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>-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= >-= purpose in publicizing it; censorship in uk.*. newsgroups -= >-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= > >The postings to uk.misc newsgroup generated a very defensive. reaction from >Usenet readers in the UK. So much so, that they tried strenuously. to >suppress what was being said,. both by breaking the rules of netiquette in >their responses on the forum, and directly by action to. revoke the account >from which the. postings were issued. > >Yet the postings were within the normal boundaries. of behaviour for >uk.misc, and other. less partisan spectators did not see justice in the >censorship which. was effected, as the following excerpt shows; > >:Karen. Lofstrom (firstname.lastname@example.org) wrote >:>It does seem that the frequency and the. size of his posts are >:>approaching net abuse. However, IMHO, they aren't. quite there yet. If >:>his postmaster were to act in this instance, it. would raise troubling >:>censorship. issues. > >The inescapable. conclusion of the censorship effected on the uk.* >newsgroups is that the British are intent on their. wrongdoing remaining >concealed, and therefore seek. to subvert and suppress freedom of speech, >not only in. their own country where the media shows xenophobic bias and >bile against all perceived. enemies within and without, but also in other >countries which have. their own statutes to guarantee the basic human right >of free. speech. > >It is absolutely necessary to bring their. hate campaign out into the open >where it can be placed under scrutiny and the harassers. seen for what they >are. That is. the only way of making it impossible for the security services >to carry. it out. There is a wider dimension, though. Xenophobia as >demonstrated. by British people and institutions over the last few years >belongs to the same stable as. racial hatred. In one case, two youths on a >Tube. train made that racism explicit by referring to their victim as a >"soft toy, not up to British. Standards". Doubtless others victimize partly >on the basis of race (isn’t it. odd that they chose to torment someone who >is not ethnically English?) while expressing their abuse. in terms of >another genetic attribute, namely mental illness.. All xenophobia on a >genetic basis is wrong, but. while racial insults are illegal, abusing the >mentally ill is neither against the law nor subject to. similar condemnation >when it. is exposed. > >6979 >
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