Since 2001, Media Lens have been describing how mainstream newspapers and broadcasters operate as a propaganda system for the elite interests that dominate modern society. The costs of their disinformation in terms of human and animal suffering, and environmental breakdown, are incalculable. We show how news and commentary are ‘filtered’ by the media’s profit-orientation, by its dependence on advertisers, parent companies, wealthy owners and official news sources.
The Media Fund
Independent Media – media free of corporate or government control – is the only real way to hold power to account. That’s how we see it anyway.
The only way it can remain independent and do its job effectively is if we all chip in.
This isn’t only about keeping it alive – we need the independent media to become the key way we get information.
We need to build the resources for independent media to do accurate reporting, investigative journalism, comment and analysis, data journalism, culture and much more. On a scale not seen before in the UK.
We can only do this with your help.
Founded in 2012 as Energydesk, we started out as a small team of journalists dedicated to open and accurate reporting on energy and climate change. As Unearthed, we cover the environment more broadly, from forests and oceans to bees and air pollution, as well as the politics and economics that underpin them. The addition of our investigations unit in 2015 has enabled us to take on those big, risky stories that require time and resources many newsrooms don’t have, but that need to be told.
Unearthed is Greenpeace UK’s award-winning journalism project
Democratic Audit is an independent research organisation, established as a not-for-profit company, and based at the London School of Economics.
Our core objective is to advance education, and to undertake and promote research into, the quality and effectiveness of UK democracy.
New Economics Foundation
There has never been a greater need for a new economy or a more important moment to act than right now, because a storm that has been gathering for decades is firmly upon us. Millions of people feel they have lost control over their lives and are now being left behind by changes in the economy, technology and climate, even while being promised a parody of control that threatens to make matters worse.
Yet, in the midst of all this upheaval, a surge of energy is being generated that can crack open new possibilities for change now, not at some distant point in the future. The New Economics Foundation exists to drive this change and help give people the tools they need to take real control.
Big Brother Watch
Big Brother Watch work to ensure that those who fail to respect our privacy, undermine our online security, or fail to protect our personal data, are held to account.
We campaign on behalf of the individual to ensure your privacy and civil liberties are maintained in the digital age by government, public authorities and businesses.
Founded in 2009, Big Brother Watch produces unique research exposing the misuse of powers, informative factsheets explaining complex laws, and briefings for parliament, the press and the public.
Civil Society Futures
Civil Society Futures is a national conversation about how English civil society can flourish in a fast changing world. Through community events, academic research and online debate, Civil Society Futures will create a space for a much needed conversation among those involved in all forms of civic action – from informal networks to vast charities, Facebook groups to faith groups. Considering how both the nature of civil society and the context it exists in are changing fast, we will investigate how to maximise the positive effects of civic action and provide a guide to how to release its potential to drive positive change.