Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

Open Letter to the Corporate Media from Occupy New Zealand

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Open Letter to the Corporate Media from Occupy New Zealand: "You need not
fear becoming Julian Assange".

To the employees of our National media outlets;

in our naive shock and disbelief at the inaccuracies, favouritisms and
false representations made to the international public concerning the
inception and continuation of the Occupy movement globally; we have
wronged YOU.

You, the individual corporate media employee, denied the right to unionise
in a meaningful pursuit of the BARE MINIMUM in appropriate work conditions
- encouraged, institutionalised and coerced to the MISpursuit of truth by
the industrial framework and management environment that rewards false
things over integrity, covets facets and image over substance, and above
all covets the almighty advertising dollar..

You work in a broken, defunct system that is being made collectively
redundant by the indisputable NEED of the people to obtain and ratify and
share, when you don't, the TRUTH of what is happening to our world at
ground level - to the extent that of sheer desperation, members of the
public band together and against any natural inclination embrace REAL
journalism, UNPAID... replacing & exposing hypocrisy and whistleblowing on
the facts you won't report..

Even we the public see the lay-offs happening to you, the media being fed
like minced meat grinding through the insatiable machine of corporate
takeovers, mergers and asset-stripping. We see the patriarchy and the old
boys club. We see 4 white males & a white female on slick 1ZB promo pics.
Even to those of us born "white", these things are no longer able to be
ignored or tolerated, they are unneccesary relics of an ignorant past.



To you the "media", we the "new media", say:

You are the intended voice of the people. Not your employer. Collectively,
you.

You need no longer be the voice of the corporations.

Nor of a specific ruling Government.

Your objectivity and veracity for truth-seeking and your moral indenture
to the public you service should be on par with that of a scientist or a
medical professional; your duty of care and ethical obligations the same

Lives and deaths and the fate of nations depend on you and your collective
influence is beyond the ability of even any Government to challenge; let
alone any corporation. You could shame a corporation and end its
profitability overnight as easily as you are now regurgitating the AP or
being fed stories by corrupt Government officials, undisclosed conflicts
of interest abounding...

You can bring down a Government, with the truth, and the power of a
UNIFIED and RELENTLESS media is untamable.

We think you know it has reached the time where if you do not respect the
core values of journalism we will replace you. What you haven't yet
realised is that we do not actually want to.

The purpose of Occupy is NOT to destroy it is to build. Occupy is about
resolution not destruction.

But until you report on what is common knowledge amongst YOURSELVES but
not amongst the public at large - for example the 380 cities protesting
May 15th globally - and begin to explain to the public truly why the vast
majority of the planet is simultaneously erupting against austerity
measures, asset sales, privatisation, racism, against colonialism and the
never-ending imperialistic wars to blatantly steal resources -

we have to do your job for you. Even suffering the full weight of
local/national/international Government slander, surveillance and
sabotage, the information is already too widespread to suppress.

The cat is out of the bag.

You have a unique opportunity right now; to be amongst the first to
recognise and embrace it; or to make yourselves defunct.

You need not fear becoming Julian Assange. Exposing yourselves to the
pressures and invasions of privacy that many involved initially in Occupy
around the world have. For even Governments are limited in their ability
to interfere with revolution; and every day the snowball grows bigger. It
has long since gained its own momentum, perpetual motion. As each mind is
awakened to the hive, the potential to suppress it diminishes.

As you watch, "enthralled" by us, we will continue to watch you. But we
do so as colleagues of conscience.

Awaiting your awakening For you must

"rise like lions after slumber,
in unvanquishable number,
shake your chains to earth like dew:
which in sleep have fallen on you:

Ye are many — they are few." (Shelley)

http://metanoia-films.org/rise-like-lions/


Your time is now. Contact us in good faith and you can write under the
Occupy New Zealand banner. You need not be shackled by professional
limitations.

Journalism is not merely a profession it is a mindset, and a quest.

Embrace it.

Kia kaha.


OCCUPY NEW ZEALAND MEDIA TEAM

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

SCOOP COVERAGE: CHRISTCHURCH MOSQUES TERROR ATTACK


Gordon Campbell: On Trump’s Open White Nationalism

At one level, this has been the week that the Republican Party of Abraham Lincoln – which once led a civil war that ended the slave economy of the South – has now defined itself openly as being the party of white nationalism.

By telling those four elected, American born and/or raised women of colour to “go home”, US President Donald Trump’s racist agenda has come out of the shadows. More>>

 

RNZ: Trades Hall Bombing Case Re-Opened, Evidence Released

The cold case has been reopened and the police have recently revealed more details about the bomb's components - including that it was wrapped in a 1977 edition of The Evening Post. More>>

Safety: Govt Targets Fewer Deaths On The Road

“Most roads deaths and serious injuries are preventable and too many New Zealanders have lost their lives or been seriously injured in crashes that could have been prevented by road safety upgrades,” said Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter. More>>

ALSO:

Pay Rise Delay: Teachers Unions Plan Legal Action Against Novopay

Both of the teachers unions - NZEI and the PPTA - have confirmed they will be taking legal action against Novopay. More>>

ALSO:

Emission Statement: 'Consensus Reached' On Agriculture

Today the Government launched a consultation document, informed by the work of the Interim Climate Change Committee (ICCC), on how to bring agriculture into the emissions trading scheme, a key part of the Government’s plan to tackle climate change and reduce New Zealand’s emissions. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On What’s Wrong With Wellington

For many Wellingtonians, it hasn’t been the normal hardships – the workings of central government and the lousy weather – that have recently pushed their tolerance into the red zone. It has been the inability of local government to maintain even the basics. More>>

ALSO:

$1m Compensation Paid: First Gun Ban Event In Christchurch

The Police Minister says the first ever firearms collection event in Christchurch over the weekend was a huge success. But Stuart Nash had concerns about whether the participation reflected the number of weapons in the region. More>>

ALSO:

The Kids: Youth Parliament 2019 Event Kicks Off

120 Youth MPs and 20 Youth Press Gallery members have gathered in Wellington to attend the two-day Youth Parliament event ... More>>

ALSO:

Friends Like These: Foreign Minister To Visit USA

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters will travel to Washington D.C. today for talks with senior members of the US Administration, and to attend the Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Aussie Banks’ Latest Fee Hike Excuse

When the Reserve Bank sought feedback on its plans to require the country’s major banks to raise their capital reserves then you might have expected the banks to whine and complain. And so they have. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels