Novara Media

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Novara Media (often shortened to Novara)[1] is an independent,[2] left-wing alternative media organisation based in the United Kingdom.


Novara Media was founded in 2011 by James Butler and Aaron Bastani and is a trading name of Thousand Hands Ltd, a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee, with an office and studio in south-east London.

Own words

Novara Media is an independent media organisation addressing the issues that are set to define the 21st century, from a crisis of capitalism to racism and climate change. Within that context our goal is a simple one: to tell stories and provide analysis shaped by the political uncertainties of the age, elevating critical perspectives you’re unlikely to find elsewhere. Driven to build a new media for a different politics, our journalism is always politically committed; rather than seeking to moderate between two sides of a debate, our output actively intends to feed back into political action.[3]

Novara team

Contributing editors and journalists include:

Aaron Bastani
Charlotte England
Dalia Gebrial
Camille Mijola
leanorkpenny Eleanor Penny
Oona Ryder
Ash Sarkar[4]
Michael Walker

By September 2017, Novara was run by a core team of 15 volunteers, and had about 200 paid contributing writers who are external to the organisation.[5]

Still a Keir-liever?

Still A Keir-liever?

After sacking Rebecca Long-Bailey, apologising to antisemitism ‘whistleblowers’ and dropping numerous campaign pledges, much of Labour’s left is in despair about Keir Starmer. However, Paul Mason is still on board with the new Labour leader. On 29 July 2020, Novara Media's Michael Walker and Dalia Gebrial ask him why.[6]

Corbyn suspended

Corbyn suspended from the party

On 29 October 2020, Keir Starmer suspended former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn from the party. What the hell happens now?!

With Michael Walker, Aaron Bastani and Rivkah Brown.[7]

Assange extradition refused

Assange extradition refused

On Monday 4 January 2021 at the Old Bailey, Magistrate Vanessa Baraitser ruled that Julian Assange should not be extradited to the United States on charges of espionage and computer hacking.

Yet despite that verdict the Judgment arguably represented a blow to freedom of the press - with the Judge accepting the substance of the case made by the US State Department.

On 5 January 2021 on Downstream, Aaron Bastani is joined by Yanis Varoufakis, former Greek finance minister and prominent supporter of Julian Assange during his time in prison, as they discuss the meaning of the outcome and what next for the founder of Wikileaks.[8]


A document sourced from Novara Media

TitleTypeSubject(s)Publication dateAuthor(s)Description
Document:BBC Panorama Investigation Into Labour Antisemitism Omitted Key Evidence and Parts of Labour’s ResponseArticleJohn Ware
Sam Matthews
Equality and Human Rights Commission
Labour Party
Keir Starmer
22 July 2020Justin SchlosbergThe fact that the Labour Party is now settling libel cases brought by both John Ware and the Labour 'whistleblowers' is remarkable, not least because there is meant to be an ongoing internal inquiry into the leaked internal report, whose findings have now effectively been prejudged. But I’ve been told this will cost the party close to half a million in damages and costs.


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