On Saturday 2008-09-20, Ben Finney wrote: > cobaco <email@example.com> writes: > > Censorship is nothing more or less then banning/prohibiting certain > > speach in a certain forum > > No. Censorship is banning/prohibiting certain speech in *any and all* > public forums. Generally, only a state has that power. that's political censorship, as http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Censorship details there's a lot more then just that covered by the term. As an aside it's always been impossible to prohibit speech in '*any and all* public forums'. A government can get close, but at best they can make it livetreathingly dangerous. > The crucial difference is that, in this case, only *specific* forums > are denied for the speech in question. The ban does not extend further > than those specific forums, hence it is not censorship. specifically from the section on 'commercial censorship' (though that term obviously doesn't really fit debian): <quote> Suppression of access to the means of dissemination of ideas can function as a form of censorship. </quote> two of the examples given are: - newspapers not publishing letters they don't agree with - lecture halls not being rented to a particular speaker Also note that we actually do allow mails from Sven IF forwarded (and thus approved) by a DD. So we don't actually have a total ban. -- Cheers, Cobaco (aka Bart Cornelis)
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