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January 23 2011

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TUNISIA - TUNESIEN - TUNISIE (02)

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Tagged entries on oanth of all kind of
informations concerning the Tunisian protests:
starting from 14th Jan 2011 - here:

To find older entries (before 14th Jan 2011)
use also Tunisia or Tunisie

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Toronto G20: Will Police Be Held Accountable After Scathing Ombudsman's Report?
Paul Jay: If use of "martial law" was illegal, are most arrests at G20 also illegal?
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Ammar 404 vs. #zensursula

It is extremely disturbing to see other countries justify their continued censorship because we do it, too. 

Tunisian state secretary Sami Zaoui just announced that they will keep blocking websites that are "against decency, contain violent elements or incite to hate". When criticised that this is inacceptable in a democracy, he responded: "Wrong! Even the countries that are most evolved when it comes to freedom block terrorist sites"

Of course such measures have nothing to do with terrorism (or child pornography, which happens to be the excuse de rigueur in Europe). They are an excuse to create and maintain a censorship infrastructure. And even if we assume the best intentions on behalf of those who propose such measures, the damage this does to democracy by far exceeds the potential benefits to crime prevention.

I am sad to see the same excuses for Internet censorship brought up again, this time in Tunisia. The same hidden agendas, the same lies. "This is not censorship, we are just blocking criminals."  Well, criminals shouldn't be blocked, they should be prosecuted and judged before we even call them criminals.

Count on it: having an authority that can put you on a blacklist will be abused - especially given the characteristically vague rules for what is verboten. (You can be sure that under Ben Ali, the blogs of Slim Amamou, Astrubal etc. would have been blocked for containing violent elements and inciting to hate!)

I will be following this debate and its results closely. I still remain optimistic at this point. Perhaps the Tunisians will succeed where we failed. But this whole thing certainly is disturbing on several levels.

(Thanks to @Astrubaal @rafik @taziden @smarimc and others for our brief but insightful conversation on the subject.)

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imho a too optimistic perspective - oanth || cf:
Washington face à la colère du peuple tunisien | voltairenet.org - par Thierry Meyssan 20110123
Reposted fromkyrah kyrah
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YouTube - Riz Khan - Is social media driving reform in the Arab world?

AlJazeeraEnglish | 21. Januar 2011

What impact will Tunisia's popular uprising have on neighbouring countries and could social media become the driving force for political reform in the Arab world? Riz Khan talks to Sami Ben Gharbia, the co-founder of the Tunisian website Nawaat.org, Nasser Weddady, the outreach director at the American Islamic Congress, where he promotes civil rights through social media, and Wael Abbas, an Egyptian blogger and activist who regularly reports on corruption.

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// there are a lot of commentaries on this matter now in the international media scene: imo, for those who are familiar with the subject the first 10 min may be scipped. - oanth

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Grundtvig's Church - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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