Comments for Index on Censorship the voice of free expression Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:34:36 +0000 hourly 1 Comment on Malaysia: The newspaper that can’t print “Allah” by Jill Robinson Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:34:36 +0000 “It is said that the Muslim jurist al-Shafi’i so revered the name Allah that he wore a ring inscribed with a message to himself from God. One might think, then, that the name would be universally celebrated in those countries where the doctrine of al-Shafi’i is the predominant school of Islamic jurisprudence.”

What, you’re not seriously expecting logic and joined-up thinking from theists, are you? That’s not how things work in the big, bad world.

Comment on Egyptian media reflects xenophobic sentiment of military by Nicole v Wed, 13 Aug 2014 20:38:07 +0000 i see no reason to fight. so many lives will be gone and for what? for us to make peace in the end? why cant we make peace now and save the lives of many.

Comment on Combatting the Snowden Effect: National interest and media freedom in Australia by Les Rose Fri, 08 Aug 2014 14:07:00 +0000 Genuine whistleblowing in the public interest is one thing, sabotaging a sovereign state’s legitimate gathering of intelligence is quite another.

Comment on Padraig Reidy: What is the alternative to boycott? by René Gimpel Fri, 08 Aug 2014 11:57:34 +0000 Padraig Reidy raises good points about problems which arise with boycotts, although I tend to align myself with boycott movements, because I think that they remind both targeted governments and their electorates (if the government is democratically elected) that there can be no ‘business as usual’.

When boycotts are applied to goods and services outside of the cultural sphere, there is less opprobrium. Cultural practitioners who emulate such boycotts are much more visible, both to their supporters and critics. The Irish Times literary editor’s suggested rules are one avenue for dealing with the issue, even if outright refusals can be equally effective and can be justified in their own right.

Calls for academic boycotts of Israel are not made with a view to censoring ideas, so much as for reminding the Israeli government that its interventions in the running of higher institutions in the Occupied Territories, its obstruction to the free movement of Palestinian scholars in and out of such territories, are themselves acts of censorship. That many Israeli academics condemn their own government’s actions on such issues, is not a reason to suspend the academic boycott, since the government is as unresponsive to them as it is to the wider world at large.

Nevertheless, as Padraig Reidy suggests, maybe we can think of other ways of expressing our displeasure. Padraig is a columnist for Index and I am a keen supporter, so we do share an abhorrence of all censorship.

Comment on Azerbaijan’s government detains human rights defenders by Basil Venitis Tue, 05 Aug 2014 07:28:34 +0000 DOUBLE STANDARDS
Keynote Speaker Basil Venitis,,

EU practices double standards on civil rights. It’s freakish for EU to interfere in the civil rights of foreigners, but condone the abuse of my civil rights, a citizen of EU! EU should get its own house in order before lecturing others. EU should rein in Greece, the most corrupt country of Europe with prisoners of conscience, testilying police, malevolent prosecutors, perjurers, and stupidest jurists.


The political philosopher Edmund Burke once remarked that all that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good folks to do nothing. A glaring example is my persecution by the government of Greece, which grossly violates my civil rights.


Martin Niemöller said: First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out, because I was not a Socialist. Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out, because I was not a Trade Unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out, because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me, and there was no one left to speak for me!


It’s been now four years since the Pasok government of Greece stole my life, my computer, and my files. Nobody cares, nobody gives a damn! I have done absolutely nothing, and I am being persecuted by the Greek government without any real reason. My ordeal is against all rules of civil society and treaties that Greece has signed. Greece, a country without a functioning justice system, has gone bananas. Graecokleptocrats suffer from the Xenogiannakopoulou Syndrome, using the kangaroo justice as a political tool to gag political opponents. Graecokleptocrats think the laws exist to give them whatever they want!




On October 18, 2010, a gang of six brutal cops of the violent Greek Cybercrime Unit (CCU), a real godzilla, supervised by a dishonest prosecutor, a disgusting liar, raided my home in Athens and stole my computer, software, files, documents, and personal data.


The policemen locked me in jail for a night, they humiliated me with handcuffs, fingerprints, mug shots, and lies, leaked false information to the media parrots, and the Greek government initiated sham ex-officio court proceedings for a stack of freakish trumped-up charges!


There was neither pillow nor toilet facility in my jail cell. I had to urinate in a bottle! I, a 69-years-old man with high blood pressure, was not allowed to keep my hypertension pills with me. There was neither toilet paper nor soap in the whole CCU jail.


Greece, a country of infinite political corruption, perjury, injustice, and brutal police, must be revamped. Ex-officio law suit, αυτεπαγγελτος, the most dreadful word in justice, means the state sues somebody without involvement of the accuser. This terrible scheme has been used by the freakish Greek government to persecute me.



Mariliza Xenogiannakopoulou, Alternate Minister of Foreign Affairs, sued me, and she wouldn’t show up in court, because the state took over her position!



At the ex-officio law suit, the accuser just hits and runs! This hit-and-run justice is the most disgusting kangaroo justice on Earth. The accused must be in a position to face his accuser eyeball to eyeball. The right to confront and cross-examine one’s accuser is a sign of civility. The malicious accuser slings false accusations against you, the state takes over, the accuser disappears from the court, and the trial is postponed infinite times! This is penalty of the presumed innocent. This is penalty without trial. This is kangaroo justice of Third World countries! This is barbarity and brutality, pure and simple. Shame, shame, shame on Greece.


Comment on Violence against Muslims on the rise in Burma by Madjid Mon, 04 Aug 2014 15:43:46 +0000 Salam alaykoum,

I would like to say a word to our muslim brothers in BUrma: ‘Patience Burma People and your promise is the paradise”.
we know that you are harrassed and prosecuted, oppressed and Human Rights organization worldwide are absent or leaning to the Buddhist community, but Allah is omniscient and aware of everything; إن الله يمهل ولا يهمل.
another time, Patience and endurance our brothers in Burma, we are with you, we support you with our Duaah, we invoke allah in all our prayers to protect you, to help you, to save you from the Buddhist oppressors.
اللهم فرج عن إخواننا المسلمين في برما واحقن دمائهم وانصرهم على الظالمين وأعداء الدين والمسلمين.
أخوكم مجيد من الجزائر.

Comment on Macedonia: Journalist arrested while covering rally in Skopje by NDF Mon, 04 Aug 2014 09:21:42 +0000 Firstly let’s remind ourselves that five ethnic Christian Macedonian men were murdered in cold blood just for being Macedonian by Muslim Albanian men.

Any Albanian taking part in this protest is guilty regardless. I too, if I were the police would have beaten any fAlbanian that attended the protest.

Who knows if this journalist is telling the truth since he is of Albanian ethnicity. Why aren’t the Albanians condemning the murder of these Macedonian young men? Instead they are hurling rocks because they say those accused of the murder are innocent. Well why don’t the Albanians bring forward those responsible? Just like the Balkan wars the Muslims once again cry victim when in fact they are the perpetrator.

Furthermore, one has to query the motive of the journalist whom wrote this article. I can see just by her name that she is of Greek origin. We all know how “free” Greece’s press is. In fact it ranks at the bottom of the EU countries & is ranked 84 world wide in the 2013 Press Freedom Index. Albania doesn’t even make the list.

Now all Macedonia needs is a leader like the Egyptian Abdel El Sisi and start to arrest those journalists on Macedonian land that collaborate with the terrorists to write articles like this.

Comment on Macedonia: Journalist arrested while covering rally in Skopje by Peter Sun, 03 Aug 2014 22:42:13 +0000 Republic of Macedonia has a constitution,in it,all citizens have equal rights.If anyone wants to bring harm to the state as it happened at the Smilkovci lake,than the state has the right to bring those terrorists to justice as any civilized nation.
Albanians in the Republic of Macedonia are very lucky to be in Macedonia.
Compare Macedonia’s Human Rights and those of the Republic of Albania,Greece and Bulgaria,and tell the world who is facing state discrimination against the minorities in their respective states.
Mr.Ibrahimi,the least you should do is apologize for your ill thought comment if you are truly a journalist.
Journalists like you are the ones who bring harm to the state by wrongly accusing the state of discrimination.

Comment on Padraig Reidy: How your well-meaning retweet can do more harm than good by Richard Armbach Sat, 02 Aug 2014 20:53:56 +0000 Hang on a moment. Index on censorship and folks have to await moderation ? Too funny.

Comment on Padraig Reidy: How your well-meaning retweet can do more harm than good by Richard Armbach Sat, 02 Aug 2014 20:52:42 +0000 Where you are coming from is readily made apparent by your reference to the Gaza ” conflict”.