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New Internationalist Publications seek to ‘bring to life the people, the ideas and the action in the fight for global justice.’

NI exists to inform, educate and communicate its message and ideals in an accessible style through the New Internationalist magazine, books, internet and other media.


New Internationalist (NI) is a monthly magazine which seeks to publish information relating to social justice and human rights, to address the imbalance of power between the first world and the ‘majority world,’ and to investigate under-reported ethical and ecological issues. Established in 1973 by New Internationalist Publications in Oxford, England, the magazine is directed by a workers’ co-operative which runs as an independent trust according to strict ethical and environmental codes of practice. NI also maintains editorial and sales offices in Adelaide, Christchurch, New York, and Toronto.

NI’s subscriber base currently exceeds 75,000, which has enabled the not-for-profit co-operative to expand into the production of books, films, and other materials to support United Nations and related bodies concerned with community development and sustainability. Originally sponsored by Oxfam, the Cadbury and Rowntree Trusts, and Christian Aid, the co-operative has been self-sustaining since the early 1980s.

In 2007, NI won the Utne Independent Media Award for ‘Best International Coverage’ for the eighth time, honouring ‘independent efforts that provide bold, innovative, thought-provoking alternatives to mass media fare.’ Other major accolades include the Independent Press Award for ‘Best International Coverage’, awarded for the seventh time, in addition to the highly-regarded readers’ poll, awarded in 2000. NI has been recipient of the United Nations Association Media Peace Prize for its outstanding contribution to world peace and development, as well as the United Nations Development Programme Paul Hoffman Prize awarded for NI’s outstanding contribution to world development. The magazine has also been widely endorsed by its readership, which includes John Pilger and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

‘New Internationalist is an ongoing education and a monthly reminder of our common humanity. A wonderful readable guide to the social and political forces that shape our world...With its hard-hitting coverage of world affairs, evocative first-person essays, sweeping exposes of such topics as land mines and the geopolitics of blue jeans, the New Internationalist offers a consistently unique and important perspective on global culture.’ - Editors of Utne Reader, in presenting the 1998 award

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Except where otherwise noted, content published on the New Internationalist site is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 3.0 Licence. Images on the site remain the copyright of the photographer or illustrator or representative agency. New Internationalist’s copyright policies are outlined here.


New Internationalist’s mission statement emphasises its campaign for social and environmental justice in the publication of previously unheard voices. In order to maintain its mission, NI values ‘self-help, responsibility, democracy, equality, equity and solidarity’. The release of materials under Creative Commons licences conforms to its ethos of openness and democratic participation: as stated, NI exists to ‘inform, education and communicate its message and ideals in an accessible style through the New Internationalist magazine, books, internet and other media.’


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