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NEWS & LETTERS, July-August 2005

Protest Iraq news bias

Memphis, Tenn.--Protesters picketed outside the main daily newspaper here, THE COMMERCIAL APPEAL, because we are fed up with their refusal to print the Downing Street Memos, which document the Bush administrationís determination to go to war on Iraq and to deceive the people about it. THE COMMERCIAL APPEAL has terrible coverage of the Iraq war, although, surprisingly, the editorial page is pretty good. After meeting with some members of the editorial board, we decided to go ahead with our protest because we believe that without public pressure to print actual news, nothing will change.

Our July 4 picket in 90-degree heat went well with participants from the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center and News and Letters Committees. The overwhelmingly positive response that we got from drivers-by showed that many Memphians agreed with our protest.

--Participant

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