Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Oh, and the BBC...

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On the BBC, and other news organisations I guess, I'm absolutely shocked that the marches of last Saturday against the Iraq War made barely a ripple in the news. Barely a ripple. In London, at least 50 000 (police say 15 000, organisers say 100 000, so 50 000 is a sort of conservative estimate) marched. Over 200 demonstrations took place worldwide, from London to the US to Turkey to Australia to ... wherever. But when I looked for the news on the 19th, I couldn't even find a mention of it on the front page. I went specifically to the UK page, still no mention. I had to dig it up on the BBC website (link).

Seriously, whats that all about? Marches in 200 locations, and not a word? How many of you actually heard about these marches? Not many, I'd guess, and not because you don't watch TV. Because these marches were not reported. Shocking.

Posted by illogicist at 10:25 AM

4 Comments

  1. Blogger Rhubarb posted at 3/21/2006 02:11:00 PM  
    It was a similar scenario here. Hardly a mention... it really makes you wonder how powerful the controllers of the media really are, not to mention how political they are. When you see this sort of censorship, you can begin to understand the paranoia of conspiracy theorists. Perhaps there is more truth to it than we'd like to acknowledge.
  2. Anonymous [x] posted at 3/21/2006 04:04:00 PM  
    I don't bother watching much News any more, just read the headlines.
  3. Blogger PizzaQueen posted at 3/21/2006 06:59:00 PM  
    hmmm is communist march
  4. Blogger illogicist posted at 3/22/2006 05:54:00 AM  
    Communist March?

    I didnt go on the march, 1) I was busy 2) I wasnt sure whether I agreed with the views, and I didnt want to march on anything I didnt necessarily agree with. But regardless of whether you think the 200 marches around the world were 'communist marches' (which is ridiculous), the fact that they got almost zero media attention is awful. Censorship goes beyond offensive cartoons - its about this kind of thing. Like in 1984, if the Party didn't want something to happen, it didnt happen. How many people knew about the 200 marches around the world? As far as some people know, it didnt happen.

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