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News :: Human Rights
Another anarchist site shut down by right wingers
12 Apr 2004
Modified: 05:02:00 AM
First, it was Sherman Austin's Raise The Fist, now it is Stop-Fascism. Is anybody paying attention to this?
I remember when the Indymedia Community published article after article about Sherman Austin and Raise The Fist when it was going strong. After his Federal case was initiated, people from all over the world were pledging their support of Sherman and his site. After he was sent to prison for expressing his beliefs, fellow anarchists attempted to resurrect his website at http://www.raisethefist.com and had it online for a few months. Now, it has been permanently shut down.

Today, another lesser known anarchist website, Stop-Fascism at http://www.stop-fascism.org was also shut down. WHAT IS GOING ON? I am an avid reader of many Indymedia sites, and I have found that few of the center column articles really hold my interest. Right now, there are no less than THREE articles on Camilo Vivieros and his case. Is this an Open Publishing outlet as it states itself to be, or is it really a big Bulletin Board for Matt and Seppler? I respect their right as editors to decide what is and what is not news, but outright censorship of NEUTRAL news is unwise and unfair. I certainly dont miss the disruptive individuals who were posting here a few months ago, but some of their dialogue was enlightening. What is it they say? "Familiarity breeds contempt". We are becoming a homogenous gray mixture of generic liberalism.

This is not a right wing post, nor is it a "disruptive" post, but somehow, I think it will be swept under the carpet into the "hidden Articles" section because it was not authored by Matt or Seppler. The exception seems to be a thread entitled "Radical problem: Anarchists may target DNC with violent protests" which has a balanced dialogue going, yet has not been deleted. Perhaps you should review the policies here and center the goals of Boston Indymedia.

The policy states:

"The policy of the Boston IMC's all volunteer editorial collective is to remove postings that are duplicates, advertisements, pornographic, personal threats, not news-related, by individuals attempting to disrupt or dominate the Boston IMC website or violations of either the Boston IMC's mission statement or of the Global IMC's principles of unity"

How about easing up a little on the "HIDE" button?
See also:
http://www.freespeechcoalition.com/
http://www.freespeechcoalition.com/

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Re: Another anarchist site shut down by right wingers
12 Apr 2004
The policy of the Boston IMC (of which I am a regular volunteer) is pretty straightforward.

During the past year and a half, the Boston IndyMedia site has experienced an excess of disruptive posts and "articles" by disruptive individuals, many of which were directly linked to the "Stop-Fascism" website. After months of discussion on the Boston IMC site, the Boston IMC e-mail lists, through e-mail correspondence with IMC volunteers and regular readers, and at IMC meetings, the collective came to a concensus decision to hide all posts that violate our editorial policy. This includes posts which directly provoke others to violate our editorial policy. Most if not all posts linked to the Stop-Fascism site are provocative or in direct violation of our policy.

As a member of the Boston IndyMedia Editorial Collective, I encourage you to meet the Boston IndyMedia collective and address your concerns with us directly. We meet monthly at open meetings at the Lucy Parson's Center. In the past, when IMC volunteers have encouraged open dialogue and meetings with individuals who are concerned about perceived censorship of their posts, on this specific issue, our invitations have been declined. We are very interested in discussing this issue in a civilized manner, in person, in real life. If you are unable to meet us during our regular scheduled meetings, we can discuss an alternative time or place to address your concerns.

This is an invitation to address your concerns regarding perceived censorship of articles and posts to the Boston IndyMedia website. As with all posts to our site, any response to this post which violates our Editorial policy will be hidden. Please, contact us directly and we can discuss and consider all sides of this issue. You can reach all members of the IndyMedia Editorial Collective on our Editorial List at: boston-editorial@lists.indymedia.org