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The moment when journalist and photographer Adrian Arbib was served with an injunction preventing him from photographing an environmental protest at Radley lakes, 2007. Photo: still from video by Adrian Arbib.

Journalists doing their job are not 'domestic extremists'

Adrian Arbib

22nd November 2014

Six journalists are taking the UK Government to court after discovering that they are listed on its 'domestic extremism' database just for reporting on protests, or undertaking inconvenient investigations into state or corporate misconduct. Adrian Arbib is one of them ... more...
Julian Assange at New Media Days 2009: newmediadays.dk/julian-assange. Photo: New Media Days via Flickr.

The para-judicial persecution of Julian Assange

John Pilger

24th November 2014

It's easy to forget that Julian Assange - reviled by mainstream media, hounded by Sweden's judiciary, 'red-listed' by Interpol, publicly attacked by the US defense secretary - remains an innocent man, 'wanted' for nothing more than questioning, writes John Pilger. His disgraceful treatment dishonours only his persecutors. more...
Cover of 'Don't Even Think About It' by George Marshall.

Why isn't climate change sparking climate action?

Tim Radford / Climate News Network

17th November 2014

Death threats, abuse and torrents of online hatred show how climate change scientists are demonised, writes Tim Radford, in a way without parallel in the history of science. It's all set out in a new book that explores both climate change denialism, and our inaction despite overwhelming evidence: 'Don't Even Think About It'. more...
Natalie Bennett, leader of the Green Party of England & Wales, on a 'Stand up to UKIP' march in Doncaster, 27th September 2014. Photo: Steve Eason via Flickr.

Election debates: only the Greens offer a genuine alternative

Peter Bloom

31st October 2014

UK broadcasters' plan to exclude the Green Party from the 2015 pre-election debates is an affront to democracy, writes Peter Bloom. Its voice must be heard - not only do the Greens enjoy a firm, nationwide base of political support, but they offer the only alternative to the neoliberalism, austerity and immigrant-bashing on offer from the 'mainstream' parties. more...
If you don't recognise Natalie Bennett, the Green Party's leader, it may because she has to fight all the way for media exposure. But in spite of the difficulties, the Greens pushed the Lib Dems into fifth place in the Euro-elections.

Excluding Greens from TV debates would make a mockery of democracy

Josiah Mortimer

16th October 2014

UK broadcasters decision to exclude the Greens from the 2015 General Election debates has triggered a storm of protest, writes Josiah Mortimer. The numbers all show that the Greens deserve to be heard, but it's about more than that - the British people deserve the chance to engage in a new, progressive politics for the 21st century. more...
Has the BBC forgotten its commitment to impartial journalism? Photo: BBC handbook 1963, by Gordon Joly via Flickr.

The BBC, Friends of the Earth and nuclear power

Neil Crumpton

16th September 2014

At first it looked like a journalistic coup, writes Neil Crumpton - the BBC's 'scoop' that FOE was no longer opposed to nuclear power. Except that FOE remains firmly anti-nuclear as it has been for decades. The spotlight must now be turned on the BBC itself, and its little-known but shocking links to the nuclear industry more...
Children in fear, Gaza. Source: unknown.

The children of Gaza and the profit being made from their genocide

Heathcote Williams

5th August 2014

As Israel violates its own 'ceasefire' to murder yet another child in Gaza City, the poet Heathcote Williams delves into aspects of Israel, Palestine and the lethal war now under way that rarely surface in the mainstream discourse - and amid the horror, cruelty and rising tide of fascism, finds grounds for long term hope. more...
Children in Rafah collect water from one of the working public taps, 13th July 2014. But with the bombing of water infrastructure and Gaza's only power station, it's unlikely to be working today. Photo: Oxfam International via Flickr.

Gaza: water crisis grows as Israel targets essential infrastructure

Luisa Gandolfo

31st July 2014

Israel's war on Gaza has seen the systematic and widespread destruction of civilian infrastructure essential for human survival, writes Luisa Gandolfo. This represents an apparently deliberate 'cutting off of life support' to those that survive the bombardment now under way. more...
Unit 4 of TEPCO's Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station. Photo: IAEA Imagebank via Flickr.

Fukushima - the continuing catastrophe

Harvey Wasserman

11th June 2014

Fukushima has largely disappeared from the mainstream news, writes Harvey Wasserman. After all, who wants to read about children with cancer, continuing huge radiation leaks, and the very real possibility of another catastrophe as big as Chernobyl? more...
Voting Green not UKIP! Photo: from Viridis Lumen.

BBC - end your Green Party news blackout!

Morgan Meaker & Bradley Allsop

8th June 2014

The BBC disgraced its obligation to political impartiality by ignoring the Green Party throughout the recent election campaign, write Morgan Meaker & Bradley Allsop - we should all support calls on the BBC to give the Greens and their policies fair coverage. more...
Beware wolves in sheep's clothing! Photo: public domain.

Beware environmental wolves in sheep's clothing!

William Laurance

9th June 2014

What do the Australian Environment Foundation, the Renewable Energy Foundation and the Global Warming Policy Foundation have in common? They are all fiercely anti-environment, writes William Laurance - and we must beware their 'eco-doublespeak'. more...
Graham Phillips. Photo: grahamwphillips.com.

Silence of the lambs

RT Editorial

21st May 2014

Graham Phillips, a British freelance journalist reporting for RT from Eastern Ukraine was detained yesterday by the National Guard and has not been seen since. Not that you would know from British media coverage. RT wrote this open letter. more...

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As the massacre takes place inside Odessa's Trade Union House. Photo: via http://ersieesist.livejournal.com/813.html.

Ukraine - we must not 'consent' to genocide

Diana Johnstone

8th May 2014

The mainstream media are working hard to obscure NATO's hideous plot to rekindle the Cold War in Ukraine, writes Diana Johnstone, as they seek to engineer our 'consent' for yet more heinous acts to come. To prevent the horror of a full scale war, first we must grasp the truth. more...
George Monbiot attempts to terrify his TED audience into loving nuclear power at TEDGlobal 2013 in Edinburgh, Scotland. June 12-15, 2013. Photo: TED Conference / James Duncan Davidson via Flickr.com.

'Arrest Monbiot' for 'nuclear crimes' - £100 reward

The Ecologist

26th April 2014

Marking 'Chernobyl day' 2014, a website is launched that calls for the arrest of writer George Monbiot for 'Nuclear Crimes against Humanity and the Environment'. more...
The UN's Ban Ki-moon with Arnold Schwarzenegger, 2012 Global Advocate of the Year for his work on climate change. Image: UN Photo / Rick Bajornas.

Hollywood goes big on climate change

Kieran Cooke

12th April 2014

It's billed as 'the biggest story of our time', writes Kieran Cooke. This weekend viewers of Showtime, the US cable channel, will be watching the first of an 8-part documentary series on climate change: some of the biggest names in Hollywood are involved. more...
Should she go to jail? The Last Stand crew serve notice on Harvey Norman in Preston, Australia. Photo: The Last Stand via Flickr.com.

Boycotts are an essential democratic right

William Laurance

7th April 2014

In a radical departure from it's 'pro free speech' rhetoric, Australia's 'Liberal' government wants to ban environmental boycotts. But as Bill Laurance writes, eco-boycotts are not only an effective tool for reining in corporate excesses - they are also a key democratic right. more...
The aftermath of 2009's Typhoon Ketsana, Manila, Philippines. Photo: Asian Development Bank via Flickr.com.

BBC climate reportage is confusing, not informing

Catherine Happer

6th April 2014

BBC coverage of last week's IPCC' report was 'almost deliberately confusing', writes Catherine Happer - undermining the public's will to act to forestall climate catastrophe by airing endless sceptical voices, while claiming 'impartiality. more...
Lawrence Torcello - eco-philosopher, climate hero. Photo: Rochester Institute of Technology.

Ecologist author targetted in 'climate hate' campaign

Steve Horn

27th March 2014

Lawrence Torcello argued that those who fund climate change denial in order to undermine the public's understanding of science should be held 'criminally and morally negligent'. He was unprepared for the ensuing torrent of misrepresentation and hatred. more...
Nigel Farage has a lot to smile about - but do we? Photo: Derek Bennett via Flickr.com.

UKIP and the ideal of 'media neutrality'

Matt Hawkins & Clare Phipps

27th March 2013

Nigel Farage's media triumph last night highlights Ofcom's decision that UKIP is a 'major political party' in the Euro-Elections. But Ofcom's view, argue Matt Hawkins & Clare Phipps, rests on the myth that the media reflect, rather than influence, public opinion. more...
Before the rain: Laguna Colorada, Bolivia. Photo: Robin Fernandes via Flickr.com.

Bolivia and Britain - a tale of two floods

Maddy Ryle

11th March 2014

Living between southern England and Bolivia, Maddy Ryle finds inconsistent media attitudes in reporting extreme weather and climate change - and searches out new narratives that engage and empower communities across the world. more...
Cameron to the rescue: the politicisation of the UK's 2014 floods has not been conducive to enlightening discourse. Photo: The Prime Minister's Office via Flickr.com.

The floods - blaming the climate change messengers

George Marshall

6th March 2014

Mainstream media reporting of the recent UK storms rapidly degenerated into narratives of blame focused on environmentalists, writes George Marshall. It's time they uncovered the real villains! more...
Weather vane, St Helen's Church, Norwich, UK. Photo: LEOL30 via Flickr.com.

The media's climate Fail - we must move beyond mere anger

Vanessa Spedding

24th February 2014

Following the BBC's abysmal reporting of climate change, Vanessa Spedding believes that news 'consumers' must transcend their outrage at media ignorance of climate, and demand new, inspiring narratives. more...
Flooding on the Somerset Levels and Moors. Watercolour by Lord Otter via Flickr.com.

Somerset Levels - the real battle is getting the Government to pay

Oliver Tickell

9th February 2014

Right wing media and politicians have chosen the Somerset Levels as their battle field for fighting the 'green' agenda. There is just one problem - the facts. On the Levels themselves, there is a remarkable consensus about the way forward - and the future is Green. more...
Hacktivism

The beginning is near

Jamie Mackay

12th November 2013

Last week's 'million mask march' is a telling example of the mainstream media's structural hostility to any realisation of a participatory, deliberative or active public, argues Jamie Mackay. more...
The Prostitute State

The prostitute state

Donnachadh McCarthy

8th November 2013

Donnachadh McCarthy, former deputy chair of the Lib-Dems, speaks to The Ecologist about the collapse of British democracy and his hopes for reform. more...

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