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TUC Demo (18 Oct 2014) & the Media, by @Obi_Live

 

TUC Demo (18 Oct 2014) & the Media, by @Obi_Live

This autumn the TUC is to organise a mass demonstration in London under the banner of Britain Needs a Pay Rise. It will take place on Saturday 18 October 2014, and will begin with a march through central London, culminating in a rally in Hyde Park.

Britain needs a pay rise – TUC mass demonstration in the autumn

Unfortunately, these grass roots demonstrations are being censored by the mainstream media, especially by the TV License funded and ConDem government controlled BBC, who would prefer dissent not to be seen by the public. The Oxbridge row boat race receives all day coverage compared to events affecting the public. The October 2012 TUC march had estimated numbers of over 150,000 people, gaining a few minutes coverage in the BBC News. The Daily Telegraph headline was “Thousands protest against Government’s austerity policies”. By the time the ONN livestream started at Parliament Square, the TUC march had already reached Hyde Park. It carried on for another hour before reaching the end, showing that there were more than just “thousands”.

The DPAC action in Marble Arch attracted more attention.

 
Biggest Ever Protest March Outside Tory Party Conference.
 

The September march outside the Tory Party Conference in Manchester, did not gain any coverage and people complained that were it not for Facebook and Twitter, they would not have known of it’s existence. At more than 50,000 people, it was the biggest in history, outside a political party conference. Occupy livestreamers captured the action and the thousand people watching had to create a twitter storm, before the BBC finally got off their posteriors. The reports were made when the march had already ended and it was relegated as local news. BBC representatives brushed aside the complaints in Newsnight.

Mass Demo rejecting ConDem attacks on the poor, the environment and selling off the NHS. Over an hour of livestream footage.

 
Remember, Remember, the 5th of November.
 

The November 5th Guy Fawkes Day, Million Mask March, including the People’s Assembly calling for a day of Civil Disobedience and blockade of Westminster Bridge, was deemed too small an event for the BBC to spend time in reporting at any length. British people had to tune into Al Jazeera, which reported that there were demonstrations in 477 locations and in 150 countries.

During the March 26th NUT Teachers’ Strike, we noted that BBC News featured the story twice during the morning, for three minutes each. By the afternoon, footage was concentrating on the separation of a celebrity and her husband. 11,000 Teachers on strike was nothing compared to news about a celebrity?

Media is controlled by the corporations and the neo-liberal government controls our state funded BBC, ensuring that the public are not informed that our services, like the NHS, have been privatised and that our democracy is being sold to the corporations via the EU-US Free Trade Agreement. The BBC is not doing it’s job.

Occupy livestreamers encourage others to be the media as we need all the help that we can get. Occupy News Network wants to cover the events coming this summer and for that we need funding. From actions of various groups saving our services, the 999 March for NHS – from Jarrow to London, to the TUC March that will again be censored as it would make the ConDem government uncomfortable.

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Occupier at OccupyLSX Camp. Then an Occupy Nomad. The revolution will be Livestreamed.

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