Monday, July 03, 2006

Talkback Responsibility

Today there is another article in the Jerusalem Post about WorldPride slated for Jerusalem in August. You can read it for yourself but the long and short of it is that the police are meeting soon to discuss granting permission for the parade. This is part of the preparations of every public event in Israel and isn't especially for the Pride Parade. The police grant permits to march based on "security issues".

My beef today is with the "talkback" section of the online edition of the Jerusalem Post. There is a talkback comment that reads:

14. only death will result
born in jerusalem
07/03/2006 01:01

3/4 of the city is against this abomination! there will definately be repurcusions! u have been warned

Again, you can read it for yourself in the talkback section below the article posted here. To me this crosses the line as far as talkback comments go. This is a threat and I think that the Jerusalem Post needs to step up and take responsibility for this kind of hate speech. Obviously, the talkback section must be moderated. I am all for free speech; that's why I strongly support WorldPride in Jerusalem. However communicating threats and inciting violence against a minority group in a newspaper is not OK.


At 7/03/2006 3:05 PM, Anonymous Jany said...

John, actually there seems to be kind of rules made by JPost for keeping talkbacks moderate:; but this doesn't seem too efficient...
it is a pity to see, that tolerance is still not far spread everywhere, here in Europe the Pride-Season ( or Love Parade / Berlin, Lake Parade / Zurich & Geneva, etc. )starts soon, and only few complain, but actually it's one of the biggest party-events of the (short) european summer. The gay community had to battle but after years, it is accepted to the point that gay couples can get officially "engaged" with equal rights as in a marriage ( concerning mainly the administrative stuff such as inheritage, right to visit the partner at hospital, insurances, etc. ), this at least in France and also in Switzerland. That being said ( from a hetero girl ), i wish that all of you will enjoy the parade and party all night long !

At 7/05/2006 9:57 PM, Blogger John said...

Welcome, Jany! Thanks for your support!


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