[Foundation-l] Proposal for the creation of a Wikinews foundation

Florence Devouard Anthere9 at yahoo.com
Fri Aug 24 00:54:39 UTC 2007

For now, I read all the discussions and think about what is written. I 
have no strict no, nor full yes to propose, I want a legal opinion about 
the proposition.


Yann Forget wrote:
> Hello,
> I think it is important that Wikinewsies get accredidation if it can
> help them. Whether that the job of WMF or a separate organisation, I am
> not sure. I have not seen any formal NO from a lawyer or the board that
> WMF cannot or should not do it. Was there any?
> Christophe Henner a écrit :
>> Hi,
>> This is my opinion, I don't think it's a good idea. On a short term,
>> it would be really usefull, but in fact on the long term I do believe
>> it wouldn't be a so good idea. There would be confusion like "is
>> wikinews a Wikinews Foundation project or a Wikimedia Foundation
>> Project." Moreover, you're proposal looks like, to me, like a
>> "Wikinews Chapter".
> This is my main concern for the creation of a separate organisation.
>> In France, but I think it should be the same in other countries, in
>> order to have a press card, the main aim of the "Wikinews Foundation"
>> you have to earn 50% in a journalism job. And earn it in France. So
>> Wikinews Foundation won't help the french wikinewsie. For
>> accreditation the French Chapter is helping at it, and actually we are
>> not that bad in having them.
> [cut]
> Well accredidation from Wikinews cannot be "a professional journalist
> accredidation" in France, but I think it still would be quit useful.
> It would be a first step toward the recognition of citizen journalists,
> as "real" journalists.
> Actually this issue is important for every other citizen journalists
> community / organisation. Even if there are different than Wikinews,
> they share this same problem. Were there contacted? Indymedia? AgoraVox?
> others?
> Regards,
> Yann

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