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We’re going to take a couple of weeks off to recharge, re-organise, and refuel, but here’s a brief review of the year – twelve of our favourite or most significant stories from 2022.
This pick of stories from each month first appeared in our weekly newletter.
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REAL MEDIA – 2022 REVIEW
Kill The Bill protest
January Kill The Bills – All Of Them – the year began with a large protest against the impending Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill, which was just one of several repressive measures the Conservative government have managed to push through this year somehow between scandals, corruption, and leadership elections.
February Fossil Fuel Arts Sponsorship – Protests And Wins The Science Museum and British Museum were under fire for their fossil fuel partnerships, especially after a series of announcements by other institutions leaving them among a very few which are still accepting toxic greenwashing cash.
March War and Propaganda The war in Ukraine became an opportunity to censor alternative and independent news sources. International social media organisations joined Western states in using their power to silence the voices of a wide array of journalists. Our investigation exposes the glaring imbalance in the way different struggles are reported.
Just Stop Oil at Thurrock
April The Spring of Climate Discontent We joined Just Stop Oil supporters on the launch of their campaign, reporting from the Navigator Oil Terminal in Thurrock which was closed down by protesters climbing on top of several oil tankers on the access road, while others tunnelled underneath.
May Palestine Activists Faced With Reckless Security and Remand Threat Following the killing of Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh at the hands of Israeli soldiers, several activists from Palestine Action stormed the Bristol HQ of Israeli arms company Elbit Systems UK, in their relentless campaign to #ShutElbitDown.
June Rally against Rwanda deportation plan On the eve of a High Court appeal against Priti Patel’s disgraceful plans, a rally was organised outside the Rwandan High Commission in London. Yesterday, after six months of suspension the High Court ruled that the government’s cruel and immoral plan to send asylum seekers to Rwanda is ‘lawful’.
Re-imagining the Hay Wain
July Just Stop Oil “re-imagine” The Hay Wain at the National Gallery In one of a series of controversial protests at arts institutions, two young Just Stop Oil supporters covered Constable’s famous painting with a dystopian new version, before glueing themselves to the frame. Both were recently given suspended sentences and a large fine for their action, which attracted world-wide media attention.
August The McDonald’s Tree Massacre Locals were enraged by the felling of 11 mature trees and the installation of plastic grass at a North London McDonald’s outlet. It emerged that it may have been part of a wider secret policy, and sparked our investigation into the company’s global green credentials.
September Dr Bob Gill GP – Our NHS – from public to private It’s five years since Real Media first interviewed NHS campaigner Dr Bob Gill. A lot has happened, and as predicted, we may now already be in the final stages of a long-established plan to privatise the NHS and bring in an American-style insurance-driven system. Dr Gill is as concise, clear and angry as ever, while corporate media continues to misinform or ignore this blatant theft and asset-stripping of our public service.
October Just Stop Oil Coalition – An Autumn of Civil Disobedience – Day 1 This report was from the start of a very busy month for JSO which brought them a lot of media attention, with repeated London road blockades, the Sunflowers painting and King Charles waxwork actions, the Dartford Bridge crossing closure and much more.
Plastics Rebellion at Futurescape
November Plastics Rebellion expose plastic grass greenwashing at trade expo An entertaining film exposing the greenwash, lack of recycling, and sheer ignorance around artificial turf (plastic grass), as we visited the Futurescape Landscape Gardening Expo with two activists from Plastic Rebellion.
December Scab delivery company occupied in solidarity with postal workers We filmed this small but inspiring act of solidarity for postal workers – a noisy occupation at the HQ of the gig economy app-based delivery firm, Ryde. They are providing strike-breaking workers in a deal with Royal Mail under new government legislation which undermines workers’ rights.
Scientists global day of action – Shell Centre, London
That’s (probably) all from us for 2022, so we wish you a happy solstice and peace and comfort wherever and however you spend this period into the new year.
Just Stop Oil protester at HM Treasury