an award-winning news magazine and online community that
creates original journalism and amplifies the best of hundreds
of other independent media sources. AlterNet’s aim is to
inspire action and advocacy on the environment, human rights
and civil liberties, social justice, media, health care
issues, and more.'
Bristol angle on world politics.'
'Research into the Power Elite's secretive Bilderberg
Conferences - and related work...
Wouldn't it be satisfying if the energy being put in to help sort out our misdirected world could turn things around? It would be comforting to think so but realistically the banks, corporate media and other transnational corporations, the merger maniacal 'dark side', are extending their monopolistic control. The modern transnational corporation is an immortal, soulless collusion of greed that reduces everything it touches to a dollar value.'
|Bureau of Investigative Journalism||'The
Bureau of Investigative Journalism is an independent,
not-for-profit organisation that holds power to account. We
tackle big subjects through deep reporting that uncovers the
truth. We tell the stories that matter. Our aim is to inform
the public about the realities of power in today's world. We
are particularly concerned with the undermining of
democratic processes and failures to accord with fair, legal
and transparent practices.'
School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies
of Britain's premier centres for teaching and research, with
staff who have international reputations both in practical
journalism and in research and publication.'
|Center for Media and Public Affairs||'The Center's goal is to provide an empirical basis for ongoing debates over media fairness and impact through well-documented, timely, and readable studies of media content.'|
|Center for Public Integrity||'The
books, studies and newsletters combine political science and
investigative reporting, unfettered by the usual time and space
constraints. Through its hard-earned reputation for "public
service journalism," the Center aims to produce high-quality,
well-documented, investigative research resulting in a
better-informed citizenry that demands a higher level of
accountability from its government and elected leaders. The
Center also extends globally its style of watchdog journalism in
the public interest through the International Consortium of
Investigative Journalists (ICIJ).'
|Columbia Journalism Review||'The Columbia Journalism Review is recognized throughout the world as America's premiere media monitor-a watchdog of the press in all its forms, from newspapers and magazines to radio, television, and cable to the wire services and the Web.'|
|Committee to Protect Journalists||'The
Committee to Protect Journalists is an independent, nonprofit
organization that promotes press freedom worldwide. We defend
the right of journalists to report the news without fear of
| Common Dreams
been said that dreams are our roadmaps to the future. If so,
where are we headed? Common Dreams is a national non-profit
citizens' organization working to bring progressive Americans
together to promote progressive visions for America's future.
Founded in 1997, we are committed to being on the cutting-edge
of using the internet as a political organizing tool - and
creating new models for internet activism.
We are funded exclusively by our members and supporters - no corporate money, no advertising, no hidden agendas. With a small staff and a network of volunteers, we are proud of what we've accomplished on a shoestring budget.
|Consortiumnews||'We [look] at the underlying problems of modern democracy, particularly the insidious manipulation of citizens by government propaganda and the accomplice role played by mainstream media. Rather than encouraging diversity in analyses especially on topics of war and peace, today’s mainstream media takes a perverse pride in excluding responsible, alternative views.'|
|Corporate Europe Observatory||'CEO is a European-based research and campaign group targeting the threats to democracy, equity, social justice and the environment posed by the economic and political power of corporations and their lobby groups.'|
|Corporate Watch (UK)||'Corporate Watch is a radical research and publishing group, set up in late 1996 to support activism against large corporations, particularly multinationals. While rooted in the grassroots ecological movement, it now embraces a range of issues and campaigning approaches.'|
|Corp Watch (US)|| 'Corporate Watch is an online magazine and
resource center designed to provide you - every day
Internet users - activists, journalists, students,
teachers and policy makers - with an array of tools that
you can use to investigate and analyze corporate activity.
We are committed to exposing corporate greed by documenting the social, political, economic and environmental impacts of these transnational giants.'
|CounterPunch||'Fearless muckraking since 1993.'|
|Covert Action Quarterly||'It
is part of the American myth that our major media are
objective and unbiased, a mainstay of democracy. We believe,
however, that the overwhelmingly dominant corporate media
have become merely the voice of an increasingly unilateral
and controlled empire, devoted to the indoctrination of the
public in the interests of corporate, industrial, military,
and ruling powers. There has been, throughout the post-World
War II years, little analysis of this phenomenon, little
criticism of the myth of the impartial media.'
|Dissent||'Each issue features reflective articles about politics in the U.S., incisive social and cultural commentary, plus the most sophisticated coverage of European politics you'll find anywhere outside of Europe. As the Utne Reader says, "Politics, economics, and culture come together in every article, giving the entire publication a balance most political journals lack." '|
||'For true democracy to work, people need easy
access to independent, diverse sources of news and
But the last two decades have seen unprecedented corporate media consolidation. The U.S. media was already fairly homogeneous in the early 1980s: some fifty media conglomerates dominated all media outlets, including television, radio, newspapers, magazines, music, publishing and film. In the year 2000, just six corporations dominated the U.S. media.
In addition, corporate media outlets in the U.S. are legally responsible to their shareholders to maximize profits.
Democracy Now! is funded entirely through contributions from listeners, viewers, and foundations. We do not accept advertisers, corporate underwriting, or government funding. This allows us to maintain our independence.'
|The Ecologist||'Our subject areas are broad, our analysis radical. In an authoritative and accessible style, we cover issues both topical and general, and in doing so, open new areas of debate on everything from science and technology to the impacts of the globalisation of economic development on jobs, health and the environment.'|
|Ethical Consumer||'Ethical consumerism is all about empowering the consumer. Often people feel powerless in the face of global issues such as ozone depletion and third world exploitation but ethical consumerism can be a driving force for change.'|
|Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)|| 'FAIR is the national media
watch group that offers well-documented criticism of media
bias and censorship. We seek to invigorate the First
Amendment by advocating for greater diversity in the
press. We scrutinize media practices that marginalize
public interest, minority and dissenting viewpoints.
FAIR believes that independent, aggressive and critical media are essential to an informed democracy. But mainstream media are increasingly cozy with the economic and political powers they should be watchdogging. Mergers in the news industry have accelerated, further limiting the spectrum of viewpoints that have access to mass media. With U.S. media outlets overwhelmingly owned by for-profit conglomerates and supported by corporate advertisers, independent journalism is compromised.'
|Free Press||‘We're working to create a world where people have the
information and opportunities they need to tell their own
stories, hold leaders accountable, and participate in our
democracy. We fight to save the free and open internet, curb
runaway media consolidation, protect press freedom, and ensure
diverse voices are represented in our media.’
|Free Speech Internet Television|| 'Free Speech Internet Television is the first
audio/video hub on the web created and defined by the
people who use it.
Establishment media responds to the interests of stockholders and the perspectives of the advertizers who fill its pages, airtime and coffers. Freespeech.org attempts to respond to the interests of that majority of the people whose voices are excluded or distorted in the corporate media.'
|Glasgow Media Group
has developed techniques to link the analysis of media
content with the processes by which audiences receive and
the films and writings of John Pilger
is not enough for journalists to see themselves as mere
messengers without understanding the hidden agendas of the
message and myths that surround it.'
is the trade association of the radical and alternative
press in the UK. As well as this website, INK is involved in
a number of other projects that aim to raise awareness of
the alternative media.'
|Infoshop.org|| 'Your online anarchist community.'
|In These Times||'In These Times is an independent political newsmagazine. Our purpose is to challenge the ideological conformity of the corporate media, and to make sense of the news bites and disembodied stories we are fed in the daily press and on television.'|
Independent Media Center
||'The Independent Media Center is a network of collectively run media outlets for the creation of radical, objective, and passionate tellings of the truth. We work out of a love and inspiration for people to who continue to work for a better world, despite corporate media's distortions and unwillingness to cover the efforts to free humanity.'|
|Index on Censorship||'Index on Censorship is a nonprofit that campaigns for
and defends free expression worldwide.'
'The Intercept gives its journalists the editorial freedom
and legal support they need to pursue investigations that
expose corruption and injustice wherever they find it and
hold the powerful accountable.'
|International Consortium of Investigative Journalists||'The news media, hobbled by short attention spans and
lack of resources, are even less of a match for those who would
harm the public interest. Broadcast networks and major
newspapers have closed foreign bureaus, cut travel budgets, and
disbanded investigative teams. We are losing our eyes and ears
around the world precisely when we need them most.'
|Lobster Magazine||'Lobster magazine began in 1983. Its initial focus was on what was then called parapolitics - roughly, the impact of the intelligence and security services on history and politics - but since then has widened out to include: contemporary history and politics; economics and economic politics; conspiracy theories; contemporary conspiracist subculture.'|
|McSpotlight|| 'Created by the
McInformation Network, an independent group of volunteers
working from, at the last count, 22 countries on 4
The McInformation Network is dedicated to compiling and disseminating factual, accurate, up-to-date information - and encouraging debate - about the workings, policies and practices of the McDonald's Corporation and all they stand for. The Network also highlights opposition to McDonald's and other transnational companies.
McDonald's spends over $2 billion a year broadcasting their glossy image to the world. This is a small space for alternatives to be heard.'
|The Media Foundation (Adbusters)||'The mission of our non-profit society is to transform our commercial media culture and direct it towards ecological and social awareness. Our mass media, our business culture constantly urges us to consume more and more, yet we know that our planet cannot survive this onslaught, with regards to pollution, biodiversity, resource depletion and climate change. This consumption machine, image making factory is what we want to bring to a grinding halt. We want to create a new media culture that does not have commercialism as its heart and soul. The Media Foundation publishes Adbusters magazine, created this site, and runs Powershift Advocacy Agency.'|
is a media issues supersite, featuring criticism, breaking
news, and investigative reporting from hundreds of
organizations worldwide. As the media watch the world, we
watch the media.'
Correcting for the distorted vision of the corporate media
is our response to the unwillingness, or inability, of the
mainstream media to tell the truth about the real causes and
extent of many of the problems facing us, such as human
rights abuses, poverty, pollution and climate change.
Because much modern suffering is rooted in the unlimited greed of corporate profit-maximising - in the subordination of people and planet to profit - it seems to us to be a genuine tragedy that society has for so long been forced to rely on the corporate media for 'accurate' information.'
|Le Monde diplomatique||'Le Monde diplomatique is the
place you go when you want to know what’s really happening. This
is a major international paper that is truly independent, that
sees the world in fresh ways, that focuses on places no other
publications reach. We offer a clear, considered view of the
conflicting interests and complexities of a modern global
|The MoJo Wire||'Mother Jones is a magazine of investigation and ideas for independent thinkers. Provocative and unexpected articles inform readers and inspire action toward positive social change. Colorful and personal, Mother Jones challenges conventional wisdom, exposes abuses of power, helps redefine stubborn problems and offers fresh solutions.'|
|The Nation||' "The Nation will not be the organ of any party, sect, or body. It will, on the contrary, make an earnest effort to bring to the discussion of political and social questions a really critical spirit, and to wage war upon the vices of violence, exaggeration, and misrepresentation by which so much of the political writing of the day is marred." -- from The Nation's founding prospectus, 1865.'|
NI 'exists to report on issues of world poverty and
inequality; to focus attention on the unjust relationship
between the powerful and the powerless in both rich and poor
nations; to debate and campaign for the radical changes
necessary if the basic material and spiritual needs of all
are to be met.'
|OffGuardian||'We believe in the concept of truth itself - not merely in that of competing narratives - and in the sanctity of facts themselves. For that reason, we shall try to track them down, present them to the public, and preserve them as best we can. We believe in a true free press that (consistently) speaks truth to power. And we’ll be doing our little best to remind our mainstream media, including The Guardian itself, that this is supposed to be their duty. They probably won’t listen, but we’ll keep saying it anyway.'|
'OneWorld is dedicated to promoting human rights and
sustainable development by harnessing the democratic
potential of the Internet.
Like most of our readers, we are acutely aware of the injustices and unnecessary suffering in the world. Our aim is to bear witness to this injustice and to help people shed whatever light they can on it.
Cruelty and injustice flourish most freely in the dark - or in the ambiguous twilight of 'open secrets'. Bringing issues into the light, we believe, is a first step towards positive change.'
public interest, not-for-profit; a counter to the
||'Welcome to Peace News, the newspaper for
the UK grassroots peace and justice movement. We seek to
oppose all forms of violence, and to create positive change
based on cooperation and responsibility.'
is the world's first positive newspaper. We report on
positive developments from across the world and take a
solution-focused perspective on the challenges facing
We aim to inform, inspire and empower our readers, while helping create a more balanced and constructive media.'
|PR Watch (Center for Media & Democracy)||
'A nonprofit, public interest organization funded by
individuals and nonprofit foundations and dedicated to
investigative reporting on the public relations industry.
The Center serves citizens, journalists and researchers
seeking to recognize and combat manipulative and
misleading PR practices.
Whether the issue is health, consumer safety, environmental preservation or democracy and world peace, citizens today find themselves confronted by a bewildering array of hired propagandists paid to convince the public that junk food is nutritious, pollution is harmless, and that what's good for big business and big government is good for the rest of us.
Unlike advertising, public relations is often hard to recognize. "The best PR is invisible," say industry insiders. To spin the news in favor of their clients, PR firms specialize in setting up phony citizens' groups and scientific "experts" who spin out contrived research using junk science.'
|Red Pepper||'An independent magazine of news, debate and culture for the left.'|
the way that the public relations (PR) industry and
corporate and government propaganda distort public debate
and undermine democracy. The PR and lobbying industry in the
UK is the second biggest in the world, worth £7.5 billion.
... Our core concern is in promoting equality and protecting
fundamental human and democratic rights.'
|Statewatch||'Monitoring the state and civil liberties in the European Union.'|
the War Coalition - News
||'Stop the War was founded in September 2001, in
the weeks following 9/11 when George W. Bush announced the
"war on terror". '
TI is 'a non-governmental organisation dedicated to
increasing government accountability and curbing both
international and national corruption.
Our movement has multiple concerns:
humanitarian, as corruption undermines and distorts development and leads to increasing levels of human rights abuse;
democratic, as corruption undermines democracies and in particular the achievements of many developing countries and countries in transition;
ethical, as corruption undermines a society's integrity; and practical, as corruption distorts the operations of markets and deprives ordinary people of the benefits which should flow from them.'
||'... where I give you the true news so you don't
have to invest any money in buying newspapers that charge
you for the privilege of keeping your consciousness
imprisoned in a tiny box of ignorance and lies.'
|Undercurrents||'A non-profit organisation set up since 1993 to carve a space for alternative media within the mainstream. We distribute the award winning Undercurrents alternative news video, containing features on environmental and social justice direct action. Our aim is to challenge the mainstreams definition of news and its elitist method of news reporting. We also aim to inspire and educate and empower people, from a broad and diverse range of communities, to take personal responsibility to bring about positive social and environmental change. The organisation is dedicated to creating a historical video archive of grassroots dissent.'|
|Utne Reader Online||'Bi-weekly, web periodical facilitating thought and discussion about new ideas and the emerging electronic culture. Where ideas and community intersect.'|
'ZNet intends to become a community of mutually supportive
actors in the struggle to make the world a better place
for human beings and other living things.'
'...a wide range of specifically online articles and resources on current struggle and crises, in-depth sections focusing on matters of race, gender, class, international relations, ecology, youth, gay liberation, etc., alternative media coverage, activism tools and coverage...'
Includes the Chomsky Archive .
| The Onion
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