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Someone Should Tell The State Dept That The State Dept Is Hosting World Press Freedom Day

from the left-hand-meet-right-hand dept

Apparently all of the folks with an ounce of PR sense in the State Department were busy responding to Wikileaks issues. That's about the only explanation I can come up with for why the State Department still decided to push forward with its announcement that it will be hosting UNESCO's 'World Press Freedom Day' next May, right as it's been attacking Wikileaks left and right for showing how a free press really works. Of course, the other possibility is that whoever put out the press release actually hoped it meant freedom from the press for a day...

Of course, it gets even more ridiculous as you read the details of the press release:
The United States places technology and innovation at the forefront of its diplomatic and development efforts. New media has empowered citizens around the world to report on their circumstances, express opinions on world events, and exchange information in environments sometimes hostile to such exercises of individuals' right to freedom of expression. At the same time, we are concerned about the determination of some governments to censor and silence individuals, and to restrict the free flow of information. We mark events such as World Press Freedom Day in the context of our enduring commitment to support and expand press freedom and the free flow of information in this digital age.
Yes, "some governments"... like the US as it attempts to stifle Wikileaks. At the very least, this suggests a State Department that appears to be entirely tone deaf to the concerns over its response to Wikileaks.

Filed Under: free speech, irony, press freedom, state department


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  1. icon
    Mike Masnick (profile), 8 Dec 2010 @ 12:05am

    Re:

    Are you all still in high school?

    When you have nothing substantial to say in your comment, it helps to start off with a baseless insult.

    The answer to your question is: no.

    The documents were stolen.

    Leaked. But, either way, that's how whistleblowing *works*.

    Their content consists of the private communications between members of the diplomatic corps of many countries besides our own.

    Thanks. I think most people knew that.

    This is not a "Pentagon papers" or "Iran-Contra" affair. This is not a "free press" revealing the illegal or unconstitutional actions of our government.

    Eye of the beholder. So far we've learned a lot of things about the gov't lying to us, so it seems rather enlightening. At least for those who want to learn.

    No government, no matter how liberal, would tolerate Wikileaks actions, as, indeed, we are seeing vis-a-vis the comments from other nations

    Except, to date, every government has done exactly that. No one has charged him with any crime relating to Wikileaks, so your entire statement appears to be false.

    The latest "revelations" could prove fatal to personnel and sensitive installations around the world.

    By listing publicly known sites that everyone was already aware of? Who's being naive now, Roger?

    The articles in this "blog" seem naive, in and of themselves, and IMHO elicit narrow-minded and uninformed reaction.

    You are, of course, entitled to your opinion.

    I know you'll be disappointed to learn that I can't see devoting any more of my time to such nonsense.

    See ya.

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