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Editorial policy approbated by consensus on June 21th, 2003

Editorial Policy's Indymedia CR

1)  Editorial Philosophy

a. According to our principles of unit, the CMI-CR has a policy of open publication in their web page for all and each one of its members, as well as for all those that desiring to participate, thus they declare it. Our objective is that the same one be an open forum for the exchange of opinions and open ideas, with the purpose to establish a horizontal communication among all those voices and social criteria, silenced or distorted nearly always by the governmental and/or business media of communication and its politicy of consensus news.

b. The CMI-CR will function as an objective bond of reach, to the international exchange of the new accessible technological knowledge, and the democratic use of the network, for all those social groups interested in contribute in the debate about the global and national fights, compromised themselves with the effort of the local growth and contribute to stimulate the free expression from the social support bases in their communities in a national level.

c. The CMI-CR in agreement with the philosophical principles previously exposed, declared itself since its origin, as social agent of alternative contra information to the service of all the peoples that desire to revert their cultural, political, economic and social, local or international isolation, as well as their unfavourable position before the corporate and/or governmental media of communication. Being its genesis, to be voice of all those that in one or another way or by different motives are silenced and cannot express themselves for diverse causes; among one of them, for example: the official discrimination of their expression in all and each one of the official and/or private communication media.

3) Editorial Mission

a.  To facilitate the effective communication between each one of the CMI-CR's members, through an open newswire, which works for all, according with the´s philosophical principles of unity, equality, and solidarity.

b.  To permanently, maintain open the link of the newswire in the CMI_CR and its web page as an community, effective and affordable space, that foments the participation, the debate and exchange of information, among all the persons members of the disposed and marginalized groupers.

c.  To support the creation of new virtual and real networks that involve individual citizens and social grassroots organizations and other groups well organized, of the civil society, giving to know and supporting their participation in cultural, social, environmental, economical and political issues, which in a positive or negative way affect the communities in a local, national and global level.

d.  To expand the creation of a sustainable and sustaintable mediated space, that stimulate, permit, respect and confer the right, - according to the objective conditions created and necessary, - to each person, to exercise its free expression and to be able to begin a free and open dialogue.

e.  To maintain and to improve the quality of presentation, thematic update and the page's content, by virtue of all the philosophical and ethical principles, above enunciated, as an useful and valuable resource.

 Editorial Collective

a.  As we expressed with anticipation as for its principles of unit, the CMI- CR will have an open publication policy on its web page. To maintain the owed purpose, the organization, and the importance of the open cable, the CMI - CR will establish a Editorial Collective that will monitor the newswire as to promote messages to the central column and from other CMIs and to hide any message outside of the parameters established by the editorial policy subsequently.

b. In the beginning the Editorial Collective will be integrated by two people, whose organization editorial work of will be assets, by a minimum period of time, equivalent to five years. During this period of time, annual and semi-annual evaluations on the objective conditions of the development of the CM I- CR will be done, and will be decided in the first year, by consensus of the Editorial Collective, the enlargement to three members, immediately after the first year. Other persons that declare their interest in being part of the Editorial Collective, will be welcomed to be integrated, as collaborators initially, subject to study of its request. Then based on real work needs of the Editorial Collective, this will be able to be expanded on its number, -to a total maximum - of five members, during the first five years. According to the following premises:

1)  These members will be elected by consensus from among the members of the Editorial Collective; taking as a base: the commitment, quality, availability of time, the correspondence and respect for the ethical philosophical principles, of Unit and Political Editorial of the CMI- CR.

2)  Immediately after the two first uninterrupted years of works of the CMI-CR.

3)  We reiterate the need to maintain a realistic attitude, for the initial conformation of the structure of the project, so that it can be able to be effective and practical in the performance of its tasks.

f.  The Editorial Collective will assume with autonomy the responsibility of the own organization tasks distribution of its charge, for example, who will be the responsible person, to monitor the Open Cable regularly.

g.  The Editorial Collective will have the duty, each six months to report to the group about its performance and achievements. Also it will be authorized to communicate extraordinarily, all those problems and controversial decisions that are felt, and that can affect to the collective CMI - CR.

h.  The Editorial Collective will be reserved and will maintain strict caution, on the right to choose their delegates and will watch for their integrity and security, so that they can represent the Collective in the meetings of the CMI - CR.

F.  The Editorial Collective gathers the criteria of responsibility to classify, to promote or to remove messages to the central column.

4)  Processes and guides to categorize and to promote messages of the open cable

A)  The CMI -CR will determine relevant categories that function as thematically subdivisions to the open source.


  • · Costa Rica
  • · Central America and Caribbean Integration.
  • · Latin America.
  • · Local Politic
  • · Education
  • · Health.
  • · Feminism.
  • · LGTB.
  • · Peace.
  • · Paramilitary.
  • · War.
  • · Rights of the children.
  • · Senior Citizens
  • · Ecology
  • · Economy
  • · International
  • · Communitarian Groups
  • · Culture.

B)  The Editorial Collective should classify the coming messages according to these categories.

C)  The Editorial Collective will have the responsibility to promote to the page's central column well written messages and with content of importance. Also will be promoted to the page's central column, research writings by members of the CMI and/or that offers alternative perspectives to those presented by the corporate press.

D)  In the same form the Editorial Collective should share prominent articles with the collective editorial from other CMIs and/or other independent media of press.

e)  Especially it should be fomented and promoted the publication of:

  • - Research Articles, well supported and prominent.
  • - Cover of first hand information about demonstrations, mobilizations and/or protests.
  • - Analysis of the media.
  • - Histories that affect groups or localities usually being made invisible by the corporate media of communication.
  • - Reports of initiatives and/or projects in favour of the change and the social justice.
  • - Messages that link to the local reality with national and/or global dynamics.

5) Processes and guides to remove messages.

A. The person entrusted by the Collective Editorial that will monitor the open cable should remove the following types of messages.

  1. Duplicate messages.
  2. Promotions of events, products or commercial services.
  3. Illegible or blank messages.
  4. "Spam" attack.

The person entrusted by the Collective Editorial to monitor the open cable should promote or to hide the following types of messages and to notify immediately to the list of the Editorial Collective. The members of the list of the Editorial Collective will have 48 hours to object the decision to hide a message.

  • I. Messages with hate, racist, sexists or in any discriminatory sense. This includes texts that incite to the violence against groups dispossessed, oppressed and minorities.
  • II. Announcements of events, that are not press releases or reports, should be located in the calendar section
  • III. Texts seeking to contact or directed to private persons or to the CMI - CR. To carry out contacts or to be communicated with the CMI -CR should be written to
  • IV. Defamatory texts, libellous or personalised that reveal private information or threaten against private persons.
  • V. proselytise texts being they religious or political.
  • VI. Impostures, false facts, disinformation, or impersonification of third persons.
  • VII. Request from some activist that desires its photo to be removed.

B. When unexpected problems arise (that are not included in the above list), but that the person that monitors the list understand that they should be removed the procedure will be: to hide the message and to notify to the list of the Editorial Collective. The Editorial Collective will have 48 hours to discuss and to object the removal of the message.

(The collective of the CMI -CR will be able, following the consensus model, to check the decisions carried out by the Editorial Collective. It is recommended that in the elapse of 6 months of enforcement of this document, the existing collective, carry out a process of evaluation about the applicability and operation of the same one.)

Note: This editorial politics are based on autonomous criteria of the collective CMI-CR, the politics of the IMC PR - IMC that are at the same time based on the editorial policy of the Western Massachusetts IMC, the San Francisco IMC and the IMC Brazil.





Este anteproyecto fue creado y dado a conocer el día 21 de junio del 2003, por Efraín Valverde M. y Patricio Aguilar M. y ha sido presentado a diferentes compatriotas, con el propósito de motivar su implementación en Costa Rica.

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