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The IMC resoloutions re: censorship at KPFK/Pacifica

by IMC Los Angeles Thursday, Aug. 17, 2000 at 2:08 PM

@ resolutions passed by IMC Los Angeles regarding censorship at KPFK/Pacifica Radio and support for the PNN stringes strike. A similar resolution of non-cooperation was passed by IMC DC during the IMF/World Bank protests.

IMC Resolution Re: KPFK/Pacifica Here are the 2 Resolutions which IMC-LA (Independent Media Center) has passed re Pacifica:

RESOLUTION

IMC -- Independent Media Center Relationship with KPFK

Whereas KPFK Los Angeles is a community radio station whose mission commits it to community involvement, free speech and an airing of a broad spectrum of opinion

And 


Whereas the station, along with management of the Pacifica network has strayed far from that mission by:

  • Practicing Censorship
  • Exercising Autocratic Managerial Control
  • Demonstrating a lack of accountability to the community
  • Attempting to coerce programmers to sign the "Y2k Compliant" Agreement that makes all volunteer work the property of the station
  • Dismantling its training program that provided access to radio skills for women and people of color.
  • Practicing union busting.
Therefore, be it resolved that we, of the IMC LA, condemn the above regressive policies and practices that are antithetical to Pacifica's own mission statement. We demand that KPFK recommit itself to its own mission statement to become a truly independent, alternative media outlet accessible to all communities in Los Angeles. Be it further resolved that the IMC-LA will not share space, equipment, programming, analysts or recorded sound unless and until KPFK
    A. Renounces the gag rule.
    B. The station establishes mechanisms for meaningful participation
    of stakeholders (subscribers, volunteers, etc.) in decision-making processes.
    C. Agrees to cease retaliation against staff and volunteer who speak out on aspects of the current crisis
    D. Withdraw its demand that all volunteer work produced at the station become the sole property of KPFK, as specified in the Y2K Compliant Agreement.
This is not to be interpreted to mean that KPFK volunteers cannot participate in the IMC.

=======================

RESOLUTION

IMC (Independent Media Center) Denies Press Credentials 
To Pacifica Network News (PNN) Reporters and Staff

The consensus of IMC members is that the IMC will not credential PNN reporters nor freelance reporters nor any person who attempts to file for PNN, nor give interviews to PNN, nor allow PNN to use material created by the IMC.

The "reassignment" of PNN News Director Dan Coughlin has caused much controversy. PNN has compromised its journalistic integrity by acts of censorship. There is an ongoing strike by Pacifica stringers and freelancers, and we need to be in solidarity with them.

Since the crisis last spring, when armed guards were called in to lock out staff at KPFA, Pacifica reporters say management has subjected journalists, contributors and independent producers to repeated acts of alteration, suppression and censorship of news stories and public-affairs programming, which they say are of vital interest to the listeners of Pacifica and the broader communities it serves.

Furthermore, since the IMC strives to combat censorship and corporate control of the media, and Pacifica management has failed to address our concerns regarding these issues, there are some who consider contributing to Pacifica Network News in any way to be incompatible with their journalistic ethos.

The Pacifica stringers strike has received endorsements from the "Democracy Now" AFTRA Bargaining Unit (David Love), Aileen Alfandary (KPFA News Co-Director), WBAI/UE Local 404, Pacifica Affiliates KCSB (which has suspended PNN broadcasts) and KFCF, L.A. County Federation of Labor, Noam Chomsky, Ben Bagdikian, Medea Benjamin, Michael Parenti, Alice Walker, Mike Davis, Barbara Ehrenreich, Norm Solomon, Daniel Ellsberg, and over 100 other scholars, academics and organizations.

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