• According to its mission statement, Indymedia is a “collective of independent media organizations and hundreds of journalists offering grassroots, non-corporate coverage. Indymedia is a democratic media outlet for the creation of radical, accurate, and passionate tellings of truth. There are currently over one hundred and fifty Independent Media Centers around the world. Each IMC is an autonomous group that has its own mission statement, manages its own finances and makes its own decisions through its own processes” 1)
  • The Indymedia publications are based on the principle of open publishing
  • The Independent Media Center was established in November 1999 by various independent and alternative media organizations and activists for the purpose of providing grassroots coverage of the World Trade Organization (WTO) protests in Seattle. The center acted as a clearinghouse of information for journalists, and provided up-to-the-minute reports, photos, audio and video footage through its website. Using the collected footage, the Seattle Independent Media Center ( produced a series of five documentaries, uplinked every day to satellite and distributed throughout the United States to public access stations. The center also produced its own newspaper, distributed throughout Seattle and to other cities via the internet, as well as hundreds of audio segments, transmitted through the web and Studio X, a 24-hour micro and internet radio station based in Seattle. The site, which uses a democratic open-publishing system, logged more than 2 million hits, and was featured on America Online, Yahoo, CNN, BBC Online, and numerous other sites. Through a decentralized and autonomous network, hundreds of media activists setup independent media centers in London, Canada, Mexico City, Prague, Belgium, France, and Italy over the next year. IMCs have since been established on every continent, with more to come”2).



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  • June 2000 Indymedia-Paris established at the alterglobalization meeting in Millau, France 3)
  • November 1999 The Independent Media Center established by various independent and alternative media organizations and activists for the purpose of providing grassroots coverage of the World Trade Organization (WTO) protests in Seattle4). Among its founders, we find Rick Rowley

Links with other alternative media


  • ANNIE & SAM (2003), “From Indymedia UK to the United Kollektives ”, WACC,
  • ANONYMOUS (2003), “The Growth and Growth of Bristol Indymedia ”, WACC,
  • ATTON, Chris (2003), “Indymedia: The Dynamics of Structure and Process in Alternative Journalism”, invited speaker at the Polis workshop, 'Internet: Structure and Use', London Metropolitan University, 3 September.
  • ATTON, Chris (2003). “Indymedia and September 11th: Exploring Alternative Journalism on the Internet”, paper presented as part of the 2002-2003 Media and Cultural Studies seminar series at London Metropolitan University, 19 March.
  • BECKERMAN, Gal (2003), “Edging away from anarchy. Inside the Indymedia Collective. Passions vs. Pragmatism”, Columbia Journalim Review, sept/oct, pp. 27-30.
  • BLONDEAU, Olivier (avec la collaboration de Laurence Allard) (2007), Devenir Média. L'activisme sur Internet entre défection et expérimentation, Paris, Editions Amsterdam, p. 45, 61-65, 153-154, 203, 356.
  • BROOTEN, Lisa (2004) “Gender and the Independent Media Center: How alternative is this alternative?”, Prepared for presentation at the International Association of Media and Communication Researchers 2004 conference, Porto Alegre, Brazil
  • BROOTEN, Lisa (2004), “Digital Deconstruction: The Independent Media Center as a Process of Collective Critique”, In Berenger, R. (Ed.), Global Media Goes to War. Spokane: Marquette Books.
  • BROOTEN, Lisa (2004), “The Power of Public Reporting: The Independent Media Center’s Challenge to the 'Corporate Media Machine', iIn L. Artz & Y. R. Kamalipour (Eds.), Bring ‘Em On! Media and Power in the Iraq War. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
  • DOWNING, John D.H. (2003), “The Independent Media Center Movement and the Anarchist socialist Tradition”, in COULDRY, N., CURRAN, J. (2003) (eds) Contesting Media Power: Alternative Media in a Networked World, Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield, pp. 243-257
  • DOWNING, J. (2001), “The Seattle IMC and the Socialist Anarchist Tradition”, in RABOY, M. (ed.), Global Media Policy and the New Millenium, University of Montreal, Canada : Luton University Press, UK.
  • COYER, Kate, RUIZ, Luz, « Tidal Wave, Cancun Mexico, 2003. Radio and Indymedia Cancun”, Report, OurMedia/NuestrosMedios, January 2004,
  • COYER, Kate (2003), “Radio and the Indymedia Collective. A Case Study of Seattle, Los Angeles, and London”, Communication présentée à la IIIe Conférence de OURMedia/NuestrosMedios, Barranquilla, Colombie, mai.
  • HALLECK, Dee Dee (2003), “Indymedia: Building an international activist internet network ”, WACC,
  • HINTZ, Arne (2003) “Indymedia Germany A local node of the global Indymedia network ”, WACC,
  • JURIS, Jeff, “Indymedia : de la contra información a la utopia informacional”, in MARÍ SÁEZ, Víctor Manuel (coord.) (2004), La Red es de todos. Cuando los movimientos sociales se aproprian de la Red, Rompeolas, Editorial Popular : Madrid.
  • KIDD, Dorothy (2004), “Carnival to Commons”, in Eddie Yuen, Daniel Burton Rose and George Katsiaficas (Eds.) Confronting Capitalism: Dispatches from a Global Movement, New York: Softskull Press.
  • KIDD, Dorothy (2003), “ A New Communications Commons”, in Martha McGaughey and Michael Ayers (Eds.), Cyberactivism: Online Activism in Theory and Practice, New York: Routledge. 2003.
  • KIDD, Dorothy (2003), “The Independent Media Center: A new model”, WACC,
  • KIDD, Dorothy (2002), “ The Development of the Communication Commons”. Democratic Communiqué.
  • MEIKLE, Graham (2002). ‘Indymedia and The New Net News’ M/C: A Journal of Media and Culture Available online
  • MORRIS, Douglas (2003), “Globalization and Media Democracy: The Case of Indymedia”, in Shaping the Network Society, Schuler, Douglas and Day, Peter (Eds.), MIT Press.
  • NAIDOO, Prishani (2003), “The Independent Media Centre – South Africa”, WACC,
  • NOTES FROM NOWHERE (ED.) (2001), “Indymedia: don't hate the media, be the media”, in We are everywhere. The irresistible rise of global anticapitalism, Verso, London, New York, copyleft. URL :
  • SALTER, Lee (2009), “Indymedia and the Law: Issues for Citizen Journalism”, in ALLAN, Stuart, THORSEN, Einar (Ed.), Citizen Journalism. Global Perspectives, Peter Lang Publishing Inc., New York, pp. 175-185.
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