While the news are spreading across the globe through mainstream press, mailinglists and word of mouth there is a growing interest in considering the implications of the Ahimsa incident. This page is for analyses or academic papers addressing the theoretical aspects of the Ahimsa disappearence. The following excerpt is from an email that was sent out to get the ball rolling:

The philosophical, legal, political, cultural, and social implications of the incident need assessment through analysis. A few lines have been quickly put here: WhoTookAhimsa#Legal_Information_MLAT_etc

There is a basic Indymedia essay collection here: ImcEssayCollection and researcher guidelines can be found here: ImcResearchPractices

Anyone interested in analysing/writing? Anyone with funding for an essay competition? Other ideas? Get in touch or go to the Wiki and add your comments, talk to your neighbour - tell the story!! act now......

1st. response from US Court: http://www3.indymedia.org.uk/en/2004/11/300904.html

  • This indy uk thread "Is attack on Indymedia a Trap" reckons "someone's" aims are to 1. divide the Indymedia Network; and 2. create fear amongst alternative press activists. The trap would be to get drawn into an interminable ethical debate on publishing photos/data on such as undercover police, forcing indymedia collectives into division. That "someone" (in govt. or in "the information monopoly" or wherever) would be able to say "we ourselves have no desire to close down alternative media, but if someone fails to obey the law we have no choice but to accept judicial decisions." At the same time, "The big shots, the information monopoly that sees itself in danger, are giving us a warning in an attempt to make us feel afraid: when they decide to attack the anticapitalist movement, there will be no international law nor freedom of expression worth anything; the forces of repression will act with total impunity." Indymedia should fight back through social mobilisation.

"Censorship can backfire because it is usually viewed as a violation of the right to free expression, which is widely valued as an ideal: under the Charter of the United Nations, freedom of expression is a universal human right. Backfire occurs, for example, when censorious attacks on a film or book cultivate increased demand for the forbidden work rather than restrict access to it. Censors can inhibit this backfire effect in various ways, including covering up the censorship, devaluing the target, reinterpreting the action, using official channels, and using intimidation and bribery. These five methods to inhibit backfire from attacks on free speech are illustrated by a variety of cases, including attacks that backfired and ones that did not. This analysis provides guidance for effectively opposing attacks on free expression."

Exposing and opposing censorship: backfire dynamics in freedom-of-speech struggles - Pacific Journalism Review, Vol. 10, No. 1, April 2004, pp. 29-45. - Sue Curry Jansen (Muhlenberg College) and Brian Martin (University of Wollongong)

AhimsaAnalyticReflectionBackFire is a theory developed recently by Brian Martin, he has recently co/published a number of articles applying the theory to contemporary cases of media censorship and war.


"InfoWar is a term used to describe any range of attempts by one side in a conflict to deny or disrupt an enemy's information and information systems, while preventing adversaries from doing the same to the information and information systems of friendly forces. IW is a central component of the much broader Revolution in Military Affairs (RMA) currently transforming the US military, and is closely associated with related concepts such as: cyberwar, netwar, command and control warfare (C2W), information operations (IO); as well as older staples of US information strategy such as public diplomacy, psychological operations (PYSOPS), signals intelligence (SIGINT), and electronic warfare (EW)."

InforWar Monitor: Defining Information Warfare Konstantin Kilibarda

"The concept of \x91information dominance\x92 is the key to understanding US and UK propaganda strategy and a central component of the US aim of \x91total spectrum dominance\x92. It redefines our notions of spin and propaganda and the role of the media in capitalist society."

By David Miller scoop.co.nz

The first response was this:

i just printed out a bunch of the materials and press releases and will write something over the next few days. the legal mechanisms and transformations of international law this entails are a little spooky, to say the least - in addition to the whole thing being frightening ingeneral.

-- MmPp - 13 Oct 2004

-- ShAne - 14/15/23rd Oct 04 AhimsaAnalyticReflectionBackFire / InformationDominance / InfoWar

-- AndresFuerte - 14 Oct 2004 added attack on Indymedia a Trap
Topic revision: r11 - 20 Dec 2005, GarconDuMonde
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