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[News] Censorship Against Encyclopedia Dramatica, Civil Rights at Odds

  • Subject: [News] Censorship Against Encyclopedia Dramatica, Civil Rights at Odds
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 17 Mar 2010 18:15:36 +0000
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Judge rules in satirical Web siteâs favor

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| A Web site that satirizes news can run a 
| fictional story about a giraffe attack at 
| Global Wildlife Center in Folsom, a state 
| district judge ruled Monday.
| After a two-hour hearing, state District 
| Judge Beth Wolfe struck down a temporary 
| restraining order signed March 2 that had 
| called for the removal of the story from 
| the site, Hammond Action News. 


Encyclopedia Dramatica Owner May Face Charges Down Under... Despite Not Being In Australia

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| But it turns out that the Australian Human 
| Rights and Equal Opportunities Commission 
| (HREOC) is upset about a "deliberately 
| offensive article about Aborigines," and is 
| threatening to take the site's operator, 
| Joseph Evers, to court. The thing is, the 
| stuff on Encyclopedia Dramatica are 
| deliberately offensive to pretty much 
| everyone. That's the point. But the nice 
| thing about the internet is that if you 
| don't like that sort of thing, you can 
| avoid it. Furthermore, Evers is in the US 
| and isn't breaking any US laws.


Joshua Newton: Variety's Tim Gray Is 'Lying Through His Nose'

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| Joshua Newton, the producer and director of 
| "Iron Cross," has sued Variety for fraud 
| and breach of contract over a negative 
| review of his film that he claims 
| undermined a $400,000 advertising campaign 
| orchestrated by the trade. Grilled by 
| Sharon Waxman, he accuses Variety editor 
| Tim Gray of lying, and says publisher Neil 
| Stiles told him he planned to end all 
| reviews in 2010. Asked for a response, Gray 
| had no comment and Stiles did not respond 
| to an email.


Full Text of Human Rights Record of the United States in 2009

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| China's Information Office of the State 
| Council published a report titled "The 
| Human Rights Record of the United States in 
| 2009" here Friday. Following is the full 
| text:
| The State Department of the United States 
| released its Country Reports on Human 
| Rights Practices for 2009 on March 11, 
| 2010, posing as "the world judge of human 
| rights" again. As in previous years, the 
| reports are full of accusations of the 
| human rights situation in more than 190 
| countries and regions including China, but 
| turn a blind eye to, or dodge and even 
| cover up rampant human rights abuses on its 
| own territory. The Human Rights Record of 
| the United States in 2009 is prepared to 
| help people around the world understand the 
| real situation of human rights in the 
| United States.


The US is turning human rights into a farce

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| No country in this world has impeccable 
| records on human rights. Therefore, it 
| should be healthy for governments of 
| different countries to exchange ideas on 
| human rights if the intention of these 
| exchanges is to improve human rights 
| performance in this world.However, the 
| routine US reports on different countryâs 
| human rights records are gradually turning 
| the noble concept of human rights into a 
| big farce as it engaged two deadly wars, 
| causing lives of innocent people in Iraq 
| and Afghanistan.


Letter Offers Glimpse Into Fall-Out If Google Goes

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| Chinaâs state-run broadcaster, China 
| Central Television, published on its Web 
| site Tuesday the text of a letter, claiming 
| it was sent from a group of 27 Google 
| advertising resellers to John Liu, who 
| leads Googleâs sales team and oversees the 
| companyâs business operations in greater 
| China. (Read the WSJâs translation of the 
| full text of the letter here.)



China seeks identity of Web site operators

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| The "trial regulations" were issued by
| China's Ministry of Industry and
| Information Technology under the auspices
| of an ongoing anti-porn campaign, but they
| will also help the government create
| records of all sites in the country and
| could be used to block other types of
| online content, the IDG News Service
| reported Tuesda
| [...]
| Google and China have been in a showdown
| since Google announced last month that it
| was targeted by a hacker attack that
| appeared to originate in China and which
| targeted Gmail users who are human rights
| activists. At the time, Google said it
| would stop censoring its searches in that
| domain and might even pull out of the
| country entirely.

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