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Commentary :: Human Rights : Media : Organizing : Politics
Working Hard to Overcome Censorship
30 Jan 2006
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There is only one logical justification for an editor to delete an article, that is if it warrants government intimidation, but it is the editors’ responsibility to label a backroom category ‘legal heat’, which might spare the liberty or life of unbeknownst individual bloggers we might count on for future votes.
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While enforcement of law becomes political life or death, so does suppression – even at Indymedia.


If we were all sitting in the same room, instead of being separated by the time of writing articles then uploading and waiting for responses, I have no doubt that the rest of the people gathered would be opposed to the censorship of the moderator, unless the person speaking is just trying to antagonize the group. We would be much more accountable for what is censored from our discussion.


When it is clearly not the writer’s intention to piss off individuals or make malicious attacks on Indymedia, I consider the moving of an article off an IMC front-page to be censorship.


I believe in the truth of what I write, and if anyone out there fears my philosophy, they would do more for social peace if they would correct it, refine it or ignore it rather than hide it, because it will not go away until a fair hearing is permitted.


Sometimes I submit hours and hours of writing, and you had better believe that I am just as passionately serious about my convictions as the terrorist who keeps facing censorship from the mainstream. I wonder how many would-be terrorists have come to Indymedia, only to have uploads deleted because they could not find the right way to vent their anger or frustration. I am dying to have a dialogue with these angry people especially because of the danger they represent down at the public market, but I am not as much concerned with the dangers that trolls present to intelligent discussion.


We need to find common agreement before we can triumph over our disagreements.


I know that I am not the only contributor who gets very angry after spending several hours writing and editing an article that feels ready for upload, only to have some editor remove it and give it some label, or delete it altogether.


I especially get very frustrated dealing with terrorists and religious fundamentalism, so I devote much of my time trying to talk in their language so that they might learn to think in my language of peace - which has no mystery to it. I cannot avoid speaking without using the ideological or liturgical terms that hold the minds of these people hostage, so if an articles seems to speak what the editor calls ‘religious diatribe’, I would appreciate it if they could just move on and let the readers do the correcting or ignoring - similar to ‘change the channel’ effect.


It is not as if we are putting up an advertisement on CNN saying, come fill up our space with your foolish trolling. Just take it easy with censorship, please. I know that trolls get bored quickly when there are no responses, so if you think I am a troll, do not respond – otherwise censorship will just piss me off even more. We are going to have to tolerate both aggressive trolls and suppressive editors until they see their perilous end.


For many good reasons Indymedia should maintain a censorship-free venue, otherwise they are fooling us into wasting our time here fighting the same forces of suppression that oppress us in the mainstream media.


There is only one logical justification for an editor to delete an article, that is if it warrants government intimidation, but it is the editors’ responsibility to label a backroom category ‘legal heat’, which might spare the liberty or life of unbeknownst individual bloggers we might count on for future votes.


Furthermore, I am not interested in reading the same old systemic rubbish that accomplishes nothing but reinforcement of fear and incapability. I say it is high time to bring on subject matter that rattles the political cages of the status quo, until they blatantly expose themselves trying to intimidate Indymedia editors into censoring free speech while placing Indymedia into the public spotlight.


It seems that Indymedia will be no more a potent source of information than individual will and anonymous sitting-duck bloggers or corporate media, if they exercise segregation of thought, which only feeds ignorance and spite and systemic status quo rubbish that is so freely regurgitated from Corporate media sources.


So, should this be no reason for removing this article, I will give you one to try out:


[Theists antagonize atheists, so atheists antagonize back, while deists stand on safe middle ground - just like the forefathers of the US Constitution who did not intend to make way for rival religious sects to dominate national policy or the courts. Sam Alito will be the fifth Catholic Supreme Court Justice.]


See this prediction made on October 27, 2005; it seems about to come true.

http://nyc.indymedia.org/en/2005/10/59263.html

http://boston.indymedia.org/newswire/display/50233/index.php

Could someone please link here from DC IMC, because the editor will not allow me to place any further uploads. How democratically unfair…



IMC Israel has been very receptive to me, and I will always speak highly of their standards.


https://israel.indymedia.org/newswire/display/3883/index.php

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Working to Fight Censorship
30 Jan 2006
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This article has now been kinked from several IMCs.
Re: Working Hard to Overcome Censorship
30 Jan 2006
Well, so far this articel has lasted 25 minutes.
Re: Working Hard to Overcome Censorship
30 Jan 2006
Wow! 2 whole hours of exposure here. Thank you so very, very much. You are on my good books.
Re: Working Hard to Overcome Censorship
31 Jan 2006
This ain't me folks.