censorship

REAL censorship in New Zealand media [UPDATED]

United we stand, divided we fall, the surrender of Charlie Hebdo

635669814468278882-050515---Indianapolis-web-only---MohammedArtExhibitCharlie Hebdo has thrown in the towel, they will no longer draw pictures of Muhammad.

Despite the worldwide horror at the massacre at Charlie Hebdo the vast majority of Media outlets acted as if their countries were already under Sharia law and refused to publish any of the satirical cartoons about Islam. If the world’s media had been united in their desire to maintain Freedom of the Press and had stood united with Charlie Hebdo in reality, instead of tweeting meaningless hashtags of solidarity a strong message would have been sent to both the Islamic terrorists and their Moderate Muslim supporters that Sharia Law has no place in Non-Islamic countries and that the Press will not be silenced.

Instead Charlie Hebdo has been hung out to dry. Used as a symbol of all that is courageous and free they have fought a lonely battle for the right to poke fun at ALL religions. A lone bastion of Press Freedom where the heaviest price possible has been paid in the blood of their fellow journalists they have finally capitulated.

I do not blame them as the mental strain and the constant threats on their life would wear down anyone. What I do find unforgivable is that they were left to fight this battle on their own. Where was the united support from the Media in the West? Bastions of free speech? They are Cabals of cowards.

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If she was really taking aim at censorship laws she would abolish them

NBR reports that Amy Adams is taking aim at out-dated censorship laws.

If she was deadly serious she’d move to abolish them altogether.

Archaic classification laws for new media are in the Minister of Broadcasting’s crosshairs.

Following news of the chief censor taking a closer look at the growing video game and online streaming industries, Amy Adams tells NBR ONLINE she has officials from the Ministry of Justice advising her on “possible ways forward to address any issues in this area that may start to arise.”

“It is far from clear how the act applies to online content,” says Ms Adams, who also holds the portfolios of communications, courts and justice.

“Current classification and standards legislation came into effect over 20 years ago so it was inevitable there would come a time when the current regime would need updating.”

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Face of the day

Today’s face of the day has had his life changed forever because of a drawing. A drawing that frankly looks like a child drew it.

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I am no art critic but even as a cartoon it doesn’t impress. The offence and push back in reaction to this drawing is obscene in its intensity and violence. Last Saturday an Islamic terrorist in Denmark almost succeeded in ending the artist’s life. Who is this man that now has to lives his life under constant threat of death because of a drawing?

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Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks has faced death threats for many years

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The bully pulpit is destroying liberalism and freedom of speech

Jonathan Chait explains why political correctness and the bully pulpit of demanding silence from those whose ideas you oppose is creating a reign of terror on freedom of speech, and the worst offenders are those who should know better.

The p.c. style of politics has one serious, possibly fatal drawback: It is exhausting. Claims of victimhood that are useful within the left-wing subculture may alienate much of America. The movement’s dour puritanism can move people to outrage, but it may prove ill suited to the hopeful mood required of mass politics. Nor does it bode well for the movement’s longevity that many of its allies are worn out. “It seems to me now that the public face of social liberalism has ceased to seem positive, joyful, human, and freeing,” confessed the progressive writer Freddie deBoer. “There are so many ways to step on a land mine now, so many terms that have become forbidden, so many attitudes that will get you cast out if you even appear to hold them. I’m far from alone in feeling that it’s typically not worth it to engage, given the risks.” Goldberg wrote recently about people “who feel emotionally savaged by their involvement in [online feminism] — not because of sexist trolls, but because of the slashing righteousness of other feminists.” Former Feministing editor Samhita Mukhopadhyay told her, “Everyone is so scared to speak right now.”

That the new political correctness has bludgeoned even many of its own supporters into despondent silence is a triumph, but one of limited use. Politics in a democracy is still based on getting people to agree with you, not making them afraid to disagree. The historical record of political movements that sought to expand freedom for the oppressed by eliminating it for their enemies is dismal. The historical record of American liberalism, which has extended social freedoms to blacks, Jews, gays, and women, is glorious. And that glory rests in its confidence in the ultimate power of reason, not coercion, to triumph.

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What about this one Mr Currie?

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Yesterday the NZ Herald displayed its cowardice in the face of Islamic terror by refusing to show images of Mohammed.

They claimed it was a long standing policy but inquiries by WOBH show that the policy has been in place a mere 6 years.

When contacted editor Shayne Currie said:

We’ve paid careful consideration to religious imagery since the controversy and backlash surrounding the Danish cartoons of the prophet Muhammad in 2006.

The examples you’ve highlighted below are news stories about billboards put up by a mainstream Christian denomination – our policy does not prevent reporting on debates within faith communities.

The policy as stated by The NZ Herald article is:

The Herald’s longstanding policy is not to publish imagery designed to cause offence to religious or ethnic communities.

It is not a response to the views of extremists or jihadists, which the Herald of course opposes, but to respect the sensibilities of mainstream believers.

The NZ Herald seems ok with insulting Christians, but not Muslims.

It also seems that presenting offensive imagery of other cultures is ok as well with this story from December last year about the case of a Kiwi bar manager on charges in Burma for using an offensive image of Buddha in his bar advertisements.

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Maori party turns on terror enabler Derek Fox

The Maori party has moved to distance themselves from terror enabler Derek Fox.

The Maori Party distanced itself from former candidate Derek Fox after he controversially blamed the victims of the Paris terror attacks for their deaths.

Mr Fox said on Facebook that the editor of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo had “paid the price” for his “bigotry” and “arrogance”.

He stood by his comments, and said if the magazine had not published gratuitous insults, the victims “would still be alive now”.

“But they didn’t, in fact they ramped it up to sell more mags. Well, they got bitten severely on the bum.”  Read more »

Rodney Hide on Sony and Hacking

Rodney Hide gives the NZ Herald editors a little lesson in freedom of speech.

But were they reading it?

George Clooney called it correctly: “We know that to give in to these criminals now will open the door for any group that would threaten freedom of expression, privacy and personal liberty.”

What’s next? The tyrant wanting to dictate news? The hackers’ success will only embolden them and others. What happens if news networks come under fire because of how they report news?

What is it about free speech that makes it so easy to toss away? We don’t give in when hostages are under threat. Why give in when they aren’t?

It’s not the first time. Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini issued a fatwa in 1989 ordering Muslims to kill Salman Rushdie for his book The Satanic Verses.

Muslim fanatics in 2006 rioted and attacked diplomatic missions and killed dozens in the wake of a Danish newspaper publishing offensive cartoons.

There was a great hullabaloo in each case and each instance produced precisely the chilling effect that the oppressors desired.

Newspapers and publishers don’t need the grief. Authors don’t want to become targets. Our freedom to reason and debate is bit by bit eroded.   Read more »

The Islamic campaign to silence us

An interview from Sun News in Canada with Brooke Goldstein from The Lawfare Project which  is an organisation that fights for free speech against political censorship — especially from Islamic extremists.

interesting stuff, especially with regards to the recent EU decision about Hamas and UN actions.   Read more »

UN Official calls for boycott of Jerusalem Post, UN then say he didn’t say boycott…uhmmm…yes he did

UN official Chris Gunness has called for a boycott of the Jerusalem Post because he got his knicker in a twist that he wasn’t asked for a quote in an article about he ineffectiveness of UNRWA.

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There it is in black and white…”Boycott the JPost!”

Can’t get much clearer than that.

The story was an op-ed by a Palestinian Arab. Op-eds obviously don’t require quotes.  The Jerusalem Post is centrist in its editorial line and hardly ultra-right. And none of that had anything to do with Bassem Eid who is neither Israeli nor right wing.

Now, the UN is far from perfect and UNRWA has been spanked of late for promoting hate and violence as well as allowing their hospitals and schools to be used by Hamas to conduct combat operations.

But blatant lies are so far beyond the line something needs to be done.  Read more »