FACT needs your help – a call for motivated volunteers

December 15, 2009

FACT needs your help – a call for motivated volunteers

Freedom Against Censorship Thailand (FACT) is a network of activists campaigning against censorship since November 15, 2006.

We stand for NO censorship, NO compromise! Read that again: NO means NO!

FACT is the only international news aggregator of censorship issues worldwide. We report and comment on censorship issues in every country from a Thai perspective and, of course, report on the many Thai censorship issues.

We have no political agenda. We believe that everyone has a right to be heard. we believe a fully-informed public must have access to all information in order to make responsible decisions for our country. Our only issue is censorship in its many forms.

FACT is a radical resistance organisation dedicated to human rights. Some of the censorship issues we have posted and commented upon are academic censorship; book censorship; capital punishment and prisons; censorship by copyright, and file-sharing; cybercrime law; data retention and deep packet inspection; defamation and libel; illegal drugs and drug wars; film and fine art censorship; freedom of information law; genetically-modified foods; game and toy censorship; gay and gender censorship; globalisation and free trade; jihadi censorship; lese majeste law; martial law and internal security; music censorship; Patani and banned organisations; police impunity; pornography, sex and prostitution; racism, minorities and refugees; radio censorship; religion; suicide and abortion censorship; the surveillance society; TV censorship; war and weapons.

FACT needs volunteers who have signed or are willing to sign FACT’s petition against all censorship: https://facthai.wordpress.com/sign

Because international censorship issues are reported in English, we need to expand our Thai language postings.

FACT needs volunteers who regularly read a wide variety of Thai news, mainstream, alternative and Web-based, who will post and comment to FACTsite in Thai.

Most of the original reporting and press releases FACT creates are in English. FACT need volunteers who can translate our output from English to Thai and occasionally translate Thai issues from Thai to English for our international readership.

FACT has reached more than 600,000 readers. Won’t you join us?

One Response to “FACT needs your help – a call for motivated volunteers”

  1. Marcia Horne Says:

    Marcia Horne marciahrn@yahoo.com
    December 26, 2009

    Searching For Freedom On The Internet

    Governments and organizations around the world are currently seeking to implement a framework that would inhibit the flow of information on the Internet. These entities believe that their pursuits are entirely justified, in that such actions would protect society and our children from pornography, “hate speech” and information that might affect the national security or the political framework of countries. However, the information that governments seek to censor on the Internet is also generally described as “offensive material” to encompass religiously sensitive artwork and could, if ambiguously stated, encompass quite a bit more.
    What is the dither about? Though, historically our own government and religious organizations have banned books such as Catcher in the Rhy by J. D. Salinger and A Brave New World by Adolph Huxley, that there is , “virtually unlimited accessibility means that the Intemet is more difficult to regulate than books, movies, and other forms of media. There are also additional issues associated with the way the Intemet works. In particular, anyone with basic computer skills can be ‘published’. Hence, information presented on the Intemet ranges from the credible and well researched, to the poorly researched and outright false.”(Moss, Jeremy. “Ethic and education”). Though reliability and truthfulness concerning bogus
    Horne pg. 2
    information may be a valid concern, that the Internet provides the freedom to misinform is rarely stated as the reason for censorship. I honestly believe that the public assumes that it is up to the reader to be wise to misinformation, wherever such falsehoods are found. That human beings have in their possession the means to communicate with each other or to many with such ease, as a result of the Internet, has presented to us this dilemma of whether or not to censor vast quantities of material that are simply being exchanged on this open forum.
    Our constitutional rights include the freedom of speech and the freedom to public assembly. We, as citizens of the United States of America have right to the freedom to self express however we may like to. We have the freedom to present our art, our opinion and ourselves to whomever wishes to encounter such things, en masse or individually. These rights are protected by our constitution.
    Furthermore, freedom of expression, even though offensive, is of great benefit to society. A month before President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, he spoke these immortal words,” When power narrows the areas of man’s concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of his existence. When power corrupts, poetry cleanses, for art establishes the basic human truths which must serve as the touchstones of our judgment. The artist, however faithful to his personal vision of reality, becomes the last champion of the individual mind and sensibility against an intrusive society and an officious state.’ Kennedy also said, ‘If sometimes our great artists have been the most critical of our society it is because their sensitivity and their concern for justice, which must motivate any true artist, makes them aware that our nation falls short of its highest potential.” (Degenevieve, Barbara. “Censorship in the US or Fear and Loathing of the Arts.”)
    Horne pg. 3
    I believe that power is currently narrowing the areas of man’s concerns. I sense a great danger lurking in the shadows of censorship. In an effort to keep society “safe” from itself, we endanger the very fiber of democracy.
    What danger is there in art, or any self expression of art? Some argue that pornographic art is a danger to our society because they believe that pornography has an affect on human behavior. “The argument that someone’s choices about what they access in private should be protected because no one else is affected is not as straight forward as it might seem. Some people argue that consumption of such material can have a potentially dangerous effect on the individual. It could also be argued that every act of consumption is potentially an act that affects someone, and that therefore pornography accessed in one’s home still may directly or indirectly affect others. Regularly viewing pornography might, for instance, result in a change of attitude towards women in general.” (Moss, Jeremy. “Ethics in education.”)
    In our society, people have the right to pursue their own source of happiness, as the preamble and ninth amendment of our Constitution states. The current fiber of the opposing argument suggests that people, in our society, are to be “cared for” as one might care for a child. The right to freedom of speech and self expression, the right to freedom to assembly as well as the natural right to the pursuit of happiness have been place secondary to the “danger” of the freedom found thereof. Instead of being free to make our own decisions with regard to what type of art or language we chose to view or read, the government would like to limit the portal of communication that the Internet provides. That pornography can influence adult behavior is added to the list of reasons to censor such material on the Internet.

    Horne pg. 4
    We are not children. We are adults living in an adult world. The role of our government is to protect our rights and our national security. In protecting human rights, it is the role of our government not infringe upon them. Perhaps through art and self expression we can remind our government of its inherent role, not as parent, but as an entity that exists to protect our human rights, most especially, our freedom.

    Works Cited
    Degenevieve, Barbara. “Censorship in the US or Fear and Loathing of the Arts.” Social Identities 13.2 (2007): 159-173. Academic Search Premier. EBSCO. Web. 26 Dec. 2009.

    Moss, Jeremy. “Ethics in education.” Ethos 14.4 (2006): 16-18. Academic Search Premier. EBSCO. Web. 26 Dec. 2009.

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