Monitoring the Media with Ashoka Jegroo

From stories that are littered with anonymous and on-the-record quotes of law enforcement officials, to sensationalistic crime reporting that serves to instill fear and dependence on the police, mainstream media works to perpetuate policing and systemic racism to this very day.

And because the media, like police, will never truly change themselves – our communities must hold them accountable and create grassroot alternatives.

COPAGANDA WATCH works as our media watchdog arm with the belief that radical community-driven analysis is crucial. It picks apart the bias in the media that helps spread police-favored propaganda. Our recurring stories and our monthly newsletter examine trends as well as spotlight individual acts of copaganda.

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NY1’s Copaganda & the Rikers Crisis

Share on facebook Facebook Share on twitter Twitter Share on linkedin LinkedIn This week, New York City mayor Bill de Blasio visited Rikers Island amid weeks of calls of a “humanitarian crisis” and the 12th death in the city’s jail system so far this year. While the torturous, polluted and overheated reality of city jails

Copaganda Watch: How Local NYC Media Has Helped Turn Public Space Into a Police State

New York City’s Washington Square Park has become a flashpoint in a struggle over public space recently as images of NYPD cops in riot gear shoving, beating, pepper spraying, arresting, and even chasing park goers spread widely on social media earlier this month. During a recent neighborhood meeting put together by police officials (where hundreds

Copaganda – February/March 2021

Along with the day-to-day violence cops inflict on communities, the police are also masterful at creating and pro-police propaganda. Each month we highlight examples and push back against these narratives.