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News :: International : Media : Politics
Portland Indymedia CENSORING Chomsky Criticism
16 Sep 2006
Just to let you guys know that there is rampant censorship going on at Indymedia. I haven't seen anything to suggest that Boston is guilty of this outrage, but Portland and Indybay have been covertly DELETING, not even hiding, articles and comments.
After repeated attempts to publish this article http://boston.indymedia.org/newswire/display_any/187304 on the Portland Indymedia page, I finally gave up and began posting it elsewhere.

After posting it to Indybay.org (http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2006/09/14/18311562.php) I added a comment underneath describing my frustration with and suspicion of IMC Portland. (This was not the first time that I had encountered administrative anomalies at IMC Portland.)

A few minutes after posting the comment at Indybay, the article appeared on the sidewire of IMC Portland and the comment disappeared from Indybay!

Then something even stranger happened. Two favorable comments appeared underneath the article at Portland, which is normal. I was waiting for the usual unfavorable comments to appear BELOW the first two comments, as would be normally expected, so I kept returning to my Portland post; however, after reloading the page a bit later, I was dumfounded to see that a NEW comment had appeared ABOVE the first two comments. At that point, I knew something sinister was going on behind the scenes at Indymedia. Only someone with access to the server and understanding of the software could be responsible for this sabotage.

I immediately posted a comment to Portland, but after checking back later to see if my comment had been posted, I found that my article had been DELETED from the server. The link was also gone from the sidewire on the mainpage, but a link still remained on the 911 Investigation page. I immediately saved the 911 Investigation page to my hard drive to prove to my friends and family that I'm not "crazy", as most of the Indymedia crew will probably think.

Today, that link on the 911 Investigation sidewire is also gone and I have the proof that it was originally there.

So, to the readers of Indymedia: this project started out as an amazing free and independent media site, but a LOT has changed since its creation.

I am afraid that Indymedia has lost its "indy".

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Proof article appeared on Portland
16 Sep 2006
This file is a saved version of Portland's 911 Investigation page BEFORE they deleted the file and the links on the sidewire.

Examine the right-hand sidewire and you'll see "CHOMSKY FEARS 9/11 DEBATE" third link from the top.

This link is no longer on Portland's sidewire; it is no longer on their newswire and the article has been deleted from their server.
Indymedia Losing Its Appeal?
17 Sep 2006
Thankfully, Boston Indymedia has remained a friend and ally.