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Eric Kluitenberg on Tue, 16 Sep 2008 16:40:42 +0200 (CEST)

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[Nettime-nl] FWD: Worldchat Neo-Censuur in De Balie en on-line,

Fwd - warmly recommended!


De Balie, Amsterdam | Zaterdag 20 september 2008 | aanvang 20.30 uur

Neocensuur is een vorm van censuur die niet door de staat wordt  
opgelegd. In het Westen zijn het bijvoorbeeld religieuze  
groepen,organisaties of bedrijven die zichzelf of anderen censureren.  
Denk aan scholen die de evolutietheorie uit het pakket schrappen,  
musea die bepaalde kunst niet willen tonen en uitgevers die uit angst  
voor bepaalde reacties teksten ongepubliceerd laten.

De Worldchat on neo-censorship bestaat uit interviews met  
vooraanstaande gasten, waarna deze samen met het publiek verschillende  
subthema’s uitdiepen in vier chatboxen. De chatboxen zijn de hele  
avond en nacht geopend; wel graag even aanmelden, vanwege de beperkte  
bandbreedte:worldchat {AT} balie.nl

Deze Worldchat is een initiatief van De Balie, en maakt deel uit van  
het symposium over neo-censuur dat wordt georganiseerd door Amsterdam  
World Book Capital in De Balie, op 19 en 20 september.

Zie voor meer informatie hieronder:

Tickets: 8 euro / 6 euro

Dit programma is ook live the volgen via:




De Balie organises a unique evening on neo-censorship (see below). In  
addition to a live Worldchat, there will be a DJ and an excellent  
cocktail bar.

The first 40 reservations receive a FREE, UNCENSORED COCKTAIL, upon  
showing their ticket.

What is neo-censorship?
By neo-censorship we mean modern ways of censorship not imposed by  
governments but by citizens, organizations and companies that use all  
kinds of tools to prevent others from using their right to freedom of  
speech. Such tools are lawsuits, money, etc. Think of papers that  
refuse to print well written opinions, museums that refuse to exhibit  
art, schools that refuse to teach scientific theories, libraries that  
refuse to buy books, or movie companies that cut scenes from their  
movies. We hold that this kind of censorship is more dominant in  
Western countries than (classical) state censorship.
Do you agree? And if you do, what can we do about it?

We invite you to send your opinion and real life examples of neo-  
censorship (before September 16th) so that we can use them as  
discussion statements for our session (worldchat {AT} balie.nl).

The session offers a wonderful opportunity to have your opinions  
discussed by writers, artists, scientists and other interested persons  
from around the world. We welcome your participation but can only  
offer a limited number of people access to the session. Therefore,  
send us an e-mail before September 16th.

The Worldchat on neo-censorship is organised as part of the  
international conference on Neo-Censorship that takes place in De  
Balie at September 19th-20th. The outcomes of the session will be used  
for a publication.

Paul Sturges (Professor of Library Studies, Loughborough University,  
UK), Rohan Jayasekera (British journalist, editor, web designer and  
occasionally controversial activist for free expression and media  
rights), publicist and former Geenstijl-member Bert Brussen (Geenstijl  
is Holland biggest and most famous critical shocklog). Ingmar Vriesema  
(journalist and publicist), DJ, Cocktailbar and Skype guests from all  
over the world.

Tickets: 8 euro / 6 euro

This program can also be followed live via: www.debalie.nl/live

The chatboxes:

The worldchat on neo censorship is divided in four separate chatboxes.

Box 1: Neo-censorship: how are we doing in 2008?
Are we moving forward to an ever more free world? Or are we even worse  
of than, say, ten years ago? What are the causes for these tendencies?  
Participants have the opportunity to discuss their opinions with Rohan  
Jayasekera, a long-time activist for free speech and member of the  
index on censorship.

Box 2: Neo-censorship and news media
The second box deals debates neo-censorship and newspapers. Do  
newspapers print al sorts opinions, or do they deliberately prevent  
debates from being held? Participants can discuss their opinions with  
Ingmar Vriesema, editor of the Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad and  
Bert Brussen of the internetforum geenstijl.

Box 3: Neo-censorship in a multicultural society
How do minority and majority groups prevent the meaning of the other  
from being heard? What means do minorities use? How do they differ  
from the means of the majority? Which groups suffer most from  

Box 4: Neo-censorship and archives
Despite its specialist title, this box discusses an important theme  
that affects all of us. How do archives and librariesprevent opinions  
from being heard by present and future generations? How do we prevent  
the few from creating the world history of the many by using their  
archives for their own purposes? Does ‘digital censorship’ exist? How  
does it differ from analogue forms?
This chatroom provides a rare opportunity to discuss your topics with  
Paul Sturges, chairman of the Library Association’s International  
Group (IGLA) and an expert on ethical and moral issues related to  
archiving and librarian institutes.

See also:


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