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Freedom Press – the publishers of the U.Ks only regular anarchist (well anarchist with a capital A) newspaper are in danger of folding after having to settle a copyright claim out of court with a freelance photographer.
As well as the newspaper, Freedom run a bookshop and a publishing wing as well as providing office space on their premises for a number of radical organisations, including SolFed, Advisory Service for Squatters and Corporate Watch. Like the rest of the movement they are woefully under-resourced.
David Hoffman, the photographer, took exception to the fact that a number of his shots from the 80s and 90s were used in the book 'Beating the Fascists' – Red Action's rather one-sided account of the success of Anti Fascist Action. One photo was used as the cover shot.
Freedom are adamant that they weren't aware that the photos, supplied by the authors, were being used without permission. However as they told SchNEWS "legally we didn't have a leg to stand on". So they settled out of court for £4,000, leaving them virtually cleared out.
What is more of a mystery is why an allegedly sympathetic photojournalist would try to bankrupt an organisation like Freedom. Hoffman has form for this – going after a drugs charity earlier this year won him £10,000. It's not clear that he'll ever be paid as the charity (D.A.R.E.) went bust shortly after.
In response to the crisis and in an effort to rescue the paper – Freedom have called an emergency meeting Sunday, August 12th from 3pm at the London Action Resource Centre, 62 Fieldgate Street, London E1 1ES.
With protestors gearing up for a second round of resistance there could be 'diversions ahead' for the East Sussex County Council and the road backing scum Trinity College in the University of Cambridge.
Recent announcement by Environmental Agency grants permits to EDF aiding the production of nuclear energy at Hinkley Point C.
If the “world leaders” heading to Enniskillen in June were hoping for an easy protest-free ride they were sadly mistaken
SchNEWS interview's one of the ZAD crew
UPDATE: The sh*t's well and truly hit the fan since we published this interview last week... Stay tuned for more SchNEWS from the front...
How ubiqitous terrible coffee chain, Starbucks, gets away with serving up tax free profits for its shareholders...
Land occupiers fight back as cops try to evict for airport development in France
October 2nd to 16th is Seed Freedom Fortnight. Starting on the anniversary of Ghandi's birth and ending appropriately on World Food Day, there are two weeks to get out and partake in a wide range of seed related actions. But why should you dig it?