Posts Tagged ‘Censorship’

‘Mohammedan Fanaticism Choking Pakistan’

June 13, 2017

“A court in Pakistan has sentenced a man to death for comments he made about the ‘prophet’ Mohammad on ‘Facebook’. 

“In an unprecedented legal sentencing, 30-year-old Taimoor Raza was found guilty at a court in Bahawalpur of committing blasphemy online.

“Mr Raza was arrested last year after a man he engaged in an online debate with about Islam revealed himself to be a counter-terrorism agent, according to defence lawyer Rana Fida Hussain…

“The ruling is a further step towards a nationwide shutdown of online dissent in Pakistan, where unproven allegations of blasphemy have already led to violent mob lynchings (more…)

‘Bukowski On Censorship’

May 11, 2017

“Censorship is the tool of those who have the need to hide actualities from themselves and from others. Their fear is only their inability to face what is real, and I can’t vent any anger against them. I only feel this appalling sadness. Somewhere, in their upbringing, they were shielded against the total facts of our existence. They were only taught to look one way when many ways exist.”
― Charles Bukowski

“In 1985, following a complaint from a local reader, staff at the Public Library in Nijmegen decided to remove Charles Bukowski’s book, “Tales of Ordinary Madness”, from their shelves whilst declaring it 

“very sadistic, occasionally fascist and discriminatory against certain groups (including homosexuals).”

“In the following weeks, a local journalist by the name of Hans van den Broek wrote to Bukowski and asked for his opinion. It soon arrived, and can be read below:  (more…)

‘Tightening the Noose’

March 11, 2017

“The European Parliament has introduced a new procedural rule, which allows for the chair of a debate to interrupt the live broadcasting of a speaking MEP

“in the case of defamatory, racist or xenophobic language or behavior by a Member”.

“Furthermore, the President of the European Parliament may even

“decide to delete from the audiovisual record of the proceedings those parts of a speech by a Member that contain defamatory, racist or xenophobic language”.

No one, however, has bothered to define what constitutes

defamatory, racist or xenophobic language or behavior“.

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