WHEN THE FREE PRESS BECOMES A MOUTHPIECE FOR THE GOVERNMENT, THEREIN LIES THE DEATH OF FREEDOM
Last week, NBC News pulled journalists Ayman Mohyeldin from the Gaza war zone despite powerful reporting. Mohyeldin empathy for the Palestinians and less than unquestioning support for Israel was removed by NBC network executives. Mohyeldin, an award-winning Egyptian-born journalist who provided on-the-spot coverage of the Israeli invasion of Gaza in 2008-2009 and had distinguished himself for his objective reporting on the current Israeli war, was suddenly pulled from Gaza on Thursday. He was removed after he described, via social media and video, the murder Wednesday of four Palestinian children by Israeli gunboats as the youth, between the ages of 9 and 11 and all from the same family, played soccer on a Gaza beach near hotels used by foreign journalists.
Mohyeldin wrote movingly of the tragic deaths, tweeting, “4 Palestinian kids killed in a single Israeli airstrike. Minutes before they were killed by our hotel, I was kicking a ball with them.” He also sent photos and a video of the devastated parents. The tweet stated: “The US State Department Spokesperson just said that Hamas is ultimately responsible for Israel shelling and killing 4 boys who were cousins aged 9-11 because Hamas didn’t accept the ceasefire. Discuss among yourselves.” Glowing set of uranium balls on this guy.
Give me beauty. I’m tired of war. Give me love. I’m tired of hate. Give me work. I’m tired of seeing homeless people and favelas ignored by governments. I’m tired of sport to win, I want beauty. Give me play. Give me the sandlot.
“A nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.”
GEORGE H.W. BUSH‘S statement after the U.S. Navy shot down an unarmed civilian air liner which was traveling in a commercial air corridor in 1988: “I will never apologize for the United States — I don’t care what the facts are… I’m not an apologize-for-America kind of guy.” To this day the US government never said sorry. Only paid compensation after being ordered by the court! Bravo George, you deserve the Nobel War Prize!
“The best way to predict the future is to create it.” -Abraham Lincoln
No one decides the future for you except yourself. It may not always seem like that,
but every little decision you make opens a door and sets you up for whatever will happen next.
We all have dreams, and it’s good to think about them.
But instead of just thinking about them, we should take action – allow the thought to become a reality…
We create things all the time; music, art, friendships, ideas…creating is part of who we are.
Why not create the future?
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Music Is A Human Right
FREE MUSE: WHAT IS MUSIC CENSORSHIP?
Why is music censored? — and who are the censors?
Here is a general introduction to the issues of music censorship.
Imagine the world without music. Or imagine a world where we are told what to play, what to sing and even what we may listen to in the privacy of our own homes. That world already exists. In more countries that you might imagine, musicians and composers are under threat. And that threat is growing.
In countries like Sudan, Afghanistan and China, violations of musician’s rights to freedom of expression are commonplace. In the USA and Algeria, lobbying groups have succeeded in keeping popular music off the concert stage, and out of the media and retail. In ex-Yugoslavia musicians are often pawns in political dramas, and the possibility of free expression has been adversely affected.
WHY IS MUSIC CENSORED?
You may wonder why music is being censored. Why have musicians been tortured, jailed, exiled and even killed. Why have certain forms of music been silenced?
It may be as simple as South African musician Johnny Clegg has said: “Censorship is based on fear.”
Music is a free expression of the ideas, traditions and emotions of individuals and of people. It may express musicians’ hopes and aspirations, their joys and sorrows, their very identity as a culture. Yet these expressions may conflict with those of people in power. The ideas themselves may simply be unpopular or outside the current thinking or practices of a regime or special interest group. For there are those the world over who are threatened by the very nature of a free exchange of ideas. There are those who will stop at nothing to stifle them.
Music censorship has been implemented by states, religions, educational systems, families, retailers and lobbying groups – and in most cases they violate international conventions of human rights.