Mainstream media is the mouth-piece of the ruling class. Its primary aim is not to provide neutral, objective and up-to-date information. On the contrary, its actual primary aim is to normalize the structural violence of everyday capitalism and imperialism, and to criminalize the resistance of the victims of a violent system. Mainstream media, except in rare cases, will not stand on the side of the people. It is essential that we build our own alternative and revolutionary media.
We need media to serve the people, to inform people about the injustices in the world, to uncover ignored issues and to challenge dominant ideas and theories. Alternative media also provides means to educate, organize and mobilize the people. Revolutionary media is not a substitute to mass organizing, but it can be a complementary component of it.
Massalijn is a Netherlands-based mediacollective. We exist in order to create and disseminate progressive, anti-imperialist and revolutionary propaganda. We demand that our members also ingrain themselves into the struggles of the working class, people of colour, women and the queer community in the fight against capitalist-imperialism, white supremacy and (hetero-)patriarchy.
Massalijn is a member organization of the Dutch section of the International League of Peoples’ Struggle (ILPS), an anti-imperialist and democratic formation with over 350 member organizations from 40 countries. Massalijn is also a participant in the International Committee to support the People’s War in India.