Beyond Irony 181


The videos of both my speech and my interview at the Berlin Freedom of Expression Forum have been taken down. This is not an accident. All the other speeches and all the other interviews are still there. Both series have been renumbered to hide the fact that someting has been removed.

Given that my talk was about censorship and exclusion of whistleblowers, and the lack of genuine freedom in western societies to explain an alternative policy narrative, it is hard for words adequately to describe the apparent behaviour here. The full title of the event was “Censorship and Freedom in Traditional and New Media: The Revolution of Media as a Tool of Freedom of Expression “.

I have written to the organisers to ask what is happening. It is conceivable there is an innocent explanation, though the removal from different places of both the speech and the interview seems hard to explain. Once I hear back from the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy I will let you know. I do not intend to let this lie.

Craig


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  • Mary

    Rob Royston ‘Responsive’ was the key word in the millionaire Osborne’s prattle. ‘Responsive’ is the key word. That is ‘on their knees’. Of course, it will be one important facet of the Sercoization or Crapitaization of everything. The brainwashing will be under beardie – Branson, not the soon to retire friend Rowan.
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    There will be a fight.

  • Vronsky

    The matter of the edited videos is surely simply resolved – ask Craig if anything significant has been removed. Craig?

  • nevermind

    Nextus, we do know. I also saw the initial video but only the start of it. I remember thinking that 1hrs and 20 minutes is quiet a chunk of my time and that I had other stuff to do, so I clicked it off in the midst of the tedious introduction.
    When I finally watched it yesterday, as it exist on utube now, it had the new time of 1hrs and 28seconds on it.

    If wayfarer did copy the original version, then only he and Craig himself can help to adjusts this manko.

  • Mary

    Blackening Assad, whitening Cameron and Obama
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    David Cameron flies into Washington to discuss the ‘three crucial issues’ of Afghanistan, Iran and Syria.
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    We hear pious words about ‘getting the job finished’, of ‘blocking a nuclear threat’ and of ‘helping to prevent a slaughter’.
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    The ‘special relationship’ is dutifully reaffirmed as Dave and Barack eat burgers together at the basketball game, both good fellas’ upholding America’s and Britain’s common ‘humanitarian values’.
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    And, on cue, British state media duly ‘report’ the script.
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    Do Nick Robinson, Mark Mardell and their BBC associates even deserve the basic entitlement ‘journalists’? What they say and convey is so routinely, so obediently, pro-establishment, so removed from any semblance of analytical integrity, it might reasonably shame Pravda.
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    http://johnhilley.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/blackening-assad-whitening-cameron-and.html

  • Mary

    Komodo They were trying to find a home for one of these creatures this morning on ITV. One of your distant relatives perhaps? He has large jowls which differentiates males from the females and was found by the police abandoned in Central London. He was on a lead and seemed very tame. The forked tongue was off putting though.
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    http://www.888reptiles.co.uk/reptilecare/caresheet_tegu.html

  • Passerby

    Jason Russell THE NAKED MELTDOWN
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    This is the video of the chap who produced the “Kony 2012” hit piece: evidently enjoying a bit of bullocks naked calisthenics.
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    Question:
    A- has this guy been got at?
    B- Was this guy already got at?
    C- What happens to the campaign, now that he is persona under_influence/mad as a hatter/plum crazy?

  • CheebaCow

    Passerby:
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    Why would anyone want to get at the organiser of Kony 2012? I don’t think he is a threat to the powers that be in any way.
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    I think the campaign was destined to fritter away anyway. Real change requires a lot more than a viral video and some good merchandising. The campaign was also focused on issues no longer relevant to Uganda.

  • John Goss

    Candle Power, I can’t but help to agree with you. We are slaves to the internet as well as mainstream television. They can determine which posts are seen by others, and which others. They have to tolerate Craig Murray’s blog because not to do so would interfere with the apparent presentation of fairness. It is sad but true.

  • Vronsky

    “He would certainly show up the stooges and drones currently in residence.”
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    Selectively, though. You will also hear him saying that the Scots should sit down and shut the fuck up. We must learn to love the correct stooges and drones, – those nominated by Gorgeous George.

  • Mary

    The founder of Wikipedia is set to marry for the third time. The bride to be was Bliar’s diary secretary for eight years and is now a director at Freud Communications. What secrets must she know!
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    Wales’s move to London was for reasons closer to the heart. This summer he plans to marry his fiancée Kate Garvey, the mother of his second child – a director at Freud Communications.
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    “We just talked about it yesterday that we’d better hurry up and lock something in,” he tells me as he sits in a café close to the couple’s Marylebone home, which they share with their one-year-old daughter. Although exceptionally private when it concerns his personal life, Wales confirms that he and Garvey plan to marry in the capital, “possibly in June”, which will cement their reputation as one of London’s premier power couples.
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    Garvey is a former special adviser to Tony Blair. From 1997 until 2005 she ran the former prime minister’s diary and was one of Blair’s trusted inner-circle of fierce female aides. In his autobiography, Blair recalls a moment that showcased Garvey’s personality, with her barking: “‘Buy ice cream from that van there, one for you, one for Gordon – to show togetherness and being normal’. He replies, ‘I don’t like Mr Whippy ice cream except with a flake, and does Gordon look like your average ice cream buyer?’ Garvey retorts: ‘Just do it. And no flake. It’ll make you look greedy’.”
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    “Kate is a combination of being bubbly but also shrewd and strategic,” adds a close acquaintance.
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    “She livened up No 10 under Blair – she’d be the one to say something irreverent or a bit rude when everyone else was being earnest – plus she has a very powerful network of friends around town. From being a woman in Camp Blair, she has prospered in her own right, partly because she’s genuinely friendly and doesn’t make enemies.” The wedding, if it happens in June, could hardly come at a busier time for Garvey, who will oversee Freud’s promotion of both the Olympic Games and the Paralympics this summer.

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    http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/news/jimmy-wales-mr-wikipedia-on-todays-blackout-7309119.html

  • Mark Golding - Children of Iraq

    Candle power/John Goss
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    A subtle change took place 5 years ago now in the way Google responds to a keyword search request. When a page is requested from the search results, Google records a number of parameters such as the keyword used, the page address and IP and browser information to personalise your search patterns; all this happens BEFORE you are directed to the web site page. Your complete trail is recorded on Google servers.
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    To see what takes place, after a Google search, right click on any link from the list and use ‘copy this link’ to examine the forwarding information in notepad. You will notice a complex URL containing details including a ref. to a cookie on your device.
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    Do the same with ‘Bing’ – surprise surprise (Bing is Microsoft) but the Bing engine does not record your search on its servers.

  • guano

    Fed Up
    These emails are in fact an effort in trying to rubbish the Assad success, who has been making fools out of the EMPIRE LITE bunch of twits, who still try to keep up the pretence of public opinion counts in the West.

    My CAPS.Is this pearl expression your own creation or borrowed?

  • Wayfarer

    On the subject of those videos – sorry to be tardy. I’ve checked again and they seem to be the later versions. Odd as I downloaded quite early on.

  • guano

    Candle-power
    His intimate friends called him “Candle-ends,” And his enemies Toasted Cheese.
    On the theme of ‘melting’, the internet is both a redaction of fat for making into light and a redaction of mental defiance into criminal record.
    I take the view that it is conceivable that the mind that processes our opinions might conceivably be altered slightly by our opinions. If our opinions are merely metadata being stored on a machine, do they have the technology to convert that metadata into anything more malign? And can we manipulate the metadata to put a spanner in the machine?
    Architects say that metadata of BMS systems can help them design better buildings. I think that’s rubbish and jobs for boys/girls. I think if you want a better building or a better world, human imagination and conscience are far better tools than any other you will find.
    Human expression is not such a lost cause then. See Fed Up’s coinage ‘Empire Lite’. Snub of the day for megalomaniac minds.

  • Nextus

    Thanks for checking, Wayfarer.
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    I’m really not convinced about this “missing 20 minutes”. I can claim one of the earliest sightings (4 hours after Craig’s link), and can state confidently that the video was an hour long at that time (and I made a comment to that effect – before any complaint about removal or a section cut out). I noticed the edit even then. And the footprint of the original file is still there, showing the same length as the one that is currently available.
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    But that’s not all. If you check the conference timetable, you’ll see that Craig’s session was allocated to a 45-minute slot – which means already it overran by 15 mins, well into the coffee break.
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    http://www.culturaldiplomacy.org/gphr/index.php?en_rifef-2012_timetable
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    It’s unlikely that it would go on for yet another 20 minutes, into the start of the next session; if you’ve ever been to these events, you’ll know that delegates would start raising complaints with the Chair and some would storm out angrily. Furthermore, the next delegate due to speak in that room would be getting impatient to start.
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    Given that Craig has absolute freedom to post any comment he likes on this very blog, including responses to the ICD, the idea that a portion was chopped out in a clumsy attempt at censorship doesn’t make any rational sense.
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    I’m just trying to get the facts straight … because censorship is a serious allegation, and if anybody can actually produce any hard evidence (beyond testimony based on recall) I’ll be happy to expose the ICD’s actions in other arenas. But at the moment, it looks like the complaint is likely to evaporate under scrutiny, which won’t help the case.
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    If you look at the hit counter on the conference website, you’ll see that Craig’s speech has attracted nearly ten times more visits than any of the others – more than all of them put together, in fact. In view of that unanticipated level of demand, there are certainly other conceivable explanations for it being pulled. I’ll keep investigating, and if I find out anything more, I’ll let you know.

  • technicolour

    chaps, you’re getting your brains into a stew: I suggest waiting til the blog owner gets back.

    good trial run for when/if it happens, though. lots of backup, very cheering. thanks everyone. fwit i was there too.

  • DownWithThisSortOfThing

    “Do Nick Robinson, Mark Mardell and their BBC associates even deserve the basic entitlement ‘journalists’?”
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    No, because they are presstitute whores. Worse than politicians in fact. At least people *know* politicians are liars. These people claim to have some form of ‘integrity’ and claim to be telling the truth.

  • nevermind

    Ok lets assume that the video was one hour long, then, what was the jump at 42:58 min.? two unconnected sentences and a massive cut?

  • Mary

    I see the promotion of war criminal’s Tony Bliar’s Faith Foundation is in the remit of the bride to be of Jimmy Wales.

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    Kate Garvey, director,specialises in promoting global campaigns and issues including the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Product (RED), Live Earth, Tony Blair Faith Foundation, Maternal Mortality campaign and Her Majesty Queen Rania. Previously, she worked on the Make Poverty History campaign and Live 8 concerts. Her career began in politics where, from 1997 to 2005, she worked for Tony Blair at 10 Downing Street in the PM’s Private Office.
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    http://toppragencies.prweek.co.uk/_2010_archive/Freud-supremacy.aspx

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    NB Philip Gould is deceased.

  • John Goss

    Mary, thanks for the George Galloway information. Is he standing for Respect in Bradford? The report says “former Respect MP” but I suspect it means “former MP for Respect”.
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    Mark Golding, thanks for the Google mapping explanation. I’m surprised that Bing (which in my experience is not as good a search engine yet) does not track peoples’ interests. I’m sure much of it is done for target advertising purposes, though I don’t doubt information can be accesses by the security services without any problem. Could it be possible that Bing secretly maps our access without us knowing?

  • goe

    Google’s self-proclaimed mission and core values (“We want to work with great people” – “Technology innovation is our lifeblood” – “Working at Google is fun” – “Be actively involved; you are Google” – Don’t take success for granted” – “Do the right thing; don’t be evil” – “Earn customer and user loyalty and respect every day” – “Sustainable long-term growth and profitability are key to our success” – “Google cares about and supports the communities where we work and live” – “We aspire to improve and change the world”).

  • Komodo

    Off topic? Hell, it’s the irony thread…

    I am happy to report that the Guardian’s latest reader holiday offer promises £100 off the £1520 – £1540 brochure price of 12 days and 10 nights (daily breakfast, 4 lunches, 10 dinners, escorted sightseeing), in…
    Uzbekistan.
    No word, though of the enraptured tourists taking in the correctional facilities, or indeed, the German military airbase.

  • Komodo

    Analysis -“Wargaming Iran” now starting on R4. Will not prejudge….although I can guess.

  • Mark Golding - Children of Iraq

    John Goss,
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    As Ubuntu evangelist Clark tells us, Microsoft Windows has at least one back-door to snoop on our data. Gates would not want his Bing servers cluttered with millions of useless search records when anyone can be targeted individually with suitable intelligence.
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    I have proof my pop mailbox store was accessed by a hack on UDP port 53.
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    I was using a Microsoft firewall! I now use Kaspersky.

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