selling off all the council stock, closing homeless shelters and banning squatting.

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I am White. Does That Automatically Make Me a Racist?

I just had to unfriend somebody on fedbook.

We had been friends since 2011 when we met at Occupy Democracy’s #TarpaulinRevolution in Parliament Square.

Over the last 5 years I have had many long debates with her about the nature of racism.

Today’s brief convo was the last straw for me though:

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I am white. I am male. I am fragile.

I am deeply saddened by this person’s definition of racism:

“oppression towards the inferior less powerful race – get to know! – white people are the supremacist race”

I thought that racism was:

a product of the complex interaction in a given society of a race-based worldview with prejudice, stereotyping, and discrimination. Racism can be present in social actions, practices, or political systems (e.g., apartheid) that support the expression of prejudice or aversion in discriminatory practices”.

I’ve campaigned actively against racism my whole life. I’ve spoken out, acted out and produced tons of anti-racist propaganda. As a small child, I marched against SA apartheid and participated in die-ins outside the SA embassy.

I’ve had endless debates with this person, who feels that because she is not white, she cannot be racist. ‘Bashing’ all whites is justified by this person, because white privilege.

I admire her anti-imperialist/supremacist work, but don’t know what more I can do to persuade her that not all whites are fascists. The commander in chief of the largest imperialist force on planet earth is a black man for God’s sake…

I don’t know what else I can do about this sorry situation apart from blog it.

Your thoughts and advice would be much appreciated, whatever your skin tone might be.

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