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On the eve of what will be one of the most important elections in U.S. history, the Indymedia network announces the launch of a new and critical website for gathering the news and views of ordinary people across the country and around the world.

With its mission of publishing independent, on-the-ground reports from the people who experience the news most directly, will amplify the voices of those most impacted not only by the elections process, but also by the policies of either a Bush or Kerry administration.

"Indymedia has changed the face of journalism through its creative and comprehensive coverage from the front lines of struggles for social justice through out the world," says Amy Goodman, host of Democracy Now!, the independent public radio and TV news hour. "With its vast network of unembedded journalists throughout the country will become a weapon in the fight for the truth about what happens on November 2nd and beyond."

The US IMC website centers around a syndicated wire of all featured articles published by participating local US-based IMCs. As with all Indymedia sites, the USIMC's open publishing newswire empowers people to become the media by posting their articles, photos, videos, and audio clips directly to the website's wire. But the US IMC's main function is to make the news that is published, culled and edited to local IMC sites relevant and accessible to a broader audience.

"Indymedia is the only source that truly comes from the ground-up," says journalist and activist Rosa Clemente. "Young people all across the globe are learning how to be the story-tellers of their community. In a whole host of ways, Indymedia has access to reports that the corporate media and even most alternative media outlets do not."

There are currently 165 autonomous Independent Media Centers (IMC) around the world. Over 50 of them are in the United States.

Indymedia is a grassroots network committed to using media production and distribution as tools for promoting social and economic justice. It is dedicated to addressing issues that the mainstream media neglects and hopes to empower people to "become the media" by providing democratic access to available technologies and information.

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-- BradleY - 16 Oct 2004 -- info collected from
-- BradleY - 1 Nov 2004 -- Update posted on the newswire
Topic revision: r2 - 01 Nov 2004, BradleY
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