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It’s with this quote by the great physicist Stephen Hawking, that we’ll begin a series of posts about the top censored news of the history.

WHAT IS MODERN CENSORSHIP?

At Project Censored, we examine the coverage of news and information important to the maintenance of a healthy and functioning democracy. We define Modern Censorship as the subtle yet constant and sophisticated manipulation of reality in our mass media outlets. On a daily basis, censorship refers to the intentional non-inclusion of a news story – or piece of a news story – based on anything other than a desire to tell the truth. Such manipulation can take the form of political pressure (from government officials and powerful individuals), economic pressure (from advertisers and funders), and legal pressure (the threat of lawsuits from deep-pocket individuals, corporations, and institutions).

WHAT IS MEDIA ACCOUNTABILITY?

In our view, the only valid justification for declining a news story is that in a medium limited by time and space, another news story was simply more important to the people of the community, whether local, national or international. While admittedly a subjective process, it is nonetheless, a process to be undertaken by the news people themselves (the investigative journalists and editors), NOT by the managers and CEOs of their “parent company.” No professional journalist or researcher should ever have to face the destruction of his or her career (or life) simply because they wanted to tell the truth. While no two people will always agree on what story is more important than another, a system where the working reporters and editors run the newsroom would at least provide a fertile environment for debate, dissent and critical thinking.

The growth of independent media and journalism in recent years shows that people throughout the world yearn to hold not only their leaders accountable, but their media sources as well. For that reason, the Project Censored research program continues, in its small way, to support and highlight those who tell the truth about the powerful (no matter the consequences) and are relentless in their quest to hold Big Media accountable for their decisions.

[from Project Censored]

Stay Tuned my friend.

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Montesquieu’s most influential work divided French society into three classes (or trias politica, a term he coined): the monarchy, the aristocracy, and the commons. Montesquieu saw two types of governmental power existing: the sovereign and the administrative. The administrative powers were the legislative, the executive, and the judiciary. These should be separate from and dependent upon each other so that the influence of any one power would not be able to exceed that of the other two, either singly or in combination. This was radical because it completely eliminated the three Estates structure of the French Monarchy: the clergy, the aristocracy, and the people at large represented by the Estates-General, thereby erasing the last vestige of a feudalistic structure.

Likewise, there were three main forms of government, each supported by a social “principle”: monarchies (free governments headed by a hereditary figure, e.g. king, queen, emperor), which rely on the principle of honor; republics (free governments headed by popularly elected leaders), which rely on the principle of virtue; and despotisms (enslaved governments headed by dictators), which rely on fear. The free governments are dependent on fragile constitutional arrangements. Montesquieu devotes four chapters of The Spirit of the Laws to a discussion of England, a contemporary free government, where liberty was sustained by a balance of powers. Montesquieu worried that in France the intermediate powers (i.e., the nobility) which moderated the power of the prince were being eroded. […] [From Charles de Secondat, baron de Montesquieu]

What are we seeing now?

The most powerful countries of the world are victims of theirself: censorship, violation of human rights, violation of civil rights, violation of freedom of press or speech.

In USA, in the last 8 years, the leader is politic of terror, every road finished a war where USA had political, economic or geopolitical interests. They spy us, they private us of our rights.

For example Microsoft declared they want to buy Yahoo, why? A corporation with $ 51 billion of revenue in 2007 wants to buy the second corporation of the world wide web: Microsoft controls the world of OS while Google controls the world of Internet.

In the past Microsoft paid almost $ 1 billion for Antitrust’s fines: now that it cannot control the web, where another corporation, Google, controls everything, it wants to fight for the freedom of choice? Are we stupid?

US economy is going down. For too many years US fired its money: now the result is that americans have too many debts, families are poor, the sanitary system failed. Now capitalists understand they are wrong, maybe…

Corruption is destroying Italy, Kenya: democracy failed because men can be corrupted, can be bought from money, women, power.

The system of censorship and control reached its maximum in Russia: the power is in hands of a small group of corporation CEO, chairmen: they do what US cannot do until now, in the silence.

Are we sleeping? Really? Do you think maybe that you aren’t a slave? Sorry my friend, you are a slave, like us: the american dream, the italian “dolce vita” and so on are only an excuse to give us illusions, but really they lead, they govern, they use our money, they use our children for their wars, while we need to fight to survive in the fake world they built for us.

Wake up friend, wake up. Democracy is the slavery they invented to keep us dominated in their New World Order.

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This is what we extract from Worldwide Press Freedom Index 2007 of reporters without borders:

Eritrea has replaced North Korea in last place in an index measuring the level of press freedom in 169 countries throughout the world that is published today by Reporters Without Borders for the sixth year running.

“There is nothing surprising about this,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Even if we are not aware of all the press freedom violations in North Korea and Turkmenistan, which are second and third from last, Eritrea deserves to be at the bottom. The privately-owned press has been banished by the authoritarian President Issaias Afeworki and the few journalists who dare to criticise the regime are thrown in prison. We know that four of them have died in detention and we have every reason to fear that others will suffer the same fate.”

Outside Europe – in which the top 14 countries are located – no region of the world has been spared censorship or violence towards journalists.

Of the 20 countries at the bottom of the index, seven are Asian (Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Laos, Vietnam, China, Burma, and North Korea), five are African (Ethiopia, Equatorial Guinea, Libya, Somalia and Eritrea), four are in the Middle East (Syria, Iraq, Palestinian Territories and Iran), three are former Soviet republics (Belarus, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan) and one is in the Americas (Cuba).

“We are particularly disturbed by the situation in Burma (164th),” Reporters Without Borders said. “The military junta’s crackdown on demonstrations bodes ill for the future of basic freedoms in this country. Journalists continue to work under the yoke of harsh censorship from which nothing escapes, not even small ads. We also regret that China (163rd) stagnates near the bottom of the index. With less than a year to go to the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the reforms and the releases of imprisoned journalists so often promised by the authorities seem to be a vain hope.”

You can see countries as Italy (G8 Member) behind Latvia, Trinidad and Tobago, Costa Rica, Namibia, Ghana… and obviously behind the other european countries as France, Spain, Germany, Finland, Sweden…

But italians must be happy: USA are only n.111 with Camerron and Russia is only n.144, a lot of positions above China, Eritrea and Burma.

Where this world is going to?

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