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Censorship in the West

bradley13 (1118935) writes | more than 2 years ago

Censorship 2

bradley13 (1118935) writes "Pussy Riot has highlighted censorship in Russia. With millions of news hits, the entire Internet now knows that speech in Russia will be suppressed with jail sentences.

In Scotland, a blogger finds it curious: A man by the name of Stephen Birrell has just been jailed for eight months, for posting "religiously prejudiced abuse" on a Facebook page. But you won't be able to find out many details, because the press shows no interest. For bonus points, the blogger claims that the few news items that do exist are not findable in search engines.

The blog mentioned above does overstate the case: If you enter "stephen birrell jailed", some news items do show up, but nowhere near the number that do for Pussy Riot. Still, isn't it ironic that the free-and-enlightened West is jailing people for "hate speech" at the same time that it criticizes Russia for much the same action?"

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Hypocrisy of the West (1)

Taco Cowboy (5327) | more than 2 years ago | (#41051093)

Don't you know it yet?

Hypocrisy, no matter where it happens, is still Hypocrisy

While the West criticizes Russia or China or Cuba or North Korea for human rights abuses - they (the West) themselves are doing it, inside their own country

The case you brought up is far from being an isolated case - the handling of Julian Assange case in UK is another

The West does not care about human rights, anymore than those of the commie countries

The only difference is that the West has a much better marketing department, and they often portray themselves as the protector - while they abuse others, at the same time

30 seconds... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41053071)

Thirty seconds of googling got me at least three new entries on the matter, before I stopped wanting to find more. Frankly, I have to wonder how much the worry that he might escalate his hate speech to action weighed into the decision. I honestly don't know whether hate speech trials like this should be done in a vacuum, or pointing out that he attacked (and permanently scarred) his current girlfriend with a machete, among other violent crimes should affect the outcome of such a trial...

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