Human rights: November 2007 Archives

Stupid censorship!

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Censorship is never over for those who have experienced it. It is a brand on the imagination that affects the individual who has suffered it, forever.
Noam Chomsky

My good friend Jadi has written in his Persian weblog that the webpage of The world's Aids day is filtered (censored) inside Iran! Isn't that amazingly stupid? Jadi has a category in his page which is called Stupid Filtering where he introduces these kind of stupid censorship.

In a previous entry here I posted an Amnesty advertisement, I found another one while surfing in the internet which is also very interesting and effective, especially I guess it is interesting for people of my country, you'll find out why when you go to the rest of this post:
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Law and order exist for the purpose of establishing justice and when they fail in this purpose they become the dangerously structured dams that block the flow of social progress.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Mass arrest and imprisonment of Women right activists continues in Iran as Maryam Hosseinkhah, Journalist and Member of the "1 Million signature Campaign" Arrested. To know more about this campaign visit their webpage.
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Access denied map

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Sami Ben Gharbia of GlobalVoices has created the Access Denied Map, an interactive Google Maps mashup that provides information about the censorship targeting various online social networking communities and web-based applications. The picture above which I made from the video of his post in GlobalVoices shows countries that censor participative Web and user-generated content. For those who are living in free countries it is good to know the level of censorship by looking at this map; it will surprise you. 
If you want to know which web pages are censored in China to get an idea of the level of censorship, you can take a look at the great firewall of China. Well; personally I do understand censorship as I come from a country that is listed as one of the leaders in press suppression. Also personally I've experienced censorship as the small group weblog which I used to write in, with an average of 300 readers per day was censored inside the country, let alone other bigger websites.
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“There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.”

Edith Wharton American novelist (1862–1937)

I first saw this quote in an Amnesty international commercial on YouTube. I was surfing in YouTube for the Amnesty international advertisement which you can watch here. I find it really well made,I thought I will share both with you.

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Stop the death penalty

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Three men who escaped the death penalty joined forces in New York to campaign for a global abolition of this irreversible punishment.
Each was sentenced to death for a crime they did not commit - and each shares a brutal experience of living on death row. Together, they lived under the shadow of execution for a combined 54 years.
Go to Amnesty's homepage to watch a slide show about the stories of death penalty with commentary of Collin Firth.
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