Sunday, June 5, 2016

Overseas, non-western countries suppress Internet speech just to maintain authority and political order

Burma, Thailand, Russia and Turkey all joined the Washington Post’s own hall of shame for absurd prosecutions of journalists and bloggers for critical or satirical speech, as in this Editorial.
Burma, well Myanmar, we expect that.  But Turkey is a moderate country.  Russia will prosecute bloggers for challenging its grab of Crimea or its “territorial integrity” (let alone promote homosexuality and threaten the birth rate). And Thailand will prosecute for mocking the king’s pooch.
Why isn’t this just an admission of vulnerability?  Their reasoning is flip-side.  They do things “just for authority”, as I used to complain to my own father.  They see maintenance of social and political hierarchy (which they pimp as national solidarity) as an end in itself.

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