Protesters target News Corp’s ad buyers

Mariam Cheik-Hussein
By Mariam Cheik-Hussein | 20 March 2019
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Protesters have planned a rally outside of News Corp’s Come Together event in Sydney today (Wed), where they will urge advertisers not to support the Rupert Murdoch-owned company.

It comes following protests in London outside of the News Corp headquarters on Monday, with organisers and those attending arguing the outlet needs to cover race and politics more carefully, following the Christchurch attack. 

A similar protest is being organised, this time targeting advertisers of News Corp who will be attending Come Together, the media company's annual showcase.

Come Together is being held from 19 March to the 21 March in Sydney, with further dates in Melbourne.

A Facebook page for the protest says: “On Wednesday, reps from every business that lines the pockets of the Murdoch Press will be at the Convention Centre. In the aftermath of the Islamophobic terror attacks in Christchurch, we have a chance to remind them of exactly the kind of lethal hatred and fear they’re bankrolling.”

Comments roll in on the Facebook protest page

The event brings together advertisers to showcase ways they can connect with consumers through News Corp. This year the media company is revealing 24 media and marketing initiatives across data, audio, video and commercial partnerships.

Rally organisers Get Up! and journalist Alex McKinnon argue News Corp has published divisive stories for years that “vilify” and “dehumanise” Muslim people, First Nations people and people of colour.

A protest planned outside of the Sky News studios by The Sleeping Giants Oz has been cancelled, with the group instead attending today’s protest at Come Together.

Federal Greens senator Mehreen Faruqi and NSW Greens MP David Shoebridge are expected to speak at the Come Together protest along with others.

Keep an eye on our Instagram and Twitter accounts for live updates from the protest.

News Corp has been approached for comment.

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