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What next for the Murdoch campaign?

July 29th, 2011 by

38 Degrees members first started campaigning against Murdoch’s BSkyB powergrab back in July last year. On July 13th Murdoch dropped  its planned bid to take full ownership of satellite broadcaster BSkyB.   Along with our friends at Avaaz, some great campaigning journalism from the Guardian and lots of other groups we’ve shown that people power works.

Over the past couple of weeks, 38 Degrees members has been voting on what our next steps should be with the Murdoch campaign by voting in a poll.

Should we say job done and stop campaigning? Or should we be on the look-out for Murdoch trying new ways to control our media? Or perhaps we have an opportunity now to campaign for higher media standards more generally?

The results 

Overall, 38 Degrees members voted that this should be one of the many campaigns that we run and only a small percentage of members think that we should stop campaigning.

The results on what aspect of the scandal concerned 38 Degrees members most were relatively close. The most popular course of action seems to be to focus on demanding news laws to address problems with the excessive power and influence of media barons.

How much should we keep working on phone hacking and media corruption?

How much should we keep working on phone hacking and media corruption

If you think we should keep working on media corruption and the phone hacking scandal, which aspect of the scandal worries you most?
If you think we should keep working on media corruption and the phone hacking scandal, which aspect of the scandal worries you most?

If you think we should keep working together on this campaign, what do you think we should focus on next?
If you think we should keep working together on this campaign, what do you think we should focus on next?

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  • Anonymous

    I think that you’ll find that if you curb the excesses of media barons, all your other campaigns will have more impact. As things stand, they can use their vast resources to sway public opinion (such as the concerted effort to frame phone hacking as unimportant). Some priorities:

    1. Question why the BBC and social networking sites are being considered in response to phone hacking. This strikes me as an attempt to spread the resources of the inquiry so thinly that nothing is achieved.

    2. In light of the close links between successive governments and the Murdoch empire, demand that BSkyB’s lucrative contracts for sport, film and premium television are renegotiated so that they are shared by other pay TV providers and terrestrial networks.

    3. Strengthen the regulation of print news so that it is closer to the rules governing broadcasters. Allow investigative journalism for issues that are in the public interest but outlaw media witch hunts against individuals based on their private lives. For example, having an affair or being gay is not a criminal offence, so the tabloids should tone down their coverage.

    4. Make media organizations answerable to regulators with statutory powers. Prevent politically motivated attacks on the BBC by politicians who have been criticized by them (as has happened under Blair and Cameron).

  • Bruce Dickson

    We now have laws like Sara’s and the blocking of copying sites (all it takes is a court order after yesterday’s verdict) and a senior MP proposal on the same day to refer all petitions with 100,000 signatures to a ‘backbench’ committee. Function creep needs monitoring and airing for all such. Planned function creep needs outing.
    Just as Avaaz needs competent proposers and footwork for mass appeals, 38 Degrees needs an ongoing filter system to keep issues coming. Do we need short webpages/retweeters for prime issues and their source reading, and the ongoing survey? A combination of news and statistics on readers prefences, perhaps compiling the like lists? Not beyond the wit of software, so long as kept safe from crackers.
    It would help minority issue activists to quickly know how much their cause appeals to 38Ders, so they can devote attention to the most effective path.

    Forgive if off net, I’m new here but hope to stay.
    Bruce Dickson

  • Mickhills

    Keep up the good work I will work to spread what you do to more people

  • Rumpole13

    It is time for new laws to regulate press, self regulation has failed, turkeys never vote for Christmas

  • http://twitter.com/Lawer13 John Rudd

    It’s time to enact new laws to regulate press, turkeys don’t vote for christmas !!!

  • Jameshilliard

    it is time to bring in new laws to stop people like the Murdock clann, gaining to much power, their sort
    do not know when to stop.

  • Squibb

       I wouldn`t  mind so much if I felt I could trust big business concerns but the late enlightenments concerning our MP`s expenses, to start with , doesn`t give me much confidence in our leaders.  Am I being too niaive?.  ` Seems the lot of `em  need a few lessons in honesty and altruism ……………..Banker bosses,  MP`s , Media Moguls,………..They are all after  the same!  .   Where has my England gone ?.
      Prevent the monopolisation of the media at all costs and you could reduce the spin churned out by unscrupulous governments…..??.