INDIE, DRASTICALLY INDEPENDENT
High-quality, independent journalism is essential for facing the danger of the post-truth (and half-truth) era. Solid media enterprises stimulate public political awareness, which is in turn reflected through economic growth and fairer societies. For this reason, journalism that is focused on fulfilling this social function is crucial at a time in which democracy is living an unprecedented crisis in the West.
Civil society is increasingly in demand for more direct and radical forms of democracy to address representative democracy’s deficiencies, one of the 21st century’s trends.
Over the past two decades, hundreds of thousands of citizens took to the streets all over the world, demanding an active say and greater participation in how their economies, governments and society are run. These movements have been diverse and widespread, starting in Seattle, but including the Arab Spring, the Indignados in Spain, the 2013 uprisings in Turkey and Brazil, and Occupy Wall Street. These acts of collective revolt did not converge toward a specific ideology, but shared a common antiauthoritarian tone, prizing openness, engagement,
horizontality, and transparency.
What INDIE offers is journalism that is line with these demands: it aims to be a non-ideological anti-authoritarian outlet build around solid journalistic values and in line with growing demand for credible, useful, accessible information that helps readers engage and make sense of a rapidly changing world.
INDIE Brazil, the model on which others could be based, will have an editorial line that is unique in the country, based on independent, non-partisan journalism, with a liberal philosophy, a progressive social outlook, and attention to sustainable development.
By providing readers with critical information and facing the risks of a post-truth world, it will help counter authoritarian practices, injustices, prejudice, and violence. INDIE aims to stimulate social engagement, to make political structures more permeable, and to increase participation by civil society, resulting in more citizenship, more dialogue, more collaboration – more democracy.
INDIE AIMS AT BEING A NON-IDEOLOGICAL ANTI-AUTHORITARIAN OUTLET BUILT AROUND SOLID JOURNALISTIC VALUES AND IN LINE WITH GROWING DEMAND FOR CREDIBLE, USEFUL, ACCESSIBLE INFORMATION THAT HELPS READERS MAKE SENSE OF AND ENGAGE WITH A RAPIDLY CHANGING WORLD.