Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Taming the Media Moguls

Tony Burke is just one of a host of speakers that will be talking at the Working Class Memorial Library on Wednesday 23rd November about the way forward for journalism in this country on the 25th anniversary of the Wapping strike.

In 1986 Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation, backed by a Tory government, sacked his staff and got rid of the unions to run a belligerent right-wing newspaper group. Now, a quarter of a century later, the lies, the bullying and the corruption have caught up with him. In the aftermath of the News of the World voicemail-hacking scandal, there’s a chance to tame the big corporations, for fairer and better media to give the public the news they need.

At 6pm there will be a reception and guided tour of the much-praised exhibition Wapping: the Workers’ Story, commemorating the 25th anniversary of the year-long strike by 5,500 workers sacked by Murdoch at Wapping.

The exhibition is showing at the Peoples History Museum, Spinningfields, Manchester, from October 19 to November 17, and at the Working Class Movement Library from November 18 to 24.

Other speakers; Ann Field, Former leader of clerical staff on The Times, Wapping strike organiser, Granville Williams from the Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom, Thais Portillo-Shrimpton from the Hacked Off! campaign and John Bailey, Former union rep on the Sun, active in the Right to Reply campaign

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