Alternative Media a Need, And In Need
by Marina Penderis Sep 7, 2005 | Inter Press Service TF! Editorial Comment: Mainstream mass media is often criticized for failing to be free from owner's bias, government influence or the profit motive, among others. This has created a huge niche for alternative media, though it still must often struggle for exposure. It is said that there are 12 sides to every issue and alternative media plays a crucial role in contributing to this indispensable diversity of viewpoints. The article below reports on a panel discussion at the Helsinki Conference that highlights some of the challenges to promoting a diverse media landscape.