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Rebelión is a nonprofit news site, started in Spain at the end of 1996 by a group of journalists.[1] It contains scientific and opinion articles covering topics such as, current affairs, free knowledge, culture, ecology, economics, and resistance to globalization.[2] Texts by and translations to Spanish of authors like Heinz Dieterich, Noam Chomsky, Marta Harnecker, Eduardo Galeano, José Saramago, Gabriel García Márquez, Julio Anguita, Vicenç Navarro and Ralph Nader[3] have been included in Rebelión.


Rebelion emerges in 1996, developed from Spain by a nonprofit group of journalists who boosted another model of communication not dependent on large media or market conditionings.[4] The site doesn't have physical location and works through organization by sections with a responsible assigned by section.[1] The ideological orientation of published contents is based on:

(...) to accommodate all the voices that honestly and sincerely try to bring some clarity and truth on behalf of the people and silenced by the mainstream media. (...) For those who are only the voice of power, money and neoliberalism, there is no place in Rebelion, they already have CNN.

According to their promoters, it is an alternative means which publishes news that are not considered important by traditional media. Furthermore, it tries to give a different news treatment to "showing the interests that economic and political powers among the capitalist world hide in order to preserve their privileges and current status". It rests on Non governmental organizations and people who work to "change the world from a radically different, more just, equal and balanced perspective".[5]

The web site content is hosted on the servers of the Institute of Political Studies for Latin America and Africa (IEPALA), "".[6]

Rebelión has a team of translation Spanish. From other languages made up, according to its website, about thirty people.


The website mostly harbors opinion articles, as well as news, interviews and reviews about current politic, social, economic and cultural themes all over the world. There is an especial emphasis in Latin America and Near East. The highlight is the capitalism critics, the international American politics and the Zionism. Rebelión contains some sections: Free Knowledge, Culture, Social Ecology, Economy, Lies and Media, Opinion and Another World is Possible. Also has a territorial division between Africa, Argentina, Bolivia, Brasil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, USA, Spain, Europe, Iraq, Mexico, Palestine, Near East, and Venezuela. As well, Rebelión contains digital books and texts for free download in its section Free Books. The texts with an original Rebelión source has a license Creative Commons Acknowledgment nonprofit without derivative works. However, sometimes the text traduction license of famous writers it doesn't provide or it is a source unknown.


The website has a Pagerank site in 7, according to Google, and depending on the site Alexa in the pagelists more visited in the world occupied about the place number 22000 in September 2009.

Rebelión has access statistics around 150000 read page per day, it is to say, 4500000 per month, and 80000 access at the portrait each day. Alexa place Rebelión as the alternative Spanish information website most read in all over the world, with users who are from more than 50 countries.

Meanwhile, in the documentation of the New Information and Communication Technologies master's degree, imparted by the UNED, Alicia Meynart defines Rebelión as an interesting website, with an alternative focus, compared to official information currents. At the same time, she states "shocked by the information amplitude". Also the University of Chile, into its Information and Libraries Services System, that includes Rebelión as a reference website in its online means lists.


Richard Stallman talking about with wikipedians (Wikimania 2009)

Rebelión has published two collective books, with the help of their regular columnists, who ceded their texts for the edition in paper. El caso Venezuela 11-04-02 [Translation: The Venezuelan Case 11-04-02].[7] The following journalists participated in this edition: Ignacio Ramonet (director of Le Monde Diplomatique), Stella Calloni (La Jornada), Enrique Ortega (Resumen Latinoamericano), Antonio Maira (Cádiz Rebelde), Eva Bjorklund (Revista Kuba de Suecia), and the intellectuals Santiago Alba Rico y Carlos Fernández Liria.[8]

The second work was entitled Washington contra el mundo [Translation: Washington against the World].[9] This book, dealing with recent events, was a selection of 24 articles written by 18 authors from 7 different countries, who regularly collaborate with Rebelión. Noam Chomsky, James Petras, Eduardo Galeano, Vázquez Montalbán, Carlos Taibo, Julio Anguita, Edward Said, Michel Collon, Gary Lupp, Michel Chossudovsky, John Brown, Santiago Alba Rico, Michael Parenti, Simón Royo, Pascual Serrano, Roni Ben Efrat and Javier Barreda participated in this selection.[10] The book has a prologue by the journalist and writer Javier Ortiz and was published by Editorial Akal.

Another book is La batalla de los intelectuales: nuevo discurso de las armas y las letras ("The battle of intellectuals: new discourse about weapons and letters")[11] by the playwright Alfonso Sastre. In its second edition, it included several texts about the debate developed in Rebelión after its first edition.[12]


According to Rebelion, the direction of the Spanish newspaper El País wrote an email to the journalist Pascual Serrano demanding him the withdrawal of an article entitled "El País contra Chávez, fuego a discreción" for violation of their copyright. Pascual Serrano's attorney replied that "does not reproduce the article, but it makes a quotation of it protected by the article 32 of Law 23/2006 of July 7, by amending the Revised Intellectual Property Act, approved by the Royal Legislative Decree 1/1996 of April 12". According to Rebelion, El Pais maintained its position regarding to the violation of copyright, and Pascual Serrano his, keeping the published article.[13]

In June 2008, the URL of the site was included in the blacklist of spam of Spanish Wikipedia, what produced an intense internal debate in the encyclopedia. The fact was collected by some media [14][15][16] and debated in Wikimania 2009 after Richard Stallman said he didn't agree with the domain inclusion in that blacklist.[17]


  • Alegre, Luis (ed.) (2002). Periodismo y crimen. El caso Venezuela 11-04-02. Hondarribia, Guipúzcoa: Argitaletxe HIRU. OCLC 51607583.
  • Sastre, Alfonso (2003). La batalla de los intelectuales: nuevo discurso de las armas y las letras. La Habana: Editorial de Ciencias Sociales. OCLC 57469980.
  • Varios autores (2003). Washington contra el mundo. Madrid: Foca Ediciones. OCLC 52213854.


  1. ^ "Felap apoya al sitio contra amenazas del diario El País de España" (in Spanish).[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "List of academic websites" (in Spanish).[dead link]
  3. ^ Nader, Ralph. "Las listas de condenados a muerte y la Constitución". Rebelion. Retrieved 3 December 2012.
  4. ^ "La Federación Latinoamericana de Periodistas apoya al sitio contra amenazas del diario El País de España" (in Spanish). Retrieved 20 June 2008.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "Información rebelde y alternativa". Rebelión. Agencia EFE. Retrieved 20 June 2008.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ Información de whois y host para
  7. ^ Alegre, Luis (ed.). Periodismo y crimen. El caso Venezuela 11-04-02. Published by Hondarribia, Guipúzcoa: Argitaletxe HIRU, in 2002. OCLC 51607583
  8. ^ "Periodismo y crimen | El caso Venezuela 11-04-02" (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 2008-05-11. Retrieved 2008-06-20.
  9. ^ Washington contra el mundo, by several authors, published in 2003, by Madrid: Foca Ediciones. OCLC 52213854.
  10. ^ "Washington contra el mundo" (in Spanish). Retrieved 2008-06-20.
  11. ^ (in Spanish) Sastre, Alfonso. La batalla de los intelectuales: nuevo discurso de las armas y las letras, published in 2003, by La Habana: Editorial de Ciencias Sociales. OCLC 57469980.
  12. ^ "La Batalla de los Intelectuales o Nuevo Discurso de las Armas y las Letras" (in Spanish). 2005. Retrieved 2008-06-20.
  13. ^ El País amenaza a Pascual Serrano ( para que retire un artículo crítico con el periódico de PRISA Consultado el 21-06-2008.
  14. ^ Miguel Ángel Criado (19 June 2008). Diario Público (ed.). "La Wikipedia bloquea una web de información alternativa". Archived from the original on 6 September 2012.
  15. ^ Una web de extrema izquierda intenta sabotear y desacreditar Wikipedia. Libertad Digital - 21/06/2008
  16. ^ Wikipedia: ni libre ni de izquierdas. Diario Gara - 29/06/2008.
  17. ^ A War of Words Over Wikipedia’s Spanish Version, The New York Times, 27 de agosto de 2009

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