Monday, March 27

Blogging for foundational freedoms--Fariñas Blogburst

There is a blogburst going for Coco Fariñas, who is on a hunger strike for freedom of information. Why would a man die for his internet access, you must be asking.

Here is the situation via La Ventanita:
Unless you are a government member, as a regular Cuban you have to go to an Internet café to access the Internet. At an exorbitant price, half of a month's wages, you can purchase an hour on the net. However, your surfing abilities are curtailed as the regime blocks all sites it does not want its people to see - just like China blocks opposition blogs and commentaries. Cubanacán Staff used the Internet to send out their reports, their stories to foreign press bureaus for publication, in an effort to report the truth about Cuba and their situation.
Freedom of information is a foundational freedom. Allow me to look back at the start of the Reformation, which as Hugh Hewitt notes in his book, Blog, was empowered in large by the invention of the printing press.
The Reformation began on October 31, 1517, when German monk Saint Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the Castle Church door in Wittenberg, Germany. This was one of the greatest events of the past 1,000 years.

Saint Martin made a translation of the Bible from Greek and Hebrew into German. Soon all the countries of Europe followed his example by translating the Scriptures into their languages. For the first time in history, the recently invented printing press made the Word of God available to all the people.
This is why, to me, Fariñas battle is so important. Freedom of religion, economic prosperity, and social justice CANNOT happen without the freedom of information for which he now gives his life.

From BabaluBlog:
And Guillermo Fariñas Hernandez will most certainly die because fidel castro's government can only stay in power one way: by keeping the Cuban people deaf, blind and dumb. Allowing Guillermo Fariñas Hernandez access to the internet is allowing him access to the truth and for a regime built on lies and deception, the truth is a cancer.
So, use the liberty you have, practice the free speach men have died to grant you. Join us in spreading the word of Guillermo Fariñas and his fight for freedom!! Join the many other bloggers who are speaking out.

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