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Bloggers Reality Check 2: Persecutions

January 20, 2010

Bloggers Reality Check 2: Persecutions

Would you be willing to die for your views?

 

Freedom of speech is so ingrained in Western psyche that we can never imagine life without it. Blogging appears to be ultimate extension and improvement to what is seen as an essential democratic right. Like all ‘democratic’ rights they are not absolute and have several constrictions imposed by outside forces. Laws are in place to protect people against libel, racial vilification and publishing material designed to encourage violence. Some blog sites impose their own codes of conduct and rules that limit what can be written. Ultimately there is still a broad scope to express points of view in an open manner.

 

What if the freedom to blog became dangerous? Would you personally have the courage to continue expressing your deepest convictions? It is a question that has been asked of every writer since the dawn of civilization. Words committed to public record can lead to death. Book burners have been around for centauries and even Shakespeare was said to have left an English village in a hurry to avoid the wrath of an angry noble. The old rhyme about ‘sticks and stones’ is only as true as you want it to be. Words can certainly hurt the speaker when they are dragged before the courts of injustice.

 

Now if we are of the impression that these things cannot happen to the west then we may be very mistaken. Just because freedoms were inherited it does not automatically follow that they are permanent. Who could have imagined that the parts of the Magna Carta relating to habeas corpus would be under threat from our so called democracies? Who would have imagined that certain books are now banned for sale and have been removed from university shelves? Laws to prevent criticizing the government and the nation were recently strengthened. How far the changes in the law go is dependant upon the power of the government and its will to use it.

 

The question is if writing a blog might cause you to suffer persecution would you continue. Would you be willing to risk being arrested or tortured?

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  1. jjoshuajj21 permalink
    May 19, 2010 1:34 pm

    My answer is yes, because I did just that! If you’ll look at my petition for writ of mandamus, you’ll see that I have proven that the U.S. Dept. of Labor is guilty of crimes against USA Citizens, and the appellate court judges are afraid to examine the evidence and enter a court opinion, like the law requires them to do, and the Clerk of Court signed the denial. I present this to you so that their suppression of this truth will be made known regardless of their cowardice, and if you’ll read all the way to the end, you’ll find the decoded message sent to all those who suffer injustice from the courts >>> http://amurderconspiracy.wordpress.com/ <<<<

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    • May 20, 2010 11:06 pm

      jjoshuajj21

      Thanks for your comments.
      I do not know anything about this US Dept of Labor case. So I will leave it for the reader to research themselves.

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