Monday, September 30, 2019

Politicians Worldwide Pursue Censorship

Originally Published September 10, 2012; Last Updated September 30, 2019; Last Republished September 30, 2019:

Politicians worldwide must pursue transparent governance and continuous campaigns to reduce corruption, instead of pursuing censorship. Kudos to Indian cartoonist Aseem Trivedi who must be immediately released from jail and permitted to non-violently express dissent as he sees fit.

India et al's strategy of arresting dissidents for sedition has a long history of global failure. Failing in our nation America when dissidents were arrested, jailed and prosecuted under our Alien and Sedition Acts of 1789.
Cartoons Against Corruption


UPDATED 09/30/2019 Frontline, The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia

UPDATED 04/09/2019 NYT, Britain Proposes Broad New Powers to Regulate Internet Content

UPDATED 03/07/2019 TheHill, [U.S.] State Dept. Cancels Award for Journalist Who Criticized Trump: Report

UPDATED 11/26/2018 ADVChina, We Have to Self Censor Ourselves in China

UPDATED 11/26/2018 RFERL, Russia Undermines Freedom Of Expression 'Both Domestically And Abroad,' U.S. Says
UPDATED 11/18/2018 AP, The Latest: Senator: ‘Smoking gun’ against prince would help ...if there's a "smoking gun" there's no need for "intelligence"... and NewYorker, In the Aftermath of Jamal Khashoggi’s Murder, Saudi Arabia Enters a Dangerous Period and Reuters, Mattis Says Khashoggi Killing Undermines Regional Stability

...regional instability is what you get when you subcontract our Middle East defense and diplomatic policy to state and private religious zealots (some might say whack jobs) coupled with our unstable, unfit, unwell, and unbalanced "new" alt-white-house et al., who shares Jubeir's disdain for a protected and independent press...

and WP, Jamal Khashoggi: What The Arab World Needs Most Is Free Expression and CPJ, Turkey must seek UN inquiry on Khashoggi and NYT, U.S. Spy Agencies Are Increasingly Convinced of Saudi Prince’s Ties to Journalist’s Disappearance (how is it "reasonable" that the suspect is self-investigating?!) and CSM, Khashoggi's Last Column Warns of Lax Attitude Toward Government Censorship

...our unstable, unfit, unwell, and unbalanced "new" alt-white-house et al.@ has become the world's advocate for silencing the press and some cases explicitly "green-lighting" the tactics of thugs, autocrats, despots, and oligarchs...

...we can only plead temporary insanity and a dearth of enlightened voting...don't forget to laugh...

LateShow, Trump Goes Out On A Limb, Predicts Khashoggi Is Dead

...this is "precious", a "religious" zealot, Pat Robertson telling us you don't "blow-up" an international alliance (or a "illusionary" $100B arms deal) over one person (i.e. a murdered dismembered journalist)...our unstable, unfit, unwell, and unbalanced "new" alt-white-house et al.@ and its band of "religious" white supremacist racist supporters propose to "blow-up" an entire global order supposing it will keep their superior status (aka exceptionalism; their latest stupidity, which is not even wrong)!...

@...or as Bob Woodard writes in his new book, "Fear":

...“It seems clear that many of the president’s senior advisers, especially those in the national security realm, are extremely concerned with his erratic nature, his relative ignorance, his inability to learn, as well as what they consider his dangerous views,”... --Fear@page 226--

UPDATED 08/07/2018 NYT, Alex Jones and Infowars Content Is Removed From Apple, Facebook and YouTube and Time, John Oliver Goes to War with Alex Jones on Last Week Tonight and Wired, Why Big Tech's Fight Against InforWars Is Unwinnable

...this is filtering by "private companies" facing extraordinary scrutiny from government's focused on usage of social media platforms for overt and covert memetic warfare...of course if your account is filtered it can seem a lot like government censorship...we can expect some mistakes as companies learn to facilitate customers' experience and government regulation...filtering "QVC for Conspiracy" is not one of them...

UPDATED 04/28/2018 RFERL, Russia Punishes Activist For Throwing Paper Airplanes and WP, China and Russia Go Further In Squelching Internet Freedom

UPDATED 03/26/2018 FT, China's Internet Crackdown

UPDATED 01/22/2018  WSJ, Free Speech: Colleges in the Crossfire and ABC, Indian cartoonist Aseem Trivedi once arrested for sedition, says free speech 'not in good condition'

Unfortunately, our unstable, unfit, unwell, and unbalanced "new" alt-white-house et al's fledgling efforts to make America brutish again will likely worsen this problem before it improves. Call it the Recep Tayyip Erdoğan effect of governance†

...if you disagree with an adversary censor them via brutalization...

...62,984,825 people in America voted for our unstable, unfit, unwell, and unbalanced "new" alt-white-house...don't forget to wear your red "make America great again" hat when brutalizing your adversary, regardless of how you voted...

..."this is not a drill"...don't forget to laugh...

† It's worth remembering that our unstable, unfit, unwell, and unbalanced "new" alt-white-house et al's campaign advisor cum fired national security advisor cum coperating witness, Mike Flynn reportedly discussed a harebrained mercenary scheme to extraordinarily render an Erdogan dissident back to Turkey.

UPDATED 11/14/2017 Telegraph, Governments in 30 Countries Are Paying 'Keyboard Armies' To Spread Propaganda, Report Says and FreedomHouse, Freedom on the Net 2017, Manipulating Social Media to Undermine Democracy (pdf)

Government propaganda is a form of opaque censorship and differs from government persuasion, which tries to transparently convince a constituency based on uncensored facts.

UPDATED Halloween Bloomberg, Tech Companies Set to Tell Congress About Russian Election Meddling

Psst, don't use the ridiculous Russia election meddling and recent dis(mis)information campaigns as an excuse to censor, filter, or regulate speech on the Internet.

Yes, help our intelligence, media, and citizenry do a better job informing themselves and others about how meddling and dis(mis) information campaigns work (Russia's and others), without censorship, filtering or regulation.

UPDATED 09/18/2017 NYT, How Facebook is Changing Your Internet

UPDATED 08/21/2017 Telegraph, Cambridge University Press reverses China self-censorship decision and Reuters, UK publisher pulls scholarly articles from China website at Beijing's request and NYT, Cambridge University Press Removes Academic Articles on Chinese Site (The China Quarterly)
UPDATED 07/31/2017 BBC, Putin Bans VPNs In Web Browsing Crackdown and Engadget, Apple pulls VPN apps following China crackdown (update: statement)
UPDATED 05/02/2017 BBC, China to Launch Wikipedia Rival in 2018 Does a state encyclopedia compete with a public one like fake news competes with real? Admittedly, one could think of many less beneficial ways to employee 20K people.

UPDATED 01/18/2017 CJR, An Open Letter to Trump from the US Press Corps

It seems useful to remind the prospective president of the United States that he's a temporary guest in our White House. He would do well to respect our Constitution, customary practices, and the cherished status given our First Amendment.

Perhaps we can "relocate" move the prospective president of the United States to a tent on the White House lawn as a teachable moment of American constitutional priorities.

UPDATED 11/08/2016 WilsonCenter, Protecting Civil Liberties and the Rule of Law in the Age of Terrorism

The Recep Tayyip Erdoğan government has become an embarrassment for Turkey, European Union, and NATO.

UPDATED 10/17/2016 TED, We can fight terror without sacrificing our rights

No Nations' government, individually or jointly will defeat terrorism with censorship.

UPDATED 09/16/2016 SecrecyNews, FAS Website Blocked by US Cyber Command, Then Unblocked
UPDATED 05/20/2016 PCWorld, U.S. says proposed Chinese regulations may fragment the Internet and HarvardUniv, How the Chinese Government Fabricates Social Media Posts for Strategic Distraction, not Engaged Argument

All politicians will forever try and fail to control "the message"—China and the 50¢ party (五毛党), Turkey, North Korea, Egypt, Iran, Israel, United States, Britain, Singapore [substitute your favorite repressive or not so repressive government] et al. will also fail.

UPDATED 02/22/2016 FP, China’s New Age of Fear
UPDATED 12/29/2015 CCTV,  President Xi Jinping delivers a keynote speech at 2015 World Internet Conference and WP, China’s Xi tells grumbling party cadres: ‘Don’t talk back’

Our government has nothing on China when it comes to flowery speeches, which drastically deviate from behavior when it comes to establishing, maintaining, and governing an open uncensored Internet.

UPDATED 01/24/2014 ICIJ, Leaked Records Reveal Offshore Holdings of China’s Elite and China - China censors reports about elite's hidden funds and CDT, ICIJ Discloses 37,000+ Names of Offshore Clients

Suppose that stability (or harmony) requires governance by consensus, an informed citizenry and a transparent government.

Opaque governments implicitly suppose stability (or harmony) requires censorship and secrecy, often blaming transparency and others for any eventual instability that invariably ensues.

Government leaders (or surrogates) secretly and opaquely sending large sums of money out of their country seems like indicia of instability. Subsequent censorship of information disclosing such secret transfers coupled with military aggression, exaggerated nationalism and repression of dissidents seems like a baleful omen of an accelerating instability.

Ironically, increasing the instability, which censorship and secrecy seeks to avoid!

UPDATED 12/11/2013  BBC, Will China expel foreign journalists?

A global citizen's rights to open, transparent, and coercion-censorship-corruption-free government must be universally established, maintain and protected. These minimum universal rights must inalienably attach to each citizen of all nations and governments.

ReutersIndia, Cartoonist arrest revives free-speech debate in India
LighthouseInsights, Cartoonist Aseem Trivedi Arrested: A Mockery Of Democracy


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