The independent newspaper was launched to offer an alternative to the mainstream media, by providing a voice from inside the protest camp.
The inaugural edition of The Occupied Times of London, (of what promises to be a weekly paper) was launched by Occupy London protestors camped outside St. Paul’s Cathedral. Co-founded by Steven Maclean and Mircea Barbu, the independent newspaper was created in just a week because they believed it “was important to challenge and offer a different narrative compared to the mainstream media.” The kick-off was held on the steps of the Cathedral and the first one was given to the Museum of London, who will preserve a framed copy in their collection.
The newspaper consists of three sheets of A4 paper folded to create twelve pages of commentary, news, photos, and event listings, written mostly by the camp’s occupants. The back page of the paper carries the slogan “Here To Stay” which is designed to be used as a placard. It was produced by a large editorial team from Indy Media and designed by Tzortzis Rallis and Lazaros Kakoulidis. An initial run of 2.000 copies of The Occupied Times of London was distributed to people at the camp, visitors and city workers.
Mircea Barbu, one of the editors of the paper, was quoted in the Huffington Post UK saying:
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!
Photo Credits: Tzortzis Rallis