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Now You See It, Now You Don’t


I grew up with the idea that freedom of expression was a basic human right. Every person has an inalienable right to state the truth, narrate the facts and express his or her opinions or views on matters of policy or principle, especially when they are different from the majority or those in authority, without a fear of persecution, intimidation, violence, economic backlash, ridicule or personal attacks. I assumed that freedom of expression was not a freedom to lie, utter falsehoods, concoct accusations, distort facts, spin doctoring or slander a living or dead person. I also assumed that the media’s role in the society was to uphold the truth via the principle of freedom of expression.

However, I have come to realize that the abovementioned notions exist only in theory. Practically, they are used only as instruments of fooling the masses so that the rich and powerful can get what they want. If someone is weak, such as Muslims in Canada, the media looks for and exploits even flimsy and far-fetched excuses to brand Muslims negatively and to slander their Prophet and their religion using their presumed “right” to ‘offend’ through free speech. When someone protests against the utter lies, flagrant falsehoods, fabricated accusations and distorted facts that they use for their propaganda, they hide cunningly yet invalidly behind the “freedom of expression” shield, giving the false impression that pointing out their harassment and abusive propaganda against Islam and Muslims is an attack on freedom of expression.

On the other hand, just mentioning the genuine rights of Palestinians or factual war crimes of Israel and the evils of Zionism elicits heavy handed censorship, accusation of anti-Semitism and terrible rebuke, so much so that any critics are intimidated into silence. Books are withdrawn, access is denied, social media pages are forcibly removed, web pages are delisted, people are fired, made/asked to resign and forced to withdraw their comments. If someone persists on his or her right to express their views, they are condemned and turned into pariahs.

Many people do not perceive this duplicity until one day they happen to speak the truth about an Israeli crime, just as Helen Thomas in the US and Libby Davies in Canada have recently discovered.

The reality is that the media and politicians use the freedom of expression as a hat: They wear it when it suits the vested interest of the rich and powerful that control them, and remove it when it goes against those interests.

When it comes to freedom of expression, it is a magic trick mastered by the Zionists and their cohorts: now you see it, now you don’t!

 


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0 #1 2010-08-09 00:04
Very interesting...i would completely agree
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