Rupert Murdoch, the controversial head of the multinational mass media company News corp, has seen an icon of his business legacy “The Advertiser” the subject of protests claiming to operate under the umbrella of the hackivist group “Anonymous.”
The Advertiser was first published in 1858 and is today the dominant tabloid news-paper published in South Australia. When Rupert Murdoch’s father passed in 1952 he inherited the afternoon tabloid named “The News”. Shortly following this was the creation of News Corp and the later and full acquisition of The Advertiser.
The Anonymous march began at Government House and was aimed directly at the Advertiser headquarters in Waymouth Street in the city centre of Adelaide. The organiser of the rally told Circus Bazaar,
“We targeted the “Murdochracy” and the Advertiser because it was special. It was his first paper.”
“We as a collective are hoping to plant a seed because every seed of truth we plant grows. All we want people to do is stand back think about whats going on in the world and question it.”
Anonymous have once again come to prominence in the international media the last couple of days with the sentencing of Jeremy Hammond in the United States for 10 years as a result of the hacking and stealing of emails from the global intelligence firm Stratfor. Compounding this was the reaction by Wikileaks who within hours of this published the remaining 500, 000 sensitive files. However, the loosely affiliated protest movement characterised by the Guy Fawkes mask has suffered what is uncharacteristically silent Mass Media attention for its efforts. The most shining example being the lack of attention paid by the BBC whilst hundreds of mask individuals shot fire crackers at Buckingham Palace on the 5th of November.
It is the belief that Mass Media such as News Corp dictate our knowledge about our world and are suppressing information that would enable us to effectively question the status quo that is driving the anger. The organiser states;
“We live in a society where people know more about Kim Kardashian than they do about their own civil liberties.”
Their claims range from legitimate complaints with the reporting on the Trans-Pacific Partnership to the very questionable, including accusations of improper coverage of such things as geo-engineering and vaccination conspiracies. The protest finished peacefully, although the offensive posters were swiftly removed by Police at the request of The Advertiser.