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    There can be no real democracy in the United Kingdom, as long as the entire media in the country is controlled by five right-wing billionaires, Donnachadh McCarthy, an activist and author of The Prostitute State - How Britain's Democracy Was Bought, told Sputnik Tuesday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — According to McCarthy, the five right-wing billionaires are Rupert Murdoch, Jonathon Harmsworth, Richard Desmond and the Barclays Twins: David and Frederick Barclay.

    "The majority of our media is controlled by 5 right-wing billionaires: five of them are holding 80 percent of British papers sold every day. We feel that you can't have a real democracy unless you have various ownership of the media."

    McCarthy was among three protesters arrested Monday for being inside a tent during the Occupy Democracy rally in London calling for democracy free from corporate control.

    McCarthy added that "when you have extreme-right paper domination in the media, it leads to press becoming anti-immigrants, anti-women, anti-poor people, anti-welfare and that is what the Occupy Democracy talks about."

    Rupert Murdoch owns News Corporation of British Sky Broadcasting (BSkyB) and nearly 120 newspapers in at least five countries including The Sun, The Times, and Sunday Times in the United Kingdom.

    Jonathon Harmsworth, known formally as Lord Viscount Rothermere, is the owner of The Daily Mail tabloid.

    Richard Desmond is the owner of British publishing and television groups that issue Daily Express, Sunday Express, Daily Star and Daily Star Sunday newspapers, and the magazines OK!, New!, Star, as well as own TV channels.

    The Barclay brothers are the owners of the The Daily Telegraph, Sunday Telegraph and The Spectator.

    McCarthy expressed concern over the fact that these five people dominate and monopolize British culture, which is a disaster for democracy.

    "I think what the world needs is a compilation websites that combine all the independent media outlets with the independent search," McCarthy concluded.

    The Occupy Democracy campaign in London and other UK cities was launched on May 1 and is set to continue until May 10.

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