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The birth of
A critical space for social movements in Ireland
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The 2001 launch of Indymedia Ireland marked a radically different model of media: internet-based, non-profit, run on a shoestring, democratically produced, open to many different voices, and telling the stories that were firmly kept out of the nation's living room. This chapter discusses its significance, with reference to the context of media politics in Ireland. N. Chomsky and N. S. Herman's propaganda model discusses how ownership, funding, sourcing, flak and anti-communism are used to mould the media to ruling class interests. The longest-established among many kinds of alternative media is radical media, usually associated with political organisations (socialist, republican, feminist) and tied to their campaigning activity. Indymedia Centre Ireland came out of the wave of Irish protests against neo-liberalism around the turn of the twenty-first century. Indymedia activists approached two protest organiser groupings around setting up an independent media centre to cover the Mayday events, Dublin Grassroots Network, and CMN.

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Defining events

Power, resistance and identity in twenty-first-century Ireland

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