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Type of site
Left news and analysis website
OwnerThe Institute for Social and Cultural Communications, Inc. (A 501(c)3 nonprofit)
Launched1995; 28 years ago (1995)[1]
Current statusActive

ZNetwork, formerly known as Z Communications, is a left-wing activist-oriented media group founded in 1986 by Michael Albert and Lydia Sargent.[2] It is, in broad terms, ideologically libertarian socialist, anti-capitalist, and heavily influenced by participatory economics, although much of its content is focused on critical commentary of foreign affairs.[citation needed] Its publications include Z Magazine, ZNet, and Z Video.[3] Since early November 2022, they have all been regrouped under the name ZNetwork.


Zeta Magazine was founded by Michael Albert and Lydia Sargent in 1987, both of whom had previously co-founded South End Press.[4] It was renamed Z Magazine in 1989.[5]

Founded in 1994, Z Media Institute provides classes and other sessions in how to start and produce alternative media, how to better understand media, and how to develop organising skills.[6] The institute has hosted Stephen Shalom presentations on parpolity a number of times.[7]

Founded in 1995, ZNet (also known as ZNet, ZNetwork and Z Communications) is a website with contributors that include Noam Chomsky,[8][9][10] Eduardo Galeano,[8] Boris Kagarlitsky,[8] Edward Said,[8] Chris Spannos[11] and Kevin Zeese.[12][13] John Pilger has described it as one of the best news sources online.[8] Rene Milan of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies called the site a rich source of information about participism.[14]

Publications and authors[edit]

Z Magazine is published in print and on-line monthly.

Contributors to the magazine have included Patrick Bond[15] Noam Chomsky,[16], Ward Churchill,[17] Alexander Cockburn, Edward S. Herman,[18] bell hooks,[19] Mike Kuhlenbeck,[20] Staughton Lynd, John Ross, Juliet Schor, Holly Sklar, Cornel West, Kevin Zeese and Howard Zinn.[12] Articles written by Chomsky have been republished in the New Statesman.[16][21]


In a 2005 interview with Joshua Frank, Ward Churchill discussed issues he had with Z Magazine. Churchill claimed an article he worked on was not published for two years and was misattributed. He also felt Albert and Sargent had greater influence than others involved with the publication.[17]

In 2012, George Monbiot criticized the site's defence of the book The Politics of Genocide by Edward S. Herman and David Peterson, which he said had been called a work of genocide denial by scholars he had consulted such as Martin Shaw.[22][23]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "About Z".
  2. ^ Max Elbaum. Revolution in the Air: Sixties Radicals Turn to Lenin, Mao and Che. London, England, UK; New York, New York, US: Verso, 2002. p. 296.
  3. ^ Joshua D. Atkinson, Alternative Media and Politics of Resistance: A Communication Perspective (Peter Lang, 2010), ISBN 978-1433105173, pp. 88-90. Excerpts available at Google Books.
  4. ^ Zeta magazine. Institute for Social and Cultural Change. 1987.
  5. ^ "Z magazine". Z Magazine. 12 February 1989.
  6. ^ Berger, Dan; Cornell, Andy (24 July 2006). "Ten Questions for Movement Building". Monthly Review. Retrieved 4 June 2015.
  7. ^ Doherty, Alex. "The Politics Of A Good Society". New Left Project. Retrieved 22 May 2015.
  8. ^ a b c d e Pilger, John. "John Pilger prefers the web to TV news - it's more honest online". New Statesman. Retrieved 2 June 2015.
  9. ^ "Chomsky's Bio Info". Z Net. Archived from the original on 12 December 2008. Retrieved 22 May 2015.
  10. ^ ""Good News," Iraq & Beyond, Part 1". Z Net. Archived from the original on 16 December 2008. Retrieved 22 May 2015.
  11. ^ "Insurrection Debated". Adbusters. Retrieved 22 May 2015.
  12. ^ a b "Kevin Zeese's". Z Communication. Retrieved 7 June 2015.
  13. ^ Zeese, Kevin. "U.S.A.: Mobilizing Against Halliburton, the "Poster Child for War Profiteering"". CorpWatch. Retrieved 7 June 2015.
  14. ^ Milan, Rene. "The Vision Thing". Retrieved 22 May 2015.
  15. ^ "» South Africa's junk credit rating was avoided, but at the cost of junk analysis". zcomm.org.
  16. ^ a b Chomsky, Noam. "Judge the US by deeds, not words". New Statesman. Retrieved 2 June 2015.
  17. ^ a b "(DV) Frank: An Interview with Professor Ward Churchill (Part One)". dissidentvoice.org.
  18. ^ Herman, Edward S. (27 September 2014). "Krugman, Putin and the New York Times". Dissent Voice. Retrieved 4 June 2015.
  19. ^ hooks, bell (1 April 2007). "Straightening Our Hair". Z Magazine. Retrieved 10 March 2023.
  20. ^ "Workers getting burned by McDonald's greed". Peoples World. 17 March 2015. Retrieved 22 May 2015.
  21. ^ Chomsky, Noam. "Is this really a grand Nato victory?". New Statesman. Retrieved 2 June 2015.
  22. ^ Monbiot, George (21 May 2012). "My fight may be hopeless, but it is as necessary as ever". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 May 2022.
  23. ^ Monbiot, George (21 May 2012). "See No Evil". Monbiot. Retrieved 1 May 2022.

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