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Re: Censorship in Debian

Daniel Pocock <daniel@pocock.pro> writes:

> I was recently at the UN forum on business and human rights, listening
> to an Iranian dissident talk[1] about the extremes that his country goes
> to in censoring and silencing people who don't agree with their rulers. 
> I would encourage people to watch the video.

> At that very same moment, the anti-harassment team were censoring[2] a
> Debian Developer's blog from Planet Debian.  Chilling.

> I actually looked at Planet shortly after attending that panel
> discussion and immediately noticed that Norbert Preining[3] had been
> censored.  Disappearances of Khashoggi[4] and Kamphuis[5] came to mind.

Entirely apart from the merits of the rest of your discussion of whether
the project should republish this blog using project resources, this
framing is appalling and blatantly dishonest.  It intentionally conflates
issues of government censorship and journalistic freedom that have cost
people their lives with a dispute over whether Debian should *republish*
content that has not been censored, restricted, or removed in any way, let
alone been subject to threats of physical violence.

I object in the strongest possible terms to this framing of your argument.
You should be profoundly ashamed for choosing this path of malicious
exaggeration phrased as an attack on the work of fellow developers.  It
was completely unbecoming of a Debian project member.

Russ Allbery (rra@debian.org)               <http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/>

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