Wilders’ case: OIC critics “repeated attacks against Islam”

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In a statement released las June 30, 2011 in Astana, Khazakhstan, when holding the 38th session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of OIC Member States, the Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation strongly condemned the repeated attacks against Islam and the acts of defamation and insults perpetrated against the Prophet Muhammad and his many wives by the right-wing Dutch politician Geert Wilders. For the Secretary General of the OIC, Mr Wilders has taken a dangerous path which is to derail the peace and harmony among civilizations by fanning and spreading hatred against Islam and Muslims, both in his own country and in other European countries.

Turkish Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu said that the denigration of Islam and the sacred image of the Prophet Muhammad by Wilders has reached a stage that it can no longer be tolerated under any circumstances, including the right to freedom of expression. He urged the Government of the Netherlands to take the appropriate measures needed to contain the hate campaign and incitement orchestrated by Wilders, who is a coalition partner of the Dutch government. He expressed deep concern over the silence observed in this regard by the Dutch government, something that could affect the good bilateral relations now existing between the Member States of the OIC and the Netherlands.

Via ExtremeCentre.org. Translated by T&P.

Morocco: director of main newspaper jailed

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One month and twelve days after his arrest, the journalist Rachid Nini has been sentenced to one year imprisonment and a fine of about 89 euros for “contempt of justice“.

In the pages of ‘Al Massae‘, the most widely read daily newspaper of all Morocco, he used 9 items to denounce “terrorist practices” of state security forces and “unfair trials” in matters Islamists.

Our team continues to work as before, we will not stop”, he told ElMundo.es Jajili Yussef, a spokesman for “Al Massae” who also considered that “they have put behind bars the best reporter of all Morocco, his imprisonment gives us strength to continue and protect our editorial line, based on the reporting of corrupt our system“.

More here.

Saudi Arabia: Law professor imprisoned and incommunicado for writing about the future of the regime

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Dr. Mohammed ‘Abdullah al-‘Abdulkareem, a 40-years-old law professor, married with three children, was arrested on December 5 at his home by four plain-clothed men, believed to be members of the General Intelligence Service (al-Mabahith al-‘Amma) of the Ministry of Interior as well as by several uniformed police officers.

According to activists in Saudi Arabia, minutes after his arrest, he called his wife that they were helding him arrested, but would return at night.

He did not return, and since then has been held incommunicado. Saudi activists believe he is in prison in Riyadh Al Ha’ir.

It is not known why he was arrested, but is believed to be related to an article he wrote and published on its Facebook Page on 23November.

In the article, written in Arabic and entitled “The crisis of political conflict between the ruling factions in Saudi Arabia,” posed the following question: “Is the continuity of the kingdom, united in an entity subject to the existence of the family [ruling]? “. He answered the question by examining the uncertainty surrounding the succession to the royal family and other institutional processes that affect the future of Saudi Arabia. He didn’t advocate violence in the article or referred to it at all.

They think he may be undergoing torture.


TRanslated by T&P.

UN: Islamic countries continue pushing for blasphemy resolution

Fifty-six Islamic countries, members of the UN, claim that the General Assembly this month shoulc approve a resolution condemning “defamation of religions”, which restrictsf reedom of expression in the West and spread worldwide the “blasphemy law“existing only in several Muslim countries. As we remember the “blasphemy law” is even more controversial after the sentencing to death of Pakistani Christian Asia Bibi.

The draft UN resolution is sponsored by Pakistan as the country spokesman for the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC), the largest pressure group of world from Muslim states.

The initiative has the majority within the Human Rights Council United Nation, where the OIC and its states are the majority among the 47 Council members. For years, at the request of Pakistan, the Council has annually approved a resolution against “defamation of religions. ”

The text was again approved at their request, text in which the UN condemns the criticism appearing in the free press against radical Islam, since the terrorist attack of September 11. The aim of the Muslim states is to find sufficient support in the General Assembly to approve the resolution during the current session.

Secretary of State of the EE-UU, Hillary Clinton, has rejected the Muslim initiative at the UN on the grounds that it is contrary to freedom of expression. U.S. and European governments warn that further legal condemnation of “defamation of religions” hides the danger that serve to accentuate the persecution of religious minorities especially against the followers of Jesus Christ.


Venezuela: Chávez Seeks to Censor Internet

Hugo Chávez is tired of your pokes, tweets and comments. If he has his way, a bill making its way through Parliament that includes restrictions on social media giants, will become law.

…The wording of the bill that would censor social networks calls for protecting citizens “moral and ethical honor”. As such, it would also control adult programming. It proposes applying limits on content in “electronic media” according to the time of day and would call on internet service providers to establish mechanisms to restrict nefarious adult content.

The bill comes at a time of turmoil for Venezuelan legislators as Chávez is once again seeking decree powers that would grant him special powers to enact laws as he sees fit.

via No More Pokes? Chávez Seeks to Censor Facebook, Twitter – Fox News Latino.

Some Venezuelans have protested outside the National Assembly.

Chávez has said the powers could extend up to 18 months. “The text of the law allows him to issue decrees across a wide range of areas including housing, land, finances and security“.


Syria: 19-year-old blogger arrested

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Arab Network for Human Rights has denounced that in Syria a 19-year-old girl who wrote a blog in the internet, has been detained for the last 3 months and without allowing her to communicate with her parents.

In a press release, the NGO explains that Tal Al Melouhi was arrested on Dec 27th, her house was searched and her computer intervened by police. “Since that moment, her family has lost all communication with her, is not allowed to visit her and hasn’t been informed of where she is now”, it adds.

For the Arab Net, “arresting so young a blogger, who has just completed secondary education because of a poem who is not offensive to anyone and is not against the law, shows a profoundly implacable and clearly repressive and hostile attitude to freedom of expression”.

via Detienen a una bloguera de 19 años por publicar un poema en Siria – Libertad Digital.

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Internet: Iranian women’s rights website wins RSF online freedom award

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Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and Google honoured the online journalists of the women’s rights website we-change on 12 March with the first “Netizen Prize”, a new annual award for those who defend freedom of expression online. RSF’s report on “Internet Enemies” was released on the same day.

via Global Voices Online » Iranian women’s rights website wins RSF online freedom award.

They are one of the supporters of the 1 Million vote campaign as says the video posted.

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Norway: Demonstrations called for Friday on Koran’s alleged desecration

Islam in Europe:

Last week Dagbladet published a story about a link from the PST (Norwegian Security Service) Facebook page to a cartoon of Mohammed, which portrayed Mohammed as a pig writing in the Koran.  There were concerns that this link could cause riots in both Norway and Pakistan.  The story was illustrated with a screenshot.  While the PST story was ignored, and various people are now claiming it was a non-issue all along, Muslim taxi drivers in Oslo went on strike twice to protest the Dagbladet story.  Several protests are planned for tomorrow.

The Islamic Council of Norway is advising Muslims not to participate in the cartoon demonstrations on Friday.
"It is our opinion that the current demonstration can easily be exploited by rioting elements for their own aims, and therefore it won’t be best for neither Muslims or society at large. Under the circumstances we can therefore not recommend participation, even in legal demonstrations," the Islamic Council of Norway writes in a press release.

The Oslo city council might revoke taxi licenses after the Muslim protest.

Yesterday evening the Dagbladet.no site was shut down when several Turkish IP addresses loaded the db.no front page about 5,000 times within a short period.

The Jawa Report writes about Jihadi forum chatter on the subject.

And here we begin again… 🙄

Venezuela: Chávez creates militias to defend “Bolivarian revolution”

ramiro-valdes-y-hugo-chavez And of course, “Castroite” thugs are enchanted that their Government’s colony –something real after the arrival of Cuban dark lord Ramiro Valdés (right, with Chávez)-, really defends them:

President Hugo Chávez called on the popular power authorities today to create militias to defend the Venezuelan Revolution in the 184 communes that are constituted at national level.

According to the Head of State, the residents in those areas, made up by hundred of families with low resources, will receive military training to resist any attack.

We won’t attack anybody, but we have to get ready to defend hand to hand, millimeter by millimeter, the territory of this Revolution, he pointed out during his Sunday program Aló, Presidente.

Hugo Chávez

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Netherlands: prosecuting Geert Wilders

The trial of right-wing Dutch parliamentarian Geert Wilders has begun in an Amsterdam district court under tight security, with about 200 supporters gathered outside the courtroom.

Wilders, who is on 24-hour surveillance after receiving death threats, is standing trial on five counts of inciting hatred and discrimination against Muslims.

… His radically anti-Islamic statements have proved popular in recent years among Dutch voters, who have made his Party for Freedom the second-largest party in the European Parliament. Recent polls also suggest it may become the largest party in the Dutch Parliament after national elections in May 2011.

…If convicted in the Amsterdam court on all counts, Wilders faces more than a year in jail. Prosecutors, however, have not ruled out asking for an acquittal.

Before: Geert Wilders on trial today.

Terrorism: Somali threats against Swedish illustrator

After the attack on Westergaard, the threats continue:

Swedish artist Lars Vilks, who sparked outrage with caricatures of the Muslim prophet Muhammad as a dog, has received threats via telephone from Somalia.Police in Helsingborg in southern Sweden are taking seriously the threats made against Vilks, which come just three days after Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard was subjected to an axe attack at his home in Denmark.

The first of two phone calls to Vilks came on Monday morning. A subsequent check by the Swedish artist revealed that the call originated in Somalia, where the Islamic militant group al-Shabaab has gained increasing influence in the war torn country.

Al-Shabaab is also believed to have ties to al-Qaeda.

In the last month, al-Shabaab supporters who reportedly used to live in Denmark have killed at least 22 people, including three ministers, in a suicide bomb attack carried out in the Somali capital of Mogadishu.

via Somali threats against Swedish illustrator – The Local.

To see the cause of the great outrage, click here.

Iran: Moussavi’s counsellor, arrested; journalist, imprisoned

Reza Tajik, a high counsellor of the Iranian opposition’s leader Mir Hossein Mussavi, has been arrested.

Reza Tajik has been member of reformist Mohammed Khatami’s president. It has been announced by the website Kaleme a week after the Ashura demonstrations. 2 other Moussavi’s associates have been also arrested.

A journalist who was arrested back in June has been condemned to 6 years imprisoned.

via Iran:arrestato consigliere di Mussavi – Top News – ANSA.it.

The imprisoned journalist is:

Henghameh Shahidi was, on the other hand, sentenced to six years and 32 days in prison by the 26th chamber of Tehran’s revolutionary court. The journalist and head of the blog Paineveste was arrested on 29 June. She spent 50 days in solitary confinement in Section 209 of Evin prison before being freed on 2 November 2009 after posting bail of nine million tomans (about 6,300 euros).

Her lawyer, Mohammad Mostafai, said the journalist had been convicted of “acting against national security”, “activities against the regime in collaboration with the BBC”, which is seen as a “counter-revolutionary channel”. She was also found guilty of signing petitions against the regime, including the Iranian feminist ‘one million signatures’ campaign, as well as the campaign against stoning and another urging the UN Human Rights Council to take up a position on the state of human rights in Iran. She was also convicted of writing articles deemed “insulting” to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on her weblog. Mostafai added that he would be lodging an appeal.

More examples on the crackdown on press freedom in the link above.

Jordan: Condemned on apostasy charges for writing some poems

In the poems, he referred to Muhammad several times and some people accused him of comparing Islam’s prophet to a fortune teller:

For a man facing a death sentence of sorts, Islam Samhan is remarkably accommodating.Over a delicious dinner prepared by his wife and closest confidante, Nada Damra, Samhan — a poet and devout Muslim — quietly explains how he came to be on trial for apostasy and what the potential consequences, beyond a $14,000 fine and imprisonment, could be.

“It means that killing me is a way to heaven,” he says, underscoring the seriousness of the label “kafir,” or apostate.

Islam Samhan says a Jordanian government court has essentially convicted him of being an apostate for a collection of poems he wrote. He went on trial after religious officials said his love poems disrespected the Prophet Mohammed.

Now Samhan, who considers himself a good, practicing Muslim, has three months to appeal the verdict. If he loses, he’ll spend a year in prison and pay the crippling $14,000 fine.

Even after doing time in prison and paying a fine equivalent to more than two times the average annual household income in Zarqa, Samhan will carry the “kafir” label with him for life.

He says he will not be able to return to his job as a cultural reporter at Al-Arab Al-Yawm, a local newspaper, and it’s unlikely he’ll be able to find anything more than menial work. Already, he’s been ostracized by most of his friends, his coworkers, and even some in-laws. He’s received numerous other death threats, including one to blow up his house, and people often spit at him.

…“The Mufti said I was a kafir and against religion, and that I should be punished the way religion punishes kafirs, which is death,” recounts Samhan.

…“In the beginning I was against trying to seek asylum, but now I want to do it,” says Samhan, grimly joking that he would even go to Darfur or Somalia to get out of a Jordanian jail term. “I would do anything not to go to prison, because I have to support my family.”

But without any official offers for asylum, Samhan is resigned to the fact that he will likely go to prison. As the sole supporter of his wife, two children and extended family, he worries how they will survive.

via Jordan | Jordanian Religion | Muslim | Apostasy.

Venezuela: That “satisfactory” level of freedom of expression

Police has used tear gas and water cannons against Venezuelan protesters,who were demonstrating against the new Education Law, who would create “future Hugos”. Of course, the pro-Chávez’s demonstration, held the same day, wasn’t touched. We are waiting for Moratinos‘ words on the subject (and Obama’s, so critical of Honduras, Insulza’s or Ban Ki-Moon’s, among others).

But anti-Education Law protesters weren’t the only to receive tear gas: police demonstrators also received their share:

The police chiefs are giving orders to their subordinates to shoot in every direction“. “This action took place when the journalists were interviewing the Metropolitan Major, Antonio Ledesma“. “This policial action was the fourth in the day“.

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Venezuela: Chavista thugs call for murder of opposition blogger***

While Moratinos states that the “level of freedom of expression in Venezuela is satisfactory” (a very striking statement, considering the new law to “regulate freedom of expression), in Venezuela they are calling to murder journalists-bloggers opposed to Chávez. One chavista web forum has several messages calling for the murder of libertarian journalist Martha Colmenares: “If you see this stupid journalist walking along the streets, kill her“, “if you see her, don’t even hesitate to shoot, she is highly dangerous“, writes a user. The first message was written on July 22nd and the second on July 27th, without being erased by the web’s managers.

The web, which is named “aporrealos.com” (“beat them“), has a banner on its header telling every user: “All hasty, racist or propaganda messages will be erased”.

Even if the main objective of this blog is not Venezuela’s Chávez, this is the kind of thing that won’t appear on CNN but that really show what’s the real situation of this country.The Guardian reports that a Venezuelan TV station has been stormed by supporters of Hugo Chávez. You can see the video here:

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Even if Moratinos is considered an idiot by members of his own family, this is not a question of being stupid. It’s a question of complicity with a dictator. (is he going to do anything about the Spanish nationals living there whose lands have been stolen by Chavista thugs?).

Two of Globovision’s assailants were hurt in the attack (against unarmed people!). The group is called “Venezuelan Patriotic Union“, a Chavista group leadered by Lina Ron, known widely because of an act in front of UN Embassy in Caracas after Sept. 11 and the violent, intimidating and aggressive pacific” invasion of the Archbishop’s residence on 2008. She is known also for the motto: “With Chávez, everything; without Chávez, lead“. Chávez has openly critisized her, but as he has done nothing to put an end to her group or to their methods (they are supporting him!), they continue without any Government’s interference.

*Enterate Caracas reports that no responsible of the attack has been detained and asks who authorised the attack. Apparently is someone very near the Minister Diosdado Cabello.

Read also: Silencing the media anywhere should matter everywhere. Chávez’s Venezuela: Land of… Drug Cartels, Corruption and Socialism? A Translation (to English) of the Proposed “Special Bill Against Media Crimes”.

*The Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean has more aboout this attack against Globovisión.

*Lina Roy has been arrested: Chávez has said that “she is really not considering the effects of her acts, because in the end her acts are blamed on the Bolivarian Revolution“. But that now she is going to suffer the Law… mainly because she is a bad publicity for Chávez… 😆

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Venezuela: Attorney General proposes law to regulate freedom of expression*

Venezuelas freedom of expression: worsening each day

Venezuela's freedom of expression: worsening each day

BBC NEWS | Americas | Venezuela mulls tough media law

A tough new media law, under which journalists could be imprisoned for publishing “harmful” material, has been proposed in Venezuela.

Journalists could face up to four years in prison for publishing material deemed to harm state stability.

Public prosecutor Luisa Ortega Diaz, who proposed the changes, said it was necessary to “regulate the freedom of expression” without “harming it”.

The move comes at a time of rising tension over private media regulation.

Under the draft law on media offences, information deemed to be “false” and aimed at “creating a public panic” will also be punishable by prison sentences.

The law will be highly controversial if passed in its current form.

It states that anyone – newspaper editor, reporter or artist – could be sentenced to between six months and four years in prison for information which attacks “the peace, security and independence of the nation and the institutions of the state”.


Washington Post Venezuela: ‘Freedom of expression must be limited’ – 8 hrs ago

WA Today.com.au Venezuela bill threatens media crackdown – 10 hrs ago

Chavez denies that he intends to silence critics, saying his government fully respects freedom of expression.

Wow, the irony… Three evils again

» “Ver televisión es vivir en angustia y en zozobra” en Noticias24.com

The General Prosecutor of the Bolivarian Republic, Luisa Ortega Díaz, denied that she is proposing a “new Law of Political Crimes”, but on the contrary: she is making a proposal to contribute to the present discussion on the National Assembly. She also added that the “abuses of freedom of expression should also be controlled”.

Ortega also commented that “every right should have a limit” and that “rights are not absolute”. She continued saying that, when in the exercise of freedom of expression someone attacks the rights of a group “there should a provision to grant that group the limits to that right”.


“These are just proposals I made, but they are not absolutes, I even included the right of the own workers of the MSM. We should also add the protection of the MSM to report informations“, she added.

“Watching television nowadays is living in anguish. I believe that, as General Prosecutor, we have to regulate this. I believe that freedom of expression mush be in its highest but must be a good freedom”, Ortega maintained.

Related to the Nation’s security and independence, she remarked that the “nation’s security should be above freedom of expression“.

We must preserve the State, because the State goes beyond all of us and, if for that, we must make laws that regulate the abusive use of freedom of expression, we must do it”, she added. (speaking about fascism…wasn’t this “the socialism of the XXIst century”? Looks much older, doesn’t it?)

Breibart has repoted Ortega’s words too (via Fausta).

PoliGazette comments on this:

those “progressives” who added Chavez to their Castro/Che pantheon of socialist heroes find these reports inconvenient and thus ignore them. But these blatant exposures of the repressive nature of Chavez’ politics is becoming increasingly difficult to avoid.

Absolutely true…

Yesterday a new electoral law was also passed.

It allows the National Election Council to redraw voting district boundaries.

(…) The president’s opponents say the law is an effort to prevent them from getting a foothold in the National Assembly, and that it would help Mr Chavez’s United Socialist Party (PSUV) in congressional elections due next year.

Tomas Sanchez, one of a dozen deputies to vote against the bill, said he expected it to “change the district lines, mixing up places where the opposition is stronger with places where the PSUV usually wins, and thereby weaken the opposition”.

More comments on the Venezuelan elections law:

CBC Venezuelan election law ignites opposition fears – 3 hrs ago
RTTNews.com Venezuela’s National Assembly Endorses Election Law Reform – Update – 4 hrs ago
Miami Herald Venezuelan regulators pull 34 radio concessions – 6 hrs ago
WA Today.com.au Venezuela bill threatens media crackdown – 33 hrs ago
Canada.com Chavez hits Venezuelan media with new laws – 62 hrs ago

*Fj has more:

Venezuelan regulators revoked the broadcast rights of 34 radio stations on Friday, deepening a rift between President Hugo Chavez’s government and the private media.

Diosdado Cabello, who heads Venezuela’s telecommunications regulatory agency, said some of the stations failed to update their registrations or let their concessions expire, while others held licenses granted to an operator who is now deceased.

Cartoon thanks to Diplodemocracia.

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US: Library Association censors Robert Spencer after CAIR’s demands

Family Security Matters » Publications » Library Association Buckles Under Pressure by CAIR; Censors Critic of Islamism

Rainy Reading When an organization organizes an annual banned books week to celebrate “the freedom to express one’s opinion even if that opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular,” it is a little disturbing to see the same group cancel a panel discussion because one of the invited speakers is considered objectionable.

But that’s how the American Library Association (ALA) handled pressure from the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) to silence an invited speaker for a panel discussion at its annual convention who has a perspective on Islam, Jihad, and terrorism that CAIR doesn’t like.

Jihad Watch director Robert Spencer, author of eight books on Islam and Jihad, had been scheduled to appear July 12th on an ALA panel entitled “Perspectives on Islam: Beyond the Stereotyping.” ALA canceled the panel after the other speakers decided to boycott the panel due to Spencer’s participation. But rather than inviting others to replace them, or letting Spencer honor his commitment, the ALA capitulated and gave the critics what they wanted.

Interesting thing, freedom of expression… Now we can safely say these guys from the Library Associations are really, really… incoherent.

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Netherlands: Geert Wilders loses bids to stop trial about "Fitna"

You can read these news in The News International and Nasdaq.com:

Far-right Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders lost a legal bid Wednesday to stop his pending trial for inciting hatred and discrimination against Muslims.

“The attorney general is of the opinion that there are no grounds” for a further appeal, the Dutch Supreme Court said in a statement.

Lawyers for Wilders had sought to overturn a ruling by the Amsterdam Court of Appeals in January that he should be prosecuted for a series of public anti- Muslim statements, particularly for comparing Islam to Nazism.

Well, this is nothing that we can consider as surprising. But anyway it something truly interesting that they want this to go to trial. Mr. Wilders has stated:

“I am being prosecuted for saying about Islam what millions of Dutch think. Freedom of expression is at risk of being offered at the altar of Islam.”

The real reason (at least for me) of this trial is that he considers Islam as equal to Nazism. Whatever our special ideas on the subject, this process is judging the personal idea of someone about an ideology/religion. Of course, I count with a just trial (consider me an optimist), in which he can express his own reasons about this. But I don’t know if, being realistic, we can count with that just trial. I fear he is going to be fried.

Just notice that he is labelled as “far-right” everywhere you read about him. Even if he has no link with Nazi parties, with actual far-right parties, etc etc.

NOTE: I really can’t blog often now. I am truly busy, I am sorry for this but life is like it is. Thanks to you all for your interest.

Imprisoned journalists (and bloggers) in the world

On Dec 1st, 125 journalists were in prison because of their work and 45% of them actually works for Internet sites, according to the Comission for the Protection of Journalists (CPJ) in this year’s annual report. Written press’ journalists , editors and photographers are next with 53 cases in 2008, and the rest of the cases are radio and TV reporters.

According to the report, China is, for 10th year, the country with the highest number of journalists in prison. 24 of the 28 reporters imprisoned work for Internet sites and the list includes the blogger Hu Jia, who was sentenced to 3 years and a half in prison for making comments and interviews which were critical with the Communist Party. Cuba is situated in the second place, with 21 imprisoned, while Burma / Myanmar maintains 14 reporters in prison, five of them when they were trying to publish news and images of the places devastated by the Nargis. USA, who maintains photographer Ibrahim Jassam imprisoned with no accusation, is situated in the fifth place in the list of countries that jail journalists.

via El número de periodistas digitales encarcelados supera por primera vez al de los de prensa escrita · ELPAÍS.com.

I have traslated that part because I wanted you to read what the public in Spain read normally. That mention to USA, without anyone to Iran, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, for example, who detain bloggers and journalists in a normal basis is really unbelievable. Yes, USA is a democracy so it must do things well, but comparing it to China, Cuba or Burma, who are three of the worst dictatorships is just nonsense. For example, nowadays Iran has arrested with no charges and in an unknown location for days (though Iran has finally recognised they have her in the infamous Evin prison), US Freelance Journalist Roxana Saberi via FOXNews.com – American Freelance Journalist Arrested in Iran for Engaging in ‘Illegal’ Activities – Iran | Map | News:

An Iranian-American journalist, whose family has not heard from her for three weeks, was arrested for engaging in “illegal” activities because she continued to work after the government revoked her press credentials Iran said Monday.

Roxana Saberi moved to Iran six years ago and had previously reported for NPR, the BBC and FOX News.

“She called from an unknown place and said she’s been kept in detention,” her father Reza Saberi said about the Feb. 10 call. “She said that she had bought a bottle of wine and the person that sold it had reported it and then they came and arrested her.”

You see? No mention of this. AT ALL.

And looks like that Cuba has not changed, be Castro or not in charge of the country. Yes, the Government has changed but the methods haven’t. Yoani is a famous Cuban blogger who blogs at Generación Y and who has been censored and reprimanded in the past because of her acid comments on normal life in Cuba. Since yesterday, her blog looks like this:

So, in the end, nothind has really changed…

USA: Critic Says Islamic Extremism Gets Whitewashed in American Textbooks (UPDATED)

An education expert is warning that some American textbooks present a biased view of Islam and offer a sugarcoated picture of Islamic extremism, a trend that has parents worried about what’s being taught in public schools.

In numerous history textbooks, “key subjects like jihad, Islamic law, the status of women are whitewashed,” said Gilbert T. Sewall, director of the American Textbook Council, an independent group that reviews history books and other education materials.

Cindy Ross, the mother of a junior high school student in Marin County, Calif., said she couldn’t believe her eyes when she read her son’s textbook last school year.

“I was very shocked by what I saw, looking through the book,” she said — shocked at how Islam was portrayed in her son’s seventh grade history text.

“What did strike me was that all the other religions seemed to be lumped together, where there is an inordinate emphasis on Islam specifically,” Ross said.

via FOXNews.com – Critic Says Islamic Extremism Gets Whitewashed in American Textbooks – Local News | News Articles | National News | US News.

Well, this is not stricking at all, specially after knowing that both the Catholic Church (Ohhh, Myyyy) and the Muslims have agreed to erase everything which portraits them in a bad light from history books.

Catholic and Muslim officials want all negative references to each others’ religions removed from school books.
The proposal was put forward in joint statement following talks in Vatican City between delegations from Cairo’s Al Azhar University and senior Catholic officials, Reuters reports.
Scholastic books should be revised in order not to contain material which may offend the religious sentiments of other believers, at times through the erroneous presentation of dogmas, morals or history,” the joint statement says
The statement does not detail how the two groups would attempt to achieve this rewrite.

Absolutely shameful. Hiding people’s defects is not the best way to promote peace and justice. It’s just the opposite. Inquisitions, witch hunting, etc have existed, whatever the textbook says.

(UPDATE): Always on Watch has more about the US textbooks whitewashing Islamic extremists.