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Monday, June 28 2010

Do Newspapers 'Support' Terror?

The Supreme Court says you can't help terror organizations in any way. So why do many newspapers give them a soapbox? Yarden Frankl and I discuss what a recent court ruling might mean for the media.

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I think it's a first amendment issue with unintended consequences. From your reading (and others) simply mentioning some of the good works an organization like Hamas is doing would be against the law and if you're living in the land of the free that just shouldn't be. In fact, our democracy requires that speech be unregulated else how can we even find out what the opposition wants? Where it stands? What it's goals are? And it's not just newspapers that may fall afoul, it's bloggers, priests, rabbis, anyone, really.

However, I am sure this will play itself out in a few months' time and we'll have a better idea of just what the Court had truly decided.

The trouble is that "terrorists" have probably killed a few thousand people in the past few years whereas soldiers of nation states have killed hundreds of thousands over the past few years many of those being civilians of countries other than their own. So should we also refuse to give newspaper space to "legitimate" political leaders whose armed forces kill people.

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