Posts tagged ‘journalism’

The case in favour of TV/Radio license fees

Since I’m a strong believer of freespeech and free press and all that jazz, I have to tackle this.

Commercial channels are subject to market forces. It is this circumstance that makes factually wrong, and potentially dangerous, opinions wide spread. Because they bring views, which pleases the advertisers, which brings money.
So they bring f.e. antivaxx Bullshit, invite to “discussions” with proponents of said BS and endanger pubic health.
Freedom of speech? Sure.
Factually wrong? Sure.
Dangerous? Also sure. (In this example)

But those commercial channels are subject to market forces. Remember? If their biggest advertiser(s) don’t want certain topics, they won’t bring them. Freespeech? Nope!
“Advertiser friendly” spech? Hell yeah.

I hear you saying “why don’t they finance the pubic channels through a tax, giving them a budget?”
Well. First, budgets are appointed annually. Not much planning ahead if you don’t know next year’s budget.
Second. Who appoints that budget? The government.
Depending on your political inclination, that might be a good thing. For now. Governments change (in democratic countries at least). Next term there might be the polar opposite in charge. The news could/would change dramatically.
No more refugees welcome, now it’s only the evil foreigners. Or vice versa.
No more climate change, more everything is peachy. Or vice versa.
With a license fee model, the public channels remain (relatively) free of such political influence.

In addition. The finance model through the fee allows the public channels to produce/show programmes that would otherwise be neglected or outright not made at all, because they aren’t selling.

Sure. Public channels are run by boards, by humans, with their own political inclinations, their own affiliations and agendas. Are fee financed channels truly objective? No. No one is.
But they’re independent of the ruling party/parties. They’re independent of market forces.
Is there room for improvement? Sure. But to abolish the fee would end a vital pillar of free speech, a vital pillar of independent and objective journalism.

So. You morons on the left, you shitheads on the right, do not infringe on our rights, on our freedom. Hands off the fee.

Take care
A.

 

Addendum.

This was written way ahead of my country’s turmoil over abolishing that fee. Thus threatening to plunge us into a darker age. Now, more than ever, we must fight to protect freedom (of speech) and independent journalism.

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Tor

Rarely, if ever do I get political on here.

Hell, if I’d still be doing the weekly Friday thing there’d probably be more political stuff.

But in this instance I can’t keep my god damn mouth shut.

At the 22nd European Police Congress the german minister Günter Krings said that he could understand the need for using Tor in some autocratic regimes, but that there’s no need for this in a democratic society. That everyone who uses it there must be nefarious and that laws should reflect that.

The right to free speech, and the right to anonymity, the right to privacy, are fundamental human rights.

Period.

The level of surveillance people are exposed to in the internet, not just from “autcratic states”, but by “democratic” governments, and especially by corporations, is massive.
Crafting the GDPR on the one hand, to strengthen the stance of the people against the data exploitation by corporations, and then on the other hand, trying to brand the very tools people use to escape that corporate surveillance as criminal – is psychotic at best, and hypocritic at worst.

I smell money. And the wet dreams of the Stasi.

Let us not forget whistleblowers, journalists, dissidents living in “democratic” countries, but working to dissolve the autocratic governments of their countries of origin, where the “democratic” country has extradition agreements with those autocratic regimes, like, let’s say, for example, well, CHINA. (Or, let’s just drop a name of recent tragic fame here: Kashoggi)

Articles 11 and 13 are hiddeous crimes against freespeech, information freedom, journalism, the people, Europe & the EU itself, but the call to make TOR illegal is even worse. All in all these ideas, and “laws” show the disconnect these politicians have to the world and times we live in.

Then Krings was followed by my country man and president of the national congress Wolfgang Sobotka, who praised China (of all places) for its disregard of privacy and dataprotection when doing surveillance on its citizens.

Slow Clap.
https://youtu.be/f1N5lZw7e78
OTR rather. Utter Crap.
https://youtu.be/GDVvUU5MT50

(Source for this post:https://www.heise.de/newsticker/meldung/Europaeischer-Polizeikongress-Weg-mit-dem-Darknet-4313276.html)

I think these politicians need to be put INTO the situations they are advocating for. Krings needs to be doxxed. Fully. Completely. Throughly. Continuously.
Sobotka needs to be surveilled 24/7 on public broadcast.
After about a decade they can then decide whether their ideas were good or not.

So, in closing, guess I’m a criminal. Because I use Tor. And will continue to do so.

Take care, delete Facebook, Google, Twitter and the likes, get Tor (don’t put your money on a VPN for goodness sake!).
A.

Hilarious Tragedy

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This little goldnugget of journalism reads “On Tuesday in Vienna a man (66) supposedly shot himself dead, and then shot his wife.”
Now either the journalist who wrote this was rather confused, or and here come the funny part of the tragedy, it happened like this:

The couple was lying in bed, she was asleep, he took out a gun from the  nightstand, pointed it at his abdomen and pulled the trigger. That doesn’t kill you right away, causing you to have a agonising relatively slow death.
Woken from the gunshot his wife jolts up, he shoots her dead and then bleeds to death.

I know it is a tragedy, and the family/friends of the couple deserve all the condolences and best wishes in the world, but this clipping, is funny as hell…