Wednesday, August 21, 2013
But Saudi Arabia, home to the vast majority of confirmed cases, remained far from forthcoming about what it knew. Announcements from the Ministry of Health supplied little useful detail and discussed illnesses and deaths that happened some indeterminate time in the past—possibly days, possibly even weeks.

So far the number of MERS cases is just a fraction of the toll from SARS, but health officials fear that the real count could be higher. Especially worrisome is the death rate among the afflicted: While SARS has been estimated to kill roughly 10 percent of its victims, MERS so far has killed 56 percent.
Censorship Doesn’t Just Stifle Speech — It Can Spread Disease by Maryn McKenna
Wednesday, April 11, 2012 Friday, January 28, 2011 Tuesday, May 25, 2010 Monday, May 10, 2010
spinmyheartintogold:

equalitopia:

New Jersey school district bans anthology about teenage homosexuality
American free speech organizations are fighting a decision by a New  Jersey school to remove a critically acclaimed anthology of writing  about teenage homosexuality from library shelves after parents described  it as vulgar and obscene, reports The Guardian.
Revolutionary Voices, a collection of stories, poems and artwork by  young homosexuals, was banned at Rancocas Valley Regional High School  last week following a campaign by the local chapter of Glenn Beck’s  conservative 9.12 project.
Local grandmother and 9.12 member Beverly Marinelli told the Philadelphia Inquirer that the book was “pervasively vulgar, obscene, and inappropriate”, while insisting that she is “not a homophobe”.
A coalition of free speech groups has jumped to the book’s defense,  saying that residents “have no right to impose their views on others or  to demand that the contents of the library reflect their personal,  religious, or moral values”.

Homophobia and censorship in the same breath?
Oh, hell naw!!

spinmyheartintogold:

equalitopia:

New Jersey school district bans anthology about teenage homosexuality

American free speech organizations are fighting a decision by a New Jersey school to remove a critically acclaimed anthology of writing about teenage homosexuality from library shelves after parents described it as vulgar and obscene, reports The Guardian.

Revolutionary Voices, a collection of stories, poems and artwork by young homosexuals, was banned at Rancocas Valley Regional High School last week following a campaign by the local chapter of Glenn Beck’s conservative 9.12 project.

Local grandmother and 9.12 member Beverly Marinelli told the Philadelphia Inquirer that the book was “pervasively vulgar, obscene, and inappropriate”, while insisting that she is “not a homophobe”.

A coalition of free speech groups has jumped to the book’s defense, saying that residents “have no right to impose their views on others or to demand that the contents of the library reflect their personal, religious, or moral values”.

Homophobia and censorship in the same breath?

Oh, hell naw!!

Thursday, March 18, 2010
standwithfreeiran:

Iran has been named an Enemy of the Internet by Reporters Without Borders. Read more about Iran’s censorship policies and download a logo in support of free speech.

The “Enemies of the Internet” list drawn up again this year by Reporters Without Borders presents the worst violators of freedom of expression on the Net: Saudi Arabia, Burma, China, North Korea, Cuba, Egypt, Iran, Uzbekistan, Syria, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, and Vietnam.

standwithfreeiran:

Iran has been named an Enemy of the Internet by Reporters Without Borders. Read more about Iran’s censorship policies and download a logo in support of free speech.

The “Enemies of the Internet” list drawn up again this year by Reporters Without Borders presents the worst violators of freedom of expression on the Net: Saudi Arabia, Burma, China, North Korea, Cuba, Egypt, Iran, Uzbekistan, Syria, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, and Vietnam.

Click through to send a message to Bill Gates and Steve Ballmar (Microsoft CEO), via Amnesty International USA.

Click through to send a message to Bill Gates and Steve Ballmar (Microsoft CEO), via Amnesty International USA.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010 Saturday, January 23, 2010
We urge the U.S. side to respect facts and stop using the so-called freedom of the Internet to make unjustified accusations against China.

CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTRY, responding to remarks made by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that criticized China’s censorship of the Internet.

From Time Magazine’s Quotes of the Day

Really, China? Who do you think you’re kidding?

Friday, January 15, 2010 Thursday, January 14, 2010
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