Saturday, February 16, 2008

"Principles" the Arab way

Arab governments agreed on a resolution to formalize the censorship of Arabic TV stations. Interestingly they called it the "Charter of Principles".

The resolution was sponsored by the governments of Egypt and Saudi Arabia (two of the most principled governments in our region).

It prohibits criticism of Arab leaders and religious figures and warns that satellite channels should not harm:
1- Social peace
2- National unity
3- Public order
4- Arab morals
5- The highest interests of the Arab world.

It also demands "adherence to objectivity, sincerity and respect to the dignity of the countries, nations and their national sovereignty." and provides for offended countries to suspend, terminate or refuse to renew the licenses of TV network offices on their soil.

What the fuck does all this mean. Can anyone help explain?

What I found really disturbing is the language used by the Egyptian Information Minister. This is what he had to say:

Some satellite channels have deviated from the right path. There are violations that have taken place, violations taking place around the clock, which require a serious stance.

It sounds so... fucking old fashioned with a nazi/stalinist/fascist stink to it.

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