Independent Media and News

Independent media refers to any form of media that is free of influence by government or corporate interests. The term includes radio, television, newspapers or the Internet. It is also known as alternative media which distinguishes itself from mainstream media. Independent media outlets provide alternative information to that presented by mainstream media, bring to light non covered information and often aim to challenge existing powers. Access to news not covered by mainstream media is a very liberty enhancing tool. 

The problems today of mainstream media are:

  • The consolidation of media ownership to a few all-powerful corporations,
  • The influence and integration of advertising in mass media,
  • The dubious reliability of experts and sources utilized by the news,
  • The concept of “flak,” which involves controlled negative responses to media content.
  • The perpetuation of traditional hegemonic power relations via the selection of content and the rhetorical and structural framing of information. 

Badmirror.tv

Badmirror is a liberty & privacy friendly alternative to Youtube. This social broadcasting system, unlike Youtube, is completely free of surveillance, censorship, and outside influence. The biggest difference between the two is that videos on Youtube are available to viewers world wide while videos on Badmirror gain a broader exposure only after becoming popular with viewers in ones local community, thus decentralizing culture and systemically promoting culture rooted in local people, places and issues. All in all Badmirror is a powerful social broadcasting alternative.

freedom of the press foundation

Freedom of the Press Foundation is a non profit organization dedicated to helping support and defend public-interest journalism focused on exposing mismanagement, corruption, and law-breaking in government. They accept tax-deductible donations to a variety of journalism organizations that push for transparency and accountability, and they work to preserve and strengthen the rights guaranteed to the press under the First Amendment. They have an open-source whistleblower submission system called SecureDrop that media organizations can use to securely accept documents from and communicate with anonymous sources. 

muckrock

MuckRock is an open government news organization that aims to make tools to keep our government transparent and accountable. Their website makes it easy for you to quickly file Freedom of Information Act or public records requests. They allow users to hold their government accountable on any subject, and will guide the requests through the system so the government does not disregard the requests. MuckRock also acts as a news organization, analyzing the results of their news worthy FOIA requests and demanding accountability if they do not receive an answer. ~Freedom of the Press Foundation

WikiLeaks

WikiLeaks is an international, non-profit, journalistic organisation, that publishes secret information, news leaks, and classified media from anonymous sources.

national security archive

Founded in 1985 by journalists and scholars to check rising government secrecy, the National Security Archive combines a unique range of functions: investigative journalism center, research institute on international affairs, library and archive of declassified U.S. documents. It also serves as an advocacy organization to defend and expand citizen access to government information. Since its creation, the Archive has filed over 40,000 targeted Freedom of Information and declassification requests to more than 200 offices and agencies of the United States. As a result, more than 10 million pages of previously secret U.S. government documents have been made public. ~Freedom of the Press Foundation.

The Intercept

Launched by journalist Glenn Greenwald shortly after Edward Snowden’s release of secret NSA documents, with Laura Poitras and Jeremy Scahill. It is in fact owned by First Look Media, which Paypal’s co-founder Pierre Omidyar started. Compared to others, the Intercept is technically the ‘most corporate‘ but the content released thus far has not been hegemonic. 

The bureau of investigative journalism 

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism is an independent not-for-profit organization established in April 2010. The Bureau, which is philanthropically funded, is the first of its kind in the UK, and operates on the assumption that investigative journalism is indispensable to democracy. As such, the Bureau’s aim is to pursue and encourage journalism in the public interest. ~Freedom of the Press Foundation.

center for public integrity

The Center for Public Integrity was founded in 1989 and is one of the country's oldest and largest nonpartisan, nonprofit investigative news organizations. They strive to enhance democracy by revealing abuses of power, corruption and betrayal of trust by powerful public and private institutions, using the tools of investigative journalism.

The Center focuses its investigations on national security and government transparency, government waste/fraud/abuse, money and politics, the environment, and healthcare reform. They have won more than 50 major journalism awards, including the George Polk Award and numerous honors from the Investigative Reporters and Editors, the Online News Association, Overseas Press Club, Society of Environmental Journalists and the Society of Professional Journalists. ~Freedom of the Press Foundation.

InfoWars

InfoWars reaches millions every day by radio, movies and the documentaries have been seen by tens of millions and its website rankings are off the charts. News and information about civil liberties issues, global government and a wide variety of current events topics are covered. Alex Jones is driven by intense passion for humanity and exposes a wide variety of inconvenient truths.

The Corbett Report

"The Corbett Report is an independent, listener-supported alternative news source. It operates on the principle of open source intelligence and provides podcasts, interviews, articles and videos about breaking news and important issues from 9/11 Truth and false flag terror to the Big Brother police state, eugenics, geopolitics, the central banking fraud and more."

before its news

Before Its News is "a community of individuals who report on what's going on around them, from all around the world. Anyone can join. Anyone can contribute. Anyone can become informed about their world." From their "About Us" page.

mathaba

MATHABA broadcasts news and information that serves the public interest not just state interests, in over 50 different news categories, news feeds and distribution across multiple platforms.  Their vision is to empower people working for a peaceful, healthy, prosperous world through the power of information. MATHABA aims to expand into an influential, international web platform providing news, publicity and social media tools to people who care worldwide.