[Imc-erie] Indymedia Solidarity Statement / urgent response needed
elle at riseup.net
elle at riseup.net
Thu Oct 14 08:13:12 PDT 2004
Please support the Indymedia network as they enter the battle of press
freedom, free speech and privacy.
WE WILL NEVER BE SILENCED AGAIN
Sign the Indymedia Solidarity Statement
Visit the above site to read the Declaration in Support of the Indymedia
Network and Against the Seizure of its Servers
Indymedia is a global media network that provides open space to publish
challenging, independent reporting, with emphasis on political and social
justice issues. The Indymedia network is based upon principled mutual aid
and voluntary participation, maintaining openly accessible newswires with
the capacity for anyone to publish texts, images, audio, and video.
On 7 October, 2004, hard drives from two Indymedia servers were seized
from the London office of a US-owned web hosting company, Rackspace, at
the request of the US Justice Department, apparently in collaboration with
Italian and Swiss authorities.
The seizure of the hard drives in London shut down an Indymedia radio
station and around 20 different Indymedia websites including those serving
Ambazonia, Uruguay, Andorra, Poland, Western Massachusetts, Nice, Nantes,
Lilles, Marseille, Euskal Herria (Basque Country), Liege, East and West
Vlaanderen, Antwerpen, Belgrade, Portugal, Prague, Galiza, Italy, Brazil,
UK, and parts of Germany Indymedia.
Although the hard drives were returned on October 13, the particular legal
framework under which the seizures took place is unknown. One week after
the seizures there is still an almost total information blackout from the
authorities in the UK, US, Switzerland and Italy. Indymedia still has no
confirmation of who ordered the seizures, who took the hard drives, why
the seizures took place, or whether it will happen again.
We demand that the responsible parties be held accountable!
"I advocate revolutionary changes... an end to capitalist exploitation,
the abolition of racist policies, the eradication of sexism and the
elimination of political repression. If that is a crime, then I am totally
-- Assata Shakur
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