Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Why is Anyone Surprised?

Google is already censoring the Web to support repression in China; what’s the big deal about dropping a U.N. critic from Google News?

Certainly fits Google’s apparent organizational default setting of kowtowing to political bullies.

Update: On a related, and probably more serious issue - I’m not a first amendment expert, but this ruling from the US Judge Jeffery White certainly sounds like censorship – the Judge didn’t confine his ruling to just the offending documents, but ordered the entire Wikilieaks site be taken offline.

Update II: Wait 20 minutes, and the Wikileaks story changes. Apparently, the order has been amended and reduced in scope to a temporary restraining order, possibly limited to a specific set of documents.

That’s a small step in the right direction. I can certainly understand why the Julius Baer company wants to suppress publication of documents alleging tax evasion, money laundering, etc., but I’m not sure why a U.S. Judge would enjoin publication.