Sunday, March 4, 2012
Much like a Enigma Translation is difficult. A note to you from Roger Waters
Dear Fans, Murdoch has too much power already, check out the petition below.Also for all those of you who are dumb enough to believe everything you read in the papers, the idea that I would come down on one side or the other on an issue as complex and sensitive as claims on the sovreignty of the Falklands/Malvinas is ludicrous, you should know better. The journalist who wrote the story was at a news conference in Santiago Chile which I conducted through a translator, he just got it wrong, shit happens in translation. I do have a position which I am happy to share on this page, but right now I have to go and rehearse. Chile is so beautiful.
Dear friends across the United States,
In 4 days, the Federal Communications Commission could begin to lift a 35-year-old ban preventing corporate thugs like Rupert Murdoch from creating media monopolies. But if we can flood their public consultation now we could save our independent media.The ban stops any company from owning a major daily newspaper and a television station in the same market. If lifted, the new rule would pave the wa y for media moguls to gobble-up local, independent media from New York to Sacramento. This plan was put together secretly but we can stop it -- the courts want the FCC to address public concerns via a comment period ending March 5th.
Let's inundate the FCC with thousands of public comments to say nobody should be allowed to monopolize our print and broadcast media. Sign now to stop this sneak-attack on free media: http://www.avaaz.org/en/stop_the_media_barons/?tta
We take pride in America’s diversity, yet 6 giant corporations control more than half of what we watch and read everyday -- down from 50 companies four decades ago. The perils of media consolidation are already on clear display. Local newsrooms are closing, investigative journalism is collapsing and diverse viewpoints are shrinking from our airwaves.
Lifting the ban on TV-newspaper dual ownership would give media empir es like GE and News Corp the final greenlight to toast their competition from coast to coast. This is not the first time they’ve tried - the FCC tried to pass nearly identical rules in 2007, which was thwarted only after massive public outcry got the courts to rule against it. But this time they’re in it to win it, and free media advocates tell us that public opposition is the only way to break the deal.
The FCC was created to protect the public voice, not drown it. We have just 4 days to be heard. Let’s shower the FCC with thousands of public comments -- they’re required by law to respond to every single one of them -- and shine the people power needed to kill this poisonous rule:
Any thriving democracy gives its citizens the fundamental right to choose between truly diverse sources of media. Last year, Avaazers in the UK helped stop Murdoch's consolidation through a huge public outcry. Let’s unite here in this key election year and protect our democracy from Murdoch and other media barons once and for all.
With hope and determination,
Jamie, Brant, Emma, Ricken, Paul, Michael and the rest of the Avaaz team