Chomsky to headline at Rebellious Media Conference in London

By staff writers
October 6, 2011

Globally-renowned linguist and US political dissident Noam Chomsky will be giving the keynote address at this month’s Rebellious Media Conference, which runs from Saturday 8 to Sunday 9 October 2011 in London.

A leading critic of the mainstream media, Chomsky is the author of Necessary Illusions: Thought Control in Democratic Societies and (with Edward Herman) Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media, among many other books.

“Arguably the most important intellectual alive today”, according to Time magazine, Chomsky has written that those wishing to play a meaningful role in influencing public policy must begin with honest inquiry, and education of themselves and others, and that the means to carry out these first steps include “media and publishers who do not bend to state and private power”.

Other confirmed Rebellious Conference speakers include documentary-maker John Pilger, writer and blogger Laurie Penny, radical publisher and activist Michael Albert (ZNet), and journalist Amira Hass (Haaretz).

Conference co-organiser Milan Rai (from Peace News) commented: “We’re honoured that Noam Chomsky will be speaking at this October’s Rebellious Media Conference. A conference about radical media without Chomsky would be like Wimbledon without Nadal.”

The conference, which brings together 135 speakers presenting 64 sessions, is showcasing inspiring radical media projects such as The Hankyoreh, South Korea’s noncorporate national daily newspaper (which has a circulation of 300,000); The NewStandard, the world’s first radical online hard news site; and ZCommunications, one of the world’s largest radical websites.

The event has now sold out all 1,075 seats. It is taking place at the Institute of Education on 8 October and at Friends House on 9 October. It is being financially supported by the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust and Quaker Peace & Social Witness.

The organising group are from Peace News, Ceasefire, the National Union of Journalists, Red Pepper, and visionOntv.

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