press censorship and non censorship
james36armstrong at hotmail.com
Thu Nov 25 19:52:10 GMT 2010
To-days coverage of the 24 November student demonstrations in London etc.
on BBC Radio 4 on the 6pm
News slot was brief.
The Financial Times ran a headline ‘Start Up Protests’, with pics.
And inside FT was more coverage with 4 pics
Daily Mail Front Page “ Rage of the Girl Rioters” with pics
Guardian Front Page reads
“Schools Out children take to the streets”
Inside G. a double
page spread with pics
Daily telegraph reads “Student Protests turn to violence
And inside, “Revolution in the classroom.”
In September 09 the coverage of the Iran
presidential elections went on for days in UK
press and t.v,. with interviews of the
Some days later BBC Radio Four
8am reported (with some disappointment?) ‘there were
no demonstrations yesterday in Tehran.’
Listeners/readers will remember the wide coverage of a group
of Gurkha ex-soldiers protesting outside
Parliament at receiving smaller pensions than UK
ex soldiers and being refused the right to residence in UK
on retirement. I counted 18 protesters
in the group (plus Joanna Lumley) .and there were more reporters than
demonstrators. JL was quoted in full with a hapless Labour Minister
disconsolately nodding approval as she
triumphantly repeated the Government’s concessions.
At the time of the
protest of the bhuddist monks in Myanmar,
thousands took to the streets of Rangoon
. BBC reporters, in spite of a Myanmar
Government ban , managed to be present
and interviewed protesters. The events were given wide coverage on t.v.
and in the UK
On a Sunday early in
February 2003, some one to two million
people peacefully demonstrated against the imminent invasion of Iraq, marching from the
Embankment via Whitehall and along
Piccadilly massing in Hyde Park to hear a dozen or so speakers including Wedgie
Benn, say ‘No’ Other demonstrations took place
simultaneously up and down the country and also in USA.
Later that day I listened on the evening radio news programmes
for reports and heard nothing. Next day
I got the Observer- nothing . The sole coverage had been a feature had been
a big article in the Saturday Guardian
on the eve of the demo ( with pics )
I could find no
reports of this anti Iraq
invasion demo , nor pics nor radio
coverage in the days following.
What does this say about freedom of the press? Where are our fearless reporters?2003 was the largest UK political protest mawrch ever. (though the Chartists collected 3million signatures (which were ignored) in 1848
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