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Reclaim the media!

We urgently need to protect press freedom and media diversity across Europe.

July 29, 2014
2 min read


Jenny NelsonJenny Nelson is a Red Pepper web editor.


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>Sign the Citizen’s Initiative for Media Pluralism today<

We are collecting 1 million signatures to demand a directive from the European Commission that will protect our basic rights to a better media. This is not just another online petition, the goal is to:

• Break up corporate media monopolies
• Protect independent journalism
• Stop state surveillance

The campaign is needed now more than ever; recent months have seen dozens of cases of media bias laid bare:

Outrage and resistance to austerity has long been under-reported, week after week we see marches and campaigns get almost no coverage in the media. 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.

This is not about curbing press freedoms, it’s about creating the conditions for a more democratic media, in which quality journalism can thrive.

What exactly is wrong with the media?

Find out more from the UK Coalition for Media Pluralism.

Want to do more? Contact jenny@redpepper.org.uk to discuss spreading the petition and other ways we can support alternative media.


Jenny NelsonJenny Nelson is a Red Pepper web editor.