…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger
Amongst many signs, posters and slogans I noticed the “Journalism is not a crime” sign. Unfortunately, journalism, as practised in Australia and most of the western world, IS a moral crime or at least a misdemeanour.
“ … Orwell’s observation about journalism from the Spanish civil war: “Early in life,” he wrote, “I had noticed that no event is ever correctly reported in a newspaper, but in Spain, for the first time, I saw newspaper reports which do not bear any relation to the facts, not even the relationship which is implied in an ordinary lie. … I saw, in fact, history being written not in terms of what had happened but of what ought to have happened according to various ‘party lines.’” That was in 1942.” /Quadrant- The hack’ guide/
The semi-respectable occupation advanced considerably since, so let’s hope that all this effort is returning home a genuine ASIS spy, or at least one of the last few dozens of honest journalists.
Mohamed Fahmy and Egyptian Baher Mohamed were arrested in Cairo on 29th December 2013. On 23rd June 2014 Greste and Fahmy were sentenced to seven years in prison, and the other Mohammed to ten years – an extra three years for possessing ammunition. On 1st February 2015 Greste and Mohamed Fahmy were freed by order of Egypt’s president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, under a a recently enacted presidential decree that allows foreign detainees to continue their detention in their home countries. This means that in Australia Mr Greste will be free, since the charges he was convicted of do not exists here – despite the best efforts of Conroy, Finkelstein, Gillard and others.
The charges? “Falsifying news and having a negative impact on overseas perceptions of the country.” If applied properly, and not in the way our Human Rights Commissars habitualy interpret “human rights”, there would be hardly any journalist without a criminal record.