Pity the poor media, the ‘fourth estate’ of our society – expected to deliver timely, entertaining content by the people, expected by the state and those shareholders financing its debt to push an agenda. In their 1988 book ‘Manufacturing Consent’ Herman and Chomsky define the modern media’s systemic biases by crafting a ‘Propaganda Model’, stating the mainstream media’s social purpose is not to deliver information to viewers, but viewers to advertisers, and that further, “… the study of institutions and how they function must be scrupulously ignored, apart from fringe elements or a relatively obscure scholarly literature”. Ill-served by this evident conflict of interest, viewers are abandoning mainstream news in droves, and the industry is in crisis. Canadian viewers, to be fair, are not so ill served by our media institutions, which do question institutions although only up to a point. In response, the government has shut down federal Access to Information databases, has uprooted an established media gallery to a more controlled environment, and essentially forbidden the essential media scrum, deeming all interactions between MPs and the media to be authorized by the PCO. A chill has been created, the art of the tough question is an endangered one, and the ongoing consolidation of the press towards a bland homogeneity endangers the openness of Canadian democracy.
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National Post photographers arrested, spend night in G20 detention camp | Guardian journalist beaten, arrested at peaceful G20 protest on Esplanade | Invitation-only NGO access seperates media from activists at G20 summit | ACTA Leak: EU pushes for criminalizing non-commercial usages | CP Reporter: How I was detained by G8 security | Obama Can Shut Down Internet For 4 Months Under New Emergency Powers | Sacco and Vanzetti in Ottawa: How Media and Police are Politicizing the RBC Arson Case | $11-million paid, a CanWest deal is made | Australian Government to Force Use of State Firewall Package, Block ‘Unauthorized’ Programs | Heritage Minister tars those opposing copyright bill C32 as ‘radical extremists’ | Experts Draft Document Critical Of ACTA: Signatures Wanted | Toronto activists launch G20 alternative media centre | US Senator: China Can Shut Down The Internet, Why Can’t We? | Supreme Court upholds restrictions on government documents | Russian police seize 100,000 anti-Vladimir Putin books | Iceland Unanimously Approves ‘Wikileaks Bill’ To Establish Free Speech Press Haven | WikiLeaks to release video of deadly US airstrike in Garani | Pro-copyright bill group busted as recording industry astroturf campaign | Internet ‘kill switch’ proposed for US President | U.S. seeks international organization in battle against cyber terror | Homeland Security’s Cyber Bill Would Codify Executive Emergency Powers | Gaza flotilla attack: activist releases new footage | Pentagon hunts WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in bid to gag website | ‘Fox News North’? Quebecor planning 24-hour network | Rural Internet providers angered by federal support of bigger rivals | Tories worked hard to paint bloody Afghan war as peace mission: MEP documents | Maybe it’s time to muzzle the trolls: Globe tech writer advocates online moderation | G20 media centre with fake lake to cost $1.9M | Harper’s Privy Council message control system is unprecedented, critics say | US Federal Trade Commission considers taxing online speech | Prime Minister’s Office tells Tory MPs not to answer Citizen reporter’s questions on expenses | Canada’s new information czar vows to take on delays in access system | Tories unveil tougher copyright bill, requires ISPs to keep user info | Copyright Act changes to be revealed today | Pirate Bay Appeal Judges Cleared of Bias | International Copyright Draft Release Was Apparently A One Time Deal: Now We’re Back To Secrecy | Canwest sells newspapers to creditor group for $1.1B | Industry Minister Clement invites input on Canadian digital economy | Google attorney slams ACTA copyright treaty | Media can’t shield sources all the time, court rules | US regulators seek new network neutrality laws | Canadian Journalists Barred From Gitmo | Press For Truth Arrested While Reporting On The G20 Summit | Red Alert: New Canadian DMCA Bill Within Six Weeks | Fox News Caught Aggregating Others Copyrighted Photographs… Something Murdoch Insists Is Illegal | Shaw buying up CanWest TV assets from Goldman-Sachs | China wants internet firms to inform on clients | Official ACTA Draft Released, Only Very Slightly Less Awful Than Expected | U.S. Troops Apologize For Wikileaks Massacre Video | The Economist On Why Copyright Needs To Return To Its Roots | Big Content’s dystopian wish-list for the US gov’t: spyware, censorship, physical searches and SWAT teams | Danger Room What’s Next in National Security Prospective U.S. Cyber Commander Talks Terms of Digital Warfare | Thousands condemn secrecy of New Zealand round of internet copyright talks | Access to information risks being ‘obliterated’: report | Leading UK ISP Says It Will Defy Government’s Net Censorship Bill | Nikkei Restricts Links to Its New Web Site | WikiLeaks releases video of alleged U.S. helicopter attack on Reuters reporters | Internet linking rights case to go before Supreme Court | CETA worse than ACTA — EU Trade Negotiators Demand Canada Completely Overhaul Its Intellectual Property Laws | ACTA Draft: No Internet for Copyright Scofflaws | New policy shrouds number of Canada’s Afghan campaign injuries in secrecy | Entire Text of ACTA Treaty Leaks to Online Rights Website | Google reroutes uncensored search to Hong Kong, raises stakes in row with China | Revealed: ACTA to cover seven categories of intellectual property | New ACTA Leaks Complete Picture of Oppressive Global Copyright Treaty | Copyright conviction raises privacy concerns | MP Charlie Angus Introducing Private Copying Levy Bill, Flexible Fair Dealing Motion | Georgia suffering backlash over media-staged Russian attack | Secret Document Calls Wikileaks ‘Threat’ to U.S. Army | Government Internet Censorship Begins In Stealth In New Zealand | UK Government Ad: Use Cash And Enjoy Privacy? You’re A Terrorist | EU Parliament votes down ACTA global copyright resolution by overwhelming margin | Goldman appeals CanWest, Shaw deal | Cyber-bullying cases put heat on Google, Facebook | North Korean worker executed for passing on news | Cyberwar Hype Intended to Destroy the Open Internet | UK: Open Wi-Fi ‘outlawed’ by Digital Economy Bill | Cryptome.org Leaks Microsoft Online Surveillance Guide, MS Demands Takedown Under Copyright Law | Italy Convicts Google Execs over Youtube Video of Downs Syndrome Boy | China launches interview requirement, licensing for personal websites | Cabinet ministers’ offices regularly interfere in access to information requests, says Tory staffer | ACTA Internet Chapter Leaks: Renegotiates WIPO, Sets 3 Strikes as Model | Google Books Fosters Intellectual, Legal Crossroads | Google Bans Sale of DVD Critical Of Obama Administration | US media omission: Iran calls for global nuclear disarmament | EU Already Has A ‘Public/Private’ IP Observatory To Watch For Copyright Infringement Online | Shaw Cable moves for acquisition of controlling share in Canwest Global | Google shuts down music blogs without warning | Activists Shut Down Australian Government Websites in Internet Filter Protest | ACTA Is Called An ‘Executive Agreement’ To Implement Restrictive Copyright With Less Hassle Than A Treaty | HST ad campaign debuts in Ontario | Google, NSA may team up to probe cyberattacks | Men at Work plagiarized Kookaburra tune, Australian court rules | Hollywood loses landmark copyright case in Australia | Police want backdoor to Web users’ private data | Time Magazine Pushes Draconian Internet Licensing Plan | UN agency calls for global cyberwarfare treaty, ‘driver’s license’ for Web user | CBC’s new licencing plan: Pay to Print, Email, and Blog, and outsource enforcement to American Copyright Digital Rights Bounty Hunters | ACTA One Step Closer To Being Done; Concerns About Transparency Ignored | Pentagon calls for ‘Office of Strategic Deception’ | Internet companies voice alarm over Italian copyright law | UK MPs frozen out of super-secret ACTA copyright talks | The Toronto 18 Publication Ban: Silence affects the core of justice | China Google Hack Exploited Security Gaps Introduced By State Surveillance Provisions | Obama Information Czar Calls For Banning Free Speech | China tells web companies to obey controls | Google Considers Leaving China If China Will Not Allow Uncensored Search | Reading Between The Still Secret Lines Of The ACTA Negotiations | Privacy no longer a social norm, says Facebook founder | Tipping point at CanWest
Canadian Supreme Court expands freedoms for media | China Imposes New Internet Controls | Death Of The Internet: Censorship Bills In UK, Australia, U.S. Aim To Block “Undesirable” Websites | Facebook Privacy Changes Break the Law, Privacy Groups Tell FTC | Beyond ACTA: Proposed EU — Canada Trade Agreement Intellectual Property Chapter Leaks | UN Goons Silence Journalist Who Questions Gore On Climategate | Australia introduces web filters | UK: From snapshot to Special Branch: how my camera made me a terror suspect | Vancouver orders removal of anti-Olympic mural | We’re no thieves — despite what Rupert Murdoch claims, says Google | UK: Photographer questioned under anti-terror laws for taking pictures of Christmas lights | Google allows publishers to limit free content | New Leaks of Secret ACTA Copyright Law Reveal Oppressive ‘Global DMCA’ | Border guards are now Olympic thought police — Amy Goodman detained | MPAA Says Critics of Secret Copyright Treaty Hate Hollywood | ACTA Threatens Made-in-Canada Copyright Policy | Google’s digitization of books | FOX News owner’s media empire could block Google searches entirely | Cuban blogger claims she was roughed up by state agents | H1N1 overplayed by media, public health: MDs | Auditor General Wields Crown Copyright To Demand Takedown of Public Report | More ACTA Details Leak: It’s An Entertainment Industry Wishlist | UK: Music filesharers ’spend the most on music’, says poll | No TV for tots under 2, says B.C. pediatrician | UK Business Secretary sets date for blocking filesharers’ internet connections | The bait and switch: EU now to endorse internet disconnection for ‘piracy’ | Globe appeal to protect adscam sources before court | CRTC allows network throttling as ‘last resort’, encourages pay per use, bandwidth caps | U.S. Spies Buy Stake in Firm That Monitors Blogs, Tweets | UK: 70% oppose internet ban for filesharers, poll shows | Ottawa won’t budge on secrecy laws | Government Propaganda To Infest Network TV Shows | Television — not in front of the children? | Anti-Olympic signs could net 6 months’ jail: rights group | UN Urges International Action on Cyber Security Threat | Think before you post, privacy czar says | Pulitzer winning anti-racism classic ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ faces censorship in Toronto schools | Judge in Pirate Bay Appeal Removed for Bias | Case for Internet spying not closed | US ‘to loosen’ grip on internet | Ontario school boards face huge copyright bill for photocopying class material | Media hypes terror plot, despite the fact no one is charged with terror | Obama: We Need To Bailout Newspapers To Stop New Media Taking Over | U.S. moves to adopt 6 net neutrality rules | Canadian media watched closely in Afghanistan | Tech giants respond to Media with ideas on charging readers for news online | Six Days Left: Canadian Net Users Caught As Copyright Consultation Nears Conclusion | Chamber of commerce draws fire for backing Bell, Telus on Net reseller speed limits | It’s a great day for freedom of speech: ‘Hate Speech’ laws found to violate Charter Rights | Keeping Google out of libraries | Cyber Bullying Case Officially Dismissed for Vagueness | Sri Lanka journalist gets 20 years in jail for exposing state abuse | MP Charlie Angus on copyright: industry lobby pulling for ‘dead business model’ | Ottawa denies altering public’s ECopyright Consultation submissions | Security guards stop MPs, students from distributing fair use flyers at Toronto copyright townhall | Bush’s Search Policy For Travelers Is Kept | ACLU Sues US Department of Homeland Security over Border Laptop Searches | Facebook to make privacy changes, keep user data indefinitely if not deleted | UK Government to consider internet disconnection policy, restrictions | CRTC wants internet pricing answers from Bell | Reuters Steps Up; Says Linking, Excerpting, Sharing Are Good Things For The News |Former copyright lobbyist is Obama’s top pick for US Attorney | UK ISPs condemn Internet surveillance plans | Can The Public Be Heard On Copyright Issues? | Associated Press Tries To DRM The News | iPods, Internet won’t end dictatorship | Canadian defends anti-medicare ad | Copyright Consultation Launches: Time For Canadians To Speak Out | Third stab at copyright law ‘reform’ to kick off with consultations | Facebook violates privacy law: watchdog | Don’t regulate traffic management, Internet providers argue | French Senate passes revamped ‘anti-piracy’ bill | Lazy Hacker and Little Worm Set Off Korean Cyberwar Media Frenzy | 2010 Olympic security plans include ‘free speech’ zones | Net Neutrality hearings begin with conflicting claims | Federal website changes undermine Iraq resisters: critics | Internet speed control faces scrutiny at CRTC hearings | Murdoch CEO Labels Bloggers “Political Extremists” | Should linking be illegal? | Information commissioner quits, Ottawa chided for lacking ‘guts’ | Top court to hear ‘Adscam’ media gag order challenge | Pirate Bay Retrial Denied | Afghan Airstrike Video Goes Down the Memory Hole | ISPs must help police snoop on internet under new bill | The dawn of Internet censorship in Germany | ABC Turns Programming Over To Government to Promote State Healthcare Agenda | Twitter emerges as news source during Iran media crackdown | UK plans to integrate ‘cybersecurity’ centre with US, Canada | Prepare to be boarded! Pirate Party wins entry to European Parliament | Time to slay Canadian file-sharing myths | CRTC keeps new media exempt from broadcasting regulation | Canadian copyright lobbyists leaned on “independent” researchers to change report on file-sharing | China begins internet ‘blackout’ ahead of Tiananmen anniversary | UK chases Obama on cybersecurity | Cybersecurity Is Framework For Total Government Regulation & Control Of Our Lives | Think tank plagiarizes, pulls report on Canadian piracy | Obama Set to Create A Cybersecurity Czar With Broad Mandate | Top court reserves decision in reporter confidentiality case | Don’t let media shield ‘criminals’, hearing told | Supreme Court to rule on ‘tidal-wave’ of press freedom cases | Next up for France: police keyloggers and Web censorship | Our man at Bilderberg: Let’s salt the slug in 2010 | Guardian reporter detained for taking picture of sea near Bilderberg conference | Reversing himself, Obama seeks to block abuse photos | Canadian military to spam Afghan’s cell phones | Canadian Parliament Threatens People For Posting Video Of Proceedings Online | 2 Billion Infected? WHO Stokes Swine Flu Fear | EU wants ‘Internet G12ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â² to govern cyberspace | Political Lies and Media Disinformation regarding the Swine Flu Pandemic | Canada placed on USA copyright blacklist | National Post columnist covers architect’s presentation at 9/11 truth event | Fredericton police arrest well-known N.B. blogger on legislature grounds | Jail terms for Pirate Bay founders, appeal in works | Put NSA in Charge of Cyber Security, Or the Power Grid Gets It | Protests in Moldova Explode, With Help of Twitter | Aussies Announce $31B National Broadband Network | Should Obama Control the Internet? | Cybersecurity law would give feds unprecedented net control | Munk Centre researchers discover botnet, call for international cyberspace ‘legal regime’ | Ottawa considering aid for private broadcasters | ISOHunt points out Google, Yahoo torrent engines too | Obama Administration Claims Copyright Treaty Involves State Secrets | Internet ad tracking system will put a ’spy camera’ in the homes of millions, warns founder of the web | Australian web censorship plan to begin trial despite house opposition | US Bill proposes ISPs, Wi-Fi keep logs for police | Time to regulate online content, cultural groups tell CRTC | UK: Calling the police to account for anti-photography law | Do We Need a New Internet? | 24 star Keifer Sutherland opposed to torture, questions role of series in inspiring interrogations | Britain unveils plans for nationalized internet service | Publication ban law too broad, top Ontario court rules | Toronto School Board to ‘review’ The Handmaid’s Tale on one parent’s complaint
UK Culture secretary wants international age restrictions for web | Latest Round of Closed-Door ACTA Copyright Negotiations Wrap Up | CRTC Internet regulation proposals take shape | Afghan war boosts recruiting | Tribunal shouldn’t police online hate, report says | Bell can squeeze downloads, CRTC rules | Bad news bearers warned to zip it by Kremlin | UK MPs seek to censor the media | Copyright treaty consultation process snubs public | Australia to Implement Mandatory Internet Censorship | Microsoft patents web moderator robots, forbidden phrases to be memory-holed | US military targets social nets | UK Shortly to Become Worse Surveillance Society than Stasi East Germany | CRTC to consider Internet regulation, invites public comment | UK Security services want personal data from sites like Facebook | RCMP to helm a Canadian “cyber-security strategy” | Is an Internet tax coming? | Liberal candidate asked to step down over 9/11 comments | ‘Einstein’ replaces ‘Big Brother’ in Internet surveillance | Digital rights groups sue for access to secret ACTA treaty | Berners-Lee W3C Consortium to ‘Authorize’ Website Content? | Comedian begins asking Harper question, cuffed by RCMP | Critics waging a cyber offensive to fight copyright changes | Ezra Levant: How I beat the fatwa, and lost my freedom | Law Professor tells tech conference: plans to shut down Internet already on deck | Public left out of anti-counterfeiting trade talks | Vint Cerf blasts ISPs for choking off internet infrastructure | Bush approves surveillance bill | Bell’s internet throttling illegal, Google says | All speech is free in Canada except speech we happen to hate | Human rights body to consider Internet speech regulation | Blogger arrests hit record high | Net neutrality bill hits House of Commons | Information lockdown: How Harper Controls the Spin | Secretive Canadian spy agency to get $62-million HQ | CRTC revisits Internet oversight | Canada Considering “Three Strikes and You’re Out” ISP Policy | Ontario’s spooky thought police | Oilsands Censorship Story Casts Doubt On Neutrality Of CBC Reporting | Military warns soldiers not to post info on Facebook
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