Freedom Of Expression Is Priceless... For Everything Else, There's Mastercard

from the plug-pulled dept

The title of this post is from Rinze, who perfectly sums up the ridiculousness of MasterCard blocking any payment systems that are working with Wikileaks from allowing people to use its card. MasterCard's excuse is even more ridiculous than Paypal, Amazon and others. Rather than drudging up some sort of "terms of service violation," MasterCard is now just making stuff up:
MasterCard said it was cutting off payments because WikiLeaks is engaging in illegal activity. "MasterCard rules prohibit customers from directly or indirectly engaging in or facilitating any action that is illegal," spokesman Chris Monteiro said.
That's nice, but last we checked, for something to be found guilty of illegal activity, first they have to be charged and tried, and only after a court decides it's illegal, is it actually considered illegal. To date, Wikileaks hasn't been even charged with anything, let alone found guilty. Apparently MasterCard isn't a big believer in due process either. It's actually very unlikely that Wikileaks actually has done anything illegal. It is against the law to leak such documents but publishing those documents is still protected activity. Except to MasterCard.

Filed Under: free speech, mastercard, wikileaks
Companies: mastercard, wikileaks

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    Yeah Right, 7 Dec 2010 @ 9:48am

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    Well, at least you have to question the sense of Visa and Mastercard's actions. What have they accomplished?

    Severed the money flow to Wikileaks? All it takes is for one do-gooder to start accepting money through his Visa or Mastercard account. If this is a nobody I'm sure V/MC will have no qualms in terminating his account. However, if a well-known name such as Reporters without Borders, Amnesty International or let's say the Guardian or the New York Times started a temporary Wikileaks fund, would Visa/Mastercard have the cojones to cut them off?

    There is one thing Visa/Mastercard have accomplished: by their own actions they have damaged the public's perception of their own brand. A number of bloggers have already identified a number of doubtful organisations V/MC have no problems handling funding for. And the unpalatable collusion between them and government is there for all to see.

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