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The Right to Communicate

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On Monday, January 7th, the British Columbia Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments on whether or not Adbusters’ lawsuit against Global Television, the CBC, and the CRTC, should go forward. If the Adbusters lawsuit clears this hurdle, media rights advocates will celebrate an important victory in the battle against censorship.

For more than a decade, Adbusters, a magazine and media foundation, has been trying to pay major commercial broadcasters to air its public-service TV spots, but these attempts have been routinely blocked by network executives, often with little or no explanation. In 2004, Adbusters finally turned to the courts. It filed a lawsuit against the government of Canada and some of the country’s biggest media barons, arguing that the public has a constitutionally protected freedom of expression over the public airwaves.

At issue is the right of all Canadian citizens to have (as stipulated by the Canadian Broadcasting Act) “a reasonable opportunity…to be exposed to the expression of differing views on matters of public concern.”

“This case will decide if Canadians have the right to walk into their local TV stations and buy thirty seconds of airtime for a message they want to air,” says Kalle Lasn, editor-in-chief of Adbusters.

Ryan Dalziel of Bull, Housser & Tupper LLP, who is representing Adbusters, explains the special nature of this suit.

“This is not,” he says, “a bare-knuckle family law dispute, nor is it a Bay Street-style war of attrition between commercial entities. It is public interest litigation, brought by a not-for-profit organization with no chance of any monetary return.”

Adbusters is hoping Canadians will pay close attention to a landmark case that pits ordinary citizens and consumers against powerful special interests. The outcome will determine the future role of television in Canada.

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January 10th, 2008 at 6:29 pm

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Enzo Biagi Died This Morning

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Enzo Biagi

Every independent journalist should be sad, this morning Enzo Biagi died in Milan. He was 87. Enzo Biagi was born in Lizzano in Belvedere, and started his career as journalist in Bologna.

Biagi then disappeared from the TV screens a few months after the Berlusconi declarations in Sofia, Bulgaria, where the then-Prime Minister accused the popular journalist, together with fellow journalist Michele Santoro and showman/comedian Daniele Luttazzi, to have done a criminal use of television service.

Biagi’s defenders argue that a public service should provide pluralism, and that a country where the government forbids the opposing voices to be on air is a regime.

He was currently also a columnist for the daily Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, a newspaper he has been working for since the early 1970s.

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November 6th, 2007 at 9:19 am

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A Portrait of the Artists as Young Men: Gilbert & George

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A Portrait of the Artists as Young Men

London 1967: two sculpture students meet at St. Martin’s School of Art. From then on, they decide to join their lives and their art in a unique, indissoluble entity. During the subsequent forty years, calling themselves simply Gilbert & George, the two artists investigate the complexity of the human condition.

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Gilbert & George. Major exhibition
CASTELLO DI RIVOLI
The exhibition is curated by Jan Debbaut and Ben Borthwick, Assistant Curator, Tate Modern.
16 October 2007 to 13 January 2008

Written by Ilari Valbonesi

October 16th, 2007 at 4:26 pm

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Operation Pedopriest: Banned

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Few days ago, the italian collective Molleindustria decided to remove from its website its last videogame, Operation: Pedopriest, “in order to not worsen the situation of our webspace provider that is legally responsable for all the content“. This decision was taken after a point of order in the Italian Parliament called “Countermeasures to the religions’ offenses”, in which the leader of the Christian Democratic Party Luca Volontè asked to shut down this website appealing to a 2006 law about child abuse and pornography.
The law includes a chapter about “virtual pedo-pornography” that consider illegal to publish “pictures whose quality of representation makes unreal situations appear real“. So the picture you see above (a screenshot from the game) is ILLEGAL according to the Italian Parliament. If you want to support Molleindustria, spread it over the web (or, if you prefer, take another screenshot from the game, that can be played here.

Paradoxically the christians politicians are exploiting a law against pedophilia to ban a satirical game that point the finger to child abuses committed within the clergy.

Written by Luca

July 2nd, 2007 at 4:14 pm

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(D)epressive Democracy: Twenty years on Prozac

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Don’t worry, Be happy. According to David Wong the work which led to the discovery of fluoxetine (aka Prozac) began at Eli Lilly in 1970 as a collaboration between Bryan Molloy and Robert Rathburn. It was known at that time that antihistamine diphenhydramine shows some antidepressant-like properties. Testing the physiological effects of these compounds at least 27 deaths had been linked to Prozac’s use before the drug was released. One of the documents shows that as of October 15, 1987, two months before Prozac was allowed on the market, there had already been 15 suicides linked to it – six by overdose, four by gunshot, three by hanging and two by drowning.

http://www.pnc.com.au/~cafmr/newsl/prozac.html

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Don’t worry, Be happy. Despite the startling information about these 27 fatalities – FDA officials failed to prevent Prozac from being released. PROZAC was initially approved for treatment of depression in Belgium in 1986 and on December 29, 1987 in the United States. Since then, it has been approved and marketed in more than 90 countries and used by more than 54 million people worldwide. Lethal happiness in a Pro-zac : easy to marketed and easy to swallow for the (synthetic) generation of pills (weight loss, contraceptive, ecstasy, sleeping up to viagra pills). The most widely used antidepressant in history, prescribed to 54m people worldwide for depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, panic disorder, eating disorders and premenstrual dysphoric disorder.

A kind of new D/R – epressive Democracy based on Serotonin treatement for everybody: men, women, children and animals. Cats and dogs may suffer from stress. For them the stress is called: HUMANS. and Twenty years on Prozac?

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LAST BUT NOT LEAST:
in the last days AIFA just approved treating kids with Prozac Fluoxetina (PROZAC®)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

“Don’t Worry, Be Happy” is the title and famous principal lyric of a song by popular musician Bobby McFerrin, the first a cappella song to reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, holding that position for two weeks in September of 1988. At the 1989 Grammy Awards, “Don’t Worry Be Happy” won ‘Best Song of the Year’. The song’s title is taken from a famous quote by Meher Baba.

Written by Ilari Valbonesi

May 18th, 2007 at 3:24 pm

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Public Display of Internet Pornography

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Netporn

C’LICK ME
Public Display of Internet Pornography
2nd International Netporn Festival
Paradiso, Amsterdam – Saturday, 2 June 2007, 1pm to 5am

C’LICK ME is an event to investigate internet pornography in a non-conventional way. We are looking forward to a queer event without any rigid queer correctness (as queer doesn’t always mean good porn!). We want to re-think the society of the netporn spectacle: the digital zeitgeist that has given us a hypersexual body. What to do with our bodies and digital machines? Pornography has found its way into every nook and cranny of the Internet, but how can we still be queer radicals or body artists, private hedonists or fervent bloggers in this climate? Do we still need to have a sanctified space like an underground or a dungeon, when we produce desire with our floating networked bodies? Porn went porn-chic years ago. Today netporn goes into Myspace bedrooms and everyday “realcore”.

C’LICK ME is not only netporn displays, but strategies of public engagement and sharing thoughts about netporn. While creating a visibility of desire, we try to experiment with a new “invisibility” of identities. From the era of queer communities, we move into the culture of crossbreed pornography. Even amongst those horny mobs targeted by the netporn industry giants, people cherish their own queer varieties. Netporn means the messy process of personal affections and anomalies melting into the databases of porn masses. In the era of pornification of mainstream imagery, there is no more society without netporn, but a lot has to be done to sexualize the critical “multitudes”. Queer and net activists, theorists and artists once again gather in Amsterdam to discuss the growing pains of autonomous culture zones, but also netporn as sexwork, production of affective commodities and one of the biggest global markets.

C’LICK ME wants to create a networked debate, continuing the discourse started with the first Netporn Conference in 2005, that was organized by the Institute of Network Cultures in collaboration with Katrien Jacobs and Matteo Pasquinelli. This conference afterwards connected to other experiences across Europe and elsewhere, like the Porn Film festival and the Post Porn Politics symposium both held in Berlin in 2006. What does a “post-porn politics” mean after entering the digital realms of the network society? And what will be the destiny of the porn genre in the age of the affective technologies? Before brainstorming the dissolution of porn into commodities or its future explosion in global conflicts, our specific DIY contribution is an anti-essentialist and intoxicated event, with input from new publics, with a nostalgic embrace of (post) punk wet dreams and sex revolutions. Most of all, C’LICK ME invites you to experience the sexual evolution of the digital generation.

By the stimulators,
Katrien Jacobs, Matteo Pasquinelli and Marije Janssen
more informations at C’LICK ME

Written by Luca

May 14th, 2007 at 11:09 am

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Journalism shoutdown

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In the last ten years the main towers of power of Italy has been overwhelmed by many cases like Bancopoli, Calciopoli, Vallettopoli, Ricattopoli, Tronchettopoli, Spiopoli….
The towers, of course, are still there, and in fact a strong reaction started against the journalist that will pubblish “reserved informations”: ten days ago the Chamber voted with 447 votes, no contrary votes and seven abstentions, a law that if Senate will ratify, will make impossible to the citizens to know about that affairs.

Travaglio has justly denounced the gagging of journalists with the new intercept legislation. But even here, we’re talking of the effects and not the causes. The publication of the intercepts has eliminated Consorte, Ricucci, and Fazio.
The same outcome would have resulted from a speedy trial or rather a normal trial. Free information, the little that is around, is becoming a substitute for trials that never end. And if they have no end they have no sentence.
” excerpt from Beppe Grillo’s Blog

Now in Italy at least we know what happened, also if i’m quite sure nobody of the people accused will be persecuted. But in a civil democracy it’s a right of every citizen to read the pubblic acts of the investigations, with this new law everyone can get informations about but nobody can pubblish it… and they call it the right of individual privacy.
And what about the right of the citizens to be informed??

This law, called Mastella Law, bring the fine in a range from 10.000 to 100.000 Euro. If the Senate will approve it, it will be hard to know about the investigations that police is doing.

As stated above at least the pubblication of that news has eliminated some of the “italians bad guy”, also if, as always, the process didn’t even started, because Italy has the most long process of justice of the world.
So in the future without free information and without short process how can be possible to unpollute the devasted italian political panorama?

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May 6th, 2007 at 8:25 am

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