It was said by many ,it is happening. A Nigerian man was charged with defamation after posting on Facebook , a curse against a politician. THE END OF FREEDOM OF SPEECH IS HERE.GAME OVER.
The game and freedom of writing anything on the net has(had) come to an end world wide as the pen (now the net) has proved to be mightier than the sword.
Some people think that freedom should have limitations.FREEDOM IS FREEDOM.Freedom with limitations is not freedom.God allows freedom to the point that he lets one to choose to sin or not.Yet one will pay for his actions.
What they should be talking about is that you are free to do what you want but you will reap what your sow.
Yet what is coming is that if you believe in keeping God’s commandments and his word , you will be called and killed as a criminal.
If this is Nigeria , how about the West.Of course the West has been indundated with many defamation cases and libel suits , some very hilarious .
Yet you ask yourself why is a free zone now a prison?
Why is the free internet where one posts his thoughts and feelings and opinions and facts now subject to the authorities ?
It is because we are living in a Global Tyranny as prophesied in the Bible.So global that a Nigerian may be soon arrested for defaming the Queen of England on his blog spot !
Yet the only cases that have gone through happen to be simple cases among peers or local leaders.As for State authorities and Religious powers or Economic giants, they find it useless to fight a blogger unless the blogger becomes too much and too hot to handle.
Remember the case in Turkey Emine Demir, former editor of Kurdish language newspaper, Azadiya Welat, was sentenced to 138 years in prison for publishing news accounts on the activities of the PKK which is an outlawed organization
Demir’s 138-year sentence was based on a calculation of 18 months imprisonment for each of her 84 articles published in the Azadiya Welat .Now they seek her arrest.
ARTICLES ..SHE USED NO GUN OR NUCLEAR WEAPON OR BOMB ..SHE USED WORDS
Yes according to Governments and Kingdoms Words are Swords and in any Tyranny, monarchical or democratic, the swords must only belong to the State for the State by the State .
The State is Status Quo, resistant to change that will decrease its greed and expansion.Hence to preserve THE STATE IS TO PRESERVE THE STATUS QUO.
Hence writers are considered terrorists , anarchists, rebels and lunatics on the loose who must be clamped down.
The implications for the clamp down on freedom of speech is a true sign for believers who will b e arrested for warning the truth and people will even desire that they be killed for telling the truth.
The Bible is clear in Revelation 11 how God will empower two witnesses to prophesy woe on the earth that will be as accurate as truth .But guess what ?…the people will hate them for tormenting the world and will actually rejoice once they are killed.
WE are living in that time when preaching of the return of Jesus and the judgments of God testifying against kings and rulers and the nations is a crime fit for death.
WE pray as the Lord prayed ,Father, not our will but yours be done .The will of God for us is to endure tribulation to the end in Jesus name.
Nigeria: man arrested over Facebook curse Print E-mail
Written by David Smith
Friday, 04 February 2011 09
Freedom of speech outcry after Facebook user is charged with defamation for vilifying state governor
A man who used Facebook to put a curse on a Nigerian politician has been jailed, raising fears of a crackdown on freedom of speech in the country ahead of crucial elections.
Moukhtar Ibrahim Aminu was arrested in the northern state of Jigawa for being a public nuisance, police spokesman Abdul Jinjiri said.
Aminu was held in prison for several days before appearing in a local court, where he was charged with defamation and sent back to jail pending trial.
Jinjiri said Aminu’s crime stemmed from a comment he posted on Facebook on 18 January. Writing in the local Hausa language, Aminu asked that divine punishment be levelled against Sule Lamido, the governor of Jigawa and a co-founder of the ruling People’s Democratic party.
“Allah curse Sule Lamido and all his useless friends,” the posting said. “Allah make Sule Lamido and his friend useless.”
Such curses can carry tremendous importance in Nigeria, a nation of 150m people where animist beliefs mix with Christianity and Islam. Some believe the curses can damage them for life, while others take them as an insult.
The case has prompted furious comments on governor Lamido’s Facebook wall. One protester, Gerald C Azike, posted:
“Your excellency, if what I read about your detention of a young man was because of what he said on your face book [sic], then that is being so callous. How can you arrogate such a power to yourself in this present world? It is only because it is in Nigeria where anything goes that you can do that.”
Aminu’s arrest came despite laws protecting freedom of speech. Femi Falana, a lawyer and civil rights activist, cited a 1983 court decision clearly showing that politicians and others cannot demand the arrest of individuals who slander, libel or defame them.
But he added: “In Nigeria, a lot of illegalities are committed by the government.”
Umar Kyari, a spokesman for Lamido, insisted the governor’s office had no hand in the arrest. “This story is between the police and the boy. This story is not between the governor and the boy per se. It is left to the legal system to either free or detain him,” he told the Associated Press
The Nigerian president, Goodluck Jonathan, who is bidding for re-election in April, announced his candidacy on Facebook and has made great play of using it to connect with young voters. He has more than 450,000 fans on the social networking site.
Turkey marks Journalists’ Day under shadow of record sentence
Emine Demir, former editor of Kurdish language newspaper, Azadiya Welat, was sentenced to 138 years in prison for publishing news accounts on the activities of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which a Diyarbakır court deemed as propaganda for the terrorist organization.
Published in the city of Diyarbakır since 1994, the newspaper Azadiya Welat, or Independence Homeland, has been shut down for several times. Judges deemed its references to the PKK to be akin to supporting to the PKK. Demir’s 138-year sentence was based on a calculation of 18 months imprisonment for each of her 84 articles published in Azadiya Welat between 2008 and 2009. A warrant has been issued for her arrest.
Demir’s lawyer, Servet Özen, insists the articles were merely news reporting, not propaganda.
An alliance of journalist associations has called on the government to make the necessary legislative changes to ensure press freedoms and fair trials for journalists facing court cases as a result of their works published in newspapers.
The Journalists Freedom Platform, which comprises 25 professional journalism associations, released a statement yesterday on the occasion of the Journalists Day in Turkey. Journalists’ Day has been celebrated in Turkey since Law No. 212, which covers journalists’ occupational and economic rights, was passed on Jan. 10, 1961.
Chairman Ercan İpekçi, of the Turkish Journalists Union (TGS), said that the number of press members who are currently in prison, has reached 50 in Turkey and 4,000 others are under investigation.
He said Turkey’s current laws make it impossible to prevent cases being filed against journalists. He argues that Turkey needs judicial amendments to ensure that journalists can perform their jobs freely.
Press Advertising Agency General Director Mehmet Atalay also released a statement yesterday in which he warned press freedom in Turkey will even be worse than when the March 12, 1971 military intervention occurred if a legislative amendment is not made.
Noting that journalists are being tried and jailed based on some articles in the Turkish Penal Code and Counterterrorism Act, he said: “Today, we are now facing a picture where journalists face hundreds of years of jail sentences. This means we need amendments. When the cases against journalists in courts are concluded, we will be in a situation which is worse than that of March 12, 1972. We hope the necessary steps for the solution of this problem will be taken swiftly.