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.
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.
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.'
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.
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.