A little while back, we reported on the Citizen’s Initiative for Media Pluralism. It is a campaign that NEEDS your signature to demand a fairer and more democratic media. It has never been clearer that the reporting and standard of information in a lot of the media that most perforates our lives is driven whole-heartedly by the agenda of a few who are willing to mis-report and mis-inform, at the detriment of many, in order to protect their places of power.
Knowledge is power. The effects of this mis-reporting has lead to a huge skewing of perception, demonstrated by the recent Ipsos Mori report ‘Misconceptions’ which revealed that the British Public are wrong about pretty much everything. A large part of the responsibility for this lies with those that supply our information.
It’s time to take our media back. The examples of biased and agenda driven information by media are too many to count, but they infiltrate the largest and smallest of stories, and now, more than, ever there is need to act:
“Today attacks on Gaza‘s children and hospitals are still being reported from the point of view of Israeli military representatives.
“The phone hacking trial has exposed the cosy relationship between tabloid editors and government leaders. The Daily Mail admitted publishing completely false claims that ‘busloads’ of migrants from Romania and Bulgaria were en route to the UK for benefits. Ed Miliband posed for a photo with the Sun newspaper, before apologising to the families of Hillsborough disaster victims who were demonised by the same paper.”
Red Pepper, July, 2014
The initiative has until mid-August to reach the target of 1 million signatures. Sign today by clicking here.
“The European Citizens Initiative, (ECI), is an exciting new tool of transnational participatory democracy allowing at least one million European citizens to present directly to the European Commission a legislative proposal. The ECI is not another petition: it is a real bottom-up legislative process that allows you to set the European agenda!”
“WHAT WE DEMAND
A EU Directive indicating clearly:
- An effective legislation to prevent the concentration of media ownership and control of advertising;
- A guarantee of independence of supervisory bodies independent from political power;
- The definition of conflict of interest in order to avoid media moguls occupying high political office;
- A clear European monitoring systems to regularly check the health and independence of the media in the member States.
- Guidelines and best practice of new models of publishers sustainability to guarantee the quality of journalism and in support of those who work within the sector.”