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    Default How to organise a boycott of Independent Newspapers.

    As can be seen from the many contributions to this site the virtual monopoly Independent Newspapers has in the Irish print media is having an extremely negative effective on Irish Democracy. If you couple this with the naked bias which the group uses to further its political and business interests the group poses one of the largest threats to a functioning healthy democracy in Ireland. This power is currently so strong that the success of all political parties and organisations in Ireland is to a large extent in the gift of Independent Newspapers. I believe that hundreds of thousands of Irish people share this view however the group still outstrips any of the weaker competitors. The sad fact is that the only threat to Independent Media comes from Associated News and other British media giants.

    Despite the political differences of the contributors of this site, would it be possible for us to organise an effective boycott of Independent Newspaper Group titles? Could we work in a cohesive enough fashion to carry it through? Ideas on an effective boycott campaign which would gain currency in the general public are welcome.

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    Default Re: How to organise a boycott of Independent Newspapers.

    Quote Originally Posted by bradán feasa
    Despite the political differences of the contributors of this site, would it be possible for us to organise an effective boycott of Independent Newspaper Group titles?
    What's required is real competition. Denis O'Brien and Michael O'Leary should bury the hatchet and start a Sunday paper. Guys: your country needs you.

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    Certainly something needs to be done as IMG are a bedsore on Ireland's arse.

    They are so pro British, it's sickening.

    There is never a pro Republican article in any newspaper in their group.

    O'Reilly or "Sir Anthony" as he likes to be called is an example to the Irishman who licks up.

    don't have to wonder why he got his knighthood, not that it counts for tupence nowadys after the honours for cash scandal.

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    Yes twould be great if some one else sorted the problem out but...... this thread is about can we Politics.ie do something. Can people keep posts as close as possible to the initial points made.

    This process will at the very least be interesting to see whether or not this website can be a platform for action as well as comment.

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    OK, the British have Murdoch as the dominant media player, but at least there are serious rivals to his domination (associated, guardian trust, even Sir Tony himself) as well as two strong independent news sources: the BBC and ITN.

    What do we have:

    Sir Tony owns the print side, radio is consolidating and RTE are certainly no BBC in terms of independent journalism. In fact the much maligned TV3 is in fact the only real source of independent news, shame that they neither have the scale nor money to play a big role.

    Should also say that INN do a good job, but they too are starved of resources.

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    The most realistic way in which p.ie users dissatisfied with IN&M hegemony can combat it is by promoting, buying or producing alternatives; or working to explain just why they feel IN&M products are so bad to readers.

    the Irish Independent is able to get away with so much because it is so popular with Irish people.

    It isn't possible or proper for a minority to try to restrict the rights of the public to buy a newspaper of their choice.

    cue freedom of speech rant...

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    Is it illegal for a newspaper to deliberately lie to or mislead the public?

    If it is, then we should just collect evidence of the Independent abusing it's position and lying to the public, and send in complaints to the gardai or whatever complaints watchdog there is to force them to retract or print apologies.

    That's about all we could do without resorting to expensive civil action for fraud or breach of contract or something..
    Actual morality is doing what is right regardless of what you're told. Religious morality is doing what you're told, regardless of if it's right.

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    why boycott the Indo newspaper, because it is the world according to Tony O'Reilly or is just cause of its late FF bashin

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    Quote Originally Posted by Akrasia
    Is it illegal for a newspaper to deliberately lie to or mislead the public?

    If it is, then we should just collect evidence of the Independent abusing it's position and lying to the public, and send in complaints to the gardai or whatever complaints watchdog there is to force them to retract or print apologies.

    That's about all we could do without resorting to expensive civil action for fraud or breach of contract or something..
    I think the only restrictions we have currently on free speech are our libel and incitement to hatred laws - if indeed we have those - though perhaps a legal eagle can correct me.

    You've just got to wait and see whatever press council/ombudsman emerges if you want to take that tack...

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    The Irish(sic) Independent(sic) is not a newspaper but an opinion paper. If you want to be told how to think then buy it, anyone who does buy it for anything but its sport is a sheep.

    Proud that it's at least ten years since I bought a paper from their stable. They are sickening and as usual the Irish people get what they deserve.

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