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Disgraced copyright thief Carl Austin-Behan is to speak at Manchester Libraries Intellectual Property Centre about his "entrepreneurial journey." Austin-Behan’s company VA Events Limited illegally used a photograph. No less than thirty-three copyright watermarks were carefully removed from it. The judge found the directors, one of whom was Carl Austin-Behan, personally liable.

Did Manchester Pride 2018 close roads and go ahead without a valid Traffic Order in place for part of the four-day event?

The Secretary of State was unable to approve any Order because the Department For Transport didn't receive it from Manchester City Council until the Tuesday after Manchester Pride had finished.

A 2002 pride planning meeting was told that charging to enter public streets was unlawful

Campaigners have uncovered the minutes of a pride planning meeting that was held in November 2002.

Manchester Metrolink procedures

What is the procedure for suspicious packages on Manchester's trams?

Archives reveal "regular, ranting bigotry about gays" in the pages of the Manchester Evening News

In 1989 the MEN called for an "awful" floral display in Piccadilly Gardens commemorating Stonewall to be "destroyed".

How FactsMCR exposed poor standards at the Manchester Evening News

Our spoof press release about Manchester Pride, sent from a free email account, was published, apparently without any fact checking whatsoever. In this way, the newspaper allows itself to be a conduit for promotional propaganda and lies. We were tired of seeing mistakes/untrue information in the MEN over a period of many years. In some cases they hampered democracy and prevented change.

 

Useful reading

The ruling by the Local Government Ombudsman in April 2015 (PDF). The Ombudsman decided that Manchester City Council had exceeded its powers by mentioning wristbands in a traffic order and that it was unlawful to restrict access to premises (businesses and homes).

 

Minutes of a meeting at Marketing Manchester in November 2002 (PDF). These show that those present were told they couldn't charge people to enter public streets. However they went ahead and did so from 2003 onwards for a decade. It was unlawful all along and they knew it.

At the meeting were: Manchester City Council, GHT, the LGF (now known as the LGBT Foundation), Marketing Manchester, the organisers of Europride 2003. The advice seems to have come from the police. Yet the police apparently then turned a blind eye...

This document was unearthed at the Library Archives quite recently by a FactsMCR campaigner.

 

Our factsheet for 2018 (PDF). As well as information about your right to walk on the streets, read about the increase in earnings for Manchester Pride staff in 2017! And why is no donation from the Pride fund shown in the accounts of George House Trust for the years 2012, 2013 and 2014? They are supposed to receive 25% of it. GHT didn't reply when contacted and asked about this.

The factsheet for the previous year, 2017, is here (PDF).

 

Since the ruling by the Local Government Ombudsman in 2015 the media — both LGBT and mainstream — have stayed silent about the decade-long wristband scam and about your rights. So some people continue to pay unnecessarily.

All your favourites know: GayStarNews, Pink News, Manchester Evening News, The Guardian, BBC and many more. Believe it or not, in a letter, the BBC has actually defended its right not to report this! Yes, the same BBC which used to speak up about scams and the rights of consumers.

These organisations don't need to lie. They simply ignore an issue completely. Or, they report some of the facts; perhaps popping in just one or two bits they don't like to add a fake impression of balance. That's how they manipulate opinion in the direction they think it should go.

The veteran ITV reporter John Pilger has said that "not reporting" is the most powerful form of censorship.

What else aren't they telling us?

 
 

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