Media Democracy Day


  • Paul Baines


After organizing Media Democracy Day events for three years, I have mixed opinions about my future involvement. In the summer of 2001, a handful of Toronto media activists started planning for a new fall event. October 18th would promote "a mass media system that informs and empowers all members of society." Our Web site ( continues on with Media Democracy Day connecting existing critical and creative media with active social movements, creating a coherent message for public attention and local and global action. Media Democracy Day is a day of international action based on three themes: 1) Education—understanding how the media shapes our world and our democracy; 2) Protest--against a media system based on commercialization and exclusiveness; and 3) Change--calls for media reforms that respond to public interests, promote diversity, and ensure community representation and accountability.

Author Biography

Paul Baines

: Paul Baines is an anti-oppression activist using media literacy as a tool for education and organizing. Paul has a Master’s degree in critical pedagogy and media education and is always looking for paid work in this area. He lives in a collective household in Toronto and is a support worker for a disabled man.