Hi everybody out there in the indymedia worlds,
the next G8 is on our doorstep, starting with a big demonstration on June 2nd in Rostock, in less than 3 weeks. Most indymedia websites have reported about the wave of repression that has hit the German protest preparation last week. We were very glad to see so much care and attention all over the network.
There will be one week of action and protest, there will be many, many media activists, and we want to invite you to join us. In Rostock or whereever you are, doing the many things indymedia is good at: independent coverage of the summit protests.
We have prepared some things and we need your help now!
There will be two physical media centres, one in a school in a Rostock city district called 'Evershagen', a bit to the North West of the city centre, on the way to Heiligendamm. Here there will be offices of other groups such as demonstration organisers, blockades, camps, but also a convergence centre, accomodation, information points, food.
The second media centre will be in the city centre of Rostock, smaller and mostly for less public video and audio production, likely with a little public access space. More info https://g8.indymedia.org.uk/InfoForInternationals#Who_-_What_-_Where.3F, will be updated regularly.
We are hoping to be able to provide public access computers in the camps, at the moment there are three camps are secured, more info at http://www.camping-07.de, map here: http://www.camping-07.de/content/view/92/104/lang,en/
A week of action will start on June 2nd with a big demonstration, likely to finish Friday June 8th when the summit is over. More on the 'choreography' of the actions: http://dissentnetzwerk.org/node/1844
indymedia is one part of the media activism in Rostock, but there are also other groups. We're collaborating closely, but we're not the same. Don't wonder when some prefer not to be called 'indymedia' - what we have agreed on is the term 'independent media centre', Unabhängiges Medienzentrum' in German. More below in the contact and more detailled info.
What we need your help with
Generally we need support with all aspects of media activism: editorial, print, supporting the public access spaces, translations, radio, dispatch, tech, video because we do have the impression this is going to be BIG ;). Details and workspace in the wiki pages here: https://g8.indymedia.org.uk/
What we would like to know more specifically is:
- Who will be coming, and what are you planning to do?
- We will be doing multilingual reporting on the German ==> https://g8.indymedia.org.uk/Coordinating_Translations
and we are wondering what the best way would be to make languages other than English and German 'available'. As there is no one Italian website anymore, nor one central French or Spanish language website: do you think it makes more sense to collect material in these languages on the German website, with your support, similar to http://de.indymedia.org/index_en.shtml for English or maybe just a category? Or would you rather do this on different websites? Which?
Which other languages will be concerned?
There is a major financial deficit at the moment, we're lacking approx. €11.000. PLease help and ask for donations in any possible way!
This is general information going out to all activists:
Independent Media Centre (IMC) - Reclaim the Media!
The IMC is a media collective which will be organising reporting on the official G8 summit, the alternative summit, and especially the protests. The IMC promotes a method of reporting which does not treat news as goods. Instead it is about grassroots reporting, by the people involved in the protests themselves, by you!
DON’T HATE THE MEDIA – BE THE MEDIA!
We want to offer you the possibility to publish your observations and experiences through texts, photos/images, audio or video clips; directly from the streets, to disseminate all over the world. Don’t wait for the news industry to spin out stories about your life and our movements, instead help create and determine the news and together we can tell the peoples news by making the stories ourselves!
This is how it works at the G8 2007:
The IMC is located at the protest centre in the Evershagen school, together with the convergence centre. Here, in the camps and in the 2nd media centre in Rostock City (Friedrichstr. 23), we will set up computers with public access. Just look out for the ((i)) sign. You can use these computers to write your texts and upload your reports with or without your images and photos. If you are a radio or video activist, you can also come to the IMC and find fellow activists with similar ideas, as well as people with knowledge and experience in case you need technical support.
Independent Media - tune in here:
Internet: You can find up-to-date news and reports in different languages on http://de.indymedia.org. Various other media collectives are also linked on this page.
Mobil phone (WAP): If you have a relatively new mobile phone, you can access http://de.indymedia.org/wap. This wap-ticker will always keep you up to date with reports about what has happened around Heiligendamm.
Radio: You can find our radio programs on http://de.indymedia.org and in different languages on http://radioforum.fm. From the 1st to the 9th of June we will have a radio live-stream with practical information about the latest developments on the spot as well as several streaming-programs for independent radio stations throughout the world. It might be useful to carry a small radio with you.
Video: The latest video-clips can be found on http://g8-tv.org. From June 2nd - 8th, at 9.00 p.m. they will stream a half hour program with the ‘News of the Day’ in German and English language. There will also be public screenings of these and other videos at the convergence centre and at the camps.
Print: We will try to come up with a tiny daily/nightly ‘newspaper.’ It will be available on the internet, so that everyone can print, copy and share it. We will try to make these ‘newspapers’ available at every camp.
If you make an important observation that has to go out immediately for the up-to-date news or the newsticker: Call: 0162-3568957 (sms and maybe mms possible as well). Watch out for more phone numbers!This number is only for incoming news, and not an info hotline!
If you want to participate in the IMC as a translator (all languages), reporter, tech or in any other form, send an email to email@example.com (public archive) or firstname.lastname@example.org …or just drop in at the IMC at the convergence centre If you want to help out the radio, e.g. as reporter: email@example.com Contact for video activists: firstname.lastname@example.org Contact for still images: email@example.com General questions and information about the IMC: 0162-8727086 Any kind of donation or support is welcome and highly appreciated!
One more request:
Taking pictures or video at a protest brings great responsibility with it. Your material could get people into big trouble no matter whether they are actively participating or just standing by. Therefore: Take pictures in a way so that faces can not be recognised (during actions). Make sure that you take memory-cards/-chips and films to a secure location regularly, to minimise the risk of confiscation by the police. In any case, before publishing: All people’s faces must be blurred! Even those of people who might not have been directly part of an action at that time.
Important: Make sure that the date and time of your camera is set correctly, because this can be crucial evidence afterwards. Do help document police violence and actions in general.
If you report on the protests on your own website and/or upload photos and videos, please tag your posts with "g8" and "heiligendamm" so they become part of the independent summit reporting.
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