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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Bonni the Nazi censors bits of the Daily Mail that her readers might not like

I am unfailingly amused by the way that right-wing loons post links to stories, then describe the story in terms which are flatly contradicted by the contents of the link, secure in the knowledge that the knuckle-walkers who comprise their fan base would never dream of doing anything so technically sophisticated as clicking on a hyperlink and reading its contents.

Take this piece in the Daily Mail where, as you can see from my excerpt below, a number of concerns are raised about e-books available from Amazon:

Amazon has been accused of making money selling offensive, racist and potentially dangerous ebooks on subjects ranging from bomb-making to drug growing.

The internet giant sells a vast number of ebooks, downloaded by readers from its website, some for as little as £1.

It allows anyone to upload an ebook for sale, without safeguards against content that would be refused by traditional publishers.

Examples include anti-Semitic prose, instructions on growing marijuana, and novels which apparently glorify dog fighting.

One ebook, Prophet Muhammad: Monster of History, includes images of a Koran being burned and a woman being hanged.

The author, Jake Neuman, says of its content on his own website: ‘The writings contained in this book are now illegal in most Western countries.’

But users of amazon.co.uk can access his work at the click of a mouse.

The Muslim Council of Britain has now called for Amazon to ‘take proper responsibility’ for the content of the books on its site.

They added: ‘Freedom of expression should not be unlimited, and publications that cause anti-Muslim hatred, anti-Jewish hatred or homophobic hatred should not be allowed.’

Sunday newspaper investigation also revealed an ebook entitled Reverend Rapist, which describes a priest sexually assaulting a young girl.

Other titles included TNT FAQ and How to Make Nitroglycerin, which provided instructions for making explosives as well as ebooks which were simply made up of personal attacks on members of the public - thought to be by disgruntled ex-spouses or partners.

Any potential self-publisher can use Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing service to upload their ebook for sale, charging as little as 77p to potential readers. Amazon instructs self-publishers to adhere to ‘content guidelines’, stating, for example, that ‘we don’t accept pornography’.

But critics say the company does not go far enough.

Richard Mollet, chief executive of the Publishers Association, told the Sunday Times: ‘We see the same attitude from search engines - don’t blame us; we’re just putting it out there.’

He added ‘It’s time internet companies did start to take a better look at their practices and behaved more responsibly.’

Labour MP Paul Flynn said: ‘If Amazon is providing the platform for books that wouldn’t be published otherwise, it is responsible.

‘This is a cavalier attitude to inflammatory material.’

OK. So to recap there, the concerns are about books on bomb-making, books consisting wholly of libellous personal attacks, books which are Islamophobic or anti-semitic, or homophobic, books about paedophilia, books about drug-growing, and others. The complaints have come from a Labour MP, from the Publishers' Association, and from the Muslim Council of Britain.

Now when Bonni Benstock-Intall of BareNakedIslam decides to cover this story, she links to the Daily mail report. But how does she describe it? In a screaming headline, she says

UK MUSLIMS want to stop Amazon from selling e-books that tell the truth about Islam

...which she follows with

Muslim Council of Brtain accuses Amazon of making money selling offensive, racist, ‘Islamophobic’ and potentially dangerous e-books.

Dangerous to whom? Only those who write anti-Islam books.

She reprints the following (very selective) excerpt from that Daily Mail piece:

The internet giant sells a vast number of ebooks, downloaded by readers from its website, some for as little as £1. It allows anyone to upload an e-book for sale, without safeguards against content that would be refused by traditional publishers. One e-book, Prophet Muhammad: Monster of History, includes images of a Quran being burned and a woman being hanged.

The author, Jake Neuman, says of its content on his own website: ‘The writings contained in this book are now illegal in most Western countries.’(The truth should never be illegal) But users of amazon.co.uk can access his work at the click of a mouse. (We call it freedom of speech in the non-muslim civilized world)

The Muslim Council of Britain has now called for Amazon to ‘take proper responsibility’ for the content of the books on its site.They added: ‘Freedom of expression should not be unlimited (then it isn’t ‘freedom’ of expression), and publications that cause anti-Muslim hatred, anti-Jewish hatred or homophobic hatred should not be allowed.’ (CRAP! You only care about anti-Muslim hatred because it is Muslims who hate Jews and homosexuals more than anyone in the world)

Before he becamed so ashamed of his hatemongering that he closed down his blog and blocked access to it, BlairSupporter used to admire Bonni, claiming that while her posts were sometimes extreme they were always impeccably sourced. Well, this one is impeccably sourced, and impeccably edited to change the story  from one of British publishers and MPs complaining about bomb recipes and books glorifying paedophilia to one of Muslims complaining about Islamophobia. And when they also complain about anti-semitism, Bonni the Holocaust denier simply laughs.

But I agree with her: it's terrible when people suppress the truth about Islam (:-))

UPDATE: Hmmm, selective suppression of inconvenient news. I wonder where she got that idea?

Don't miss the hilarious comments under Bonni's post, BTW. I especially like the one from Tom, who suggests how Muslims can emerge from the Stone Age. (Bear in mind this is from someone unable to click a mouse and read English....)

(The comment from "Crusader Gary" cheering about the capsizing of a boatload of 150 asylum seekers off Australia is less funny, but then Australian Nazis are no nicer than American or British ones.)

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