IMC Resolution Re: KPFK/Pacifica
are the 2 Resolutions which IMC-LA (Independent Media Center) has passed
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
Whereas the station,
along with management of the Pacifica network has strayed far from that
Autocratic Managerial Control
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.
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
B. The station establishes
mechanisms for meaningful participation
(subscribers, volunteers, etc.) in decision-making processes.
C. Agrees to cease
retaliation against staff and volunteer who speak out on aspects of the
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.
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.
"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
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
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