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July 19, 2007

Another Example of Losing Credbility « Politics As Usual »

In this case, the poster says that the US govt is using the War on Terror as an excuse to crack down on civil liberties.

The obscenity laws are used by the Chinese authorities as a weapon to crack down on the internet, just as in the US the government uses terrorism as an excuse to erode civil liberties.

Yep, that's why Cindy Sheehan is in solitary confinement and Michael Moore has been executed for sedition.

The blogger continues:

As Oiwan herself observes:

Another gap through which political censorship can be introduced is pornography. This gap gathers the power of the state as well as the forces of religious people and fake moral politicians. So far, they have focused on gender and gay rights groups, but we must extend our battlelines in light of the court decision two days ago: the police filed charges against a netizen for posting hyperlinks to pornographic websites at a certain forum and the court arrived at a guilty verdict with a fine of HK$5,000. This is a very significant precedent for censorship.

Oiwan might be absolutely correct. But quoting her view that cracking down on pornography is an excuse to shut down political speech as evidence that China is cracking down on pornography as an excuse to shut down political speech is, well, silly.

Which brings up another question:
Why are so many ex-pats and other English-writing bloggers located in Asia afflicted with Bush/Republican Derangement Syndrome?

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