Henry Porter is a novelist and political columnist for the Observer newspaper in London. Since 2005 he has been chronicling the attack on liberty and rights in Britain. He has now written some ninety columns on the subject.
“It is too easy,” he says, “for Western journalists to see humanity in terms of its usefulness to ‘our’ interests and to follow government agendas that ordain good and bad tyrants, worthy and unworthy victims and present ‘our’ policies as always benign when the opposite is usually true. It’s the journalist’s job, first of all, to look in the mirror of his own society.”
Internationally acclaimed documentary photographer who’s book and exhibition Women and War traces the lives of women all over the world since 1982 in their struggle to survive in war zones. She works tirelessly photographing around the world for NGOs such as Amnesty International, Red Cross, SightSavers, Actionaid and many more. Jenny generously allows us to use some of her photographs for our work. Thanks Jenny.
Kristian Buus is a photographer committed to social change who’s work is well known in the climate change movement. He works for Danish and UK print media and NGO’s such as Greenpeace, Action Aid and Amnesty International.
Claudia Janke is the person to thank for this website’s existence, it was at her insistence that it was built, thanks claudia ! ) Claudia’s work as a photographer inspires and informs us bringing us constant insight into the positive struggles and negative pressures born by workers and families in parts of the world we never get to. She focuses on human rights and womens’ rights making much of her work for NGOs Red Cross, SightSavers, Refugee Action, Centrepoint, and the rest of the time for the print media.
the fantastic designer of this website
We come from all over the globe and from every walk of life. What binds us is our belief in the free and open exchange of ideas as the vital prerequisite to a democratic world.
MediaLens is a response based on the conviction that mainstream newspapers and broadcasters provide a profoundly distorted picture of our world. MediaLens are convinced that the increasingly centralised, corporate nature of the media means that it acts as a de facto propaganda system for corporate and other establishment interests. The costs incurred as a result of this propaganda, in terms of human suffering and environmental degradation, are incalculable. MediaLens hope that this website will help to turn bystanders into compassionate actors.
The Climate Camp is a place for anyone who wants to take action on climate change; for anyone who’s fed up with empty government rhetoric and corporate spin; for anyone who’s worried that the small steps they’re taking aren’t enough to match the scale of the problem; and for anyone who’s worried about our future and wants to do something about it.
Around 1999 after reading No Logo by Naomi Klein, in particular the bit about Ron English changing billboards with paint alterations, it occurred to me that I could do something similar. I cut the letters “Su” from one billboard and placed them over another. The ad that had read “Suddenly everything clicks” had been subverted to say “Suddenly everything Sucks”.
Tom Leahy, the boutique manager, has spent much time exploring the origins and use of military materials, in part in an effort to reclaim their symbolic value, reflecting upon their roots in nature and art, whilst investigating their roles in passive/aggressive form and function, within urban protection, as a theme.
The Stop the War Coalition was formed on September 21st, 2001 at a public meeting of over 2,000 people in London. The platform statement above was ratified at public meetings held in October 2001 in London.