Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Media = People = Democracy

IN AN ATTEMPT TO QUELL protesters, the reigning junta in the Honduras clamped down on the media. Television and radio stations were shut down by the military.

They were trying to eliminate the voice of the opposition, the New York Times reported.

Once word spread to the international community, the leaders in the Honduras backed down. The stations will resume at the end of the week, they said.

There is no question here. Just recognize that freedom of speech is a right that not everyone has. While we may be divided by politics in America, we have the right to gather and speak and debate.

(The photo is by the Associated Press via the New York Times).


NewsNut said...

What is going on in Honduras is representative of what some governments will do when given the opportunity. The public's resistance to such a gross infringement of their rights by the government is also a prime example of how globalization has affected smaller countries. Countries that have historically been controlled by corrupt governments are now finding themselves at the mercy of both the media and the internet. Information now has a global highway that runs through everyone’s living room now. This also speaks to the media having great influence over people’s lives via acting as watchdogs for the people. What was able to be kept secret 10-20 years ago is now common knowledge to anyone with access to a computer. This is proof that when we know the world better we can govern the world better. Enlightenment indeed.
Shara Dae Howard

Wafai Dias said...

Things like this definitely make me appreciate our right to freedom of speech.

Fatia said...

I actually feel remorse for the people of hunduras just because this is just another indicator that everyone is not entitiled to say what they want to say at any moment in time and express themselves..Does China ring a bell?Now Honduras does. The first amendment right goes by the acronym RAPPS! think about it!!

Anonymous said...

FELICIA TOPSALE SAYS................I don't think it is my place to say what is right or wrong in another country. Just because we have freedom of speech in America doesn't mean that should be the case everywhere else in the world. We really don't know what could be going on behind the scenes in Honduras or what the real political motivation is. How do we even know if we are getting the real and whole story? Freedom of speech is not a right everyone has and I don't feel comfortable commenting on it because I'm not there to experience the culture and know what's going on there. For the people who are there, I guess a lot of them can't miss what they never had.............