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. identicon
    ignorant_s, 8 Dec 2010 @ 8:32am

    Re: Re: Re: Limits

    Chuck- I am glad you have an "actual" job (as opposed to a fake one) and a life, though I would venture to guess that most posters on this site have lives too...unless we are conversing with artificial intelligence...Hmmm.

    While that is great for you, because we know how many people do not have "actual" jobs, "terrorists" or people who would like to bomb America's critical dependencies are well ahead of this game. This information is compiles in a certain document, yes, but its no state secret where the US gets most of its insulin. That information is widely available.

    The reason that you fear these places as becoming "targets" is because the US is well hated around the world as a result of self motivated foreign policies that have left many innocent civilians dead, starving, poor, in a constant state of war, you name it. I am sure neutral Switzerland has a list of "critical dependencies" too. Do you think these "terrorists" think daily about bombing Switzerland's dependencies?

    By the way, Mom just came down to the basement to tell me that some of our Congress people and senators are now calling for Assange to be put on a list of "terrorists". Hmm What do you think Chuck? Is he a terrorist in your sense of the word?

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