Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Despite the Sun, Despite TV

Murdoch's in trouble again, but to be honest as bad as the phonehacking scandal was and is, it isn't the first time Murdoch's newspapers have demonstrated a close relationship with the police, nor his companies ability and eagerness to use his connections to the police and government to crush opposition. The Wapping dispute was a blatant demonstration of the power of News International and another example of how Thatchers "Freedom" meant freedom for money over people.


In January 1986, Rupert Murdoch moved his printing operation, News International, publishers of the Sun and the Sunday Times, from Fleet St to Wapping in East London. Over 5,000 print workers, clerical staff, cleaners and secretaries were sacked in one day.
'Despite the Sun' is an investigation into the year-long dispute, which shook the print industry. Produced from the point of view of the residents and print workers, the camera records the effects on residents harassed by the police and Murdoch's lorries alike and cavalry-like charges of police horses on the picket lines. Vital questions are raised on the ownership and control of the media, access to it, the organisation of work and impact of the so-called 'new technology'.

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