|Association for Progressive Communications (APC)||'The
Association for Progressive Communications (APC) is an international
network of civil society organisations dedicated to empowering and
supporting groups and individuals working for peace, human rights,
development and protection of the environment, through the strategic
use of information and communication technologies (ICTs), including the
|The Big Issue|| 'The Big Issue is independent of all
other media, commercial or political interests. This gives us licence
to be challenging, opinionated and publish without fear or favour...
The Big Issue campaigns and raises awareness on the key issues at the heart of the magazine - homelessness and its causes but it does so without resorting to sentiment. We aim to inspire hope and challenge the culture of hopelessness.'
|| '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.'
|Cardiff School of Journalism,
Media and Cultural Studies
||'One of Britain's premier centres
for teaching and research, with staff who have international
reputations both in practical journalism and in research and
|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
Center's 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.'|
| Common Dreams
||' It's 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.'
|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.'|
|Corporate Watch (US)|| 'Corporate Watch is an online
resource center designed to provide you - every day Internet users -
journalists, students, teachers and policy makers - with an array of
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||'Twice a month we bring our readers the stories that the corporate press never prints.'|
|Country Connections||'We want our journal to be a practical tool for change. We promise stories about models for positive change - people and organizations who have found solutions, interviews with leading progressive thinkers and essays on what we believe constitutes a decent life. And dare we say it, in each issue we promise humor. We do our best to avoid doomsaying and the jeremiad. We believe that laughter is important - both before and after The Revolution.'|
|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.'
|CTHEORY||'An international journal of theory, technology and culture.'|
|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."'|
|The Earth Times||'Independent, nonpartisan newspaper that focuses impartially on the environment, economic development, population, gender issues, and human rights.'|
|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.'|
|The Emperor's New Clothes|| 'Piercing a fog of lies.'
|Endgame Research Services
- a project of the Public Information Network
||'The mission of the Public
Information Network is to provide research services and training to
citizens who are
working for corporate and governmental accountability, and who are
to socially just and ecologically sustainable societies.'
|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,
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.'
|Flipside||'In these days of growing media concentration, Flipside Alternative Daily is a proudly independent voice committed to human and civil rights, global peace and environmental sustainability, democracy and equality. By printing the news and ideas the mainstream media rarely deals with, Flipside Alternative Daily exposes the distortions and omissions of the power brokers and helps us to better understand the world around us.'|
|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 University Mass Media Unit||'The
Unit has developed techniques to link the analysis of media content
with the processes by which audiences receive and interpret messages.'
|GreenNet|| 'GreenNet is part of the only global
computer network specifically designed for environment, peace, human
rights and development groups.'
Embraces a vast range of resources, including Peace News .
|Hidden Agendas - the films and writings of John
||'It is not enough for journalists
to see themselves as mere messengers without understanding the hidden
agendas of the message and myths that surround it.'
||'INK 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
|Independent Press Association (IPA)||'works to promote and support independent publications committed to social justice and a free press.'|
|Infoshop.org||'Your online anarchist community.'|
|Institute for Global Communications (IGC)||'As a project of Tides, IGC shares the vision to actively promote change toward a healthy society, one which is founded on principles of social justice, broadly shared economic opportunity, a robust democratic process, and sustainable environmental practices. We believe healthy societies rely fundamentally on respect for individual rights, the vitality of communities, and a celebration of diversity.'|
|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
|'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.'|
|Independent Media Institute|| 'IMI is a nonprofit organization
dedicated to strengthening and supporting independent and alternative
journalism, and to improving the public's access to independent
information sources. We believe that democracy is enhanced, and public
debate broadened, as more voices are heard and points of view made
Alternet , 'the world's only syndication service for independent and alternative content', a project of IMI
|The Institute for War and Peace Reporting||'An award-winning education and development charity, IWPR informs the international debate on conflict and supports the independent media in regions in transition. IWPR supports media development through collaborative journalistic projects and other forms of practical assistance.'|
|Lobster Magazine||'The Journal of Parapolitics... Lobster has included features on: Stalker, Lockerbie, Northern Ireland and Colin Wallace, British trade unions, Shooting the Pope, espionage, disinformation, Right-wing Terrorists, anti-Labour forgeries, the fifth Man, KAL 007, the Fiji coup, MI5's plots to smear British politicians, "Wilson, MI5 and the Rise of Thatcher", Counter-insurgency, Watergate, Falklands conspiracy theories, JFK, DEA, Oliver North, SAS, Combat 18, MI5, CIA, DoD, conspiracies, British nuke deployments, "Cyberspace, Secrecy and Spooks", British Fascism, the Communist threat, US Army Intelligence LSD testing, and much more.'|
|McSpotlight|| 'Created by the McInformation
independent group of volunteers working from, at the last count, 22
countries on 4 continents.
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.'|
||'MediaChannel 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
|'MediaLens 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|
|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.'|
|Multinational Monitor||'Tracks corporate activity, especially in the Third World, focusing on the export of hazardous substances, worker health and safety, labor union issues and the environment.'|
|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.'|
| New Internationalist
|| 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
spiritual needs of all are to be met.'
|OneWorld|| 'OneWorld is dedicated to promoting human rights and
sustainable development by harnessing the democratic potential of the
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.'
| Organization of News
should a newspaper or broadcaster have an ombudsman?
- To improve the quality of news reporting by monitoring accuracy, fairness and balance.
- To help his or her news provider to become more accessible and accountable to readers or audience members and, thus, to become more credible.
- To increase the awareness of its news professionals about the public's concerns.
- To save time for publishers and senior editors, or broadcasters and news directors, by channeling complaints and other inquiries to one responsible individual.
- To resolve some complaints that might otherwise be sent to attorneys and become costly lawsuits.'
|Power and Interest News Report (PINR)||'PINR is an
independent organization that utilizes open source intelligence to
provide conflict analysis services in the context of international
relations. PINR approaches a subject based upon the powers and
interests involved, leaving the moral judgments to the reader.'
|Positive propaganda||'A biweekly web serial featuring reviews of sites on culture, art and information warfare.'|
|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.'
| Public Voice
|| 'The Public Voice campaign calls
for communications reform to be led by public interest objectives, such
as plurality of voice, impartiality and objectivity in news, diversity
and quality of content,
right across the market.'
|Red Pepper||'An independent magazine of news, debate and culture for the left.'|
|SchNEWS||'The weekly newsletter from Justice? - Brighton's Direct Action collective.'|
|Social Criticism Review|| "I believe that, for the rest of the
world contemporary America is an almost symbolic concentration of all
the good and
the bad of our civilization - ranging from the fantastic development of
and technology generating more welfare and the profundity of civil
and strength of democratic institutions, to the blind cult of perpetual
growth and never-ending consumption, no matter how detrimental to the
the dictates of materialism, consumerism and advertising, the voiding
human uniqueness and its replacement by the uniformity of the
noise of TV banality.
Who thinks today about future generations? Who is concerned about what people will eat, drink, breathe in one hundred years, where they will get energy when there are twice as many people living on this planet as today? Only an idealist, a dreamer, a genuinely spiritual person who, they say, is not modern enough.
These dreamers, who are often at the margin of society, will find their way to the place they belong, among the politicians, only if the very spirit of politics changes towards deeper responsibility for the world." Václav Havel, 1997
|Squall||'The Squall Crew are a multimedia collective of cultural activists dedicated to top quality edutainment. The news team investigate current controversy with an attention to accuracy...'|
|Statewatch||'Monitoring the state and civil liberties in the European Union.'|
|Stay Free!||'Sometimes I think we’re feeding the machine as much as fighting it, which is why I hope Stay Free! evolves into something other than an "anti-commercialism" magazine; something for as-of-yet-undetermind-but-worthwhile alternatives to commercial culture/consumption.'|
|Subvertise||'An archive of 100s of subverts, political art, cartoons and articles.'|
|The Sun||'Isn't "literary" or "political" or "spiritual" in the usual sense. It begins where those labels end, which is where life gets interesting. Each month, in essays, stories, interviews, and poetry, people write in The Sun of their struggle to understand their lives, often baring themselves with surprising intimacy. Our writers aren't afraid to take risks, to look at something ugly - or beautiful - and describe it honestly.'|
|Transparency International|| TI is 'a non-governmental
to increasing government accountability and curbing both international
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.'
|TV-Turnoff Network||'A national, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that encourages Americans to reduce, voluntarily and dramatically, the amount of television they watch in order to promote richer, healthier and more connected lives, families and communities.'|
|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.'|
|The White Dot||'If you're like most people in Britain, you're spending four hours every day staring at a piece of furniture. Television eats up half the time you are not working or sleeping - ten years for the average person. All those things you want to be: a lover, a parent, a scholar, a wild teenager or a pillar of the community - when are you going to do all that? TV takes away your real life.'|
|ZNet|| '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 .
|Guardian / Observer|
|Times / Sunday Times|
|International Herald Tribune|
|Los Angeles Times|
|New York Times|
|Yahoo! News (Associated Press, Reuters, etc.)|
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