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Operating Instructions for the IMC Ireland Daleks: Input Needed
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Thursday January 29, 2004 20:30 by Indymedia Ireland Editorial Group - Indymedia Ireland
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In order to clarify the editorial guidelines used by the Indymedia Ireland collective, we are publishing them as we currently understand them to operate. This is a work in progress, which is the result of many arguments over the past few months on the Indymedia Ireland lists. Input, commentary and criticism from users of the site are welcome on this thread, and this will be taken into account before the guidelines are formalised.
Indymedia Ireland Editorial Guidelines: Indymedia Ireland is
built on the foundation of an open and democratic newswire. We want to see and hear real stories, news, and opinions from users of the site around the country. Anybody can post a story, or a comment on a story to Indymedia. While we struggle to maintain the newswire as a
completely open forum we do monitor it and remove posts. In general, posts may be removed for any of the following reasons:
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