Atlantic Free Press

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Atlantic Free Press
Type of site
News commentary, editorials
Available inEnglish
Dissolved14 October 2011
OwnerFree Press Group - V.O.F. Expathos, Groningen, Netherlands
Created byRichard Kastelein,
Current statusClosed

Atlantic Free Press, an online political website, was founded in September 2006 by Publisher Richard Kastelein of V.O.F. Expathos, in Groningen, Netherlands and published over 13,000 articles from over 250 progressive writers worldwide until it closed in October 2011.

The publication's website described its mission[1] was "to dig out nuggets of truth from the slag-heap of lies, ignorance and witless diversion that has buried public discourse today. AF Press provides a new venue for disseminating hard news and insightful, fact-based analysis of the harsh realities too often ignored or distorted by the mainstream press."

One of the chief pipelines they claimed to use to disseminate the work was Google News[2] but they also syndicated to LexisNexis, Ebsco, and other networks via a deal with Newstex.[3]

This site has sister publications at the Free Press Group [4] - Pacific Free Press,[5] Chris Floyd - Empire Burlesque[6] and Gorilla Radio[7] which contains over 100 progressive podcasts by Pacific Free Press editor Chris Cook. Atlantic Free Press is a member of the Advertise Liberally Network at Blogads.[8]

Atlantic Free Press has a library of hundreds of photoshops[9] created from 2006 to 2008. Atlantic Free Press photoshop art was used by the University of California Davis, for the Center For the Study of Human Rights in the Americas.[10]

According to the authors' list,[11] 20 percent of the contributors are educated to Ph.D. level.

Atlantic Free Press was also covered in Killer Startups in 2008.[12]


Atlantic Free Press contributors[11] included Ansar Abbasi, Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed, Shahid Alam, Gilad Atzmon, Joe Bageant, Medea Benjamin, William Blum, Walter Brasch, Helena Cobban, Marjorie Cohn, Juan Cole, Linh Dinh, Will Durst, Tom Engelhardt, Richard A. Falk, Mike Ferner, George Galloway, Chellis Glendinning, Stan Goff, Jerome Grossman, Michael Haas, Dahr Jamail, Robert Jensen, Dennis Jett, Larry C. Johnson, Tony Karon, Richard Kastelein, Naomi Klein, Paul Krassner, James Howard Kunstler, Faisal Kutty, Jason Leopold, Dave Lindorff, Mahmood Mamdani, Eric Margolis, Cynthia McKinney, Mark Crispin Miller, Ed Naha, Ezra Nawi, Sean Penn, James Petras, Kevin Pina, James Ridgeway, Kenneth Ring, Yvonne Ridley, Paul William Roberts, David Rovics, Danny Schechter, Jules Siegel, Norman Solomon, David Swanson, Rodrigue Tremblay, Roland Michel Tremblay, Deepak Tripathi, and Harvey Wasserman.


Atlantic Free Press closed on Friday 14 October 2011.[13] The editor-in-chief, Richard Kastelein, cited financial burden and personal time limitations as reasons for the closing. At the time of closing, the Atlantic Free Press had published over 13,000 articles. Pacific Free Press carried the torch after the closing, and as of January 2020 is still active.[14]


  1. ^ "About". Atlantic Free Press. Free Press Group. 19 September 2006. Archived from the original on 27 October 2010. Retrieved 3 April 2010.
  2. ^ "Atlantic Free Press on Google News (search)". October 2023.
  3. ^ "Atlantic Free Press". Newstex. Archived from the original on 26 November 2010. Retrieved 3 April 2010.
  4. ^ "Free Press Group". Archived from the original on 2018-09-24. Retrieved 2018-10-27.
  5. ^ "Pacific Free Press". Free Press Group. Archived from the original on 6 April 2010. Retrieved 3 April 2010.
  6. ^ Floyd, Chris. "Empire Burlesque - High Crimes and Low Comedy in the Bush Imperium (series)". Archived from the original on 6 April 2010. Retrieved 3 April 2010.
  7. ^ Cook, Chris. "Gorilla Radio CFUV, Victoria, BC, Canada". Archived from the original on 11 April 2010. Retrieved 3 April 2010.
  8. ^ "Create ad / Atlantic Free Press: Premium". Blogads. Pressflex LLC. Archived from the original on 2011-07-21. Retrieved 2010-03-07.
  9. ^ "Richard Kastelein Photoshops Atlantic Free Press 2006-2008". Atlantic Free Press. Archived from the original on 7 July 2011. Retrieved 3 April 2010.
  10. ^ "Richard Kastelein's Guantanamo". The Guantánamo Testimonials Project. Center For the Study of Human Rights in the Americas / University of California Davis. Archived from the original on 30 March 2010. Retrieved 3 April 2010.
  11. ^ a b "Atlantic Free Press Contributors". Archived from the original on 2010-04-16.
  12. ^ "Atlantic Free Press covered in Killer Startups".
  13. ^ "Atlantic Free Press Closing Doors". Archived from the original on 2013-03-28.
  14. ^ "Pacific Free Press homepage".

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