'Freedom of Expression' they said

Everybody remembers the noble fight european newspapers took for freedom of expression during the row over the danish cartoons. Salman Rushdie rushed to protect this freedom by signing a petition with 'leading' european 'intellectuals' like Bernard-Henri Levy. Well, everyday freedom of speech and expression are muzzled in western newspapers in reporting facts on Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) atrocities. More than a week ago, a theatre company in New York cancelled, under pressure from pro-Israeli groups, a performance composed and directed by Alan Rickman, Based partly on Rachel Corrie's letters to her friends and parents from Palestine before she was killed by an Israeli army bulldozer.

Now, The AP is refusing to answer why it erased a video showing the latest killing of a palestinian child by IOF.

''In the midst of journalism's "Sunshine Week"--during which the Associated Press and other news organizations are valiantly proclaiming the public's "right to know"--AP insists on conducting its own activities in the dark, and refuses to answer even the simplest questions about its system of international news reporting.
Most of all, it refuses to explain why it erased footage of an Israeli soldier intentionally shooting a Palestinian boy.''

So much for freedom of expression and the right to know ! The only thing muslims are learning from the west is not freedom of expression but hypocrisy where Freedom of expression means self congratulation and self censorship.

1 comment:

Cosmic Duck said...


You're right, there's a lot of hypocrisy about freedom of speech.

The USA talks a lot about freedom and democracy - and about implementing its system of freedom in other parts of the world.

But when it comes to implementing these fine principles at home, there seem to be some serious difficulties. This is what BBC news has reported some days ago:

"Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams missed a St Patrick's Day event in the US after being delayed at a Washington airport for "secondary screening".
He had been invited by Congressman Brian Higgins to speak in Buffalo.
Mr Higgins told the audience Mr Adams was absent because his name was on a "terror watch list", but Homeland Security officials would not comment".

Gerry Adams seemed to be too much for "American security". This Irishman has helped to bring about peace and democracy in Northern Ireland after decades of turmoil and civil strife. But his opinions are too scary for Americans!!

Since March 29th 2006