Posts Tagged ‘Freedom of Speech’
A new press freedom association in Sweden called Tryckfrihetssallskapet will hold its first meeting on January 31st. Its formation was inspired by a Danish association with a similar name, Trykkefrihedsselskabet. Ingrid Carlqvist outlines the reason for the establishment of the organization in Sweden in the most influential alternative news blog in Norway, Document.no [in Swedish].
The editor of Document.no, Hans Rustad, has in the wake of the announcement called for Norwegian bloggers and journalists to create a similar association in Norway in order to establish a Scandinavian network of people dedicated to the protection of freedom of speech.
Freedom of expression needs a defense
For those with media power and political power ignores or withholds it is so, and also leads a language stamps and stigmatize “the others”, and yet is willing to adopt new laws and regulations in order to “arrest” them, literally and figuratively, – then we are in a dangerous development. Then something must be done.
It is important to be able to articulate what’s going on. But it is also important that there is something concrete that can organize a resistance against the development.
In late January formed a Swedish Press Freedom Party, cut the Danish ranges. If it be founded a Norwegian ditto, we would have a Nordic model….
It’s already started work, but we need more of, both as potential members, resource persons, contributors and especially leading figures….
Original article: Ytringsfriheten trenger et forsvar
At Gates of Vienna, well-known Norwegian blogger, Fjordman, responds in an “open letter” to Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg’s New Year’s speech.
An Open Letter to Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg
January 02, 2012
Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg heads a three-party left-wing coalition government. In his prestigious New Year’s speech that was delivered on national TV over several channels on January 1, 2012, the prime minister said many fine things. He also stated the following:
“The Internet at its worst is when totalitarian seducers are allowed to remain unchallenged in dark corners of the Net. We have to face this with resolve. We shall drive them out with the light of knowledge. Voicing opposition to extremism is taking responsibility for the future….”
I am not sure if I understand what he refers to when he speaks of the supposed “dark corners of the Internet”. As Fjordman, before my name became publicly known, I used to say that I had a hidden identity, but not a hidden agenda. Anybody with access to a search engine, which means billions of people worldwide, can easily find out what I think about issues from German wheat beers to astrophysics and superstring theory to sharia law. My essays are brightly-lit, and they are spread across the Internet on different websites. They are not hidden away.
If people believe we have dark and dangerous opinions, then they are welcome to challenge these at Gates of Vienna or the other nasty “Islamophobic” websites where I publish on a regular basis.
At Document.no, political commentator Christian Skaug responds to Prime Minister and Labor Party leader Jens Stoltenberg’s New Year’s speech.
Jens Stoltenberg … did not come unexpectedly into the concept of freedom of responsibility in his New Year speech last night. Here he urged people to discuss extremist views on the web:
“Internet at its worst is when totalitarian deceivers will speak unchallenged in the dark corners of the net. We need to meet with resistance. We will drive them out with the light of knowledge. Taking out against extremism is to take responsibility for the future. I encourage everyone to become good digital neighbors. Not to censor opinions or stifle debate. We must accept the unpleasant. What irritate, provoke and even shock. But – we should catch up. We will respond. It is to show freedom’s responsibility to say, ‘No, you’re wrong.’ We do it during lunch at work. Now is the time to also do it online….”
It is not necessary to spend so much effort to find good arguments for why people should not lend an ear to the British National Party or the like. One should ask why a politically relevant number of people doing it despite the obvious good reasons not to. It is a far more difficult exercise, because it will expose how even fail. In order to fashion the appropriate use of neologisms, it shows how to not have to listen responsibility.
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