Tuesday, March 18, 2008

35 censored videos relating to the protests in Tibet

A few years ago I filmed protests against Chinas president visiting the queen in London. The British Police arrested and seized Tibet flags from Tibetans (days later the Police were found guilty of false actions). But they suceeded in stopping a visual protest. In Tibet the same story is happening . However....

Wikileaks has released 35 censored videos relating to the protests
in Tibet and has called on bloggers around the world to help drive
the footage through the so called 'Great Firewall of China'.


The transparency group's move comes as a response to the the Chinese
Public Security Bureau's carte-blanche censorship of youtube, the
BBC, CNN, the Guardian and other sites carrying video footage of
the Tibetan people's recent heroic stand against the inhumane Chinese
occupation of Tibet.

Wikileaks has also placed the collection in two easy to use archives
together with a HTML index page so they may be easily copied, placed
on websites, emailed across the internet as attachments and uploaded
to peer to peer networks.

Censorship, like communism, seems like a reasonable enough idea to
begin with. While "from each according to his ability and to each
according to his need" sounds unarguable, the world has learned
that these words call forth a power elite to administer them with
coercive force. Such elites are quick to define the needs of their
own members as paramount. Similarly "from mouth according to its
ability and to each ear according to its need" seems harmless enough,
but history shows that censorship also requires an anointed class
to define this 'need' and to make violence against those who continue
talking. Such power is quickly corrupted.

The first ingredient of civil society is the people's right to know,
because without such understanding no human being can meaningfully
choose to support anything, let alone a political party. Knowledge
is the driver of every political process, every constitution, every
law and every regulation. The communication of knowledge is without
salient analogue. It is living, unique and demands its rightful
place at the summit of society. Since knowledge is the creator and
regulator of all law, its position beyond law commands due respect.

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