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EFJ Hails "Momentous Success" in Italian Demonstration for "Right to Know. Duty to Inform"
2009-10-07
European Federation of Journalists
The European Federation of Journalists, along with other organisations organised one of the biggest recent demonstrations in Rome this weekend under the theme â#oRight to Know. Duty to Informâ##, in c...

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Beyond the dross
Pilger, John; Platt, Steve
Article
2010
Red Pepper
Pilger and Platt discuss the state of journalism.
Beyond the dross
Pilger, John; Platt, Steve
Article
2010
Red Pepper
Pilger and Platt discuss the craft of journalism.
Brothers-in-Arms: Capitalism and Corporate Journalism
Article
2010
Medialens
An essential role of corporate journalism is to shore up public confidence in an unjust, crisis-riven financial and economic system. Although plenty of gloom and doom is permitted, especially in the f...
Canadian group not dealing with major free expression issue
Celebrating World Press Freedom Day
Fillmore, Nick
Article
2014
We need to address how corporate-owned mainstream news organizations restrict the freedom of journalists and prevent the public from having access to a wide variety of important news and opinion artic...
Canwest latest 'media giant' to exploit news operations
Fillmore, Nick
Article
2009
Connexions
Media corporations claim to care about quality journalism, but they've deceived Canadians for decades -- censoring news to protect their profits, pandering to the interests of the corporate world, and...
The Comic Book Simplicity Of Propaganda
Article
2014
Media Lens
The referendum campaign on Scottish independence heightened many people's awareness of the pro-elite bias of the 'mainstream' news media. The grassroots power of social media in exposing and counterin...
Conan Shows Us That Main Stream Media Is Scripted
Film/Video
2013
eBaum's World
A segment from Conan's show where dozens of news anchors are caught in the act of "reporting" the exact same story, the exact same way.
Content Magazine - Number 35
September 1973
Serial Publication (Periodical)
Corporate-owned media manipulation threatens Canadian democracy
Fillmore, Nick
Article
2011
How freedom of expression is threatened because corporate-owned media in Canada censor and manipulate the news.
The Death and Life of Great American Newspapers
McChesney, Robert W.; Nichols, John
Article
2009
The Nation
Journalism is collapsing, and with it comes the most serious threat in our lifetimes to self-government and the rule of law as it has been understood here in the United States.
EFJ Hails "Momentous Success" in Italian Demonstration for "Right to Know. Duty to Inform"
Sources News Release
Article
2009
European Federation of Journalists
The European Federation of Journalists, along with other organisations organised one of the biggest recent demonstrations in Rome this weekend under the theme â#oRight to Know. Duty to Informâ##, in c...
'Free speech' - as long as it doesn't offend anyone
Diemer, Ulli
Article
2009
Canadian Dimension - Volume 43, Number 1 - January/February 2009
On the issue of free speech most of the right and much of the left are in agreement, and so too are many liberals, activists, and human rights apparatchiks. They hold essentially the same position on ...
Free speech for me - you shut up
Diemer, Ulli
Article
2008
Ulli Diemer
The right to express offensive views is at the very heart of the principle of free speech.
From the Ashes of Dying Newspapers Will Come Authentic News
Giordano, Al
Article
2009
Narco News
Every time a daily newspaper of the obsolete model lays off another round of reporters, more of them come to us to study and learn the craft anew from this very different and opposite angle: from belo...
If U.S. Mass Media Were State-Controlled, Would They Look Any Different?
Snowden Coverage
Cohen, Jeff
Article
2013
CounterPunch
The Edward Snowden leaks have revealed a U.S. corporate media system at war with independent journalism. Many of the same outlets that missed the Wall Street meltdown and cheer-led the Iraq invasion h...
Intellectual Cleansing Part 1
Article
2008
Medialens
Keeping the media safe for big business.
Intellectual Cleansing: Part 2
Former Guardian and Observer Journalist Jonathan Cook Responds
Article
2008
Medialens
Most ambitious journalists start out on a daily local newspaper owned by one of a handful of large media groups. There one quickly feels all sorts of institutional constraints on one's reporting. As a...
Intellectual Cleansing: Part 3
Article
2008
Medialens
The tendency to self-deception appears to be greatly increased when we join as part of a group. Groups create a sense of belonging, a "we-feeling", which can provide even greater incentives to reject ...
Jousting With Toothpicks - The Case For Challenging Corporate Journalism
Edwards, David
Article
2013
Media Lens
A critic responding to a recent alert objected to our use of the term 'corporate journalist'. In fact the meaning of 'corporate journalist' could hardly be clearer: it describes someone paid to write ...
The Koch Whisperers
Big Brothers Buy in at Big Media
Martens, Pam
Article
2011
CounterPunch
A review of documents and tax records for the dizzying, interconnected web of corporate front groups, frequently created, supported and influenced by Charles or David Koch, shows just how dangerous th...
Media Capitalism, the State and 21st Century Media Democracy Struggles
An interview with Robert McChesney
McChesney, Robert
Article
2009
Relay
Robert McChesney talks about contemporary media capitalism and 21st century media democracy struggles to understand and change it.
No longer a real newspaper, new Globe betrays Canadians
Fillmore, Nick
Article
2010
Connexions
The new tarted-up, glossy, colour Globe and Mail is many things, but it is not a real “news paper.”
NYT Advocates Internet Censorship
Parry, Robert
Article
2016
Consortiumnews
The New York Times wants a system of censorship for the Internet to block what it calls "fake news," but the Times ignores its own record of publishing "fake news."
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - December 20, 2016
Fake News
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2016
Connexions
"Fake news" is the latest mania to convulse the mainstream media. All at once, we're being subjected to an outbreak of hand-wringing articles and commentary about obscure websites which are supposedly...
We shouldn't weep for broke but lying mainstream media
Fillmore, Nick
Article
2017
A Different Point of View
A report from the Public Policy Forum of Montreal released on January 26 says the Canadian news industry "is reaching a crisis point as the decline of traditional media, fragmentation of audiences and...
What Makes Mainstream Media Mainstream
Chomsky, Noam
Article
1997
Z Magazine
Noam Chomsky shares his approach to analyzing media and reveals the meaning and consequence of the strategic design of communication.
Who to Believe: The CIA and Corporate Media or WikiLeaks?
Without Substantiation, Media Integrity Suffers
Petersen, Kim
Article
2017
Dissident Voice
Imagine if justice were administered mainly on hearsay (ignoring the fact that justice is too often lacking in society). It is a cardinal rule of justice that rendering a decision of guilty must only ...
Why Canada must limit the influence of corporate media
Fillmore, Nick
Article
2009
Traditional news departments follow unwritten but well-understood guidelines concerning what they should not cover. Most people in the newsrooms have been so thoroughly indoctrinated in corporate ideo...
Wikileaks Exposes Complicity of the Press
Documents Show NYT and Washington Post Shilling for US Government on Iran Missile "Threat"
Porter, Gareth
Article
2010
CounterPunch
A key Wikileaks document which should have resulted in stories calling into question the thrust of the Obama administration's ballistic missile defense policy in Europe based on an alleged Iranian mis...
Wikileaks - The Smear and the Denial
Article
2010
Medialens
The Internet has revealed a chasm separating the corporate media from readers and viewers. Previously, the divide was hidden by the simple fact that journalists monopolised the means of mass communica...

Sources Bookshelf

Content Magazine - Number 35
September 1973
Serial Publication (Periodical)
Democracy's Oxygen
How Corporations Control the News
Winter, James
Book
1997
Winter shows that far from providing "democracy's oxygen," the news media legitimize a fundamentally undemocratic system. Instead of keeping the public informated, news organizations manufacture publi...
Lies The Media Tell us
Winter, James
Book
2007
Outlines the extent to which the mainstream media is subject to its corporate publishers and advertisers.
Manufacturing Consent
The Political Economy of the Mass Media
Herman, Edward S.; Chomsky, Noam
Book
1988
Contrary to the usual image of the press and cantankerous, obstinate, and ubiquitious in its search for truth, Herman and Chomsky depict how an underlying elite consensus largely structures all facets...
The Missing News
Filters and Blind Spots in Canada's Press
Hackett, Robert A.; Gruneau, Richard; with Donald Gutstein, Timothy A. Gibson and Newswatch Canada
Book
2000
Asks a number of questions, including: How well do the news media filter reality, for what purposes, through what processes and in whose interests? How do newspapers and TV stations choose what news i...
Taking the Risk Out of Democracy
Corporate Propaganda versus Freedom and Liberty
Carey, Alex
Book
1995
The twentieth-century history of corporate propaganda practiced by U.S. businesses and the ways in which such corporate propaganda was exported to, and adopted by, other western democracies especially...


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