Posts Tagged ‘freedom of speech’

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Banned in America

 

The right to freedom of speech only protects people against adverse actions by the government:  It does not insulate them from retaliation in the private economic sector.  Therefore, freedom of speech is usually the purview of the rich, whose resources allow them to survive such retaliation.

The right to freedom of the press doesn’t necessarily give writers access to the press, and, even when it does, these writers incessantly have to run through a gauntlet of “editors,” who ultimately decide if certain works are “worthy” of publication, and, if so, in what form.

 

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You realize that my reposting these reports puts me in jeopardy as well? The Neo-Nazi Ukraine junta is a despicable, criminal enterprise.

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” Weisburd has not merely “dismantled” websites. He has harassed individuals engaged in perfectly legal online dissent, threatened their family members, harassed their employers, and harassed their web hosts. He regularly uses lies, disinformation and threats to accomplish these goals. Weisburd decides what is “threatening.” He considers all effective dissent threatening. Many of Weisburd’s “foes” are innocent Americans exercising their right to free speech…”

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Looks very interesting, exactly what we’re here for…

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Salman Rushdie’s statement on the horrifying attack on Charlie Hebdo, from PEN:

Religion, a mediaeval form of unreason, when combined with modern weaponry becomes a real threat to our freedoms. This religious totalitarianism has caused a deadly mutation in the heart of Islam and we see the tragic consequences in Paris today. I stand with Charlie Hebdo, as we all must, to defend the art of satire, which has always been a force for liberty and against tyranny, dishonesty and stupidity. “Respect for religion” has become a code phrase meaning “fear of religion.” Religions, like all other ideas, deserve criticism, satire, and, yes, our fearless disrespect.

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Rushdie has been living in fear of a similar attack since a fatwa was issued against him by a Shi’ite cleric, for writing The Satanic Verses.

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Parody Artists Wins Case Against NSA, Homeland Security

“After a near three-year legal battle, Dan McCall has been given the green light to continue his parodies of federal agencies and their respective emblems.”

 

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Taking Facebook to Task

May 21, 2013 by Michele Kort

A new campaign seeks to force Facebook to censor “sexist” content, and the examples used are easy to understand.

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Censorship is usually the knee-jerk, easy response to troubling issues.  That is why it is a bad idea.  What are the other options?

My Response to this call for censorship of Facebook:

“There’s a better way to confront them. They expose who they are, their identities, by doing this. Shouldn’t the people making the threats be held personally accountable, rather than punishing the medium (Facebook)?

A better approach would be to get their own statements to backfire on them in their personal lives. By silencing it, and making them curtail their conversations to private places, you lose your knowledge of them and their activities. Worse still you make topics like rape and abuse verboten and prohibited on Facebook. That is always the end result of censorship and selective “moderation.” Films and fiction that deal with topcs like this will be off-limits on the new, “politically correct” Facebook, that you yourselves are pushing for. This is not a simple issue, despite the glaring examples that can be cherry picked. Censorship always brings unintended consequences and a slippery slope.

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The Everyday sexism Project is also involved with the censorship drive.  Their own website is pretty good reading for anecdotes.   Would its content be censored on the new Facebook they are pushing for?

 

 

 

Interesting legal campaign, openpacer.org, demands that courts obey the law and make court records free to the public. Currently about $100M goes south each year from unlawful gouging by an online court document distributor called Pacer.

A bill to open the records to the public, free of charge, is written and needs support.