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Thursday, 18 October 2012

Freedom of Expressions, A Western hypocrisy - Tun M

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad again highlighted in his blog today the issue of freedom of expression in which he said Malaysia has been 'lectured' time and time again by the West. In their attempt to correct us Malaysians, the West have conveniently forgotten that they are displaying the highest degree of hypocrisy and double-standards.

He wrote in his highly popular blog: "We are often lectured by the West, their leaders and journalists on freedom of speech, of expression, freedom of the press and media. These are part of human rights which Governments, and certainly Governments which accept democracy and the accompanying rights must respect and uphold.

"Yet this is an area which the West displays the greatest degree of hypocrisy, of double-standards. We know of many instances when Western Governments regulate and control their media. We know that the press often self-regulates in their wish to uphold Government policies or practices."

The fourth Prime Minister of Malaysia pointed out on the the protection of the Jews and how dispute of any aspect of the Holocaust have been made illegal in many places in Europe:

"But the most blatant example of control over public expression is with regard to the protection of the Jews. Not only will any criticism of the Jews be condemned, but laws have been enacted in many European countries which makes it illegal for anyone to dispute any aspect of the Holocaust. No one may question the claim that 6 million Jews were killed in the Holocaust."

"Thus when David Irving a British historian doubted the 6 million figure, he was arrested and jailed in Austria even though his opinion was not expressed in that country. Since then no one has dared to openly question the veracity of the claim on the number of Jews killed by the Nazis.

"And David Irving himself has not been heard to question the legality of his arrest and incarceration for all the beliefs in freedom of expression. This extra-territorial enforcement of a country's law is most unusual although we are seeing now such extension of the laws of powerful countries to other countries in the world."

"The action of the Austrian Government and the existence of such a law forbidding free expression not only in Austria but elsewhere is a blatant example of total negation of free speech. And there are many other examples."

Dr Mahathir further wrote:"The American press is extremely good at investigative reporting. They will go to great length to expose the truth about any scandal or event."

"One of the most newsworthy event of the last century is the 9/11 destruction of the World Trade Towers in New York. Such an event would have been thoroughly and repeatedly investigated, analysed and reported in the media even after years have passed.

"But very little has been reported about this event except for the first few weeks." – The Mole

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