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Defying Net-Apartheid and Overcoming Corporate Censorship

To say that independent media and non-corporate journalists are being marginalized and targeted for censorship would be the understatement of the decade. There is a concerted effort by the status quo to diminish the voice and reach of people who don’t toe the corporate line and refuse to repeat the narratives of the status quo. The status quo I’m referring to are the politicians, pundits and personalities who populate the political-media-entertainment complex. Six companies own and control more than 90% of the information and news we consume as a society. Joseph Stalin could never imagine of this type of eminence.

How is it that six companies, meaning six people who own these companies, can have a near total monopoly on the news and data we depend on to inform our decision about politics, culture and issues of concern? Two words. Corporate censorship. The more technology advances, the easier it for those who own the infrastructure of mass media to corner the market and eradicate competition. Hoarding the marketplace of ideas and crushing competitors is the most insidious face of capitalism. The proliferation of cancerous corporatism is has immense ramification, chief among them is the collusion between Wall Street and government that is witnessing information warfare against free speech as the very wealthy are coalescing power and silencing dissent in the process.

Without dissent, what we have is de facto despotism. Governments and those in power are supposed to be checked by a free and vibrant press, corporatism is eating away at the notion of the “fourth estate” and putting a shredder to the first amendment. After all, those who are getting paid by power will rarely muster the courage to speak truth to power. Independent media and non-corporate journalists are the last line of freedom who stand against authoritarianism. Consider, the Pentagon Papers were crucial in turning public opinion against the lies of Lyndon Baines Johnson and the never ending Vietnam Wars. Daniel Ellsberg was the source of the leak that exposed the duplicity of war planners who refused to tell the truth about a conflict that was taking the lives of tens of thousands of Americans and hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese civilians.

Daniel Ellsberg was by every definition an independent journalist. He took it upon himself to speak truth to power since corporate media “journalists” were too busy echoing generals and bureaucrats to do their job and uncover corruption. Who the political, media and corporate class are trying to marginalize is the next Daniel Ellsberg and mitigate the risk of being held accountable. Corporate censorship is a clear and present threat to our nation; if people in authority are able to act without risking backlash from a truly free press, we will have before us federal malfeasance that will make the Flint, Michigan tragedy look like a walk in the park. Watch the video all the way at the bottom of this article as I make the case on video the urgent need to protect independent media from the clutches of corporatism.

This paradigm of silencing dissent and marginalizing independent voices will only get worse once telecom companies are given free reign to introduce net-apartheid thanks to the FCC’s edict that ended net neutrality without our consent. We at the Ghion Journal are taking proactive measures to get ahead of this continued threat to independent journalists and non-corporate voices. One of the main ways we are standing up to corporate censorship is by going low tech to fight against the high tech methodologies ranging from algorithm manipulation to news feed suppression that corporations like Facebook, Twitter and Google are engaging in. We are asking our readers to sign up for the Ghion Journal Newsletter.

Below is the signup form, consider signing up by filling our your email information and you will get a daily email of Ghion Journal articles. In order to not flood your inboxes, we will send only one communique a day by consolidating all our articles in one single email. While you are at it, please sign up for push notifications of our articles so that you get instant prompts when we publish new articles. If you have not done so, click on the red bell on the bottom right of this website to get push notifications. Independent journalists are already at a steep disadvantage in a media landscape where money and brand dictate sustainability, the establishment is trying to shatter the small footprint we have—it is up to you to keep us viable. Click To Tweet

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Absolute power corrupts absolutely, if you ever doubt the truth of this maxim, just witness how Facebook operates with impunity as they sell our data to third parties, manipulate their news feeds to influence public policies and have less transparency than Pyongyang when it comes to our privacy rights and security concerns. The more we are dependent on one platform, the more we encourage brutish behaviors. The more decentralized the power, the more the people have power. The more concentrated the power, the more the people are repressed. Think about this and then do what you must to decentralize the power a few social media sites have amassed by diversifying the sites you depend on to reach loved ones and communicate with your fellow citizens.

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“Our country is now taking so steady a course as to show by what road it will pass to destruction, to wit: by consolidation of power first, and then corruption, its necessary consequence.” ~ Thomas Jefferson

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Lij Teodrose Fikremariam

Lij Teodrose Fikremariam is the co-founder and former editor of the Ghion Journal. He is currently the chair of Ethiopians for Constitutional Monarchy. A published author and prolific writer, a once defense consultant was profoundly changed by a two year journey of hardship and struggle. Going from a life of upper-middle class privilege to a time spent with the huddled masses taught Teodrose a valuable lesson in the essence of togetherness and the need to speak against injustice.

Originally from Ethiopia with roots to Atse Tewodros II, Lij Teodrose is a former community organizer whose writing was incorporated into Barack Obama's South Carolina primary victory speech in 2008. He pivoted away from politics and decided to stand for collective justice after experiencing the reality of the forgotten masses. His writing defies conventional wisdom and challenges readers to look outside the constraints of labels and ideologies that serve to splinter the people. Lij Teodrose uses his pen to give a voice to the voiceless and to speak truth to power.
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