Website - http://www.imcmalta.org
Mailing list - http://lists.indymedia.org/mailman/listinfo/imc-malta
Mission Statement - Here
Editorial Policy - Here
Malta (pop. 400,000). if another collective starts, we'll change that
John Axiak and Cedric Farrugia (firstname.lastname@example.org
John and Andre Schembri
Moviment Graffitti (www.movimentgraffitti.org)
Third World Group
Reciprocal Records (www.reciprocalrecords.com)
Malta, like many other countries, does not have a truly independent (free) media sources since all media organizations have to bow to capitalist interest for their profits. Many issues therefore do not get the coverage they deserve and many facts are hidden from the public to safeguard these interests. We are interested in setting up Indymedia Malta as so to have a true free and independent source of Media for Malta.
We can contribute in translations Maltese, English and Italian.
Indymedia Malta is open for everyone. The core committee which is still growing and is composed from youths who already are working with local NGOs. A wide variety of NGOs is represented in the core committee. IMC Malta is not limited only to organizations and the people present in the core committee are on their behalf and representing any entity. The outreach to bring diverse opinion was done by word of mouth and email.
Most of the people in the core committee are already involved in other organizations, some are lobby groups, others grass roots and others directly work with those socially deprived. Both genders are represented in the committee and some of us are Catholics, others Agnostics and the rest Atheists.
Most of the people that will be running IMC Malta are also in the activist scenario (Activism form different perspectives \x96 grass roots, fair trade, work with the disadvantaged, anti-war, disarmament, etc). Due to this reason it will be easy for us to integrate new volunteers into the activist scene. Although we intend to have some students following courses in journalism as interns as to give them experience in giving coverage on delicate issues. In this case we shall ask them to conduct interviews with people from NGOs which have been working in the field.
steps_involve_new_workfields: Not all members of IMC Malta have the same degree of experience with working in organization structures such as indymedia's. The people with more experience have an obligation towards their colleagues to share skills with those less expierenced. The collective as a whole should encourage expierence sharing through workshops.
imc membership criteria
a. Agree in spirit to the NIMC Mission Statement and ImcNantesPrinciples
\x95 Imc Malta does agree with the principles of Unity and the NIMC Mission Statement. See our mission statement (http://www.imcmalta.org/new/MissionStatement
b. Have a committed membership substantial enough to sustain a functional IMC
\x95 From our group four people have moderator access facilities to imcmalta.org. There is one who takes the role of the administrator. A workshop needs to be held so that more volunteers can take the role of moderator and possibly even administrator.
c. Have open and public meetings (no one group can have exclusionary "ownership" of an IMC)
\x95 We do have open and public meetings. Anyone can attend. Meetings are held whenever the occasion arises and people are informed through email. Small decision are sometimes taken on the email list.
d. Work toward developing a local Mission Statement or Statement of Purpose. Network Mission Statement may be adopted or used on an interim basis
\x95 Yes, see IMC Malta\x92s mission statement (http://www.imcmalta.org/new/MissionStatement
e. Establish and publish an editorial policy which is developed and functions through democratic process, and with full transparency
\x95 yes, see IMC Malta\x92s Editorial Policy (http://www.imcmalta.org/new/Editorialpolicy
f. Agree to the use of Open Publishing as described in the NIMC Editorial Policy [editorial collective comments: "We did agree that the term "Open Publishing" was one that is still being defined by the Global Network Collective, and we would wait and see what the results were before rewriting this criteria]
\x95 yes, see IMC Malta\x92s Editorial policy (http://www.imcmalta.org/new/Editorialpolicy
g. Adopt a decision-making policy that is in alignment with consensus principles which include open, transparent and egalitarian processes
\x95 yes, we do believe in consensus and compromises which are held in a public way. See mission statement. (http://www.imcmalta.org/new/MissionStatement
h. Have a spokesperson(s) willing and capable of participating in the global decision-making process and meetings as a rotating liaison/representative, with a clear understanding of the responsibilities that come with this role.
\x95 yes. John (john-at@-imcmalta.org
) and Joelle(joelle-at@-imcmalta.org
) are willing to be involved in the global decision-making process, but, we all have little experience in so far.
i. Participate in the key IMC Network Communication Methods that pertain to the health and vitality of the Network and that contribute to the work of the IMC. Assure that at least one person from your local IMC participates at any given time on the IMC-Communications list
\x95 some members of IMC Malta are already in different lists:
John (new-imc, imc-process, drupal-dev, imc-europe, tech, dns);
Fredrick (new-imc, imc-process)
j. (NOT FINALIZED): Have no official affiliation with any political party, state or candidate for office (comments: but individual producers have freedom to do whatever they like and local IMCs can "feature" stories about various political parties and initiatives)
\x95 We do not have any connection with political parties or politicians.
k. IMCs shall in no way engage in commercial for-profit enterprises. [We could add: The IMCN is committed to the decommercialization of information and will disassociate from any local IMC that decides to become a for profit media corporation.]
\x95 IMC is a nonprofit organization.
l. Display a \xB3local version\xB2 of the IMC \xB3i\xB2 logo on your website and literature.
\x95 Yes, see our logo http://www.imcmalta.org
m. Include the IMC Network current \xB3Cities List\xB2 on your site, preferably on the front page.
\x95 Yes. There is all other countries are mentioned
- 14 Oct 2005
- 28 Jan 2007