Archives for posts with tag: FreeSpeech

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“‘The Interview’ — Digital Diplomacy, a Battlefield or Marketplace of Ideas?”
By, Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey
Opens today, December 25 —
In defending our right to consume film, music, art and culture as free citizens, the danger is converting the internet from a thriving marketplace of ideas to a barricaded fortress.
http://diplomatartist.com/the-interview-digital-diplomacy-a-battlefield-or-marketplace-of-ideas/

UN Human Rights Chief Condemns Crackdown on Journalists in Ethiopia

Press freedom & free media are vital to sustainable development. In efforts to combat terrorism, the Ethiopian Government must comply at all times with its human rights obligations under international law.

 

Brazilian President Urges Protection of Internet Users

5 key principles: freedom of speech; open, multi-lateral governance with transparency; principle of universality & non-discrimination; cultural diversity without imposing values; & network neutrality, guided only by technical & ethical criteria.

Blog Report: UN HUMAN RIGHTS CHIEF ON ANTI-MUSLIM FILM & PROTESTS, By Ambassador Mo
“Deliberate & obnoxious acts of this type should be deprived of the oxygen of publicity,” according to UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay. “Given what happened last week, & fact people are being killed, Charlie Hebdo is doubly irresponsible to publish these cartoons. We agree with Ms. Pillay that best strategy is to ignore such fringe products.
http://diplomaticallyincorrect.org/blog_post/un-human-rights-chief-on-anti-muslim-film-protests/56385Image

Blog Report: “GROTESQUELY” OFFENDING BOOB PHOTOS OR IMAGES OF RELIGION! By Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey
Which is more offensive – invading Princess Kate’s privacy by photographing her topless or producing a film that insults a religion & its billion plus followers? Let you make that call, but think Prince William, the future King, made a rash judgment when opting to sue to stop publication of photos – in view of current furor over a sleazy film intended to libel Islam as well as its prophet.
http://diplomaticallyincorrect.org/blog_post/grotesquely-offending-boob-photos-or-images-of-religion/56250Image

Blog Report: DOES US OWE APOLOGY TO MUSLIMS? By Ambassador Mo
At least not over a cheap, base film produced by a hateful Christian pastor based in Florida. As a film critic, one might ban the film, but US tradition is to maximize free speech. I would as a Muslim find it troubling if US Government encroached any further into limiting free speech after recent efforts to silence WikiLeaks or prosecute persons under theory of material support for terrorism.
http://diplomaticallyincorrect.org/blog_post/does-us-owe-apology-to-muslims/56188Image