It’s come to my attention that Kamloops Indymedia has been under attack by hackers. I have no problem admitting that I don’t particularly like the extreme left views usually represented, but I strongly support freedom of speech. In recent years, I’ve really come to appreciate how the internet allows us to take an author to task when there is strong disagreement; certainly, reading the work of others has allowed me to challenge my own views. On the other hand, understanding the premises — even if fundamentally flawed — that are used to support or oppose a particular viewpoint provides clear arms those who disagree.
I believe that one of the causes for the extreme left views at Indymedia, is the lack of alternate writing submitted. I could be wrong, it could be editorial policy, but I have always seen the idea of independent media as being very similar to blogging — take independent views, and publish them. The simple concept of putting the power of publishing into the hands of the community doesn’t seem to politically suggest left or right wing views, only that news can be disseminated in a new way.
I’m sure that the community will find a way to keep Kamloops Indymedia alive. One can only hope the low-life’s behind the attacks will get their just desserts.