Tuesday, 13 January 2015
Following recent posts, I am reminded that the ability to be mocked, or mock yourself is a cornerstone of our humanity, so it was funny to see at the weekend, a rogues gallery of 40 world leaders, perpetrators of imperialist wars, colonial occupiers, feudal despots and serial jailers of inconvenient journalists, gathered together in defence of freedom.
So today I remind you of what has been done in the name of the leading marchers,who seemed to be as they walked to be spreading hypocricy in all its many directions.
So we have Prime Minister Rajoy of Spain, whose government has just passed a new gag law placing historic restriction on the right of protest in Spain, who was responsible for 16 lawyers of Basque political prisoners being arrested, and 11 Anarchists arrested merely for their beliefs.
Next comes Foreign Minister Lavrov of Russia, who last year jailed a journalist for "insulting a government servant."
Then we get Foreign Minister Shoukry of Egypt who has detained Al Zazeera staff and the Journalist Shawken for around 500 days.
Along comes King Abdullah of Jordan - who last year sentenced a Palestinian journalist to 15 years in prison with hard labour.
Followed nearby by Prime Minister Davutegbu of Turkey, which imprisons more journalists than any country in the world.
Oh lest not forget Prime Minister Netanyahu of Israel, whose force was responsible for killing 17 journalists in Gaza, last year, then their is Foreign Minister Lamamra , which has detained Abdessami Abdelhai for 15 months without charge, then Foreign Minister of the United Arab Emirates who in 2013 held a journalist incommunicado for a month. According to Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, freedom of speech is severely restricted here, Amnesty saying that more than 100 peaceful activists and government critics have been detained since 2011.
Prime Minister Jomaa of Tunisia - jailed blogger Yassine Ayan for 3 years for 'defaming the army'.
Next we get the Prime Ministers of Georgia and Bulgaria both of whom have a record of attacking and beating journalists.
Still with me, next their is the Attorney General of the U.S where police in Ferguson have already detained and assaulted Washington post reporters, lest us forget Guantanamo, and the wars of division that have been fostered in America's name, and guess how many times the U.S has bombed Al -Jazeera.
Prime Minister Samaras of Greece - who riot police beat and injured two journalists recently.
The Secretary General of Nato, he really had to join in didn't he, an organisation who are yet to be held to account for deliberately bombing and killing 16 Serbian journalists in 1999 bombing of Bedgrade, an organisation intent on warmongering too, and spreading fear.
President Keita of Mali, where journalists are routinely expelled for covering human rights abuses.
Foreign Minister of Bahrain - here's the 2nd biggest jailor of journalists in the world per capita ( they also torture them).
Sheikh Mohammed Ben Homad Ben Kalifa Al Thani of Qata, which jailed a man for 15 years for writing the Jasmine poem.
Palestinan President Mahmoud Abbas who had several journalists jailed for insulting him in 2013.
Prime Minister Cera of Slovenia, which sentenced a blogger to 6 months in prison for defamation in 2013.
Prime Minister Kenny of Ireland, where blasphemy is considered a criminal offence.
Prime Minister Kopaaz of Poland , raided a magazine to seize recordings that were embarrassing for the ruling party.
Prime Minister Orban of Hungary - the autocrat who Amnesty International recently said - " has put an end to the free press in Hungary.
Last but no means least we have our very own Prime Minister Cameron of the UK, where authorities destroyed documents obtained by the Guardian and threatened prosecution, who as I type wants to reintroduce 'internal exile' a hallmark of the worlds most oppressive regimes, yet more civil liberties stripped by the Tory regime.
Yes my mind truly boggles at times, here we have predators of press freedom, mingling with terrorists and other suppressors of freedom, taking part in a rally against terrorism, in support of freedom of speech in what must amount as an example of shameless political opportunism, in a cynical photo op, that seemed to suggest that they were leading the million people gathered. Freedom lives, so above are a list of people we can continue to seek out to criticise, hypocrites all, enemies of the poor and oppressed every single one of them, we would be fools if we ignored these simple facts, we carry on then, pointing the finger at those that richly deserve the piss being taken out of them.
So in this time,let us remember the hundreds of journalists targeted and silenced.
The above so called defenders of free speech, should continue to be mocked and scorned, because this is what freedom is for, so this is why today my pen pours scorn on theses powerful yet corrupt leaders of privilege, let our freedom of expression and thoughts continue to seed,and rebel against all, those that seek to rule us with tyranny and oppression, and speak up for the powerless.
Posted by teifidancer at 13:04