Saturday, September 17, 2011

Asian governments supposedly realizing the futility of censoring the net

Here's a recent hopeful article which talks about various governments in Asia describing the utter uselessness of censoring the Internet.
SINGAPORE - It's not just dictators. Governments around the world, many of them popularly elected, have tried for years to control the Internet and social media, dismayed by their potential to incite violence, spread mischief and distribute pornography and dissent.
But in Asia, home to everything from free-wheeling democracies to totalitarian regimes and others in between, many governments are increasingly realising that controlling online content, including dissent, just will not work. Even China, which strongly regulates the Internet and is grappling with how to deal with the extremely popular microblogs read by hundreds of millions of its people, is highly unlikely to block them completely.
"Governments are committing quite a bit of resources and time to block websites and I think it's a panic reaction," says Phil Robertson, Bangkok-based deputy director of the Asia division of Human Rights Watch.
"They have some temporary, immediate discouraging effect but over the longer term, they won't be effective because people will still find a way to get the news they want to hear.
"Once people have been exposed to the Internet and see the power of getting information free to your computer, it's a very addictive feeling of empowerment."
Freedom is indeed addictive. That's why it's so dangerous to totalitarian movements, especially the one I write about on a regular basis.

So if censoring the net is supposedly useless, why is my site still blocked in Malaysia (as well as this one), both of which are critical of Islam? So call me skeptical, but I don't see this Asian government -- i.e. Malaysia's -- loosening up on their criminalization of criticism of Islam anytime soon.

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

We need prayers for Youcef -- an Iranian convert from Islam to Christianity under sentence of death

For everyone who is reading this, please read and pass along the news of an Iranian named Youcef Nadarkhani. He is a married 34 year old Persian, sentenced to death by the Islamic Republic of Iran's highest court, for committing the 'crime' of converting out of Islam, as well as proselytizing to Muslims as a Christian minister. For the moment, his legal team is trying to get the sentence of death commuted on a technicality. But the odds of this being successful in the kangaroo courts of Sharia-ruled Persia appear to be very grim indeed.

If there ever was a miracle needed, to save an innocent man's life, now is the time for one. Please pass this along to everyone you know, especially to our elected officials, and let us pray to the Almighty or Whoever for that miracle.

Full story here: (link)