Comments for Index on Censorship the voice of free expression Sun, 31 Aug 2014 20:27:49 +0000 hourly 1 Comment on How Egypt’s NGO trial made me an international fugitive by Alan Harrison Sun, 31 Aug 2014 20:27:49 +0000 Seems to a simple soul like me that the obvious answer is the immediate abolition of Interpol. I should be happy to write to my MP in the UK seeking to initiate the process. Does anyone else have any ideas about how we migt proceed?

Comment on Padraig Reidy: Censors demand we take them seriously — here’s why we shouldn’t by michael mcgee Fri, 29 Aug 2014 19:21:00 +0000 A censor is a censor! is a censor! is a censor! In the name of keeping family values going ,In the name of god ,in the name of defense and security? in the name of stopping murder, rape , war ,prejudice violence. In the name of not hurting one feelings,Censorship is an equal opportunity employer.Are there thing not entitle to free speech? Pornographer using real rape or a real dead body for a necrophilia sequence or real murder and necrophilia.Having sex with a dead body is unhygienic .Using real under rage children for adult performers in porn.A false alarm.Like some on makes a joke about bomb being in the mall and it going to blow up i a few second ,Scaring people out of their wits causing possible physical harm.Making a threat of violence and or death to an innocent person and taking action to it. Those are the thing that should never be protected.You got a victim.Getting offend or having your feeling hurt .You are not being a victim Censorship need to be outlawed with the same penalty that the court of Versailles got by the french citizens ,during the french revolution .This is my pinion Since I find censorship very offensive too .I am against those who support censorship and promote both in the majority and minority .These people should have their clvi liberties taking away fir dictating what you and i can hear see.Censorship make me angry.This why i am expressing these things .Some one wanted to fire a new man just because he did not like Robin Williams and expressed a dislike view .So this demo publican wanted to block us from hearing the con against Robin

Comment on Thailand: Can the junta deliver on promises to “bring back happiness”? by Mark Peters Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:44:28 +0000 Whilst agreeing with many of Mr McGregor’s concerns, it is disappointing that there were a number of factual inaccuracies contained within the article. For example, the Democrats are those referred to as ‘yellow shirts’ and not the PDRC who worked in conjunction with the military junta to bring about the unlawful overthrow of the Pheu Thai Party. Neither are all Democrat Party members ‘die hard’ monarchists. The analysis fails to identify the ethnic and regional make-ups of the major Thai parties, and their sympathies. Indeed, members of the euphemistically named People’s Democratic Reform Committee had to resign from the Democrat Party before taking part in such activities. Also many Pheu Thai Party members have a great reverence for their Royalty. As someone who lives and works in Thailand, I am also disappointed that there have been no ‘follow-ups’ on the increasingly deteriorating ‘democratic’ situations in Thailand, Burma and Vietnam, especially as Pakistan is now seeing the same tactic used to bring down their elected government.

Comment on India’s Modi bypasses mainstream media and takes to Twitter by Deepak Mishra Thu, 28 Aug 2014 05:13:13 +0000 Good to read an unbiased report on Modi after long ! Journalism has become so pro-TRP that even TV debates have become a waste of time. Most debates are on stupid topics which have no role in nation building. Some debates are good, but the panelists are jerks who are there without any substantial research and just promote their political propaganda.
Anyways, there are discussions on whether this approach is turning Modi into an authoritarian, which will result in rumors fumed by hopeless journos. I think use of social media is a viable solution to this problem, but got to admit the problem still remains as most of us follow Modi and PMO, but not other ministers.

Comment on Turkey: Even mild criticism is not tolerated, says journalist labelled “shameless” by Erdogan by ahmet ozturk Tue, 26 Aug 2014 01:33:31 +0000 Bullshit, what is mild criticism? call prime minister as dictator or people who vote him as idiot, is it ok call people to revolt, throw stone to police, call army for coup, insulting to churches… I am sorry these people are not journalists, just fundamentalist CHP supporters. CHP founded turkey but their members are all fundamentalist, opportunist idiots, CHP owner a private bank and have lot of money but lose every election since 1950… You will keep lose in this way, how about try to think somethings positive for turkey then we might vote your party too. but thats not something you can bech

Comment on Turkey: Even mild criticism is not tolerated, says journalist labelled “shameless” by Erdogan by Tec15 Mon, 25 Aug 2014 13:42:10 +0000 Yeah, Erdogen must have forced her to condescendingly quip “What can you expect in Muslim country where the dumb muzzies can’t even think for themselves unlike in civilized countries?” (I’m paraphrasing). Good ol “Free Speech” means you should never be criticized for the dumb crap you say on live tv.

Comment on Banning us from watching this video of a criminal act is a step too far by John Cartwright Sat, 23 Aug 2014 16:30:31 +0000 It is not against the law to watch the video, and the metropolitan Police was not telling the truth when it said that it “might” be. The wording of the Terrorism Act 2006 (section 2, subsection 2(d) is the nearest relevant part) is quite clear in that it does not cover the act of merely viewing such a video.

Comment on Padraig Reidy: When everyone is a journalist, is anyone? by Whiskey Tango Sat, 23 Aug 2014 01:09:58 +0000 Good observation.

I can appreciate what’s happening to information, personally. In this form we’re as many steps ahead as we want to be over those who are intent on controlling all channels of information.

Overall, if the publisher – be it freelancer or organization backed journalist, shares their sources and have proven to be creditable, I think it’s a good thing for social progress.

The media is changing because people are sick of the elites lying to them and because the internet exists. It’s a sign of the times.

Perhaps, moving forward, the best consideration is how to teach people how to check sources as creditable. This is a great time to cultivate an international ability to always ask questions.

As far as the rise in arrests, I think this can really be critically looked at on a lot of levels. Off the top of my head, the number of arrests coincide with the rising number of willing informants. Which, on a side note, is good – you can’t arrest everyone for speaking up. Obviously you have a more daunting task as a freelancer than someone backed by the Rolling Stone. And I do see a future conversation of who should be afforded the freedom of press, which in my opinion should be everyone who’s willing to share source backed information. I mean U.S. First Amendment pretty much covers the whole thing with “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech…”

Moving along, I also see the number of arrests coinciding with the changing of nationalism for globalism. Cultures are abruptly being exposed to different cultures. It’s becoming harder for the “information fascists” to hide, which is good, and it’s showing the world where the black holes are, and it’s teaching the working class of the world just how much of the same boat we are all in. We are being given an opportunity to unite, globally and people are doing so.

If I sat down and really thought about it, I’m sure I could really point out how a wider body of sourced informants is ultimately better… even though ignorance is supposed to be bliss. ;)

Personally, I am a trained journalistic writer and I think the bottom line is to teach everyone, everywhere – how to pick credible attributions and sources to write from and read about. We have to teach the world how to actually go about reading the news.

My Technique:
1 Never listen to your own sectarian and factioned corporate owned media
2 Monitor the sectarian and factioned corporate owned media of other countries in relation to stories on your country’s leadership because sometimes enemy countries really do get the goods on one another. Never trust that country’s sect/factioned owned media to ever tell a real story about themselves though.
3 Learning how to cross check the info using the supposed “arbitrary media” like BBC, Reuters, AP, Al J. I find Reuters lies for the UN and Pro Nukers. If you get good at cross checking, you’ll figure out world allegiances.
4 Local news services and forums are useful to help build a fuller picture.
5 Science journals are a great place to gather facts for cross referencing. It’s why the US wanted Aaron Swartz to shut up.
6 Learn how to take all that info and cross check it with critics, scholars, authoritative reports, bloggers, tweeters, youtubers, ect… all of the particular location you are reading about. Make sure what they write is consistent with a number of other writers from the area.

Build this network up of regular spots you go to for info and your ability to read topics will get easier and quicker.

Remember – information has NEVER EVER been perfect.

Before the printing press there was illiteracy and verbal disiniformation, the printing press was used for disinformation, and now – well after the printing press we still have illiteracy and disinformation but now, we have a full unadulterated access to quickly cross check, globally. Never ever have we had this luxury, before.


Comment on Egypt’s nascent street art movement under pressure by Daniel Taylor Fri, 22 Aug 2014 15:37:54 +0000 This writer seems more intent on parroting some political agenda than telling the story of Egyptian street art.
By reading this pathetically incomplete chronology you would think that the street artists were just fine with the despotic and increasingly repressive rule of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Not only that but at the end of this article we have learned almost nothing of the details of this new, probably bad law. All we know is that the author is woefully politically correct to the point of sounding more like a propagandist than a reporter.

Comment on Egypt’s nascent street art movement under pressure by Hedayat Abdel Nabi Fri, 22 Aug 2014 13:05:46 +0000 Great article by a brave and talented writer thank you Shahira for this in depth coverage of the threats to a great art and artists