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Editors of the Swedish Indymedia Tell Other Indymedia Communities To Get Lost (english)
01 Nov 2003
Modified: 04 Nov 2003
Despite fierce criticism from most democratically progressive quarters in Sweden, the local Indymedia team takes the unprecedented step of unilaterally scrapping the Open Publishing Policy that has shaped the network internationally since its founding. It is still unclear whether the founders of Indymedia (USA) will let the rogue Swedish editors continue to call themselves "Indymedia".
Indymedia Sweden has taken the decision to liquidate the Open Publishing Policy on its website.

The new draconian regime will affect not only the publishing of articles, but also the individual personal comments that readers can post beneath each article in order to express opinions on it.

Anybody may still post articles and comments, but the material will not be immediately visible on the site. This is because the ranking system has been modified, so that each post will initially receive a '0'- ranking. For the article or the personal comment to be shown on the site, the editors will personally have to "approve" it, by giving the article or comment a '+1' ranking.

In effect, this means that even personal opinions (comments) will have to be individually OK'd by Indymedia's censorship panel.

The move has been vociferously protested and opposed my most readers and contributors to Indymedia Sweden (including the respected independent left-wing news service Ryter), but apparently without effect. Readers say the editors have started to act like the fascists they claim to oppose, and to use tactics aimed to stymie free debate. Others have complained about the apparent racism of the editors, since censorship has been particularly harsh regarding comments or articles from specific ethnic groups.

The regime-change is apparently going ahead anyway.

The Swedish editors try to defend the move, claiming that it is the only way to fight spamming. They also maintain that registered readers will be able to alter their ranking options, so that contributions ranked below +1 would still be visible to those registered readers.

This purported technical feature does not work, at the time of this posting.

In essence, the Swedish Indymedia has violated one of the most crucial tenets of the Indymedia Network, effectively shutting out even comments, unless they obtain the explicit approval of the Swedish IMC Censor. It remains to be seen whether Indymedia, globally, will accept this new censorship, and the blatant dumping of the fundamental principles that has constituted the 'raison d'etre' of Indymedia.

If you would like to add your opinion on this intolerant regime-change, you can do so in English by clicking the link below, and submitting your comment. Unfortunately though, you will have to await possible approval from the Censor before it will be posted and visible for most viewers.

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FUCK the rest of Indymedia (english)
03 Nov 2003
Yep, its happened. The rest of the IMCs have resorted to censorship, deleting of "unacceptable" commentary and articles...Open Publishing MY ASS. The Swedes are just being honest about it. There are more "Closed Publishing" rogue IMCs out there, and they are becoming de rigeur. The first IMC to censor a comment or a post can take responsibility for this paradigm shift. Bout fucking time.
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When will react? (english)
03 Nov 2003
I hope action is being planned on the part of Indymedia in the US to tell these people to get in line.
Oh, yes (english)
03 Nov 2003
Kill the opposition. Death to the deniers of true Open Publishing. Ordnung mu sein!

I wonder who the true nazis are here...
Thank you Svea! (english)
03 Nov 2003
Its good to see that Im not the only voice of sanity on the IMC network. :-) Keep up the good work!
Harsher regime in Sweden (english)
03 Nov 2003
The policy in sweden is much harsher. mainly by erasing comments they don't agree with (not only articles).

If this had been the swedish site, the first comment above, criticizing IMC-Boston, would have been erased by Svea (the editor of this newswire - who by the way seems very reasonable).
Perhaps readers here dont get it? (english)
04 Nov 2003
Someone above wrote "When will react?" with the following comment: "I hope action is being planned on the part of Indymedia in the US to tell these people to get in line."

Um....I hate to tell you sweetie, but CANNOT "tell" any IMC to "get in line" or to do anything else for that matter. They canh only do so if they fall under a sub domain owned by Indymedia, or if they own the IMC itself. The software used is open source, and not protected by any copyright whatsoever. That means that people can (and do) open their own IMC sites without sanction from the "IMC Collective" and they do not appear on the list of IMC sites on the left sidebar.

The Los Angeles Indymedia site not only censors posts they do not agree with, but they also collect IP addresses and actively BAN contributors they do not like with that information. How is that for Open Publishing?