[IRP] EFF: Join EFF in Standing up Against Internet Censorship
Wed Dec 8 05:32:27 EET 2010
December 7th, 2010
Join EFF in Standing up Against Internet Censorship
/EFF: Join EFF in Standing up Against Internet Censorship
Call To Action <https://www.eff.org/blog-categories/call-action> by
Shari Steele <https://www.eff.org/about/staff/shari-steele>/
Over the past few weeks, we here at EFF have watched as whistleblowing
website WikiLeaks has fueled an emotionally charged debate about the
secrecy of government information and the people's right to know. We
have welcomed this debate, and the fact that there have been myriad
views is the embodiment of the freedom of expression upon which this
country was founded.
However, we've been greatly troubled by a recent shift in focus. The
debate about the wisdom of releasing secret government documents has
turned into a massive attack on the right of intermediaries to publish
truthful information. Suddenly, WikiLeaks has become the Internet's
scapegoat, with a Who's Who of American and foreign companies choosing
to shun the site.
Let's be clear --- in the United States, at least, WikiLeaks has a
fundamental right to publish
truthful political information. And equally important, Internet users
have a fundamental right to read
information and voice their opinions about it. We live in a society that
values freedom of expression and shuns censorship. Unfortunately, those
values are only as strong as the will to support them --- a will that
seems to be dwindling now in an alarming way.
On Friday, we wrote
about Amazon's disappointing decision to yank hosting services from
WikiLeaks after a phone call from a senator's office. Since then, a
cascade of companies and organizations has backed away from WikiLeaks. A
public figure called for the assassination
of Assange. PayPal
<http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503543_162-20024801-503543.html>, and Visa
<http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-11938320> axed WikiLeaks' accounts.
Wikileaks' DNS services. Unknown sources continue to cripple WikiLeaks
with repeated denial of service attacks
<https://twitter.com/wikileaks/status/11825920490868737>. Even the
Library of Congress, normally a bastion of public access to information,
There has been a tremendous backlash against WikiLeaks from governments
around the world. In the United States, lawmakers have rashly proposed a
legitimate news reporting well beyond WikiLeaks. We expect to see
similar efforts in other countries. Like it or not, WikiLeaks has become
the emblem for one of the most important battles for our rights that is
likely to come along in our lifetimes. We cannot sit this one out.
Join EFF in standing up against Internet censorship
Download our No Censorship button
<https://www.eff.org/pages/say-no-to-online-censorship> to display on
your websites and social networking profiles. Show the world that you
are committed to free expression and denounce censorship.
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