New Internationalist

Action

Issue 256

new internationalist
issue 256 - June 1994

ACTION

YES, you CAN influence what news you get and how it is presented. Writing letters to newspapers, magazines and broadcasting networks is still a powerful means of expressing dissatisfaction – or satisfaction: it’s as important to encourage the good as to criticize the bad!

The following groups are involved in research and/or campaigning for a better media:

AOTEAROA/NEW ZEALAND
Friends of Radio (Inc)
1 Waitaki Street, Christchurch 7.
Tel: (3) 388 3357. Fax: 03 364 2727.
Aims to preserve and protect non-commercial broadcasting.

Children’s Television Foundation (Inc)
c/o NZ Broadcasting School, PO Box 22095 Christchurch.
Tel (3) 332 4720. Fax: (3) 348 4311.
Forum for discussion of children’s media issues.

Media Aware
PO Box 1354 Auckland.
Tel: (9) 358 1605. Fax: (9) 307 3765.
Aims for a better quality media and to empower people in their interaction with the media.

Connected Media Trust
PO Box 78-121 Grey Lynn, Auckland.
Tel: (9) 376 6060. Fax: (9) 376 6077.
Email: dj@davidjacobs.org.nz
Web: www.connectedmedia.org/cmt/cmtrust.htm
Non-profit distribution service for films on environment and development issues.

 

AUSTRALIA
Australian Centre for Independent Journalism University of Technology,
15-73 Broadway, Sydney, NSW, 2007.
Tel: (2) 330 1990.
Email: acijmanager@uts.edu.au
Web: http://www.acij.uts.edu.au/

Media Studies Department Queensland University of Technology,
PO Box 284, Zillmere, QLD, 4034.
Tel: (7) 864 2111.

Media International Australia (formerly Media Information Australia) published through the Australian Film, Television and Radio School,
The University of Queensland, St Lucia, QLD 4072
Tel: (07) 3365 3102 Fax: (07) 3365 2799
Email: miacp@uq.edu.au
Web: http://emsah.uq.edu.au/mia/index.html

 

CANADA
Media Foundation
1243 W 7th Avenue, Vancouver, BC V6H 1B7.
Tel: (604) 736 9401. Fax: (604) 737 6021
Email: info@adbusters.org
Web: http://www.adbusters.org/home/
Produces magazine Adbusters, which satirizes ads as well as analyzing advertizer influence on media content.

Project Censored
1004 2720 College, Regina, Sask, S4T 1T9.
Tel: (707) 664-2500
Web: www.projectcensored.org/ (USA website)
Produces an annual list of the top 10 stories ignored or suppressed by the mainstream Canadian media.

 

UK
Article 19 The International Centre Against Censorship,
6-8 Amwell Street, London, EC1R 1UQ
Tel: (20) 7278 9292 Fax: (20) 7278 7660
Email: info@article19.org
Web: http://www.article19.org
International human-rights organization campaigning for the right to freedom of expression and information. Currently campaigning on censorship in Turkey.

Index on Censorship
6-8 Amwell Street, London EC1R 1UQ
Tel: (20) 7278 2313 Fax: (71) 278 1878.
Email: rohan@indexoncensorship.org
Web: http://www.indexonline.org/
Journal recently relaunched.

Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom
2nd Floor, Vi & Garner Smith House, 23 Orford Road, Walthamstow, London E17 9NL
Tel: (20) 8521 5932
Email: freepress@[NOSPAM]cpbf.org.uk
Web: http://www.cpbf.org.uk/
Campaigns for a democratic, diverse and accountable media, accessible to all.

Centre for Mass Communication Research University of Leicester,
University of Leicester, University Road, Leicester LE1 7RH
Tel: (0116) 252 3863 Fax: (0116) 252 5276
Email: cmcr@le.ac.uk
Web: http://www.le.ac.uk/cmcr/
Carries out teaching and research into the sociology of the mass media.

Centre for Communications and Information Studies University of Westminster,
235 High Holborn, London WC1 7DN.
Tel: (71) 911 5000. Fax: (71) 911 5156.
Carries out teaching, research and involved in production of the journal Media and Society.

World Association for Christian Communication
357 Kennington Lane, London SE11 5QY,
Tel: (20) 7582 9139. Fax: (20) 7735 0340.
Email: sh@wacc.org.uk
Web: http://www.wacc.org.uk/
Works towards reform of world media, especially to encourage reversal of North-South news flows.

 

US
Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)
112 W. 27th Street, New York, NY 10001
Tel: (212) 633-6700 Fax: (212) 727-7668
E-mail: fair@fair.org
Web: http://www.fair.org/
Produces the newsletter Extra.

Project Censored Sonoma State University,
1801 East Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park, CA 94928
Tel: (707) 664-2500
Email: censored@sonoma.edu
Web: http://www.projectcensored.org/
Produces annual list of top 10 stories ignored or suppressed by the mainstream US media.

Institute of Media Analysis
145 W 4th Street , New York, NY 10012-1055.
Tel: (212) 254 1061.
Email: info@covertaction.org
Web: http://covertaction.org/
Produces Lies of our Times, which focuses particularly on the New York Times.

Media and Values
c/- Center for Media Literacy, 3101 Ocean Park Boulevard, #200, Santa Monica, CA 90405
Tel: (310) 581-0260 Fax: (310) 581-0270 (fax)
Email: ethoman@medialit.org
Web: http://www.medialit.org/reading_room/article658.html
Dozens of additional books, videos and teaching materials about the media have been evaluated by the Center for Media Literacy, a US nonprofit organization. Encourages media-critical thinking in schools.

If you want more information or wish to get involved in campaigning on some of the issues raised in this magazine contact the following groups:

AOTEAROA /NEW ZEALAND
Amnesty International NZ Section,
PO Box 5300, Wellesley Street, Auckland, New Zealand
Tel: 0800 AMNESTY (0800 266 378) or +64-9-303 4520
Fax: 0-9-303 4528
Email: info@amnesty.org.nz
Web: http://www.amnesty.org.nz/
Campaigns for human rights worldwide.

AFIA
PO Box 1905, Christchurch.
Tel: (3) 3662 803.
Indigenous peoples action group.

Greenpeace
Private Bag 92507, Wellesley Street, Auckland.
Tel: (9) 630 6317 or Free Phone: 0800 22 33 44
Fax: (9) 630 7121
Web: http://www.greenpeace.org.nz/
Tackles multinational corporations and governments in its high-profile campaigns for the environment.

OUT Organization Private Bag, Auckland.
Gay and lesbian information.

 

AUSTRALIA
Amnesty International
PO Box 1611, Broadway NSW 2007.
Tel: (02) 9217 7620
Web: http://www.amnesty.org.au/
Campaigns for human rights worldwide.

Greenpeace
Level 4, 35-39 Liverpool St, Sydney 2000 NSW
Tel: (02) 9261 4666
Email: greenpeace@au.greenpeace.org
Web: www.greenpeace.org.au
Tackles multinational corporations and governments in its high-profile campaigns for the environment.

Aboriginal Support Group
156 George St, Fitzroy VIC 3065.

Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby
78 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst, Sydney, NSW 2010.
Tel: (2) 360 6650

 

CANADA
Amnesty International
312 Laurier Avenue East, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 1H9
Tel: (613) 744-7667 OR 1-800-AMNESTY (266-3789)
Fax: (613) 746-2411
E-mail: info@amnesty.ca
Web: http://www.amnesty.ca/
Campaigns for human rights worldwide.

Greenpeace Canada
250 Dundas St. W, Suite 605, Toronto, Ontario M5T 2Z5
Tel: (416) 597-8408 OR 1-800-320-7183
Fax: (416) 597-8422
Email: members@yto.greenpeace.org
Web: http://www.greenpeace.ca/
Tackles multinational corporations and governments in its high-profile campaigns for the environment.

World Council of Indigenous Peoples
100 Argyle, 2nd floor, Ottawa ON K 2P 1B6.
Tel: (613) 230 9030

 

UK
Survival International
6 Charterhouse Buildings LONDON EC1M 7ET
Tel: +44 (0)20 7687 8700. Fax: +44 (0)20 7687 8701
E-mail: info@survival-international.org
Web: http://www.survival-international.org
Campaigns for the rights of indigenous people. Current action against the Bangladeshi Government for the Jumma people of the Chittagong Hill Tracts.

Greenpeace
Greenpeace House, Canonbury Villas, London N1 2PN
Tel:020 7865 8100 Fax:020 7865 8200
Email: info@uk.greenpeace.org
Web: www.greenpeace.org.uk
Tackles multinational corporations and governments in its high-profile campaigns for the environment.

Earth Action
29 The Grove, Deal, CT14 9TL, United Kingdom
Tel: (44) 1304-380-586 Fax: (44) 1304-389-194
Email: wye@earthaction.org.uk
Web: http://www.earthaction.org/
Is running an Ogoni Action Alert for people of the Niger Delta

Amnesty International
The Human Rights Action Centre, 17-25 New Inn Yard, London EC2A 3EA
Tel: 020 7033 1500 Fax: 020 7033 1503
Email: sct@amnesty.org.uk
Web: http://www.amnesty.org.uk/
Campaigns on most aspects of human rights. Recent actions on human rights in Colombia and Turkey.

Naga-Vigil Human Rights Group
32 Boundary Road, Chatham, Kent , ME4 6TS.
Tel: (634) 404359. Fax: (634) 815005.
Web: http://www.starttransmission.com/naga/
Campaigns for Naga liberation and raises funds for development projects within Nagaland.

African Rights
PO Box 18368, London, EC4A 4JE, UK
Tel: 44 (0781) 478 6011
Email: uk@africanrights.org
Web: http://www.africanrights.org/
Outspoken campaign and research organization that deals with issues connected with human rights in Africa.

Latin America Bureau
1 Amwell Street, London EC1R IUL.
Tel: 44 (020) 7278 2829 Fax: 44 (020) 7833 0715
Email: contactlab@lab.org.uk
Web: http://www.latinamericabureau.org/
Research, publishing and education on Latin America and the Caribbean

Minority Rights Group
54 Commercial Street, London E1 6LT, UK
Tel: 44 (020) 7422 4200 Fax: 44 (020) 7422 4201
E-mail: minority.rights@mrgmail.org
Web: http://www.minorityrights.org/
Highlights the issues of minorities worldwide.

Campaign for Homosexual Equality (CHE)
PO Box 342, London WC1X ODU.
Tel: (71) 833 3912.
Campaigns against discrimination and for equality in law for lesbians and gays.

US
Amnesty International
5 Penn Plaza 14th Floor, New York, NY 10001
Tel: (212) 807-8400 Fax: (212) 627-1451
Email: aimember@aiusa.org
Web: http://www.amnestyusa.org/
Campaigns for human rights worldwide.

Greenpeace USA
702 H Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Tel: (202) 462-1177
Email: info@wdc.greenpeace.org
Web: http://www.greenpeace.org/usa/
Tackles multinational corporations and governments in its high-profile campaigns for the environment.

National Congress of American Indians
1301 Connecticut Ave NW, Suite 200 , Washington D.C. 20036
Tel: (202) 466-7767 Fax: (202) 466-7797
Email: ncai@ncai.org
Web: www.ncai.org/

Worth reading on the media...
Disasters, relief and the media by Jonathan Benthall (IB Tauris, London and New York, 1993) is a highly readable anthropologist’s view of media and aid agency responses to Third World disasters. Politically and ethically aware, with psychological depth. Who Stole the News? by Mort Rosenblum (John Wiley, New York, Chichester, Brisbane, Toronto, 1993). A racy rattle of a read from a senior Associated Press correspondent. Analytically sketchy, but hot on revealing anecdote, with a strong sniff – or whiff? – of the real. The Media Monopoly by Ben H Bagdikian (Beacon Press, Boston, 1992) Updated classic critique of corporate media control. Fact and thought-packed. Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media by Edward S Harman and Noam Chomsky (Pantheon Books, New York, 1988). A ground-breaking, eye-opening myth-shatterer that could forever change the way you think about democracy, freedom and the media.

Special thanks for help in researching this issue of NI go to: Naga Vigil, Survival International, Greenpeace, Latin America Bureau, Minority Rights Group, Christian Aid, Oxfam Press Office, Annabelle Sreberny-Mohammadi at Leicester University, Colin Sparks and Paddy Scannnell at Westminster University, Nancy Woods at Sussex University, Philip Schlesinger at Sterling University, and Michael Traber and Pradip Thomas at the WACC.

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