FCC Plan to Gut Media Ownership Rules Would Benefit Rupert Murdoch

By: Tuesday November 20, 2012 5:57 pm

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman Julius Genachowski would like the FCC to vote on a plan to gut media ownership rules. If approved, News Corp owner Rupert Murdoch, who has been considering buying more media, would benefit. The proposal would also allow for more media consolidation. Using innocuous language to describe a proposal that should [...]

Murdoch Phone Hacking Scandal: Private Investigator Ordered to Reveal Who Gave Hacking Orders

By: Friday August 19, 2011 3:26 pm

Actor Steve Coogan, who has been fighting to uncover details on phone hacking by News of the World. (photo: Beacon Radio) A court has ordered Glenn Mulcaire to disclose information on who gave him the order to hack the phones of Elle Macpherson and at least five other public individuals, including a Liberal Democrat deputy [...]

Letters Reveal Law Firm’s Assessment Did Not Clear News International of Criminal Activity

By: Tuesday August 16, 2011 5:24 pm

James Murdoch at a CSMC parliamentary hearing in July. Murdoch oversees News International. (photo: Ben Terrett) A UK parliamentary committee, the Culture, Sports & Media Committee (CSMC), which has been investigating the News of the World phone hacking scandal for the past months, released letters from various individuals involved in the scandal. The contents include new [...]

Notes on Civil Liberties for July 25

By: Monday July 25, 2011 7:05 pm

Here’s today’s blog for the latest news and updates on civil liberties and digital freedom issues. If you have any news tips and would like to contact me, email [email protected] Friend of The Dissenter, Truthout’s Jason Leopold, writes on the Australia government going after David Hicks’ royalty payments from his memoir. The former Guantanamo detainee, according [...]

Notes on Civil Liberties for July 20

By: Wednesday July 20, 2011 6:55 pm

Here’s today’s blog for the latest news and updates on civil liberties and digital freedom issues. If you have any news tips and would like to contact me, email [email protected] US State Embassy cables show Thailand is a refuge for fugitives. The New York Times reports on a March 2009 cable that reads, “Thailand has [...]

Bill Bennett Takes a Stab at Comparing Phone Hacking Scandal & WikiLeaks

By: Wednesday July 20, 2011 6:30 pm

Former Secretary of Education and CNN contributor William Bennett joins the ranks of those seeking to deflect attention away from the News Corp phone hacking scandal by comparing the scandal to WikiLeaks. He also joins a cadre of people, who are using the scandal to whip up hysteria about the “unethical” conduct of the press [...]

WSJ Editorial Staff Commits to Pathologically Lying About WikiLeaks & Phone Hacking Scandal

By: Tuesday July 19, 2011 12:32 am

(photo: Stephen Cummings) (update below) The Wall Street Journal editorial staff has now officially committed to lying through their teeth about how the phone hacking scandal at News of the World is exactly like the New York Times, The Guardian and other newspapers working with WikiLeaks. Yesterday, the editorial staff sought to defend News Corp [...]

Phone Hacking Scandal Brings Out WSJ’s Fear of WikiLeaks

By: Sunday July 17, 2011 10:28 pm

(update below) As the News Corp phone hacking scandal continues to grow and envelop US newspapers and media organizations, which are owned by Rupert Murdoch and part of the News Corp family, the management of each of these papers and organizations are working overtime to defend Murdoch from the criticism. And, in a recent editorial [...]

Julian Assange in Press Conference After His Extradition Appeal Hearing

By: Friday July 15, 2011 3:12 pm

Here is video from Russia Today of a press conference that Julian Assange and Kristinn Hrafnsson, WikiLeaks spokesperson. RT claims not a lot of press organizations were there to cover the press conference. Part 1 Part 2 Assange, while commenting on the normal array of issues he normally comments on, comments on the News of the [...]

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