Some background about the Anarchist Action Network ...

The impetus for this website came from a quote in the November 24, 1997 New York Times article, "Nations Struggle With How to Control Hate on the Web" by ELIZABETH G. OLSON
Still, Debra Guzman, director of an American organization, the Human Rights Information Network, called the Internet "a utopia for all kinds of hate groups, from neo-Nazis to anarchists" who are "targeting teen-age males with this propaganda."

We felt that it was time to do something to stop the defamation of Anarchists in the media. We first called this web site the Anarchist Anti-Defamation League with the mission of countering the defamation of anarchists and anarchy by those who should know better in the national media

Many journalists have little understanding about the history and theory of anarchism. Few seem to even be aware that "anarchy" was something more than a synonym for a "state of lawless violence". Our intent with media is threefold: First, to personally contact media people who use the word "anarchy" or "anarchist" in a disparaging way and acquaint them with the greater meaning of the word. Secondly to document the defamation of anarchists by the media. Third, to be a resource for those with a desire for more information about anarchy.

See: A Quick Guide to Anarchy for Journalists

On April 16, 1998 we received an email from Jill Kahn Meltzer advising us "that the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith has the exclusive right to use the name ANTI-DEFAMATION LEAGUE". [The Story]. We think they are wrong but decided not to fight them. [See: comments we have received] We continue to document the defamation of anarchy and anarchists by the media and support the direct confrontation of those who defame anarchists and anarchy.

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