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News :: Human Rights
Mainstream Media Misrepresents Activists, once again
04 Jan 2005
Another reason to make our own media: a creative Direct Action banner-hang exposing CEO of Seaboard Corporation for human rights violations in Salta, Argentina is reported by the Newton TAB as "vandals struck an Evelyn Road home."
The weekly used no material sent to them regarding the facts of the situation in Argentina, such as the constant repressions ordered by Seaboard Corporation's sugar refinery "San Martin del Tabacal". No mention was made of the inspiring resistance movements of several indigenous communities such as the Ava Guarani and Kolla people of the northern Argentine state of Salta.

Not only is the use of vandals dismissive, it is also inaccurate. Hanging a banner causes no damage, and is much more intentional than the word implies. he Newton TAB writer, Bernie Smith, also uses the police allegation to infer another inaccurate fact: that Worcester Global Action Network, because of its demonstrations in the past at the Seaboard Office was responsible for this action. The accused organization, though not responsible for this specific action, is active with the Stop Seaboard campaign and hosts information on their website:
http://wogan.org/seaboard.php

So you can read their cursory and dismissive article here:
http://www2.townonline.com/newton/localRegional/view.bg?articleid=153687

Or read the real intention of the banner drop, plus a letter from the Ava Guarani here:
http://worcester.indymedia.org/news/2004/12/673.php

Moral of the story: the Corporate Media continues to silence the voices of indigenous people and activists working in solidarity, it is essential for us to build our own means of communication to amplify the voices of the silenced, the repressed, and the marginalized.
See also:
http://www2.townonline.com/newton/localRegional/view.bg?articleid=153687
http://worcester.indymedia.org/news/2004/12/673.php

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