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While some major websites were accepting significant ad money from a coalition to END net neutrality (which BuzzFlash roundly denounced in several editorials), BuzzFlash was posting articles and commentaries exposing the true threat of the telecom lobbying effort to put an end to the pro-democracy Internet, as we know it.
As a result, BuzzFlash was recognized with the number one "Project Censored" story for this year – and, appropriately it was on the issue of "net neutrality." It was the second time in three years that BuzzFlash had won the top category in "Project Censored" – and the second time in three years that we had other stories named amongst the top 25 winners.
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That’s quite a record for an irreverent, cheeky, website that pulls no punches – and won’t accept advertising dollars, charge a subscription fee, or charge for its e-mail alerts.
Here is the description of the top "Project Censored" story for the year – and the winner is BuzzFlash.com.
"1. The feds and the media muddy the debate over Internet freedom
In its relatively brief life, the Internet has been touted as the greatest example of democracy ever invented by humankind. It's given disillusioned Americans hope that there is a way to get out the truth, even if you don't own airwaves, newspapers or satellite stations. It's forced the mainstream media to talk about issues they previously ignored, such as the Downing Street memo and Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse.
So, when the Supreme Court ruled that giant cable companies aren't required to share their cables with other Internet service providers, it shouldn't have been a surprise that the major media did little in terms of exploring whether this ruling would destroy Internet freedom. As Elliot Cohen reported at BuzzFlash.com, the issue was misleadingly framed as an argument over regulation, when it's really a case of the Federal Communications Commission and Congress talking about giving cable and telephone companies the freedom to control supply and content--a decision that could have them playing favorites and forcing consumers to pay extra to get information and services that currently are free.
The good news? With the Senate still set to debate the Communications Opportunity, Promotion and Enhancement Act of 2006, as the network-neutrality bill is called, it's not too late to write congress members, alert friends and acquaintances and join grassroots groups to protect Internet freedom and diversity.
Sources: July 18. 2005. Title: "Web of Deceit: How Internet Freedom Got the Federal Ax, and Why Corporate News Censored the Story." Author: Elliot D. Cohen, Ph.D."
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