Confirmed: Majority of UN member nations aren’t big on freedom of information

posted at 3:21 pm on December 17, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

The United States and an alliance of Western democracies spoke up against Russia, Iran, China, and others’ proposals to restrict the ease with which the Internet currently operates across international borders during the United Nations’ telecom conference over the past couple of weeks, but it was apparently too little, too late. Funnily enough, it turns out that the many authoritarian and oppressive regimes that belong to that oh-so-august body of international ‘peacekeepers’ are actually pretty much fine with cutting down on their people’s freedom of speech and access to information.

Gordon Crovitz aptly calls the whole thing a sort of Digital Cold War, and unfortunately, the more nefarious world powers that be just won that particular battle, at least in part:

At the just-concluded conference of the International Telecommunications Union in Dubai, the U.S. and its allies got outmaneuvered. …A majority of the 193 United Nations member countries approved a treaty giving governments new powers to close off access to the Internet in their countries. …

The result was 89 countries in favor, with 55 against. The authoritarian majority included Russia, China, Arab countries, Iran and much of Africa. Under the rules of the ITU, the treaty takes effect in 2015 for these countries. Countries that opposed it are not bound by it, but Internet users in free countries will also suffer as global networks split into two camps—one open, one closed.

The U.S. delegation never understood this conference was fundamentally a battle in what might be called the Digital Cold War. Russia and China had long been lobbying for votes, but U.S. opposition got serious only at the conference itself. …

Well, that’s nice — China gets the United Nations’ esteemed blessing to keep doing what they’ve been doing and other oppressive regimes have the go-ahead to follow suit. Remind me, why are we still providing funding for this forum for the legitimization of dictators and freedom-crushers?


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No, big surprise here the UN is a den of Thugs and Dictators.

ChunkyLover on December 17, 2012 at 3:25 PM

What? FOI? I saw the pic and thought this would be another pro-second amendment thread.

kim roy on December 17, 2012 at 3:27 PM

UN out of the US…

SWalker on December 17, 2012 at 3:27 PM

It infringes on their tyrannies.

The number one reason why muzzies and Russia want to control the internet is…

Schadenfreude on December 17, 2012 at 3:28 PM

Confirmed: Majority of UN member nations aren’t big on freedom of information

Even more accurate.

Bitter Clinger on December 17, 2012 at 3:33 PM

No surprise here.

What’s the difference between the UN view and the MSM? The idea is to keep people ignorant, control them through emotion, and then declare that they’re stupid because they don’t have enough information to agree with their betters, i.e. the Politburo.

What’s happening here is the same in every communist country or dictatorship. We still have one avenue, and now it’s being attacked.

Cody1991 on December 17, 2012 at 3:36 PM

Move the UN to Venezuela…

PatriotRider on December 17, 2012 at 3:38 PM

Move the UN to Venezuela…

PatriotRider on December 17, 2012 at 3:38 PM

Haiti is my choice.

The US needs to pull out of the UN, and kick them out of the country. The important and only solution is to get out of this sick organization and not fund them. It’s our money that keeps this hideous cancer alive.

Cody1991 on December 17, 2012 at 3:41 PM

A successful win on this front, by our U.N. ambassador, might create a resume fit for a career move up the ladder to SoS or even National Security Advisor. So, I guess she won’t be rewarded,..:)

a capella on December 17, 2012 at 3:41 PM

Misinformation is king. And information is in the dungeon. Including in the US. Not to say that it couldn’t be worse.

besser tot als rot on December 17, 2012 at 3:42 PM

apparently too little, too late.

But…but Rice is such a intelligent and immensely hard worker who has done wonders for the US in the UN.

Well, I guess when your boss leads from behind…kinda wears off.

plutorocks on December 17, 2012 at 3:49 PM

Misinformation is king. And information is in the dungeon. Including in the US. Not to say that it couldn’t be worse.

besser tot als rot on December 17, 2012 at 3:42 PM

Interesting how the President’s speech last night was preceeded by non-stop hyping of the coming event…

Seven Percent Solution on December 17, 2012 at 3:53 PM

Remind me, why are we still providing funding for this forum for the legitimization of dictators and freedom-crushers?

Because the American budget surplus is so big that there’s a need for things to spend the unwanted money on, even if counter-productively?

David Blue on December 17, 2012 at 3:53 PM

But…but Rice is such a intelligent and immensely hard worker who has done wonders for the US in the UN.

Well, I guess when your boss leads from behind…kinda wears off.

plutorocks on December 17, 2012 at 3:49 PM

Yeah, having Susan Rice at the UN is as comforting as having Eric “Fast and Furious Gun Runner” Holder as USAG.

Isn’t it great to have corrupt, America hating leftists in charge of our lives?

Cody1991 on December 17, 2012 at 3:59 PM

Time to stop funding this beast. That would be beneficial in multiple ways.

AZfederalist on December 17, 2012 at 4:03 PM

Obama will speak up for freedom in 5,4,3,2 never.

birdwatcher on December 17, 2012 at 4:07 PM

Obama’s silence means he agrees.

Hillary deos too.

Schadenfreude on December 17, 2012 at 4:13 PM

Individual liberty……..equals the number of guns in the hands of citizens.

I haven’t noticed ANY PROGRESSIVE talking about ARMED SECURITY…….because…..

……Would be tyrants want our guns!!

And this nation is how far from loading people into trucks/trains for RE-education?

PappyD61 on December 17, 2012 at 4:16 PM

The three cesspits of China, M.E. and Africa don’t want information to get in. Russia doesn’t want it to get out.

Why?

OldEnglish on December 17, 2012 at 4:18 PM

Internet users in free countries will also suffer as global networks split into two camps—one open, one closed.

Don’t they mean that it’s the Internet users in closed countries that will suffer?

Either that or WSJ has a funny definition of ‘suffer’.

Socratease on December 17, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Kill the UN before it kills civilization.

Only a total retard would think that an empowered, peerless, competitionless entity ought to even exist.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on December 17, 2012 at 5:36 PM

Confirmed: Majority of UN member nations aren’t big on freedom of information

…yep!…The United States and it’s MSM are charter members!

KOOLAID2 on December 17, 2012 at 11:34 PM