Posts Tagged ‘censorship’

The Reason Why It’s Reasonable for Current TV to “Censor” “News” About North Korea

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

So, if two of your family members get kidnapped and the cops tell you that it’s best not to say anything about the matter and then the neighbors start peppering you with queries, what do you do?

That’s kind of the situation that’s facing managers at dumbed-down, youth-oriented Current TV (you can read the Wikipedia entry they wrote about themselves here). The problem is that anybody can post anything about the detention of Laura Ling and Euna Lee at and the North Koreans might not take too kindly to what’s posted there.

The kind of post that’s routinely getting taken down from

So Current has taken to unposting submissions about this matter at Fair enough. They’re not really “censoring” in the literal sense of course, they’re simply suppressing all commentary about this case on their own site. That’s probably a good move.  

In fact, Current might actually welcome this kind of criticism from Phil Bronstein, in a good-cop/bad-cop, game theory way, showing that they get it, that they’re bending over backwards to be conciliatory, to say sorry in a Fish Called Wanda fashion.

(I’m not saying these two people were kidnapped – maybe they were and maybe they weren’t. It’s tough to know for sure when you’re literally in the Vanguard)

Patience, people. All will be explained by all concerned when this matter gets resolved.

New “Yahoo Human Rights Fund” to Aid Cyber Dissidents in China

Thursday, April 3rd, 2008

Yahoo! sure has taken a little heat over the years about its activities in China. Like “…morally you are pygmies,” – remember that one from Tom Lantos when Jerry Yang was on the hot seat in Washington D.C. last autumn?

But now Yahoo is trying “to atone for revealing ‘cyber dissidents’ to Chinese officials” by setting up the Yahoo Human Rights Fund and having it run by Harry Wu

Read all about it on Yahoo Search, or Google Search if you prefer. But don’t try searching on Yahoo China – not too much info there yet.

Jerry Yang on the hot seat last year. It looks like he’s turning things around.
chenta on Flickr

The problem is that, just like Fight Club, the first and second rules of censorship is/are don’t talk about censorship. So, sending an email talking about the latest issue to be censored can land you in jail once the government finds out who you are.

If Yahoo is stepping up on this issue, good for them.