Category Archives: Accountability and Representation

When the media does us wrong and community accountability

Civil Rights Groups Oppose Terrorism Designation for Muslim Brotherhood


82 human rights and faith groups, including Media Alliance, wrote to object to Trump Administration plans to designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist group.

The letter states “Designating the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization could lead to a witch-hunt against Muslim civil society in the U.S.  It could also open the door to the threat of legal action by the government against Muslims and civil society organizations by invoking overbroad and unfair laws and executive orders regarding designated entities. For example, individuals could
be criminally prosecuted for providing support, services, resources, expert advice or assistance to the Muslim Brotherhood without any intent to support terrorist activity. A designation could also result in unconstitutional asset seizures and effective shut-downs of civil society and rights groups”.  Continue reading Civil Rights Groups Oppose Terrorism Designation for Muslim Brotherhood

All We Want Is Equal Representation Online



November 10, 2014

Statement from Media Action Grassroots Network

Oakland, California —  A recent article in the Wall Street Journal revealed that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)  is considering a legally dubious “hybrid” approach to new open Internet rules that would allow some forms of discrimination.  Communities of color and low-income families are among the more than 3.7 million people in the United States that have urged the FCC to reclassify broadband as a common carrier, and enforce Title II rules that prevent online censorship and discrimination.

Tracy Rosenberg, Director of MAGNet Member Media Alliance in Oakland, CA, said, “The courts have already thrown back awkward compromises twice. The third time won’t be the charm. Full reclassification with forbearance is the only proven road to level the playing field on the Internet our communities need”. Continue reading All We Want Is Equal Representation Online

AT&T’s Digital Redlining


The National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA)  did a study based on block census data submitted to the Federal Communications Commission by AT&T about broadband services offered in the City of Cleveland and its outlying suburbs in Cuyahoga County.

The results? “A pattern of long-term systematic failure to invest in the infrastructure required to provide equitable mainstream Internet access to residents of the central city (compared to the suburbs) and to lower-income neighborhoods.  When lending institutions have engaged in similar policies and practices, our communities have not hesitated to call it redlining.  We see no reason to hesitate to call it digital redlining in this case”.

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Fox News Is No News Outlet


Originally published in the San Francisco Chronicle

The Obama administration has taken a lot of heat recently for declaring war on Fox News, including from Chronicle columnist Debra J. Saunders. And it’s true that you can’t have presidential staffers ducking press inquiries. But media lies and distortions are another ball game entirely. Let’s look at the record: Continue reading Fox News Is No News Outlet