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 State Of The City reports 
 1978 UK Campaign for Press and Broadcast Freedom is being wound up in November
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 Bristol Broadband Co-operative  
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Second hour: Investigative reports: Interview with Mike Jempson, who runs Media Wise, and started Campaign for Press and Broadcast Freedom in 1978, which is being wound up in November and whose magazine Free Press is stopping: 1978 when Unions were getting a hard time from the press;  print workers and journalists unions – and the introduction of the computer;  Bristol Post and local newspapers – how they have changed with ownership changes; Dennis Payter in the Bristol NUJ oral history project, discusses working on The Evening Post when the hot metal press was still being used;  ownership of press and vested interests affecting the news; sources of news stories – from news wires;  diversity of press now – including the internet; wealthy people can afford to libel media; transparency about who owns press;  fake news; better ways press should be run. - Peter Osaro discusses robot weapons: - Peter Asaro, Associate Professor of Media Studies "Saving the World from Killer Robots. And Stupid AI" – also links between Google and companies developing these weapons. Elon Musk says Tesla not to manufacture killer robots: Artificial intelligence (AI) could revolutionise human society and especially warfare. But scientists are concerned about the consequences of robots being able to identify and kill people without human oversight. Demis Hassabis at Google DeepMind and founder of SpaceX, Elon Musk, are among 2,400 people who signed the pledge which aims to discourage governments from constructing killer AI. US investigative journalist Seymour Hersh thinks Bin Laden didn’t do 9/11: We end up ruminating about 9/11, perhaps because it is another narrative ripe for deconstruction by sceptics. Polling shows that a significant proportion of the American public believes there is more to the truth. These doubts have been reinforced by the declassification of the suppressed 28 pages of the 9/11 commission report last year undermining the version that a group of terrorists acting independently managed to pull off the attacks. The implication is that they may well have been state-sponsored with the Saudis potentially involved. Hersh tells me: “I don’t necessarily buy the story that Bin Laden was responsible for 9/11. We really don’t have an ending to the story. I’ve known people in the [intelligence] community. We don’t know anything empirical about who did what”. He continues: “The guy was living in a cave. He really didn’t know much English. He was pretty bright and he had a lot of hatred for the US. We respond by attacking the Taliban. Eighteen years later… How’s it going guys?” The concept of perpetual war is not exactly unintentional. The Truman doctrine hinged on this. His successor Eisenhower coined the term “military-industrial complex”. In 2015, giant defence contractor Lockheed Martin’s CEO stated that the more instability in Asia Pacific and the Middle East the better for their profit margins. In other words, war is good for business.

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