Self Censorship and FeaR

“Canada’s largest retail bookseller has removed all copies of the June issue of Harper’s Magazine from its 260 stores, claiming an article by New York cartoonist Art Spiegelman could foment protests similar to those that occurred this year in reaction to the publication in a Danish newspaper of cartoons depicting the Prophet Mo-hammed.

Indigo Books and Music took the action this week when its executives noticed that the 10-page Harper’s article, titled Drawing Blood, reproduced all 12 cartoons first published last September by Jyllands-Posten..
Indigo pulls controversial Harper’s off the shelves continues..

In a memo obtained by The Globe and Mail that was e-mailed to Indigo managers yesterday about “what to do if customers question Indigo’s censorship” of Harper’s, employees are told to say that “the decision was made based on the fact that the content about to be published has been known to ignite demonstrations around the world.

Self censorship. It’s all the rage these days.
Journalists softening the tone of their articles, purposely avoiding newsworthy stories, killing publications of cartoons due to the unspoken widespread concern over Muzlim reactions and repercussions.

Sure, the publishers are most likely to cite the “we don’t wish to offend anyone” posture but that hasn’t prevented the proliferation of pornography and vile literature against Jews, Christians or others has it?

We have always been indocrinated with the idea that government has an interest in controlling the free flow of information, therefore making any censorship something that must be constantly guarded against.

This fear is not only prevalent in the broadcast arena, it reflects the willing dhimmitude of America and now Canada as well.
Since when do journalists steer clear of newsworthy stories because they might aggravate or “upset” someone or a group? Is that the new yardstick for publication?

Who now determines when, why and even whether stories or images are to be reported or published? The Muzlims who threaten to riot and pillage if they are?

These contemporary challenges to free speech reveal alarming evidence that Americans and apparently some Canadians are woefully unaware of the consequences of this sudden burst of alleged conscience and self censorship.

Is not the role of the journalist to inform the public..or is that no longer considered a crucial task. Bookstores can muzzle themselves out of fear and intimidation, failing to expose Truth, which will only further the climate of fear and reprisal………

And, After all………Isn’t that precisely what the enemy wants.

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13 Responses to “Self Censorship and FeaR”

  1. Always On Watch says:

    The bookstores which remove this magazine are cowards and dhimmis. And, yes, they are playing right into the hands of the enemy.

  2. Always On Watch says:

    I just had to post this at Infidel Bloggers Alliance. See this

  3. K T Cat says:

    I blame all religious people everywhere. Why, it’s getting to the point where you can hardly put a crucifix in a jar of urine without some religious nut mouthing off somewhere. What’s a good libertine to do?

  4. cube says:

    The politics of appeasement… Churchill likened it to feeding a crocodile in the hopes that it eats someone else.

  5. Angel says:

    Thanks AOW and KT..thats a great one Cube! :)

  6. KArL MMmm says:

    NO-HAMMED, YES-HAMMED..IT IS ENOUGH ALREADY .
    HOW ABOUT LETTING THE MASSES DECIDE IF THE CARTOON WILL INCITE THEM TO BURN AN ISRAELI FLAG..
    I DO NOT SEE ANY MOVEMENT TO ELIMINATE WOMEN HATING OF JEW HATING CARTOONS..
    I GUESS THE GOOSE/ GANDER THING DOES NOT APPLY WHEN IT COMES TO IZZZLAMOO FACIST STUFF.
    NO WONDER WHY THERE ARE NO CAMELS IN THE BELMONT STAKE RACE, OR INDY 500!!!!!!

  7. Nightcrawler says:

    They always censor themselves over the wrong things. If the story would have been about anti-Christian cartoons, it would have been made the cover story. If Christians would have been rioting in the streets, it would be deemed another example of why the Democrats need to take back the government.

    Cube, that’s one of my favorite Churchill quotes.

  8. LomaAlta says:

    Nice post, again. Thanks.

    This saddens me more than it outrages me. It is like seeing the victim of a bully who has fought back and stopped the bullying, give up on himself and watching the bullying kids start to attack him again. Its like watching an alcoholic who has been sober for years take that first drink. You get the idea.

    It is sad because anyone with a sense of history, or just good sense, knows that no good can ever come from appeasement. And the worse the bullies the more disasterous it is to give in to them.

  9. kevin says:

    Apeasement—>enablers of terrorism—–>dhimmitude

  10. VBGuru613 says:

    give me the cartoon ill print it.

  11. KArL MMmm says:

    WASN’T KARTOOM THE NAME OF THE HORSE KILLED IN THE GODFATHER PART 1…WELL NOW I UNDERSTAND EVERYTHING!!!

  12. Brooke says:

    Quietly into dhimmitude when they should excersize their God-given right of free speech!

  13. Angel says:

    Thank y’all for your insights and points of view! :)