Saturday, 24 June 2017

Freedom of Expression Under Assault

On February 24, 2017 the administrator of this blog published an article titled “Reflections On Change”.

In the article the anonymous letter of an angry resident of the complex, infuriated by the ideas published in this blog, was reproduced ad verbatim:

You must be blind, stupid, and ignorant. After 4 elections you failed to see that those who cast the vote decide nothing. Those who count the vote decide everything. We don’t want your rotten ideas and visions in this building. Leave us alone. Move Go and live somewhere else. Angry neighbor.
On June 16, 2017 the administrator of this blog discovered a death threat, placed on the windshield of his car with the following message: “MOVE OR DIE”. To make his message more intimidating the “unsub” attached a bullet to his message. The Police was immediately notified and a criminal investigation was launched.

Though a Blog is not a formal newspaper, the administrator considers himself a journalist-an individual who collects, analyzes, and disseminates electronically information affecting the public interest in a condominium complex where more than 570 residential units exist and approximately $6.000.000 are collected annually to cover the basic expenses that must be addressed in such a complex. In other words the administrator belongs to a group of bloggers who use the internet to exercise a part-time profession known as “Public Interest Journalism”.

Most journalists covering issues of public concern strongly believe that in Canada, section 2(b) of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms protects “freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press and other media of communication”.

This new breed of independent journalists firmly believe that in an age where big corporations are more and more obsessed with generating profit rather than serving the collective good, “Public Interest Journalism” plays an undisputed vital role in a democracy where the informed consent of every individual is critical for a healthy relationship between ruler and ruled at the four levels of government known in this country: Federal, Provincial, Municipal, and The Board of Directors of a condominium.

Often on this blog we publish a very unflattering information about the wasteful use of revenues, about self-styled experts who do not submit written reports about their recommendations, about a long list of issues that prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, that what masquerades as an investment in the collective good is nothing but a trivial project designed to make a rich contractor richer.

This Blog does not advertise any goods or services simply to remain free from any political or financial pressure that an advertiser might be able to impose for the purpose of “censoring” freedom of expression.
This Blog will always defy the methods used by anonymous thugs, especially “Death Threats” designed to censor or silence freedom of expression. This blog will always insure that “Public Interest Journalism” will always remain an integral part of the very fabric of our DEMOCRACY. And to all those who believe in the blind servitude of those who are in power, I will simply remind them of the following famous statement of US General George S. Patton: The coward is the one who lets his fear overcome his sense of duty.” 

As an administrator of a Blog I am not going to allow a thug to interfere with my sense of duty. The only time I will close this Blog is when The Board of Directors can produce a petition, signed by 51% of unit owners in the complex, indicating clearly that for X number of reasons they want the blog to disappear . And to all those who are willing to sign such a petition to appease the obsessive hatred of my writings by a criminal, reflect very carefully on the following dire warning made by British novelist Aldous Huxley:
“There will be in the next generation or so a method of making people love their servitude and producing dictatorship without tears, so to speak, producing a kind of painless concentration camp for entire societies so that people will in fact have their liberties taken away from them but will rather enjoy it.”

A final word to the bully/thug who left the death threat on my windshield. Whoever you are, had you made an effort to read the article titled “How Politicians Betrayed Democracy”
prior to devising your scheme to victimize me, you would have noticed that your chances of succeeding in silencing me with intimidating tactics is next to nil. The Board of Directors tried long time ago to suppress freedom of expression but the defiance thrived.

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