I’ve always been against censorship. When I was young I remember I reacted strongly against the Swedish school I attended for censoring the “sex”- scenes in Braveheart only because we had some hardcore religious people in our class. Not that I necessarily WANTED to see Mel Gibson do that girl in some enchanted Gaelic forest but I thought it was wrong that they would wind the tape only to appease the minority.
I actually didn’t think Swedish newspapers would go as low. Maybe I was too naive? In any ways it seems that I was wrong! The free Stockholmian newspaper City is under fire right now due to serious maltreatment of one of its co-workers. Sakine Madon has been a huge fan of mine for long for a number of reasons; she’s a talanted writer, an impudent and cocky liberal and she’s not a bumlicker. There are way too many young people out there in the youth organizations (doesn’t really matter what party they endorse) who are just in it for the carrier and change their opinions in order to suit that purpose. But not Sakine who left the Swedish Liberal People’s Party due to a conflict over Turkish nationalism. Those people (and they are rare) are definitely a cause of rejoicing. However, the editor of City, Mikael Nestius, does not seem to approve. After some complainment to Nestius about an article written by Madon, Nestius wrote an article of his own in reply – crawled to the cross and begged for forgiveness, signed with Sakine Madon’s name, and published it! In that order!
Seriously folks, who needs a state censor when the press bites its own tongue so effectively? The most insidious enemy is the cowardly journalist and/or editor who doesn’t need to be told what to do, because he or she has already internalized the need to please — or at least not to offend — the worst tyranny or dictatorship.
It is safe to say that censorship is one of the worst things that can be done in society, but combating it is such a daunting task because there are those who (still) agree with its policies.
Read the story directly at Sakine’s own blog (N/B in Swedish).