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Claude Marks and Rob McBride

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Recovering, Amplifying, and Networking the Voices of the Disappeared — Political Prisoners on Internet Media

This essay describes attempts to use alternative media to make the voices of political prisoners more accessible and immediate. The heart of these efforts is to let the prisoners speak for themselves. This is an essential step in opposing their demonization (as common criminals and, more recently, as terrorists) by the state and supporting efforts to obtain their release. Marks and McBride state that political prisoners held by the U.S. could contribute to the entire range of progressive movements, and Internet media should be used to make their voices heard.

political prisoners, media, Internet, human rights, audiovisual communications

Citation: Social Justice Vol. 30, No. 2 (2003): 135-142