by Mike Masnick

Malaysia's Former Prime Minister A Fan Of Blogs As Alternative News Source

from the nice-of-him-to-say-that-now... dept

It's been interesting to see how various governments around the world deal with the freedom of speech issues that the internet has been creating. We've seen Thailand, Turkey and Brazil all block sites at one point or another, after some were upset about some user-created content. However, it appears that at least some are recognizing that you can't make everyone shut up when every computer is its own printing press. Earlier this month, we wrote about how some Malaysian politicians were so upset with some blogs criticizing local policies that there was talk of forcing bloggers to register with the government along with a few poorly thought out statements about how bloggers were liars. While other politicians rejected the idea of forcing bloggers to register, it's interesting to see the country's former prime minister, Mahathir Mohmad quoted as saying that he believes blogs are a valuable source of news -- especially given the "tightly controlled" media. Of course, as the article notes that Mahathir was criticized during his own administration for suppressing the media -- so the praise rings a bit hollow. As one person in the story notes: "I just wished that he would have said the same thing when he was prime minister."

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    Baskaran, 27 Jul 2007 @ 5:30pm


    Dear Earthlings.......we once started from the caves. Naked though...we were literally transparent...nothing to hide....we did not apologise for the truth....but we only apologised for our feelings.......Today after starting education..schools..colleges..universities...we sit at the UN as Doctors,Lawyers, Engineers, Politicians, 'peacemakers'...etc. But during the course of the meetings...we call/curse each other as "Stupid, stupid like a Donkey, why are you so stupid like a Donkey!" Please take note....In God's creation we have everything....Plants,animals, man..etc. But if we say that the Donkey is stupid...then it amounts to saying that if the Creation (Donkey) is stupid, then the creator is also 'stupid' ! Now who created us? ! The 'stupid creator' creator created us ! Therefore we are also stupid ! Its like spitting on our own face ! This is "THE POT IS CALLING THE KETTLE BLACK" ! You know why we started the Second World War? Because we felt that the First World War was not Complete!! Now I hear our Earthlings saying that the Second World War is not complete !! Let's start the third (nuclear) then ! If we do not put an end to wars ..then there is no choice...because the Wars will put an end to Us !The craziest thing in this world to do is to do the same thing over and over..and each time we do the same thing we are expecting a different result! " I " would love to talk to Tun Mahathir ! We, ALL the earthlings NEED HELP. Necessity is the mother of inventions! NO MAN OR WOMAN IS WORTH YOUR TEARS, AND THE ONE WHO IS WILL NOT MAKE YOU CRY ! God Bless

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