Tuesday, October 06, 2009

A visit to Washington DC monuments shows the importance of free speech and free media etched in stone. But meanwhile Obama Administration is supporting limits on freedom of speech and press while elements in the press support pro-dictatorship elements abroad.
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Visiting Washington, I saw the small memorial to George Mason, one of America’s revolutionary founders and author of the Virginia Declaration of Human Rights. It is mainly a beautiful purple-flowered garden near the Jefferson Monument on the Potomac, along with a rather whimsical statue of Mason.
Alongside, on the wall are inscribed words from the Declaration which read:
“The freedom of the press is one of the greatest bulwarks of liberty and can never be restrained by despotick (sic) governments.”
But just a few days earlier, the U.S. government co-sponsored along with a despotick (sic) regime, Egypt, a UN resolution in the Human Rights Council (whose members are mostly governments that deny human rights) threatening the very basis of a free press and free speech generally.The resolution urges states not just to condemn but to make into a criminal act: "Any advocacy of national, racial or religious hatred that constitutes incitement to discrimination, hostility or violence" as well as "negative stereotyping of religions and racial groups,"...

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