“The only security of all is in a free press. The force of public opinion cannot be resisted when permitted freely to be expressed. The agitation it produces must be submitted to. It is necessary, to keep the waters pure.”
Found this blog via the always-excellent Boing Boing : the Committee to Protect Blogger’s Rights. Difficult and upsetting as recent events over my blog have been for me there are bloggers out there who suffer more than being fired from an unforgiving company. Some suffer a lot more; imprisonment and even worse.
The good folk behind the Committee aim to raise the profile of bloggers imprisoned or worse around the world, in much the way groups such as have Amnesty highlighted imprisoned writers. In many repressive regimes throughout history the writers have always been on the top of the list to be rounded up and the printing presses were smashed or confiscated; today bloggers join them.
Some people are so terrified of the power of words they must seek to control and contain them. I think it is important that sites like the Committee highlights these injustices – the knowledge that others round the world are aware of how they are treating bloggers may help to curb the hands of the regimes who think they can detain and silence anyone – please support them.