[Imc-antwerpen] the belgium thing
bruno op indymedia.be
bruno op indymedia.be
Za Mrt 26 13:09:03 PST 2005
I must say I'm really upset by and sad/angry/disappointed about the way
the discussion between imc's in belgium is being held, and about the
rants this issue has caused. I would really & sincerely like to ask a
question to the people of local imc's in belgium: what's the problem ? I
would really like to sit down and talk it over, as Han proposed last
week. So that we can finally put an end to this conflict that has
become, more often than not, a very ugly one. Imho it's very sad that so
much energy is being wasted on fighting each other, while there is so
much work to be done. So please, let's have an open conversation, live,
Also, there are some things I'd like to get off my chest.
** Why is it that a certain mister Zétéjév can publish plain lies, false
info, frontal attacks on ovl.indymedia.org, without them being hidden?
For instance: the claim about GetBasic (a non profit that was founded to
organise media workshops and to promote media awareness in Belgium --
http://getbasic.be) being a shadow organisation of the PVDA (communist
party of Belgium), the very insulting claim as if GetBasic would try to
control all alternative media in Belgium, the call to throw pies (yes,
pies) in our face during demo's, ... I believe the ovl admin people know
well enough that it concerns a load of crap, but clearly they don't see
much harm in the spread of such bogeous information and insults.
Instead, they post comments to the articles, joining in with mister Zétéjév.
** How on earth is it acceptable for people from imc liege to publicly
verbally attack a volunteer from indymedia.be during a protest?
Acceptable, because afterwards they called their act "une agression
sympathique" and "une action efficace". Christophe was doing an
interview with activists during an action in front of the US embassy
(Bush visit to Brussels). I found it highly disturbing to hear that
people from imc liege started shouting towards him while he was working
on coverage. Seriously, that's taking it way way way too far.
** However hilarious it may be to read, I find it extremey strange and
weird to state or even suggest that indymedia.be would be almost dead,
or in some kind of a coma, as it was mentioned several times on
indymedia oost-vlaanderen, by ovl volunteers. Please, check with the
facts first before you write such things. If you're not aware of those
facts, look for our coverage about the Bush visit, or about the Euro
manif on the 19th of March. I believe that shows we're doing very well
indeed. But thanks for the concern ;) .
That said, I would like to meet in person to know what's up exactly. And
also because there is a lot more to say. I believe we should have this
face to face meeting, because this discussion is not just about local or
national imc's, but (again, in my humble opinion) also about a
fundamental difference in vision on what indymedia is/can be/should be.
Those differences are very much okidoki, but they should not not not be
the cause of a fight like this. Please react to this
proposal/question/invitation so we can arrange something. And please,
not by calling people liars or anything similar.
"(...) people who are concerned about human rights issues, issues of
social justice, the environment, need to understand that unless you
change the media you never really ultimately are going to change
anything." -- Robert McChesney
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