Freedom of Speech

Bill Maher cuts loose at the liberal apologists – They should wear t-shirts that say “Je Suis part of the problem”

Bill Maher has become almost a lone voice in calling out liberal apologists.

He said Islam was the only religion that will “kill you if you…draw the wrong picture.”

They protested him speaking at their commencement.

Months later, Islamists shot up a French magazine for publishing, well, “the wrong picture.”

Bill Maher, host of HBO’s “Real Time,” took Friday night as an opportunity to take something of an “I told you so” lap around the University of California Berkeley students who protested him coming to their campus.

Those liberal students resorted to “extreme bullying” like so many other liberals who want to impose limits on free speech when it offends them, Maher said.

If you’re one of those people, you’re not really a liberal, Maher added. You’re a “baby.”

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Labour on free speech, then & now

Labour has a less than honest approach to free speech.

Andrew Little issued the following statement on 8 January 2015:

“The attack on the Charlie Hebdo newspaper is an assault on democracy and freedom of expression. Violence against journalists is abhorrent and must not be tolerated in any form.

“This attack should be seen for what it is – an attempt to instil fear in those who would exercise their universal freedoms of thought and expression, which is all of us.

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The weasel words and hypocrisy of the NZ Herald

The NZ Herald has finally published their reasoning for refusing to publish the Charlie Hebdo front cover.

The New Zealand Herald won’t be publishing.

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.

Fairfax publications The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age published the cover late in the day, while Daily Mail Australia opted against running the image, a decision made by its London head office.

Except their excuse is rank hypocrisy.

Exhibit A:

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Maybe their policy is more recent than 2010…but they did say longstanding policy…is 5 years longstanding when the Herald has been publishing since 1863. I should have thought that 5 years in a history of 152 year was but a blip, certainly not longstanding.   Read more »

Comment of the Day

From a commenter yesterday:

I sent the NZH some feedback as soon as I came across their article…

“To the New Zealand Herald. Your decision not to show the latest Charlie Hebdo cover while simultaneously using the headline “Defiant Charlie’s New Cover” is loathsome.

I note you have since changed the headline and removed the text where you state that you made this decision voluntarily, but the fact remains – you have withheld what will undoubtedly become a satirical statement of historical significance, and in doing so you contradict every facet of the right to immutable freedom of speech upon which you rely for your journalistic license.

Shame on your editorial decision.

Unlike Charlie Hebdo you cede your raison d’ĂŞtre to terrorist criminals and betray one of the most important societal influences that you should be upholding.

Demonstrating to society that freedom of speech can be successfully withheld from its participants via disgusting acts of violence is despicable.”

Well said.

Fairfax, TVNZ and TV3 all showed the cover.

The NZ Herald should rename themselves The Dhimmi Herald.

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Cowards attack German newspaper

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It is a civil war between an ideology and their freedom loving neighbours.

A German newspaper in the northern port city of Hamburg that reprinted caricatures of Prophet Muhammad from the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo was the target of an arson attack, according to police.

The regional tabloid daily, the Hamburger Morgenpost, was attacked on Sunday after it had splashed three Charlie Hebdo cartoons on its front page after the massacre at the Paris publication, running the headline “This much freedom must be possible!”

“Rocks and then a burning object were thrown through the window,” a police spokesman told AFP news agency. “Two rooms on lower floors were damaged but the fire was put out quickly”. Read more »

#JeSuisCharlie – Cartoons that ‘offend’

Freedom of speech and expression is important, terrorists cannot be allowed to win through intimidation and bullying.

They especially can’t be allowed to win over silly drawings.

12 people were killed in the terror attack in Paris on the offices of Charlie Hebdo, a French satirical newspaper, including the editor Stephane “Charb” Charbonnier.

Violence must not silence the media…or anyone else for that matter.

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KILLED: Charlie Hebdo Editor Stephane Charbonnier

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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 »

An email from a reader

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Another fine email from a reader concerned about freedom of speech.

It is astonishing that those ont eh left who cry about democracy are the ones moving to shut down who people speak to, creating lits of approved people who people are allowed to speak to.

This is a nothing short of group think…the very thing that George Orwell warned us of.

In defence of John Key, Cam Slater, et al.

Who do the neanderthals, tree huggers and social engineers of the left think they are?

By what divine right do they believe that they can determine who, and who not, the PM can text with?

In the melee that passes for intelligent debate in Parliament they seem to have lost sight of on the most most fundamental principles of our nation, the right to unfettered dialogue. They would take unto themselves this right but try and deny that same right to us, the peasants. Read more »

Clayton knows what’s coming…

Independent MP Clayton Cosgrove knows that the Dirty Politics story is far from over.  He’s trying to cauterise some wounds…

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Clayton, I think the left blogs are to do whatever they like.  They are the left’s best advertisement for everything that puts people off about left politics.  Leave them be.  Also:  what’s with Labour trying to shut people up?  Stop it already.

I realise there is some bad news heading Labour’s way, and it is better if there is no backsplatter from the the blogs.  I understand that.  But it isn’t solved by trying to make them shut down.

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