One of the most important elements of FAIR News in the past, as well as now, was and is the inclusion of "news-round" material. This has always sourced articles from around the world's English-speaking press, and translated articles from other, non-English-speaking, press. The importance of grouping articles under the cult banner is very significant and unique, because it brings together and themes otherwise scattered material. It becomes clear through amassing these articles that the cult problem is not something which affects small numbers of people, but instead is a large social problem.
If you are working for a newspaper, radio station or television company and find what you suspect to be a dangerous cult, you may find FAIR News & Archive useful in showing the activities of a particular group, or cults more generally. If you consider the group to be harmless, perhaps some of the articles may surprise you.
Because totalitarian cults tend to use deception as part of their public relations, be wary of any information which you find produced by the group itself, or the apparently kind attention of its representatives, who are always interested and suspicious of a journalist carrying out research. Sometimes, cults have spies or their own investigative journalists whom they have bought or deceived, so it is always worth corroborating any sources, and watching for unwanted interference, either covert or overt. Some cults are capable of very nasty harassment. Be particularly careful in any undercover work you may carry out. Some investigative journalists, even critical ones, have fallen victim to the powerful, insidious indoctrination techniques of cults.
The following organisations maintain websites which may be of interest to those looking for more
information about cults. Their listing here does not constitute an endorsement by FAIR News, which is not
responsible for the content of the websites given below:
FECRIS (Fédération européenne des centres de recherche et d’information sur le sectarisme – English:
European Federation of Centres of Research and Information on Sectarianism)
A European federation of groups assisting victims of totalitarian cults, FECRIS has participatory/consultative status with the Council of Europe
Note that this website contains a list of member and associate organisations with their own websites
MIVILUDES (Mission interministérielle de vigilance et de lutte contre les dérives sectaires
– English: Interministerial Mission for Monitoring and Combatting Cultic Deviances)
French government agency which monitors and deals with cult abuse and misdemeanours
CIAOSN (Centre d’information et d’avis sur les organisations sectaires nuisibles –
English: Centre for Information and Advice on Harmful Sectarian Organisations)
Belgian government agency which monitors and advises on cult abuse and misdemeanours
AGS (Die Arbeitsgruppe Scientology – English: Scientology Working Group)
German government agency of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg Interior Ministry, which monitors and
advises on cult abuse and misdemeanours, with a special interest in Scientology
Offers understanding, information and help for those caught up in abusive cults
The Family Survival Trust
This is the website of The Family Survival Trust, which succeeded Family Action Information Resource in offering advice and assistance to those affected by damaging cults