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Censorship and Vulgar Language

Hello All,

I have some comments about Ibrahim Ighneiwa's last note concerning the censorship of this page. First, in principle, Ighneiwa has the right to do whatever he wants to do with his page. Second, in terms of word usage, some limitations/guidelines have to be used on this page, otherwise the hired mouthpieces of the Libyan regime would waste no time in ruining this page as they did with other Libyan sites. If given the chance they would change this site to a porno site just to discredit it and discredit the people who post here. Third, when I mentioned limitations/guidelines/censorship, I didn't mean censorship on ideas, but rather on vulgar language. And, by vulgar I mean terms that are morally offensive, profanely indecent, or obscene to most people. I believe that we all can communicate with each other without the need to such language.

I agree with Ezzwari in the sense that people should write about what they feel like writing, but at the same time, I disagree with him in the sense that vulgarity is vulgarity and there is no such thing as what u deem vulgar, someone else doesn't. Yes, there is a gray area, especially when we are dealing with dialects of different parts of Libya. We will come across some terms that could be considered inappropriate to some but regarded as appropriate to others. But, how often do we come across those terms and how often do we use them?

There is a wide spectrum of Arabic vocabulary that most of us on this page agree on its appropriateness. We have demonstrated that over a long period of time, especially since the conception of this page. Therefore, I am for censoring the page as far as vulgar terms are used, but definitely not on the person's ideology whether that person is with/against Gaddafi/current system of Libya. I always stress on what's important and that's what we write about, but how we write it, in terms of word usage, it should always be kept in the mainstream of what "most" of us consider "appropriate."

Many well-established news agencies on line such as ABC, CBS, CNN, Aljazeera, etc., have a disclaimer about terms of use and about what they deem appropriate or not for their sites. It is the norm with most news agencies/media in general. Censorship on vulgar terms is one of the ways to keep this page alive, decent, and respected by most of its readers.

Huda

P.S. To Ezzwari, I hope you reconsider your decision about posting. Even though I disagree with some of your views, your input is still much appreciated. For one, I would like to see your contribution continued.


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