Thursday, September 18, 2008

Crimes Against Society

Bradley R. Smith
PO Box 439016
San Ysidro CA 92143
Desk: 209 682 5327

Koichiro Matusuura
UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
The United Nations

Dear. Dr. Matusura:

I share your shock and grief over the tragic deaths of two newsmen in the Caucasus. I agree with you that “The killings of journalists are crimes against society as a whole as they deal a blow to freedom of expression and access to independent information for the people of the region.”

Please: allow me to suggest that the imprisonment of independent journalists and researchers for “thought crimes,” as well as the murder of such folk, are also “crimes against society as a whole.” They are so because, using your own language, “the deal a blow to freedom of expression and access to independent information …”

One example – one of hundreds of examples – is the case of German national Germar Rudolf who was extradited from the United States to Germany to stand trial for expressing doubt about certain aspects of the Holocaust story. He remains in prison even as I write you this note.

UNESCO did not defend German Rudolf’s right to express an opinion about history that preferred majorities disagree with. If he is subsequently murdered by those who oppose an open debate on the Holocaust story, will UNESCO speak out for him then? Will you personally feel “aggrieved?”

What position does UNESCO hold with regard to the imprisonment of journalists and independent researchers who have questions about history that preferred majorities do not want to be asked?

Thank you for any observation you might have with regard to this question.

Bradley R. Smith

Committee for Open Debate on the Holocaust


The UNESCO Challenge: To advance the UNESCO mandate to
encourage freedom of expression, not to a preferred class, but to all.

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