In a very ballsy move, demonstrating nothing but a complete lack of thought, oozing with hypocrisy, the U.S. State Department (ironically, their slogan is “Diplomacy In Action”) issued a press release yesterday. It’s posted below, in part, emphasis mine:
The theme for next year’s commemoration will be 21st Century Media: New Frontiers, New Barriers. The United States places technology and innovation at the forefront of its diplomatic and development efforts. New media has empowered citizens around the world to report on their circumstances, express opinions on world events, and exchange information in environments sometimes hostile to such exercises of individuals’ right to freedom of expression. At the same time, we are concerned about the determination of some governments to censor and silence individuals, and to restrict the free flow of information. We mark events such as World Press Freedom Day in the context of our enduring commitment to support and expand press freedom and the free flow of information in this digital age.
Source: U.S. Department of State
Absolutely mind-boggling. I had hoped that this kind of blatant, double-standard bullying was going to end when Bush left office.
Even Assistant Secretary, Philip J. Crowley, acknowledged the brutal, humorless irony in this, during yesterday’s daily press briefing, again, emphasis mine:
…Obviously, we decided upon this before the latest round of news.
The United States places technology and innovation at the forefront of its diplomatic and development efforts. There certainly is an irony here.