Searchlight was founded in 1964 as an occasional publication and press agency, and became a monthly magazine in 1975. From the outset it has been uniquely successful in gathering and analysing intelligence on the far right. The results of this work are used far beyond the pages of the magazine and our other publications.
Searchlight exposes the fascists and racists’ activities and alerts the antifascist community to our opponents’ intentions, plans and trends. We are the only publication regularly to investigate and analyse the far right’s ideological powerhouse, the New Right, and to expose the groups that bridge the fascist and Tory right such as the Traditional Britain Group. Searchlight is the first port of call for activists, journalists, politicians and academics seeking information on organised racism in Britain.
Until autumn 2011 Searchlight worked alongside the Hope Not Hate campaign to help bring about the defeat of almost all the British National Party’s local councillors. Searchlight’s accurate investigations of the BNP, especially its financial mismanagement, contributed greatly to the party’s present problems. Searchlight continues to focus on combating the BNP, which remains by far the largest and best organised fascist party in Britain, but also investigates the various organisations that have grown or emerged as a result of the BNP’s internal dissent, and closely followed the moves by former BNP MEP Andrew Brons to form a new party.
Since early 2011 Searchlight has worked with academics at the Radicalism and New Media Group at Northampton University who provide an academic input to Searchlight magazine. In conjunction with them Searchlight published Far-right.com, which examines the fascists’ widespread use of the internet and social networks. This was the first in a book series titled Mapping the Far Right, which aims to be a fairly priced resource for students, academics and anti-fascist activists. The second in the series, White Power Music: Scenes of Extreme-Right Cultural Resistance, was published in 2012.
Searchlight is happy to work with all antifascists and is not aligned with any political party. Searchlight works with trade unionists, union branches and national TU organisations through Trade Union Friends of Searchlight.
Last updated 18 June 2013