Freedom must be saved

Freedom must be saved

The potential closure of an iconic publication such as ‘Freedom’ is an absolute travesty, and would be in whatever circumstances that it may have arisen. However, the reasons for which it found itself in such a perilous financial state makes me feel sick to the pit of my stomach.

Freedom was founded in 1886 by a group of volunteers, and despite format changes, is still in publication today, 125 years from when it first appeared. Freedom has been written and edited by some of the most legendary figures in the movement, and has a well-deserved reputation.

I am no expert of the finances at Freedom, but clearly those finances are limited. Any substantial or unexpected cost was bound to put a spanner in the works. What you would not expect is an allegedly ‘left leaning’, anti-fascist, photojournalist, to near bankrupt the newspaper over the accidental use of a photograph in a book.

David Hoffman, a well-established photojournalist, took issue with a photograph used in the 2009 book, “Beating the Fascists”, that didn’t have his permission. Rather than just accepting an apology for a genuine mistake, the rat bastard decided to go after Freedom and threatened them with legal action. Ultimately they have had to hand over £4,000 to the cunt, which has left them in dire straits.

Freedom is launching an appeal for donations and subscriptions. If nothing changes then it will cease to exist in its current printed form in October.

I started writing the international news pages a few months ago, which has given me an insight into the hard work and commitment of all those involved. They really do bust their asses every month to ensure the paper is finished.

Freedom has given so much to the movement for well over a century, I really hope the movement can pull together for a really worthwhile cause.

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working class s...
Jul 19 2012 00:52

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thegunshow
Aug 4 2012 17:07

There was no suggestion of illegality. Just that he should be denied a platform.

Khawaga
Aug 4 2012 17:16

Tell that to the police if shit hits the fan. It's not like they blow things out of proportion at all...

Rob Ray
Aug 4 2012 17:26

A suggestion made ahead of time, with the police reading, effectively guaranteeing their presence.

And if it subsequently kicks off? Oh yes, I'm sure a lawyer would have real trouble leading a jury to conclude that anarchists saying "let's No Platform this guy" doesn't imply a conspiracy to commit violence. You and I may be aware that actually it means making his show a bit uncomfortable with a bit of shouting and such, but the red and black flag is associated in the public mind with violence, direct action is associated with violence.

Use your damn head.

thegunshow
Aug 4 2012 17:22

Hoffman has attempted to get other snappers to follow suit and sue freedom, a quick look at this thread would easily convince most that they'll meet little but infighting and big talk of they do.

Rob Ray
Aug 4 2012 17:27

I know exactly what Hoffman's doing, and the only one attempting to spark infighting and talking big while doing little atm is you.

thegunshow
Aug 4 2012 17:27
Rob Ray wrote:
A suggestion made ahead of time, with the police reading, effectively guaranteeing their presence.

And if it subsequently kicks off? Oh yes, I'm sure a lawyer would have real trouble leading a jury to conclude that anarchists saying "let's No Platform this guy" doesn't imply a conspiracy to commit violence. Use your damn head.

What kicks off? Libcom isn't even a site based around the vain politics of kicking off. The call was to have the event cancelled now, rather than to march down there.

Rob Ray
Aug 4 2012 17:35

Then feel free to give the venue a ring with your view and suggest others do so, I doubt that would be taken down. Don't make ambiguous, public calls for direct action which can put other people in the shit.

thegunshow
Aug 4 2012 17:44

Good grief. You're intentionally mistaking what I didn't say for what Jim did.

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Rob Ray
Aug 4 2012 17:51

It's possible I'm remembering wrong, but I'm not intentionally mistaking anything. I clearly remember thinking "that's a bit dodgy" when I saw the No Platform post and everything else you've put up to date has been criticising pretty much everyone for not being direct enough in taking Hoffman on (or not doing it quickly enough).

thegunshow
Aug 4 2012 18:06
Tommy Ascaso wrote:
Aren't you both meant to be in the pub with the rest of us now? Would be much better if we discussed this off the boards instead of having individuals deciding unilaterally on what the movement should be doing.

I'm working. I've sent a delegate to knock some sense into you. (also not a threat).

Arbeiten
Aug 8 2012 17:14

There will be no vanguards in our movement!

Out of interested, do anarchist circles not have any other way of exchanging information other than posting it in libcom?

working class s...
Aug 11 2012 17:40
libcom
Aug 12 2012 08:42

Off topic post unpublished - If you want to make tangential links to your own pet subject, go start another thread.