Journalism is under threat – help support free and real journalism
Real journalism is essential to a functioning democracy; to hold those in power to account. However, the free press has never been weaker.
Proposed whistleblowing laws could see journalists criminalized and handed prison sentences for publishing secret documents. On top of that, the Government is considering introducing laws that would make journalists and newspaper liable for legal costs, even if they win. This will result in the press avoiding any threat of legal action from the rich and powerful.
Even under existing rules, most of the mainstream press is owned by just a handful of billionaires. The majority don’t live here, and most of them have strong political allegiances and motivations. You may have noticed an increasingly strong right-wing bias in most of our newspapers, shifting and normalising certain views and attitudes in our society (just read about the rise of post-liberalism).
The mainstream press ever dictates public opinion, general elections and referendums, and protects the interest of its proprietors. It’s never been more important to provide a credible alternative, fact based or neutral view of events.
However, the free press is now being crushed by the ‘fake news’ epidemic. Politicians, climate change deniers, corporations and even other countries are using fake news and misinformation to create confusion, dilute facts, create divisions and pursue agendas. Fake news presents a huge threat to journalism, democracy and most importantly, the truth.
As newspaper circulations continue to fall and online publications face increasing competition from fake news, it’s becoming harder and harder to pay real journalists for their work.
Investigative journalist teams are being laid off and replaced with teams of content creators writing click bait, viral posts and ‘listicles’. This is the only way that most publications are driving the traffic that pays the bills.
If you’re tired of reading about the ’20 best Celebrity Eybrow Styles’ or you’re fed up of seeing Fake News spread on social media, you can help by supporting real, independent journalists, and there are a number of ways you can do this.
You can simply like us on Facebook or Twitter to show your support, or you can donate as little as £1 per week, or make a one off pledge for any amount you choose.
Every penny received helps us pay real, experienced and independent journalists to continue their work. All of the light content on TheLondonEconomic.com is written by volunteers and unpaid contributors, but we need to pay to keep investigative journalism alive so that we can continue to expose the truth and hold those in power to account.