The estimable Jeff Ooi, a blogger in Malaysia who is doing great things for free speech, has been questioned by the authorities about his blog, according to GlobalVoices, which cites this Malaysiakini item.
Jeff is one of the best of the best in this new world of citizens media. He's working in a place that is not terribly fond of liberty, though it's way ahead of most Islamic nations on the freedom scale. He and other threatened grassroots speakers deserve our support.
So do American media in all forms these days, under attack from the resurgent blue-noses. The powerful chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, Ted Stevens, an Alaska Republican, now wants to extend their liberty-wounding censorship of the airwaves to cable and satellite.
Why not books, guys? Bookstores and libraries are full of material that children can see if they're motivated. And, of course, the Internet is the obvious target after that.
Stevens insists we need "standards of decency" in America. He's welcome to enforce his own standards in his own home. And he has the ultimate weapon -- the Off and Change-Channel buttons.
But he and his dictatorial allies don't trust Americans to make their own decisions, at least when it comes to personal liberty except the right to own weapons. Government, apparently, gets to decide what is decent. We are too feeble-minded to decide for ourselves.
These people praise moves toward liberty in Afghanistan but would emulate the Islamic fundamentalists in their attacks on free speech. What raging, dangerous, freedom-loathing hypocrites they are.