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Whatever happened to free speech?

Posted by terres on April 21, 2009

… or Freedom of Artistic Expression?


Source: cartoonbox.slate.com. Image may be subject to copyright.

LOS ANGELES (AP) – A Jewish “human rights group” has denounced Pat Oliphant’s latest political cartoon as anti-Semitic, comparing it to Nazi imagery of the 1930s that led up to the Holocaust.

The syndicated cartoon published Wednesday in newspapers across the country depicts a goose-stepping uniformed figure wheeling a fanged Star of David that menaces a small female figure labeled “Gaza.”

The Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal Center, a Jewish rights group with more than 400,000 members in the United States, said the cartoon is meant to denigrate and demonize Israel.

“The imagery in this cartoon mimics the venomous anti-Semitic propaganda of the Nazi and Soviet eras,” Wiesenthal Center officials said in a statement. “It is cartoons like this that inspired millions of people to hate in the 1930s and help set the stage for the Nazi genocide.”

The center called on the New York Times and other online outlets to remove the cartoon from their Web sites.

Universal Press Syndicate, which distributes Oliphant’s cartoons, did not immediately return messages left late Wednesday night.

A New York Times spokeswoman didn’t immediately respond to a phone or e-mail message left after office hours.

Oliphant, who won a Pulitzer Prize in 1967, is one of the most widely syndicated editorial cartoonists in the world, receiving a mix of praise and criticism for his work through the years.

His latest cartoon alludes to Israel’s aggression on the Gaza Strip, where its troops launched an offensive in December to halt rocket fire and weaken the territory’s Hamas rulers.

More than 1,400 Palestinians, including more than 900 civilians, were killed, according to a Palestinian human rights group [and subsequently confirmed by various international agencies.]

Oliphant’s cartoon is his latest to draw backlash.

In 2001 and 2007, the Asian American Journalists Association objected to what they called offensive racial caricatures in cartoons about trade with China and concerns about international food safety.

In 2005, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee criticized one of his cartoons because it drew on false stereotypes and reinforces negative views of Arabs.

A native of Australia, Oliphant came to the U.S. in 1964 to work for The Denver Post.

His work has been syndicated internationally since 1965, and by Universal since 1980.

His work is on permanent display at the Library of Congress.

On its Web site, Universal declares that “no one is safe from the acid brush of Pat Oliphant.”

Oliphant’s latest work is the second editorial cartoon in as many months to provoke anger. Last month, New York Post Chairman Rupert Murdoch apologized for a cartoon in his paper that critics said likened a violent chimpanzee shot dead by police to President Barack Obama.
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“A Conspiracy Against the Public”

Posted by terres on July 30, 2008

Google Censorship is a Flagrant Violation of Our Freedom of Speech!

Freedom of speech is being able to speak freely without censorship. The United States Constitution protects opinions under inalienable 1st Amendment free speech rights.

The right to freedom of speech is also guaranteed under international law through numerous human-rights instruments, notably under Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

How much longer is Google allowed to continue its censorship in violation of the United States Constitution and the international law?

“A Conspiracy Against the Public”

Haunted by Big, Bad Google

The Moderators at the Public Information Blogs listed below condemn Google Inc in the strongest possible terms for content censorship. Google search engines permanently or periodically exclude specific posts, contents or information from the blogs thereby abridging the freedom of speech, and denying the public their right to know!

Google Inc poses a clear and present danger to freedom of speech. To minimize this threat, we urge those of the lawmakers who still believe in the Constitution to break up Google into smaller, less harmful units.

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Google Gag

Posted by terres on May 22, 2008

Haunted by Big, Bad Google

The blog moderators condemn Google Inc in the strongest possible terms for content censorship. Google search engines permanently or periodically exclude specific posts, contents or information from the blogs thereby abridging the freedom of speech.

Google Inc poses a clear and present danger to freedom of speech. To minimize this threat, we urge those of the lawmakers who still believe in the Constitution to break up Google into smaller units.

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Australian Gestapo Raid Journalist Office

Posted by terres on April 30, 2008

Police ransack journalist’s office over article criticising government

Police hoods raided the offices of The Sunday Times this afternoon seeking documents concerning an article written by staff reporter Paul Lampathakis in February in which he criticized the Perth Labor government.

Mr Lampathakis had reported that 16 million dollars of taxpayers’ money had been allocated to the government election campaign.

Mr Lampathakis called the raid “an astounding attack on free speech” and told reporters that he was disgusted by what has happened.

“I was astounded actually. I assumed I was living in a democracy. Obviously my definition of democracy and their definition of democracy are two different things.

“The article pertained to public funds, taxpayer funds being used for politically based advertising.

“It’s an incredible attack on free speech. I would think taxpayer dollars being used for politically based advertising would be reporting in the public interest.”

According to a Sunday Times journalist, Bruce Butler, police also interviewed editor Sam Weir for about an hour.

Chris Warren from the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance said: “To use police in this way, to go into a newsroom; to search a newsroom; to harass journalists to try to identify a confidential source is I think just an outrageous abuse of state power.”

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