The following two articles, originally posted to Iindymedia, were hidden by the editors (IM collective), and express deep dismay at the decision last weekend to continue to allow defence of holocaust denial and anti-Semitism to be carried by Indymedia, while at the same time censoring critics who object to anti-Semitism.
The network meeting, complete capitulation
Steve from the Manchester activist collective | 11.02.2008 14:18
During last weekend the Indymedia network meeting was held. Despite the efforts of some to pretend there where a number of issues to be discussed the reality was there was one issue that mattered. That of Anti Semitism and the promotion of it by some admins.
Some readers may be aware of how this issue has been thrown around like a hot potato because of how divisive it has been and how a small group have hijacked the newswire for their own political agenda. Various people have made contributions and this certainly upset some admins who didn’t like the rise of democratic control within the collective as they wanted to retain power through the use of “blocks” when they needed to.
A number of us stood back from the arguments and made no contribution prefering to rely on the network collective meeting and trusting that it would to address the issue. Perhaps not surprisingly considering the aggressive tactics used to date by the likes of FTP and others this was not the case. Objections to Anti Semitism were shouted down, the inevitble cries of “Zionist” were used to stifle debate and the emphasis cleverly shifted to a critism of long term anti Zionism campaigner Tony Greenstein who has refused to be knocked back by bullying and a campaign of internet slander by FTP and others.
FTP got exactly what he wanted, yet another analysis of “process” and “procedures” to prevent the hiding of blatant Anti Semitism when it comes up on the newswire.
For me this is the last straw, Indymedia is now alinged with Holocaust deniers and racists when it suits the politcial aims of a small group of individuals and as such I will no longer be contributing news items, pictures, videos or moral support.
So long and good luck to those couple of individuals who have decided to stay in and repair the damage.
Peace and Love
Maz, Richard and Sarah on behalf of the meeting
Birmingham Uni condems racist Indymedia decision | 11.02.2008 18:40 | Anti-racism | Indymedia
“An utter disgrace” was the conclusion of a meeting held today at Birmingham University in response to the disgusting decision by indymedia editors to give in to the gang of racists who have pushed an anti Jewish agenda on the site for several months.
A large group came together to express their anger and dismay when it become clear from the minutes than rather than no platforming these racists they would be allowed to continue to post and be supported.
Detailed here is the wording in the minutes of the meeting issued on the indymedia discussion page.
There was a discussion about the anti-Semitism issue and indymedia’s definitions about what constitutes anti-Semitism.
Concern that this is a prelude to an increasing climate of hiding Palestinian articles or criticisms of Israel.
Sends out a signifier that UK Indymedia has a position on their dispute.
This is a big and divisive question overall not just in the IMCs. Might be worth comparing with other positions and coming to a collective statement on this.
Might also be worth hiding the discussion about if to hide it as this should not be in the comments and a public dispute.
Post was long buried in the archives asking for the post to be hidden, so it was not controversial at the time.
Agree that what Greenstein has done and his campaign has been disruptive. All agreed this was the case. This is not a personal problem, it is a political problem. Responsibility of the collective to discuss this.
Proposal to move the disputed post into a third place that is not hidden but flagged as under discussion. Two stand-aside, no blocks. (tech wise, This will remove all the comments from the post in question.)
Proposal to to hide the article but not no platform the writer. This was blocked.
Proposal to ban Greenstein from the lists with arguing about this and hide posts about this on the lists and disruptive posts in general. This is already been done.
Proposal to discuss the issue of anti-Semitism and to get deep into the politics by those who wish to do so.
An utter and complete climb down and retreat in the face of naked racism. We call upon all members of the indymedia collective to reject these minutes, establish a clear and open commitment to a written policy of no platform for racists.
Birmingham Uni condems racist Indymedia decision