In the Russian language, Samizdat literally means “self-publishing”. But the term is most associated with the reproduction of censored content, usually passed by hand, in the old Communist bloc.
This project is an attempt to link users to the most important and interesting stories across the English-speaking web, which are either undervalued or ignored by the mainstream.
Once upon a time, editors valued alternative voices to stimulate debate and attract readers and viewers, but today the corporate media has become a homogenous space with little difference between outlets that push the same message. The contemporary equivalents of Noam Chomsky and John Pilger are stuck on the fringes, as journalists and commentators are chosen for their ability to toe the line, and stay on message. Predictably, groupthink has taken hold and inquiring minds are not welcome.
The internet was supposed to bring a new era of free access to information, and bloggers and “citizen journalists” were heralded as the architects of a utopian future. But that dream died. And today, Facebook, the world’s largest and most influential social network, has hired NATO-linked censors to pass judgement on whether news is legitimate or inadmissible.
Vested interests – whether they be militarist, as in that case, or governmental or corporate – evaluating whether content passes muster means only one thing: we are clearly at the edge of a slippery slope.
While New Samizdat is sponsored by RT, it is not a political creation. Russia is generally misrepresented by the mainstream media and people here understand why it’s crucial to oppose groupthink. New Samizdat has no specific agenda. We will post the most interesting links, across all spectrums, with the intention of stimulating debate and providing access to information.