journalism

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.

Your job after "the revolution"

As some people on libcom may already know I write a column in Black Flag magazine called Breathing Utopia, about the ways different workers see their roles and industries changing in a communist society. I'd like to expand it to book length.

UK press history - James Curran

In this chapter, the first of Power Without Responsibility (2003), James Curran charts the history of the UK Press from explicit state control to corporate censorship, refuting those such as Francis Williams and just recently Alan Rusbridger who claim that 'advertising [has] set the British press free.'

Is it either or? Professional ideology vs. corporate-media constraints - Florian Zollmann

An article by Florian Zollmann discussing Herman and Chomsky's propaganda model, questioning which determines media performance more; professionalism or corporate control.

‘Smooth operator’: The propaganda model and moments of crisis - Des Freedman

An article by Des Freedman on Herman and Chomsky's propaganda model for the mass media and moments of crisis (disagreements within the ruling class), focusing particularly on the Daily Mirror and its anti-war coverage in the build up to the Iraq war.

Russia: They don't represent us!

Almost 40% of the population of Russian Federation with a "right to elect" chose not to participate in the electoral farce, indirectly expressing his opposition to the existing system, which doesn`t represent their will.

A rally against the elections in Moscow live broadcast

Make sure to keep track of what is happening in the very centre of Moscow and St. Petersburg in real time! Our reporters will follow left-wing activists collecting their real-time comments on what is going on!

Printers Playtime

Workers Playtime is a defunct workerist journal that last came out in May 1985, just after the end of the miners' strike. This pamphlet is a collection of Playtime articles. Together, they trace the changing character of the class struggle in the UK printing industry. It ends with a short piece about Wapping, and extracts from the unofficial strike bulletin Picket.

Murder attempt inquiry to be dismissed over G8 facts in Genova

Mark Cowell after G8 in Genova, 2001

British journalist, Mark Cowell, was subjected to a "brutal" and "potentially lethal" aggression during the demo against G8 in Genova (2001). Now, the inquiry is coming to an end. Italian newspapers and nationwide media are not reporting this story.

Attention CNN: There's this thing called Youtube...

CNN's journalism is often appalling, for example this article explaining how Mohamed is the most popular boy's name in England (strange, I thought it was Harry). But whoever it was who put together the coverage for the Occupy Oakland skirmishes has managed a really amazing level of awfulness.