Issue: 2453

December 2003 - February 2004



By Whitney Lanphear

The following is a brief listing of helpful publications, books, websites and radio stations that are alternative sources of media, or offer a means of communication that leaves the mainstream.

By Anonymous

In a world of increasing regulation and control, deviance from established modes of behaviour are tolerated less and less. New ways are constantly being discovered by governments to discourage such behaviour.

By Reuben Easey


By Jake Lynch

Calling for "critical self-reflection", Jake Lynch argues that peace journalism's time has now come.

By Rasmus Grove

Rasmus Grobe from X-tausendmal quer media team reflects on their experiences of using mobile phone technologies for non-violent protests against nuclear transports in Germany.

By Vision Machine Collective

With new forms of media available to activists around the world, we hear from members of an international film collective who work to "analyse and respond to the conditions and mechanisms of economic, political and military power", in a participatory and collaborative way.

By Nigel Parry, PN staff

This interview was conducted by email during October 2003.

In 2001, German nonviolent-anarchist newspaper graswurzelrevolution began an ambitious media solidarity project with Turkish antimilitarists. The editors of the project reflect on the challenges and outcomes to date.

By Vesna Jankovic

In 1991, the disintegration of Yugoslavia and descent into outright war picked up speed. Activists from the emerging women's, environmental and peace groups in Croatia, trying to maintain their values and keep contact with their new "enemies", began producing a magazine as part of the activities of the Antiwar Campaign. Vesna Jankovic reflects on the challenges of developing independent media during conflict and the value of making dissenting voices heard.

By Beena Sarwar

What is it like to work in the mainstream media? What are the opportunities for reaching a wide audience with progressive ideas? These questions and more were put to occasional PN contributor Beena Sarwar - a print and TV journalist working in the mainstream media in Pakistan.

By Radio Netherlands

During 1994 an estimated 500,000 to 1,000,000 people were killed in the Rwandan genocide. Therole of radio broadcasts across the country in inspiring and encourag-ing individual and collective acts of violence has become one of the best-documented and most extreme cases of the use of media to fuel conflict.After being indicted in 1996 by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, the trials of reporters allegedly central tothe hate broadcasts began in 2001. Radio Netherlands reporters have kept a close eye on developments.

By Ippy D

Hate radio, peace journalism, the Internet, SMS organising, the underground, the overground... it's all here. This issue of Peace News focuses on war and peace in the information age: here's an introduction...

By Tobias Pfluger, Andreas Speck

In July 2003, the European Convention presented a draft European Union Constitution, consisting of 260 pages, divided into four chapters, plus several appendices and additional agreements which will also have constitutional status.

By Peter Burt

In October, George W Bush began a round of state visits to Asian and European countries. Peter Burt reports on the impact of the US president's visit to Thailand during the APEC talks.

By <a href="mailto:Katri@ForMotherEarth">Katri@ForMotherEarth</a>

Not many people are aware that every year more than 60 young men are sentenced to six and a half months of imprisonment because of their refusal to take part in the system of compulsory military service in Finland.