Sheffield Indymedia is for the creation of radical, accurate and passionate telling of truth. It aspires to erode the divisions between the reporter and the reported, enabling people in our communities to speak for themselves: sharing their stories, the issues that affect their lives and their action for change; so that we can see the world through our own lens and communicate with our own voices, rather than accept a distorted perspective communicated through the corporate media.
Within this context Sheffield Indymedia aims to provide an alternative to the local and global corporate media, and to bring a grassroots, Do It Yourself perspective to the communicating of news and stories through which people, oppressed and dispossessed by the capitalist system, can find a voice. It exists to support people striving for social change within our communities and without by providing information and coverage that illuminates rather than diminishes the actions taken by local people. It provides a means through which links can be made from the local to national and global issues; and for global issues to be distilled into local perspectives. A means which also enables communication between local groups striving for change, and through which groups with common goals can make links.
Sheffield and its surrounding communities have a long radical history. Sheffield indymedia aims to maintain this radical history, but also to enhance its radical future. Within a wider perspective it aims to support and document the struggles of the global anti-capitalist movement. It is imperative that the narratives of our present and history are written by the many and not the few.
The above mission statment was agreed at the the Sheffield Indymedia meeting held on 23rd May 2005.