[IMC-Process] Imc London statement on fork of Indymedia UK
imc-london at indymedia.org
Tue Mar 29 11:02:52 PDT 2011
*Indymedia UK to fork*
For some time now, a painful process of trying to resolve conflicts
within Indymedia UK has been taking place. At the Indymedia UK meeting
held in Bradford in December 2010, all present decided the only option
to move forward was to fork and go our separate ways. This was a very
sad and difficult decision to make for many who had put so much time,
effort and passion into the project since it began, back in 2000.
The Indymedia UK website as it stands now will be archived on or before
1st May 2011. Publishing will be disabled, but the archives of 10 years
of reporting on movements for social justice will be preserved and
accessible for the future.
A splash page will be put on the two domains indymedia.org.uk and
uk.indymedia.org, linking to the archives of Indymedia UK. This page
will link to bethemedia.org.uk, an aggregator cooperation of IMC
Bristol, London, Northern England and Nottingham and volunteers who work
on the IMC UK site. Another site will be set up and maintained by the
Mayday collective made up of the remaining IMC UK volunteers.
None of the existing or newly forming groups will be eligible to call
themselves Indymedia UK.
We are looking forward to setting up our aggregator, providing news from
the streets and building new ties between radical media collectives,
providing great coverage of the fights for a better future in this
crisis of capitalism. We hope that this new step in decentralisation
will encourage new local Indymedias to spring up and look forward to
working with them, sharing our skills, and benefiting from theirs.
We are angry to see Indymedia UK go but it has become necessary so we
can focus on media activism rather than internal flame wars. We are also
excited to see fresh co-operations, more Indymedia projects and new
tools to cover what is really happening on the streets. While this is a
sad step, it is also a new beginning.
aether, bou, chickpea, gdm, ionnek, maqui, mara, planet-mail, px,
startx, tony/cactus, u.n., yossarian
*Points of clarification*
*Minutes of the Bradford meeting*
* Group A is the now forming Mayday collective, Group B encompasses
* The decisions refer to Indymedia UK, not to local collectives whether
affiliated or not, except where they are specifically mentioned.
* At the Bradford meeting representatives from Birmingham, Bristol,
London, Northern England, Nottingham, Sheffield were present as well as
some unaffiliated individuals.
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