On this day exactly one year ago, Mark Marek, the founder of Best Gore was arrested and charged with “Corrupting Morals” by the Canadian authorities. One year later, and Mark is still held hostage; persecuted and terrorized by the enemies of free speech for his views, his political opinion and his historical research. And for acting upon his duty as an investigative journalist to inform the public.
Today mark’s one year of sustained human rights abuses, and soft detention which make China look like a beacon of democracy. In fact, Vasily asked a representative of a prominent non-governmental organization that maps the government-sanctioned censorship around the world for her qualified input on which other countries measure up to Canada in how dangerous it is for journalists there, and how severely the journalists are attacked, persecuted and destroyed if they fail to get on with the government “approved narrative”.
The question was formulated thus:
Other than Canada, are there any other countries that attack freedom of expression by putting inconvenient journalists under prior restraint? Mark Marek is a very specific case of a journalist who’s under full prior restraint for his views, political opinion and historical research.
He’s been prohibited from publishing all together, not only to the website the Canadian government attacked by using the dubious “obscenity” provision, but also to all of his other websites, regardless of niche, as well to any other website on the internet, with no exception. He’s been completely muffled and stripped of the means to survive in today’s fast paced world.
Are there any other specific cases of full prior restraint and attacks on journalist’s life that are equal in severity to that of Mark’s?
The answer was telling:
Off the top of my head nothing is springing to mind but leave this with me and I’ll speak to my colleagues over the next few days and try get back to you asap.
Please note that I am purposefully not mentioning the name of the NGO due to the fact that several NGOs withdrew their support after they had been attacked and threatened. As of this post, we have not received the follow up but if the person who’s been mapping censorship around the world on a daily basis for several years can’t think of another country that violates freedom of speech as severely as Canada, you can rest assured that the country is at minimum one of the most dangerous terror zones for independent journalism, if not THE most dangerous.
You may have also noticed that we have been slightly stingy with updates on Mark lately. This is again because intimidation, threats and harassment he’s been subjected to have greatly escalated over the past few months. Thus at this point, our priorities shifted entirely away from Canada. We now focus exclusively on talking to foreign governments and international treaties bodies.
Over the course of one year, Canada has proven that its constitution is a bill of sale, and the rule of law is a smokescreen term used to camouflage the deeply entrenched tyrannism. Whereas one year ago many of us would have considered the possibility that Canada was a lawful country, after one year of every single court date, without exception, having been a kangaroo clowniada, and every attempt to address something as important as violations of fundamental human rights, having resulted in escalation of violations of fundamental human rights, any further attempt to fool ourselves with the illusion that constitutional and human rights were anything more than an afternoon joke for the Canadian authorities, would be an assurance of delusion.
Thus, Mark remains under soft detention, violations of his human rights continue uninterrupted, but despite all the attacks and threats against him and everyone contemplating to stand up for his rights and for free and open internet, we know they won’t be able to hold him hostage against his will and against the international law forever. As such, our priority is to get Mark out of the most dangerous terror zone for journalists in the world before taking any further steps. This is why we have been stingy with updates.
But rest assured – we know who the abusers are, and we never forgive, and we never forget. For as long as any of us still breathes, none of us will rest until justice has been done. They’ve attacked and threatened many people to achieve their goal of destroying freedom of expression on the internet by crushing the researcher that exposed a lot of their misconduct. But there are many of us who understand that when faced with injustice, doing nothing is akin to siding with the oppressor.
Samuel Adams famously said:
The liberties of our country, the freedom of our civil Constitution, are worth defending at all hazards; and it is our duty to defend them against all attacks. We have received them as a fair inheritance from our worthy ancestors: they purchased them for us with toil and danger and expense of treasure and blood, and transmitted them to us with care and diligence. It will bring an everlasting mark of infamy on the present generation, enlightened as it is, if we should suffer them to be wrested from us by violence without a struggle, or to be cheated out of them by the artifices of false and designing men.
We believe this applies to the whole world and all those who oppose the subordination of the individual to the state. The sole object and only legitimate end of government must be to protect the citizens in the enjoyment of life, liberty, and property. When government and its cronies assume usurpation and oppression, when the mission of the law is to oppress the citizens, it is up to the oppressed to stand up and fight.
Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events. It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.
~ Robert F. Kennedy
What unites us in action is human dignity. The same dignity of which the oppressors have none. It is dignity that makes us understand that none of us is free when some of us are oppressed. It is dignity that moves us to intolerate the intolerable. For to stand on the side of the oppressed is the most dignified thing one can do in life.
Where do you stand?