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[News] Censorship and Loss of Civil Rights Due to Broken Laws, Suppressive Rulers

  • Subject: [News] Censorship and Loss of Civil Rights Due to Broken Laws, Suppressive Rulers
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 13 Mar 2010 10:25:57 +0000
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Simon Singh: This is goodbye

,----[ Quote ]
| I recently discussed this with Dr Peter 
| Wilmshurst, the eminent cardiologist who is 
| being sued for libel for commenting on the 
| efficacy of a new heart device. Peter was 
| put under immense stress when he received 
| legal papers on Friday 21 December 2007 at 
| 5.09pm, which was nine minutes after most 
| solicitors closed for their Christmas 
| holiday. It was not until the new year that 
| Peter was able to get any legal advice, so 
| it was an anxious Christmas.
| Perhaps it was just as well that Peter was 
| not aware of the full implications of what 
| lay ahead of him, namely at least two years 
| of anxiety, misery and the threat of 
| bankruptcy. Almost all his spare time has 
| been spent on the libel case. When 
| finalising his defence, he took two weeks of 
| annual leave to work on the documents. 
| Moreover, dealing with ongoing legal issues 
| has prevented him from carrying out his 
| usual medical research, and a number of 
| publications have been put on hold.


Science journo quits writing to fight chiropractic libel suit

,----[ Quote ]
| The UK's libel laws, which place the burden 
| of proof onto those who have published 
| inflammatory statements, have had a chilling 
| effect on journalism in that nation, and 
| have led to a closet industry in "libel 
| tourism." As such, there have been repeated 
| efforts to reform the laws, often led by 
| professional organizations of writers and 
| journalists. A 2008 case, however, brought a 
| new community into the fight: science 
| communicators, drawn in when the British 
| Chiropractic Association sued a journalist 
| for calling some of its medical claims 
| "bogus." Although the legal fight has 
| continued, the journalist in question, Simon 
| Singh, has now been forced to quit his job 
| at The Guardian in order to defend himself.


Censors of the Net (from LeMonde2)

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| The last weapon in the Internet usersâ 
| arsenal is humor, and it can be devastating. 
| Ridicule always kills a policyâs 
| credibility. In China, since February, a 
| tough âantivulgarityâ campaign for a Web 
| without crude language or photos forced ISPs 
| to ask public forgiveness for the âindecent 
| contentâ they had provided and to sanitize 
| thousands of sites and social networks.


Donkey-politician vid keeps two Azerbaijani bloggers in jail

,----[ Quote ]
| Two Azerbaijani bloggers will remain in jail 
| after using a donkey to represent their 
| government in a satirical YouTube video. 
| Adnan Hajizade and Emin Milli lost an appeal 
| Wednesday asking for them to be released 
| from their respective 2 and and 2.5 year 
| sentences. Their lawyer vowed to continue 
| appealing all the way up to the Azerbaijan's 
| Supreme Court and the European Court of 
| Human Rights if necessary.


Govt internet filter going live is sad day for NZ 

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| The Department of Internal Affairs has 
| admitted that the internet filter is now 
| operational and is already being used by 
| ISPs Maxnet and Watchdog. It appears that 
| Maxnet have not told their customers that 
| they are diverting some of their internet 
| traffic to the government system to be 
| filtered.


Chinese minister insists Google obey the law

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| China's top Internet regulator insisted 
| Friday that Google must obey its laws or 
| "pay the consequences," giving no sign of a 
| possible compromise in their dispute over 
| censorship and hacking.


Beijing official warns Google to obey China's laws

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| A Chinese government minister has issued a 
| stern warning to Google in the event the 
| company stops filtering search results at 
| its Chinese Web site: Follow our laws, or 
| else.



Internet restrictions curtail human rights, says US

,----[ Quote ]
| Many governments have used the internet to
| curtail freedom of expression at home, the
| US state department says in its latest
| annual human rights report.
| In many cases new forms of electronic
| communications are restricted to control
| domestic dissent, it says.


Enhancing Democracy by Banning Speech

,----[ Quote ]
| Imagine how life will be now that giant
| corporations may spend as much as they want
| on political campaigns, as the Supreme
| Court recently decreed. All they will have
| to do to get their way is ask members of
| Congress: Do you want our money helping you
| âor your opponent? Given the sums available
| to Big Business, most politicians will be
| desperate to please.


Hundreds rounded up in Tibet crackdown

,----[ Quote ]
| Hundreds of Tibetans are being rounded up
| and detained in Lhasa and armed
| paramilitary groups are patrolling the
| streets in advance of the anniversary of
| fatal riots in 2008, The Times has learnt.
| Authorities are anxious to avoid a repeat
| of the anti-Chinese attacks, in which about
| 20 people were killed when Tibetans
| rampaged through the city, setting fire to
| shops and offices.


Mobile that allows bosses to snoop on staff developed

,----[ Quote ]
| Researchers have produced a mobile phone
| that could be a boon for prying bosses
| wanting to keep tabs on the movements of
| their staff.
| Japanese phone giant KDDI Corporation has
| developed technology that tracks even the
| tiniest movement of the user and beams the
| information back to HQ.


Pushing for press access for bloggers

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| Jay Linerâs business card for The Baltimore
| Organ lists him as âFounder & Chief
| Protagonistâ of the Web site. The
| Pikesville lawyer is a self-described
| boomer from the anti-Vietnam generation, a
| progressive who writes about âwhat piques
| his curiosity,â from the slots debate to
| Baltimore County politics to Viagra
| commercials.
| [...]
| Liner has no desire to become a trailblazer
| in the blogosphere, but he acknowledges the
| lawsuit reflects how the Internet has
| forever changed the way people consume
| news.


Lessig Gives A Well-Timed Speech To The Italian Parliament On Internet Freedom

,----[ Quote ]
| We have noted, recently, that Italian laws
| and politicians seem to have a somewhat
| troubling view of the internet, where they
| are quick to blame the internet for
| anything bad that happens, and then look to
| pass laws that would throw out plenty of
| good just to protect against the
| possibility of any bad happening. This, of
| course, culminated just recently in the
| ruling in an Italian court that three
| Google execs were guilty of criminal
| violations, over a Google-hosted video.
| Given all that, it's quite interesting
| timing to see that Larry Lessig just gave a
| speech to the Italian Parliament about how
| Internet is Freedom. You can see it below
| (assuming YouTube doesn't take it down) and
| it runs a little over half an hour...


Turkish Reporters Unite to Protest YouTube Ban

,----[ Quote ]
| The Turkish courts banned YouTube in May
| 2008, and now a new protest campaign
| launched by the editorial team of the
| Milliyet newspaper is drawing attention to
| how long the country has been prevented
| from using the website.
| The initiative, which was was launched on
| February 19, is not the first campaign of
| this type. But it's notable because
| previous protests came from the blogosphere
| and, as a result, did not receive
| international coverage. The current ban is
| the fourth such action by the Turkish
| courts since 2007; hopefully, this campaign
| will draw attention to this policy of
| censorship.


Newegg Ships Fake Intel Chips; Supplier Threatens Journalists For Reporting It

,----[ Quote ]
| You know what's even better than weird
| news? Weird news well-flavored with legal
| stupididy, that's what. Our saga today
| starts with a shipping oddity; specifically
| the fact that Overclockers.com forum member
| Dreadrok ordered a Core i7 920 from Newegg
| and received a completely fake processor.
| It's a good fake, tooâif it weren't for a
| few misspellings on the outside of the box,
| we'd believe it was completely legit,
| particularly if we didn't take the time to
| scour the box looking for the telltales.

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