Friday, July 28, 2006
I was involved with the UK collective up until a year ago. The level of anti-semitism is just awful and I thought it was beyond help. These people saw Jews as being behind nearly every problem. 9/11, that was Mossad. London bombings, that was a Jewish sleeper cell. Asian Tsunami, Israeli mini nuke. The bigotry dominates the site and in the end destoyed its credibility.The last part echoes my position perfectly, as you will see from the banner text at the very top of this site.
I became frustrated because I still remain commited to the idea that the world needs a true independent media service but Indymedia certainly isn't it.
One only need to glance at UK Indymedia to identify it has a serious and inexcusable problem with antisemitism.
A large number of comments and private emails via this blog have indicated that what goes on behind the scenes of UK Indymedia is as scary. Please post your experiences in comments on this post. The more detail, links, evidence the better. I don't claim it will ultimately change anything - nothing short of seppuku likely will, however for a site that aims to keep mainstream media accountable, it's time to be held to account.
Comments are open.
I believe strongly in the need for an open, independent media tool to help democratize media. And, after all the hours and work I've put into Indymedia, I can't tell you how sad it makes me that Indymedia has failed to live up to that promise.
I've already quit my local collective because of persistent pattern of antisemitism and the ugly hostility that I encountered when I even tried to raise this as a concern. And I'm about to stop my global organizing work as well, for the same reason.
I hope that, eventually, we can put together what we've learned from Indymedia's failings and put together a new media service that gets it right, and can do it without the terrible prejudice and lunacy that has pervaded Indymedia.
I weap inside when I think back to what we all dreamed of what Indymedia could have been.
Perhaps the sadest part of it all is that many of those people who are part of the problem don't even realise their level of prejudice.
After all, posts by anonymous coulod be a zionist troll making it up.
All accusations of antisemitism are illegitimate and always the work of Zionist trolls.
I havent given up on indymedia. Even though there is a massive amount of crap posted to the newswires, there is also lots of good stuff....good stuff you won't see in the mainstream media.