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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Media's newest mob boss





Dear friends,


James Murdoch is desperately clinging onto his powerful role as Chairman of BSkyB -- a major international news broadcaster. But shareholders are talking about voting him out. We can tip the balance by calling every shareholder and urging them to vote out the Murdoch mafia once and for all.
Despite overseeing bribery, hacking and blatant bullying of politicians, James Murdoch is about to be confirmed as chairman of the international broadcaster BSkyB -- unless we come together to fire the Murdoch mafia from this important news outlet.

The Murdoch's already tried to buy complete control of BSkyB, but our outcry forced them to abandon their bid, -- rocking the Murdoch's control over their entire empire.Now BSkyB shareholders are talking about kicking James out for good. If we all take action before the vote on November 29th we can tip them over the edge.

A brand new tool allows each of us to email our public pension funds and investment funds or individual shareholders asking them to vote against James Murdoch at the BSkyB annual general meeting. Don't have a fund? The tool also gives you a shareholder to contact as a concerned citizen. We have just seven days to build a wave of opposition against the Murdoch stranglehold on our media. Click below to send a message:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/bskyb_shareholders_meeting/?vl

BSkyB is an important international broadcaster, distributing television news in the UK, Ireland, and Australia. Many of us hold stock in BSkyB without knowing it -- our pension and investment funds make choices about where our money goes without consulting us. But if we use this brand new tool developed by Avaaz we can demand our funds vote against James Murdoch and free BSkyB from the Murdoch mafia.

We now know that News International has engaged in phone hacking and bribery on an industrial scale. This is the company that James leads -- and yet James has not accepted responsibility for hacking a murdered schoolgirl’s phone, and then having the young daughter of the family’s lawyer followed in an attempt to intimidate all involved.

It is scandalous, but James is determined to maintain his control over BSkyB -- it is a key part of his personal fiefdom within the Murdoch mafia empire, and crucial to the family’s succession plans. But investors in BSkyB are on the fence and considering their options and organised public opposition can sway the crucial votes by demonstrating the corporate risk that James represents. Let’s make sure that James can never take over after Rupert Murdoch retires -- click below to call on shareholders to fire the Murdoch mafia:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/bskyb_shareholders_meeting/?vl

A few weeks ago, massive public pressure caused over 30% of News Corp shareholders to vote against James Murdoch -- rocking the centerpiece of the Murdoch empire. And last week, Australian members defeated an attempt by BSkyB to rob a $223 million contract from the country’s public broadcaster. Now we have the chance to hit the company right at the top by demonstrating overwhelming public and shareholder opposition to James Murdoch, and saving our democracy from the Murdoch mafia while we still can.

With hope,

Emma, Brant, Alice, Ricken, Ben, Dalia and the entire Avaaz team

SOURCES

Guardian: ‘Vote James Murdoch off AGM’
http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2011/nov/15/investor-group-bskyb-agm-murdoch

NYT: Investment Groups Prod Other Companies on James Murdoch’s Board Membership
http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/11/09/investment-groups-prod-other-companies-on-james-murdochs-board-membership/

Telegraph: James Murdoch's evidence was 'disingenuous at best' say News of the World execs
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/phone-hacking/8882947/Phone-hacking-James-Murdochs-evidence-was-disingenuous-at-best-say-News-of-the-World-execs.html


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