The Independent Digital Archive, 1986-2012, 1st Edition

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The Independent, a major British daily newspaper, positions itself as a truly independent newspaper, with a long-time tagline of "free from party political bias, free from proprietorial influence." It is known for its unabashed editorial stance on such issues as the legalization of drugs, the war on terrorism, and environmental issues. The paper has further distinguished itself with distinctive and innovative graphic design. Despite its left-centrist social and political positioning, the paper has featured a number of conservative columnists and is broadly pro-market on economic issues.


  • Fully searchable digital archive of The Independent from its inception in 1986 to 2012.
  • Ideal for supporting studies in: media and journalism, politics and international relations, British history, environmental studies, and 20th-Century studies.
  • Enables access to independent news coverage and editorials on major social issues.