The Occupied Times of London, an independent newspaper of the high profile Occupy London protest movement, has launched its first edition.
At the launch, held on the steps of St Paul’s Cathedral, the first edition was handed over to the Museum of London, who will frame and hold a copy in their collection.
Consisting of twelve A4 pages of comment, news and features alongside photos, cartoons and event listings, the paper was written largely by the camp’s occupants. There is an initial print run of 2000 copies and an online edition.
Print copies are being distributed to protesters at the occupation, to city workers and to members of the public.
The paper was founded by Steven Maclean, editor-in-chief, and has been created in just a week at the occupation.
Mircea Barbu, one of the editors of the paper, explained: ”We hope that the Occupied Times of London reflects and records the movement, bringing together the wide range of voices of supporters as well as challenging the issues behind why we are all here. It’s the great thing about this occupation. You can come here and get involved immediately. You can even help us with the next issue which we’ve just started working on.”
After the launch, members of the team who created the paper answered questions about their motivations, the content of the first issue and what they hope to achieve through its production.
There was also a debate looking at the statement “Are we anti-capitalists?”, a term which has been used to describe the occupation without necessarily understanding the complexities and the range of opinions that which make up the camp.
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