IMC UK Mission Statement
The Indymedia UK website 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 UK 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, Indymedia UK volunteers have extended this participatory model by establishing 'Public Access Terminals' on the streets, and facilitating direct access to the technical equipment that enables participants to upload to the website.
Indymedia UK stands for Indymedia United Kollektive. The main element of Indymedia UK is the website; this platform has generated a variety of other activities including video-production, film-screenings, printed materials and public interventions.
Collective members act as moderators on the IMC UK website. We aim to live up to the following principles:
- UK Indymedia 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 collective is on grassroots politics, actions and campaigns
- We do not have any ties with political parties or NGOs
- 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.
IMC UK, 25.06.2003 23:57