CMAQ's global mission
sebas, Wednesday, February 20, 2002 - 12:23
Quebec's Centre for Media Alternative is a physical meeting point and a virtual platform for independent and alternative information.
1. To break with conformity: a convergence for alternative media and independent journalists
By forging a partnership network with other local and national media organisations which, just like us, think information should be freed from the mass media’s rigid models, CMAQ wishes to consolidate and enlarge the scope of the independent media community in Quebec. Further, CMAQ is open and eager for any kind of services exchanges with independent journalists from here and elsewhere.
CMAQ is also trying, through a team of dedicated volunteers, to guarantee dynamic coverage of local events on current social issues. Eventually, CMAQ would like to better organise this latter function by putting together a collectively managed pool of volunteers and an assignment calendar.
Essentially, CMAQ wishes to be as much a meeting place for the activist community to exchange and evolve as an outlet for citizens who want to reach their contemporaries and who, otherwise, have limited means to make their voices heard.
On this topic, the “open publishing” principle, initially put forth, by the Independent Media Centre (IMC) in Seattle in 1999, was a genuine revolution in the exercise of democracy. From now on, any citizen or independent organisation wishing to spread information, publish a critical analysis, promote an event or simply diffuse alternative coverage on current events, while potentially reaching thousands of people and more, find open publishing a precious and efficient tool.
Obviously, the CMAQ wouldn’t be complete without its dynamic discussion forums where current social, political and economic issues are constantly debated in a constructive and engaged context.
The CMAQ wants to share its technical infrastructure with the community, providing it with material support and giving it access to its office and media production equipment.
Also, to give greater visibility to the hard work put in by local activists promoting social justice, the CMAQ will collaborate with a plurality of local non-governmental organisations who share the same social mission, to support the creation and the hosting of their own Web sites.
The CMAQ also wishes to participate in the spreading of knowledge by sharing the various abilities of its volunteers, notably the technical expertise acquired since its creation.
Finally, and perhaps most importantly, CMAQ wants to be mobilisation space for the community. The Events section and its calendar provides local activists with the tools to promote local, regional and national events. The obvious goal being to consolidate the activist movement and (re)awake the people to the efforts being made, by various networks to promote social justice.
More than ever, another world is possible. But the work yet to be done is colossal. The Centre for Media Alternatives - Quebec wishes to contribute to the “Peace Effort” by giving itself the mission of convincing every Quebecer that this new world can only be built by and for them and that, let it be known, each and every one holds in his or her heart an indispensable part of it.
To conclude, we need to thank our brothers and sisters of IndyMedia. We would like to underline the exceptional work they put in throughout the world in the past 3 years or so. Without them, it is very likely we would not be here today. These women and men are the pioneers of the movement and, we couldn’t repeat enough the extent to which we owe them our more sincere respect and gratitude. So, boyz and girlz, we salute youz.
Ceci est un média alternatif de publication ouverte. Le collectif CMAQ, qui gère la validation des contributions sur le Indymedia-Québec, n'endosse aucunement les propos et ne juge pas de la véracité des informations. Ce sont les commentaires des Internautes, comme vous, qui servent à évaluer la qualité de l'information. Nous avons néanmoins une
, qui essentiellement demande que les contributions portent sur une question d'émancipation et ne proviennent pas de médias commerciaux.