Pussy Riots and Wikileaks: infamous comparisons?

The Same Day Russia Sentences Pussy Riot, It Condemns The UK Over Julian Assange | Techdirt. 20th August 2012

I will come back on the Pussy Riots case (I have a few words to say on Putin’s comments that the sentence should be light, on the basis of basic legal rights), but right now let us look at the comparison Russia brings between Assange/Wikileaks, and the US and UK, merely that pursuing Assage is not to the taste of Russia. I have to say that on the principle of freedom of expression Russia has a point: one can’t criticise Russia but accept to possibly prosecute Assange re Wikileaks. not a consistent position re freedom of internet/speech.

yet in terms of scale of behaviour’s severity, there is a world between Assange/Wikileaks with its wide-ranging disclosures that, for some of them, potentially threaten national security, and three women dancing in a church (even accepting that the Church is a sacred place) to criticise, without revealing anything new, Putin and its circle of power, money and corruption. I don’t think the US is justified in its position re Wikileaks, but compared to Russia, they are a democratic country, whereas Russia clearly appears autocratic for any type of political issues.

The fact that Gasparov, the famous chess player, was arrested says it all. Russia still has to learn a lot from the UK and the US on both freedoms and censorship! “Garry Kasparov Was Arrested Outside Of Pussy Riot Courthouse“, TechDirt, 20 August 2012
For similar disparities: “US: India, Stop Censoring Websites! India: Wikileaks, Hello? US: That’s Different!“, TechDirt, 29 August 2012

and the video of Al Jazeera: “From SOPA To Cybersecurity: All About Trying To Control The Internet” on Tech Dirt, 10 August 2012

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About Audrey Guinchard

Senior Lecturer @ University of Essex (UK)
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