This Is Important, You Should Know About It of the Day: Immensely popular Syrian political cartoonist Ali Ferzat — a noted critic of President Bashar al-Assad’s bloody opposition crackdown — has reportedly had both his hands broken by four masked gunmen as a warning to cease his anti-Assad activism. …
According to his son, the gunmen told Ferzat they were breaking his hands “to teach him not to draw against his ‘masters’.” Though initial reports claimed the gunmen were members of Assad’s security forces, Rami Abdul-Rahman of the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told the Associated Press the attackers’ identity “could not be confirmed.” [Video of Ali Ferzat’s work at The Daily What]
Philippines. August 25. Youths in Quezon, Philippines protested against a proposed National Expenditure Program, which would decrease university and college subsidies by more than $12 million.
[Photos: Noel Celis/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images]
Source: The Wall Street Journal
(**Protesters assaulted with water at high-pressure … when and where has that happened before?**)
UCLA law professor Eugene Volokh believes BART has legal grounds to restrict speech, but not through Brandenburg. “That’s a very strange theory to me,” he says. “Generally speaking Brandenburg was a very narrow test.” He believes they could have a much stronger argument that, while government property, BART is a non-public forum – more like an airport than a park. “The government has considerable authority over its own property,” he says. But none of that speaks to telecom law, or even to the concerns of groups like Anonymous, who react to the cut off of technology to the citizenry of any part of the world with extreme hostility. As part of the opBart announcements, an Anonymous video promised that “once more Anonymous will show those engaging in censorship what it feels like to be silenced.
The Guardian has analyzed “more than 2.5 million tweets” related to the England riots. Analysis of those tweets seems to “undermine the case for banning people from social networks.” Interactive Twitter traffic data at the Guardian.
As Twitter, Facebook and Research in Motion prepare to meet the Home Secretary, Index on Censorship and other human and digital rights campaigners ask to be included in discussions on social media blackouts. [read the letter @ Index On Censorship]
The Home Office, a government department in the United Kingdom responsible for immigration control, security, order and police (including MI5), have declined proposals to ban social networking during “times of civil unrest.”