Freedom of Speech

More proof (if it was needed) that German humour is problematic at best

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Germany’s Angela Merkel has agreed to allow prosecutors to pursue a case against a German comedian who mocked Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan, prompting accusations she’s failed to protect free speech and has split her ruling coalition.

Erdogan had demanded that Germany press charges against Jan Boehmermann after he recited a poem about the Turkish leader in a show on German public broadcaster ZDF on March 31, suggesting he hits girls, watches child pornography and engages in bestiality.

You see, that’s not funny.   Strike 1.   Read more »

They may have stopped drawing Muhammad but Charlie Hebdo still has something to say

You could be forgiven for thinking that after having most of their staff slaughtered by Muslim terrorists, Charlie Hebdo would be given a free pass when it comes to their bias about Islam. After all, the few remaining staff alive after the massacre were so badly affected that they committed to never draw Muhammed again. This decision was not because they thought drawing Mohammed was wrong but because of fear. It is quite understandable that an organisation that had their staff slaughtered for the crime of drawing a cartoon would have a very dim view of the religion that spawned such intolerance. Despite this, critics have not held back from savaging a recent article in the magazine.

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So what is Zionism and why has the UN censored an exhibit about it?

Zionism is about indigenous people’s desire to return to their country of origin. Specifically Jewish people.

Imagine that most of us were thrown out of New Zealand after a war and our land, houses and businesses were all taken over by Australians rendering us all nationless. Imagine the loss of our identity as a nation and how that would feel. Now imagine that the name of our country was changed to reflect the new occupiers and New Zealand was claimed as part of the State of New South Wales and Australian territory. Would our desire to come back generations later be racist? If our return made us the majority again would our desire to rename our country New Zealand be racist? Unbelievably the UN has decided that Zionism is racism and have censored an exhibit about it.They even have deemed the displays about Israeli Arabs and Jerusalem to be ‘inappropriate’. With this in mind I have included a couple of examples of these allegedly inappropriate displays so that you can form your own conclusions.

History is a strange thing considering that it was the UN who gave Israel back to the Jewish people in the first place! If that isn’t supporting Zionism I don’t know what is.

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The other extreme: cops reading your every Tweet and Facebook post

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Some people thought it was an April Fool’s joke.  Turns out the Scottish cops are deadly serious.  Read more »

More cartoons about BDS that the censors don’t want you to see

 Happening now in Jerusalem- the Yediot Aharonot conference for the war on BDS featuring the TICP Exhibition.


Happening now in Jerusalem- the Yediot Aharonot conference for the war on BDS featuring the TICP Exhibition.

In a follow up to my post ‘Ten cartoons that the censors do not want you to see,‘ here are some more cartoons. They expose some uncomfortable truths about the BDS movement and are censored by many social media and mainstream media outlets. Buzzfeed took down an entire post of the TICP that contained ten cartoons. I have reproduced all of them here because Buzzfeed, Facebook, Twitter and the main stream media need to learn that freedom of speech will not be denied.

 By: Amir Avni Cartoons and Animation Makes Sense... From the TICP - The Israeli Cartoon Project Exhibition at the ידיעות אחרונות Yedioth Ahronoth conference.


By: Amir Avni Cartoons and Animation
Makes Sense…
From the TICP – The Israeli Cartoon Project Exhibition at the ידיעות אחרונות Yedioth Ahronoth conference.

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Ten cartoons that the censors do not want you to see

TICP (The Israel Cartoon Project) is a platform for the best Israeli cartoonists and pro-Israeli cartoonists from around the world. It was created with one simple goal in mind; to tell the rest of the world the truth about Israel.
The BDS is an example of one of the many global Anti-Israeli Campaigns that Israelis and Jews face world wide. TICP was created as a creative new approach to addressing these kind of campaigns.

TICP like Israel is heavily outnumbered. This morning when I first received notification of the 10 cartoons on my Facebook feed the link to the very first cartoon on buzzfeed had been removed by buzzfeed. The only version I could find on the Internet was this very small one.

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This is the TICP cartoon removed by Buzz feed almost immediately after it was posted on Facebook

 

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This is what TICP is up against and it is why I want to spread the cartoons as far and wide as possible. Cartoonists are being silenced all over the world. In Paris they were massacred, in America they are forced to go into hiding because of death threats and on the internet entities like facebook, twitter and buzzfeed remove their cartoons.Western news organisations refuse to publish cartoons out of fear.

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Face of the day

American cartoonist Molly Norris remains in hiding four years after she suggested a 'Everybody Draw Muhammad

American cartoonist Molly Norris remains in hiding five years after she suggested a ‘Everybody Draw Muhammad Day ‘

 Today’s face of the day is Molly Norris, a los desaparecidos who was abandoned by the American government. She was forced to go into hiding  due to death threats from Muslims in America. Her crime was violating Islamic blasphemy laws inside America. These are laws that don’t exist except inside the minds of American Muslims. An Islamic Fatwa was issued against her and it has destroyed her career and life.

In Argentina, in the time of the right-wing generals, many Argentinians were made to “disappear” – that is, they were killed for their political views, often in such grisly ways as being thrown out of airplanes. They became known, in Spanish, as “los desaparecidos” (“the disappeared ones”). But there is another set of “los desaparecidos” — people who all over the advanced Western world, that world which prides itself on its protection of free speech — have been threatened with death because of what they dared to say or write about Islam, and have been forced to go into permanent hiding, changing their identities, “disappearing themselves.” It’s a sign of the times that there is no general outrage, no marches in support of those threatened with death for speaking their mind about Islam, no political leaders in the United States reminding us in public of this campaign of Muslim intimidation, that has destroyed the lives of those who were brave enough to speak out about Islam who had to “disappear themselves.

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Dutch Police focus on tweets not terrorists

 

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I don’t know what Hillary Clinton is drinking but whatever it is, the Dutch police must be drinking it as well. How else can we explain valuable police resources being used to track down a teacher tweeting that Muslim children in his class had applauded the Brussel’s attacks?

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Face of the day

 

Today’s face of the day is Geert Wilders, a dutch politician who gets death threats and is dragged into court because he has voiced a political opinion. We live in a terrible world where people no longer counter opinion with opinion but with death threats and trumped up court charges. Freedom of speech is under attack all over the Western world. Those who are brave enough to speak up, battle with being silenced permanently or financially by those who do not have an effective counter argument.

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San Francisco is a bastion of free speech — provided you have the right opinions

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The only man who can defeat ISIS. Milo Yiannopoulos -Facebook

 

Milo Yiannopoulos was my face of the day a while ago. Like most people I admire, he has strong opinions and is capable of holding his own during a debate. He is also funny. He plays fair and does not talk over others, allowing them their turn to speak even though, consistently, he is not given the same respect. He is, not surprisingly, a strong advocate for free speech, while those who disagree with him want to silence him. Milo is a gay man and while on his Dangerous Faggot tour he arranged to speak at an event in San Francisco, a city known as the ” queerest city  in America”. To his great surprise he was prevented from attending. It seems that, like Bruce Caitlyn Jenner, his special minority status  is not enough to cancel out his conservatism.

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