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SHOCKING? So many waste their vote
Can you keep up with yourself? If you can you’re better than Roland
Roland talks the talk and with the aid of his stick talks ‘truth to power’
‘Naughty knickers’? Nothing too naughty …
Oh no! Roland is going to ‘rant-on’ about words and their meanings again
Spreading the word(s)
Updated 27 January 2015
Greece and the BBC
JAMES NAUGHTIE, a longstanding presenter of BBC Radio 4’s ‘breakfast’ programme, Today, described this story as bizarre. Transsexuals, transgender … gamblers (a difficult philosophical leap that one) are to be banned from driving in Russia. What do Russian authorities think is going to happen if a transsexual gambler is driving a car? Take a wrong turn? Bizarre? Must be the understatement of the year so far …
Egypt: imprisoned journalists
OCCUPY WALL STREET have been busy over the last few days. Over the weekend 29-30 November they implored sympathisers to stop shopping. It was not a call to fast but a strike against commercialism and the destructive belief that ‘growth … growth …’ will solve everything. It is a theme that Storyboard4 has already taken up.
On 1 December OWS highlighted their ‘Activist Bail Fund’ following the protests in Ferguson, Missouri.
Russia ‘clamps-down’ on media ownership
In a further bizarre move Reuters are reporting that Russians are handing in ‘Western-branded’ T-shirts in favour of pro-Kremlin wear. Politics and fashion? Who would have ‘thunk’ it.
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).
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
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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.
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 …”
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.