Altnews.org believes that Free Speech and Press Freedom is an absolute necessity to ensure that information is available to us all.
Without Freedom of Speech and Press Freedom, all of us are subject to the actions of those who would re-write history to suit their own autocratic and despotic agendas. Democracy cannot exist where press and speech is limited to the ‘official narrative’.
What is Altnews.org
Altnews.org is an auto-generated and spontaneous gathering of the latest posts from censored and alternative web sites. Posts are organised in Topics, Sources and/or Tags.
Post excerpts are published AS IS without editorial intervention or bias. Web sites that qualify to be featured on altnews.org have been censored, have had content removed or accounts closed by the likes of Google, Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, etc. now collectively known as the #censorati.
In most cases the number of posts retrieved from each web site is limited to the latest 50 posts on a first in, first out (FIFO) basis.
Are some posts retained?
A post may be retained on the web site where multiple visitors have ‘liked’ a post or where the Editor decides that such a post has historical significance and value to readers.
Now for a bit of history
Started in the early 1990s, in the ancient Videotex days in fact, with some (at the time) rather revolutionary ideas about social media and user contributed news, altnews.com.au was up and running. But as usual, we were well ahead of the pack and suffered from some degree of burnout by the time the ideas took hold of the imagination of the general public.
One of our web sites however, soon became the primary focus and information source for people affected by child protection services in various Australian states and around the world. Unfortunately, the subject matter made for rather depressing reading most of the time. What a mess those so called child protection services are in. What a substantial degree of trauma inflicted by government and petty officials on children and parents alike with a seemingly iron fist. Many of the contributors to the web site are in fact maimed for life.
The website was unfortunately recently removed from the net because of a very serious security flaws in the content management software we were using. We are still looking for a MySQL expert who can help us import the site into WordPress or convert to static HTML, so that the material posted by so many people may continue to be available even if only for historical purposes.
Where to from here?
But after 25 years, we are still here and with renewed enthusiasm and a sense iof urgency for the opportunities the Web offers for our democracy and our freedom of speech.
A truly free Internet may very well be our only defense against a steadfastly creeping trend towards authoritarian (corporate) state control and domination.
— Barefoot Warrior
Cairns, Queensland, Australia
Photo credit: Robert Reid
Photo taken at Crystal Cascades, Cairns, for a feature article about Independent Senate Candidates in the 1990 Australian Federal Elections published in the Courier Mail, Brisbane