jomc + free-speech   6

yishan comments on Content Policy update. AMA Thursday, July 16th, 1pm pst.
The free speech policy was something I formalized because it seemed like the wiser course at the time. It's worth stating that in that era, we were talking about whether it was ok for people to post creepy pictures of women taken legally in public. That's shitty, but it's a far cry from the extremes of hate that some parts of the site host today. It seemed that allowing creepers to post (anonymized) pictures of women taken in public, in a relatively small subreddit that never showed up on the front page, was a small price to pay for making it clear that we were a place welcoming of all opinions and discourse.
reddit  free-speech 
july 2015 by jomc
Murky Inquiry Targets Critic of N.Y.U. Role in Abu Dhabi, and a Reporter - NYTimes.com
he was told last year by United Arab Emirates security authorities that he would receive generous payments and immunity from prosecution if he would write favorably about the government. He said he had refused and had not been permitted to re-enter the country after leaving for a short period.
uae  middle-east  press-freedom  free-speech 
march 2015 by jomc
On the detention of Cuban artist Tania Bruguera, by Coco Fusco | e-flux
therefore “Cuba hasn’t changed”—i.e. that two weeks after the announcement diplomatic relations would be restored between Cuba and the US, and the Cuban government still does not allow its citizens to express their political views in public. While the detention of an artist should be cause for concern anywhere, the assumption that a government’s policies and practices could be transformed so quickly is politically naïve or disingenuous....the Cuban government’s control over culture, media, and public discourse has been absolute for more than five decades, and vague promises of change are not tantamount to actual modifications in law or policing practices. Second, the recent agreement to swap political prisoners and reopen embassies is not in itself indicative of a political transformation in Cuba
art  activism  cuba  free-speech 
march 2015 by jomc
Why Is the Havana Biennial Afraid of Tania Bruguera and is she the Cuban Ai Wei Wei? - artnet News
“When I make my work abroad, it's good for the Cuban government, but apparently it's no good when I make it in Cuba," she told a group of Havana activists last week. “If I work with immigrants who are activists in the U.S., it's wonderful. But I can't come to Cuba and work with activists here, because those people are considered dissidents."
art  activism  cuba  free-speech 
march 2015 by jomc

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