There have been protests in London this weekend that erupted into violence and rioting, and there doesn’t seem to be any coverage of it on the news and mainstream media. But you know what the internet is like. Nothing goes unnoticed.
Sky News has a small article on it, right at the bottom of their home page. BBC News has had nothing on their home page. The Daily Mail haven’t acknowledged it either. Instead, they focused more on the vandalised war memorial and not the protest itself. It hasn’t been on the TV, either. It’s funny how the media pick and choose these things.
Not sure how to feel about a lot of the media not covering the #londonprotest. Who decides which protest is the 'right' protest to cover?
— Holly Peacock (@HollyAlexandraP) May 10, 2015
Plenty of people have taken to Twitter to post about the protest. And of course, #londonprotest has been a very busy hashtag.
Some people are supporting the protests. Some people are taking the micky out of demonstrators. Some are angry at the media. Some people don’t understand quite how voting works.
— jord (@jordrobert) May 10, 2015
Something tells me the police didn't organise a get together to batter innocent civilians. Idiots should be punished #londonprotest
— Corkasian (@ancharaz) May 10, 2015
The tories have defaced society with austerity and that is something that unlike the war memorial won't wash off soon #londonprotest
— Harry Leslie Smith (@Harryslaststand) May 9, 2015
— Liam Thorne (@Liam_Thorne_) May 10, 2015
Rapper Mic Righteous tweeted about it, too.
We have the right to protest and demonstrate our power against the oppressive. #londonprotest
— #MicReckless (@MicRighteous) May 10, 2015
Biased media, police brutality and a Tory government. Nothing has changed since the 80s! #londonprotest
— MissC (@emmalouise281) May 10, 2015
— anonbird londonuk (@anonbirduk) May 10, 2015
bbc literally gave more airtime on the whole 'zayn leaving one direction' than the #londonprotest and that makes me angry
— georgia ☿ (@punxsux) May 10, 2015
— Will (@ArchaeoWill) May 10, 2015
— (re)becca ツ (@bexology_) May 10, 2015
Katie Hopkins obviously had to open her putrid gob on it. This time she gunned for Charlotte Church, who was seen protesting at a demonstration in Cardiff.
— Katie Hopkins (@KTHopkins) May 9, 2015
There is more on the way, too. Apparently, a big protest is planned for June 20th, giving the media plenty of time to plan how they’ll report it and which angle to take, so perhaps we will see more of that demonstration.
— Occupy London (@OccupyLondon) May 10, 2015
Social media and citizen journalism is arguably how the majority of people discover their news these days. Think about it. If the Queen died today, would the first time you heard about it be in the newspaper tomorrow?
I can't tell if everyone's over-reacting or if we're really living in the opening chapters of an Orwell novel #AusterityMarch
— Grace Harrison (@_grace_eliz) May 10, 2015
There is a lot to be said about the media coverage of these sorts of things. Are they ignoring it because they have been told to from the top? Because Rupert Murdoch is a bit pally with the Westminster lot? Or is it because they don’t see it as important, and hope that if they ignore it, then the problem will go away? Perhaps they don’t want to be seen as taking sides (even though, by NOT reporting it, that is kind of what they are doing). I don’t know exactly.
I’m just grateful for citizen journalism.
And Hipster Cop. I’m also grateful for him…
— Aaron Bastani (@AaronBastani) May 10, 2015