Saturday, February 04, 2006

The Slippery Slope of Self-Censorship

Recently, Google decided it would censor the searches on its Chinese server, to appease the communist Chinese government, thus retaining access to the Chinese market.

Of course just days before, Google was hailed as courageous for its stance against assisting the U.S. Justice Department's attempts to quantify child pornography searches on the internet.

This is what amounts to bravery in the Left.

I thought about this when I first read about the controversy over the Danish newspaper 's publication of a cartoon depicting the Prophet Mohammad. No images of the prophet are allowed even if favorable. Curious, I googled "Prophet Mohammad" and clicked on the "images" link.

immediately my screen was filled with various drawings, paintings and other images of the Islamic Prophet. At the bottom of the page were links to undoubtedly many, many more.

A few days went by and I kept wondering if this might create a problem for Google, as the controversy over the cartoons has spread. Well, this morning I was going to ask this question to a couple weblogs that might be interested. I googled "Prophet Mohammad" again, only to find nearly all of the images, now missing.

Brave to the end.


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