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Indymedia UK provides an interactive platform for reports from the struggles for a world
based on freedom, cooperation, justice and solidarity, and against environmental
degradation, neoliberal exploitation, racism and patriarchy. The reports cover a wide
range of issues and social movements - from neighbourhood campaigns to grassroots
mobilisations, from critical analysis to direct action.
The content of the Indymedia website is created through a system of open publishing:
anyone can upload a written, audio and video report or a picture directly to the site
through an openly accessible web interface. Through this system of 'Direct Media',
Indymedia erodes the dividing line between reporters and reported, between active
producers and passive audience: people are enabled to speak for themselves. At bigger
actions, the Indymedia UK collective extends this participatory model by establishing
'Public Access Terminals' on the streets, facilitating direct access to the technical
equipment that enables participants to upload to the website.
Indymedia UK is part of the worldwide network of Independent Media Centres (IMC's),
focuses on the UK, and is also an intermediary for information from other parts of the
world. The main element of Indymedia UK is the website; and the platform generates a
variety of other activities including video-production, film-screenings, printed materials
and public interventions.
The Indymedia UK collective is an expanding group of DIY media workers which operates
within a network of radical UK media groups, individual contributors and IMC supporters.
The Indymedia UK collective administers the site and aims to live up to the following
* the Indymedia UK collective works on a non-hierarchical basis
* we reject all systems of domination and discrimination
* we acknowledge that the struggle for a better world takes many forms. The focus of
the Indymedia UK collective is on grassroots politics, actions and campaigns
* the Indymedia UK collective does not have any ties with political parties or larger NGO's
* we understand that by lobbying there will be no radical change. As a collective our
attitude is assertive, and where necessary confrontational
Inherent in the mainstream corporate media is a strong bias towards Capitalism's power
structures, and it is an important tool in propagating these structures around the globe.
While the mainstream media conceal their manifold biases and alignments, we clearly state
our position. Indymedia UK does not attempt to take an objective and impartial standpoint:
Indymedia UK clearly states its subjectivity.
- 17 May 2002