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what is "open publishing"?

At the heart of Indymedia is the principle of "Open Publishing", which allows anyone to self-publish their work on the IMC web sites. The IMC Newswire encourages people to become the media by posting their articles, analysis, videos, audio clips and artwork directly to the web site using the "Publish" form.

Indymedia relies on the people who post to present their information in a thorough, honest, accurate manner, but has no control over what people post. No edits are made by workerbees, no names will be or can be removed from any posts once they are online. After an article has been posted, it can be removed from the Newswire and placed in the compost bin. The current Portland IMC editorial guidelines appear here.

Indymedia also encourages further contribution to the original article through the "contribute to this article" link at the bottom of each post. This link goes to a publish page where a person can add further information and/or refute stated information. To post commentary click on the "add comment to discussion" link. Posts directly contributing to the article appear directly underneath, while general discussion would be found on the discussion page for each article which will be linked at bottom. The comments are added in chronological order to the orignal post, sometimes making for lively discussion.