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Spreading the word(s)
Updated 8 September 2014
Sri Lankan revolutionary dies
BALA TAMPOE, a revolutionary socialist Sri Lankan militant/trade union leader, has died. He may well have made ‘mistakes’; and who is going to hold up their hands and claim that they’ve never made a ‘political mistake’? Storyboard4 is certainly not; read this (although why it’s still called Ceylon Times we’re not sure).
Good piece on the Index on Censorship site discussing the ‘cultural/academic boycott’ of Israel.
Do ‘Islamic State’ (formerly ISIS) even hate themselves? You could be forgiven for thinking that they may well do. Following the capture of further northern Iraq cities they boasted that they had ‘conquered’ “more important areas which were controlled by the pesh merga and the secular militias.” (NYT World, 3 August 2014) Do these people ever share a joke or is that forbidden?
There can be little doubt that the ‘West’, principally the US and UK, bear an enormous responsibility for the mess that on other occasions is known as Iraq. Yet it is also difficult to ignore the fact ISIS represent a religious current that is not only uncomfortable with the 21st century but quite possibly uncomfortable with the 13th century — far too progressive. All those bloody European peasants milling around and demanding various rights. Is it any little wonder that they get a kick out of chopping people’s heads off.
Sexual harassment in Egypt
This is very, VERY interactive and you may have to ‘refresh’ your browser (no innuendo intended) or click on ‘start over’. Click here to ‘start‘.
High-profile case: yes. Low-profile conclusion ..?
“The jury in the seven-month trial of two ex-Rupert Murdoch editors (…) is expected to retire to consider its verdict this week.” Well, that’s what Reuters say and why should I question their judgement; they did after all get me to a Paris hospital and arrange for my right leg to be ‘sowed’ back together. No, the surgeon didn’t have a fag hanging from his lips. Of course, I don’t remember; I was out for the count.
In any event: you can expect more from Storyboard4 on the conclusion of this saga of journalistic debasement; that is to say when we are allowed to without ending up in court. You really don’t want to end up in a libel case with a former owner of a publishing company which has, in its carefully reared stable, a daily newspaper. Yes, said person was put in gaol by US courts for the same, or at least very similar, allegations/charges but legal jurisdictions don’t travel that well. It’s ‘air-sickness’ so I’m told. Nothing to do with the judges having played ‘rugger’ with Lord …
Storyboard4 has some axes that are in need of grinding. If … If … We’ll see won’t we?
RW for S4
REPORTERS WITHOUT BORDERS’ Lucie Morillon has written about how the Thai army cannot be allowed to “continue to trample freedom of information underfoot”. Two journalists, Thanapol Eawsakul and Pravit Rojanaphruk were detained on 23 and 24 May. They are still being held. Rojanaphruk, a journalist with the daily The Nation is well-known for his critical views on Thailand’s ‘lèse majesté’ law which forbids criticism of the country’s royalty.
Eawsakul, editor of political news magazine Fah Diew Gan, was arrested for taking part in a peaceful demonstration against the military coup. A number of television and community radio stations have not been allowed back on air since the coup unless they undertake not to disturb the “peace and public order” and must apply for new authorisation before being allowed to resume.
Has Godard said “Adieu”
IT IS now two years since five journalists and rights activists from the Syrian Centre for Media and Freedom of Expression (SCM) were jailed after their offices were raided by Syrian Air Force Intelligence (AFI). Three SCM workers, founder Mazen Darwish, Hani Al-Zitani and Hussein Ghrer, are still held and are facing terrorism charges. The AFI claim that they publicised “terrorism acts”.
Index on Censorship report on a new “anti-terrorism law” in Egypt that could “severely erode civil liberties” and “reinstate the old police state …”
Stop unfair disability assessments
No ‘life of Riley’
IF ANY visitors to Storyboard4 are still of the view that journalists generally lead a ‘life of Riley’, passing anecdotal celebrity gossip off as news — here is the other news. In January 2013 the International Federation of Journalists reported that 121 journalists and media workers were killed in 2012 as a result of targeted killings, bomb attacks and crossfire. Syria and Somalia topped the league table of dangerous places to report from.
Little has changed with barely two months gone of this year; indeed the physical dangers are being exacerbated by an increasing clamp-down on journalists ability to work and report freely. Egypt is a particular case in point. Twenty journalists have been charged with “fabricating news and assisting or belonging to a terror cell”; eight of the defendants worked for Al Jazeera English (AJE). The trial has, for the moment, been adjourned until 5 March although the news that the current Cairo government has resigned (24.02.14) it would be probably be too speculative to say what may actually occur. Sites such as Index on Censorship and Reporters Without Borders are following events closely. Please try to share campaign appeals as widely as you can and if you can afford to donate even a small amount all the better. Unsurprisingly, these are not organisations drowning in ‘sugar-daddy’ corporate sponsorship.
Libel and privacy
A group of socialists in the Midlands, supporters of different left groups and none, have published a collection of articles articulating the views of democratic, secular, progressive and socialist currents active today in Syria. The pdf can be downloaded directly from Box.net in the left hand-hand sidebar or viewed here
Support journalists in Iran
REPORTERS WITHOUT BORDERS are campaigning for the release of 54 journalists currently in jail in Iran. The regime has recently cut off access to the internet and routinely censors the national press and prevents foreign journalists getting into the country. They have jailed and sentenced more than 350 journalists and “netizens” since the Presidential election of 2009. Reporters Without Borders are concerned that the winner of the forthcoming election will be chosen behind closed doors — with nobody able to dissent. The campaigning group urgently needs donations to carry on work defending journalists in Iran. Gifts can be made here here.