According to BBC News bloggers are being arrested all over the place. Sure, right now it is for what the authorities percieve as causing civil unrest. How long before I get arrested before causing people to riot in the desperate search for something actually funny?
It’s an interesting twist though when you think about it. Let’s face it, the Internet provides this supposed shield of anonymity, it’s supposed to be the last bastion of free speech and expression. It comes to something when simply voicing your opinion on what you view to be a violation of human rights results in your arrest and possible jail time.
I am lucky, I am British, live in Germany, my webserver is with a Polish company and the server is based in Germany somewhere. I have no issues really, beyond normal legality of course. I am rarely controversial and will err on the side of humour when at all possible. That said, I have the option to blog about pretty much what I want without fear of persecution for my beliefs….Every time I post I open myself up to ridicule and choose to do so, and that is pretty much the worst I have to worry about.
It beggars belief that some of these “Nations” feel that their very society could be at risk by the actions of a few people voicing an opinion. That doesn’t smack to me of a group of people that are entirely confident that their actions would stand up to worldwide scrutiny. Lets face it, human rights organisations are exposing violations of human rights at a far higher frequency than any single blogger can achieve. Maybe they feel that, by censoring the people living amongst them, they can dismiss any outsiders opinion as simply misunderstood cultural differences.
It makes no sense if you apply even the smallest amount of logic. Arresting someone for writing things like this will draw far more attention than simply letting them get on with it. It is by no means the same thing, but back in the 80s a song was banned in the UK…Relax by Frankie Goes to Hollywood…it was probably destined for the top 10 and in fact had topped out at number 6. Banning it instantly made it number 1 for 5 weeks. It is no different with these blogs…leave them alone and only a few (percentage of the world wise anyway) people will read it. Arrest and incarcerate the writer and you bring them infamy and half the planet now want to see what was so bad.
Ahh, I see what I did there…logical politics…an oxymoron if ever there was one.
I have absolutely no idea where I am going with this really, I started off with every intention of cracking a joke about my terrible writing style and pending arrest, but realised real quick that this topic pisses me off. There certainly isn’t much I can do about it, if anything. I would like to think that, if I could, I would though.
The biggest reported jail sentence give for this is 8 years…that is from one country prosecuting a blogger. Seeing as I have “spoken out” now about more than one country (technically…although I don’t name them), I could be put away for longer than your average murderer.
Makes you think doesn’t it.
I am off to find somewhere suitable to hide. Oh, and don’t worry, my next post won’t be anywhere near as serious….I don’t guarantee funny, but I can definately say it won’t be so serious.