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The Independent Media Center is a network of collectively run media outlets for the creation of radical, accurate, and passionate tellings of the truth. We work out of a love and inspiration for people who continue to work for a better world, despite corporate media's distortions and unwillingness to cover the efforts to free humanity.

The Independent Media Center (, was established by various independent and alternative media organizations and activists in late 1999 for the purpose of providing grassroots coverage of the World Trade Organization (WTO) protests in Seattle. The center acted as a clearinghouse of information for journalists, and provided up-to-the minute reports, photos, audio and video footage through its website. Using the collected footage, the Seattle Independent Media Center ( produced a series of five documentaries, uplinked every day to satellite and distributed throughout the United States to public access stations. The center also produced its own newspaper, distributed throughout Seattle and to other cities via the internet, as well as hundreds of audio segments, transmitted through the web and Studio X, a 24-hour micro and internet radio station based in Seattle. The site, which used a democratic open-publishing system, logged more than 2 million hits.

Since the WTO protests at the end of 1999, thousands of independent media makers have set up independent media centers in their communities. There are almost a hundred local IMCs covering six continents, providing a safe space for independent multimedia news through web sites, print publications, radio stations, video projects and many other forms of media. You will find the most current list of local IMCs on the left column of the site.

Want to learn more about the network in general?
Visit the IMC Frequently Asked Questions page.

Want to set up your own IMC?
Find out how at

Want to become involved in Indymedia global organizing?
Much Indymedia global organizing happens though communication on e-mail lists. You will find our lists at For an overview of which lists are most essential to join to become involved in Global Indymedia organizing, take a look at the Global Indymedia Overview (temporary link, should be updated to include Boud's the suggested changes to my proposed new overview.)

What are Indymedia's unifying principles?
For well over a year we have been operating with the below draft as our unifying principles. We are currently improving upon them.

Principles of Unity

  1. The Independent Media Center Network (IMCN) is based upon principles of equality, decentralization and local autonomy. The IMCN is not derived from a centralized bureaucratic process, but from the self-organization of autonomous collectives that recognize the importance in developing a union of networks.
  2. All IMC's consider open exchange of and open access to information a prerequisite to the building of a more free and just society.
  3. [All IMC's respect the right of activists who choose not to be photographed or filmed.] (still being improved upon)
  4. All IMC's, based upon the trust of their contributors and readers, shall utilize open web based publishing, allowing individuals, groups and organizations to express their views, anonymously if desired. **see appendix: Open Publishing document (still in proposal phase, at this address: 7.html)
  5. The IMC Network and all local IMC collectives shall be not-for-profit.
  6. All IMC's recognize the importance of process to social change and are committed to the development of non-hierarchical and anti-authoritarian relationships, from interpersonal relationships to group dynamics. Therefore, shall organize themselves collectively and be committed to the principle of consensus decision making and the development of a [direct, participatory democratic process] that is transparent to its membership.
  7. [All IMC's recognize that a prerequisite for participation in the decision making process of each local group is the contribution of an individual's labor to the group.] (still being improved upon)
  8. All IMC's are committed to caring for one another and our respective communities both collectively and as individuals and will promote the sharing of resources including knowledge, skills and equipment.
  9. All IMC's shall be committed to the use of free source code, whenever possible, in order to develop the digital infrastructure, and to increase the independence of the network by not relying on proprietary software.
  10. All IMC's shall be committed to the principle of human equality, and shall not discriminate, including discrimination based upon race, gender, age, class or sexual orientation. Recognizing the vast cultural traditions within the network, we are committed to building [diversity] within our localities.

How can you contact us?
There is no Indymedia "main office." Many local IMCs have physical spaces and/or a way to contact them, which you should be able to find through each IMC's web site.

Learn more about IMC-Audio, current IMC satellite TV projects and IMC global print projects.

Topic revision: r8 - 25 Nov 2002, RovinNZ
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