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Assange and the free word

The arrest of Assange is about an "arrest of democracy".

(THIS ARTICLE IS ONLY MACHINE TRANSLATED by Google from Norwegian)

The conservative theologian and later President of the World Council of the Church Martin Niemöller uttered the following words about the Nazis after being locked in concentration camps from 1937 to 1945:

First they took the Communists
but I didn't care
because I was not a communist.

Then they took the Social Democrats
but I didn't care
for I was not a Social Democrat.

Then they took the union workers
but I didn't care
because I was not a trade unionist.

Then they took the Jews
but I didn't care
for I was not a Jew.

Finally, they took me. But then nobody was left to care.

Media is unidirectional

There are several versions of Niemöller's poem. Historically, the Nazis first arrested Communists, Social Democrats and trade union leaders. The bottom line is that the governing body attacks group after group, and soon there is no one left who dares to say anything.

The media is becoming increasingly one-sided. Academic institutes are aligned, and anyone who says something critical is attacked and slandered. There is a letter or a phone call from someone to the editor / director, who. . .

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Ola Tunander
Tunander is Professor Emeritus of PRIO. See also wikipedia, hos PRIO: , as well as a bibliography on Waterstone

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