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Passion is not a crime Social Media Campaign


Friday, 11 January 2013 by

Sometimes the power of social media still surprises me! A-League fans took to twitter and facebook in protest of a biased anti-football news report run on channel 9 news. Fed up with the stream of negative commentary dogging the sport over the years, fans have now launched the “passion is not a crime” campaign. Some supporter groups unfurled banners at games and begin chants at nine minutes into matches in a united protest at what fans see as overwhelming media bias against the game. The matter came to a head following the match between Sydney FC and Western Sydney Wanderers at Allianz Stadium on Saturday. The game attracted a crowd of 26,000 but some television reports focused almost entirely on the arrest of of just three fans after flares were released. Supporter groups condemned the actions of the few but news outlets were blamed for exaggerating isolated incidents. The Facebook page of Channel 9 – seen as a main culprit in the latest case – was bombarded with “passion is not a crime” posts from outraged fans.
Within hours of hitting Twitter the hashtag #passionisnotacrime was trending across the nation, led by veteran news reporter and football tragic George Negus who added the hashtag to his twitter profile. The slogan has now spawned a website urging fans to mobilise and join the “PINAC army”. The result can been seen in the video below

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