rallyThe Media Reform Coalition has organised a “Rally For Media Reform – Our Media, Not Theirs!”, which is taking place at 7pm on Monday 17 June 2013 at the University of Westminster, 309 Regent Street, London W1.

This is the Media Reform Coalition’s explanation of the purpose of the rally:

The last year has given us an unprecedented understanding of the power of the owners and editors of the British press. The Leveson Inquiry showed that a handful of people have the power to destroy lives, make deals with Prime Ministers, collude with corrupt police – and to label anyone who criticises them as an enemy of ‘free speech’.

The unaccountable power of media corporations undermines our democracy: it leads to politicians who care more about Daily Mail headlines than their citizens, allows cover ups like the Hillsborough disaster, and excludes millions of ordinary people who never see their lives or opinions reflected in the mainstream media.

We want to see world where media moguls are cut down to size, where journalists can stand up to bullying editors, where investigative journalism is protected, and where the media is seen as a public good, not a channel of influence for the super-rich.

If this is the future you want to build, join us June 17th.

The speakers at the rally will include:

  • Robert McChesney (founder ‘Free Press’, USA),
  • Owen Jones (columnist, Independent),
  • Michelle Stanistreet (general secretary, NUJ),
  • Natalie Bennett (leader, Green Party),
  • Helen Belcher (Trans Media Watch),
  • Justin Schlosberg (author ‘Power Beyond Scrutiny’ and Media Reform Coalition)