Democracy and participation, Independent journalism

Political Critique


Who is behind this?

Jamie Mackay

European Alternatives


Who is joining forces?

Krytyka Polityczna


Political Critique is a network of more than 20 independent European magazines.

Idea Sketch


Idea pitch is an online magazine for democracy, equality and culture beyond the nation-state. With our network of over 20 independent European publications we want to organize a series of real world meet-ups, to bridge the gap between editors and the public, and develop a series of transnational inquiries embedded in local political debates across the continent.

Where will your idea take place?

We'll move across the continent, making links with other interested groups within Advocate Europe.

Why does Europe need your idea?

Our media is distorted by fake and inaccurate news, but also by nationalism. We want to challenge both, by building a transparent editorial process and by working across borders. As municipal movements open up local government to citizen participation, we believe European media needs an equivalent.

What is your impact?

We want to evolve from a magazine into an active transnational network embedded in towns and cities. If our project is selected, a year from now we will have produced a series of pan-European inquiries on issues like housing, feminism and environment grounded in the experience of municipalism.

How do you get there?

In 2017 we held a prototype transnational media meeting in Madrid, bringing journalists and editors from over 20 European magazines together to coordinate a commissioning process across borders. In 2018-19 we want to organise similar meetings, but this time embedded more closely in local publics. We aim to embed future meetings within the municipal processes that are democratising some European cities in order to anchor our transnational ambitions in real debates the media too often overlooks.

What is your story?

Political Critique was born in Central and Eastern Europe, as a way of defending democracy against illiberal political regimes. Beyond defence we want to pioneer: bridging the gap between our editors and the public, between online and offline communities.

Who are you doing it for?

We want to build an audience of engaged citizens across Europe, of those who feel that democracy is under threat by the power of old and new elites. By working with activists, NGOs, civil society and social movements we will build links between a broad coalition of actors.

What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

We'd love to hear from all at Advocate Europe, about what they think independent journalism can do to overcome the problems of hate speech, fake news and other misinformation, online and beyond. In addition we welcome feedback on how to bring editorial teams closer to readers and the public.


Political Critique

Idea created on Jan. 8, 2018
Last edit on Jan. 9, 2018

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