1996-08-20 - Re: Indonesia detains democracy activist after post to mailing list (fwd)

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From: Rich Graves <rich@c2.org>
To: Charles Gimon <gimonca@skypoint.com>
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Message ID: <Pine.GUL.3.95.960819144001.2971B-100000@Networking.Stanford.EDU>
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UTC Datetime: 1996-08-20 01:33:22 UTC
Raw Date: Tue, 20 Aug 1996 09:33:22 +0800

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From: Rich Graves <rich@c2.org>
Date: Tue, 20 Aug 1996 09:33:22 +0800
To: Charles Gimon <gimonca@skypoint.com>
Subject: Re: Indonesia detains democracy activist after post to mailing list (fwd)
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On Mon, 19 Aug 1996, Charles Gimon wrote:
> >    Trouble in Paradise
> >    by Declan McCullagh (declan@well.com)
> >    Washington, DC, 18 August
> >    
> >    Indonesian democracy activists have taken their fight for freedom
> >    to the Net, and the government doesn't approve.
> >    
> >    After distributing email messages about riots in Jakarta last month to
> >    an international Indonesian-politics mailing list, Prihadi Beny
> >    Waluyo, a lecturer at Duta Wacana Christian University, was arrested
> >    and interrogated by the military. Since then, the mailing list has
> >    been banned from the country and Waluyo has returned to his house,
> >    where he remains under surveillance.
> [dan lain-lain...]
> Exactly which mailing list was "banned from the country"? All the
> Indonesian mailing lists I'm on, including apakabar@clark.net, are
> functioning normally, with no unusual complaints or interruptions.

Never mind the details. What's important is that this is yet another example
of net censorship, like the Berkeley administration's reading student email
and the FBI's monitoring and disrupting patriot email. 

It's really sad, the difference between HRW/AI and Wired. You know, Amnesty
has some outstanding policies regarding accuracy, objectivity, and
universality. That's why they're accorded such respect. Human Rights Watch,
which has only been around since the late 70's and committed a few major
faux pas in Central America, is still learning. Wired decided that it had
all the answers years ago.

- -rich

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