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About Islamisamizdat

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During the late and unlamented Union of Soviet Socialist Republics the media of mass communication were widely known not exactly to publish “what really happened” (a plug for Mike Rivero’s newsblog,, there) and so concerned and informed citizens, at great risk from the unwelcome attentions of the authorities, typed out news and opinions on wax paper which was then used to cyclostyle pages that were surreptiously distributed.

Now we have the internet, and the blogsphere has been disseminating news, analysis, comments and opinion that the mainstream media (MSM) would rather not take notice of, or which contradict the line that they have taken – often at the behest and service of the regime. John Delane, the famous editor of The Times wrote in an Editorial in 1854 that it was the duty of the “public writer” (i.e. a journalist) to “educate and inform”. Sadly, very, very few journalists do that nowadays, and Islam and Muslims are currently the main beneficiaries of the dezinformatsiya extruded by the majority.

So, basically, if people want to know the truth they are turning in increasing numbers to the internet. The internet has come to provide the alternative source of information that was served by the samizdat (‘self published’) literature of the USSR. And, from the world of the Muslims, and specifically from the communities of Muslims in the United Kingdom, via the internet I am offering this Islamic samizdat: Islamisamizdat.

Written by David Rosser Owen

June 28, 2008 at 12:13 am

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