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Information for Social Change

"an activist organisation that examines issues of censorship, freedom and ethics amongst library and information workers..."

ISC 14. A Statement on State Terrorism, Censorship & Repression

December 2001
London, England

We as Librarians & Information workers view the introduction of new anti-terrorist legislation as a threat upon ALL our liberties.

We view the idea of censoring information in order to counter terrorism as an assault upon all our freedoms.

The introduction of such legislation is at best an exercise in spurious logic.

We view the idea of introducing legislation to cloak the work of the utilities, under the guise of 'preventing terrorism', as no more than an attempt to prevent us from gaining knowledge about the ecologically unsound & extremely dangerous practises that these companies engage upon.

This is particularly so when it comes to the Nukiller industry.

We believe that information about the public utilities should be freely available.

We view all legislation to censor information about the military, under the guise of 'state security', as no more than another way in which our societies are being increasingly militarised.

We view the threats posed by the military, & military secrecy, as dangers to our very freedom, while we also fully condemn any terrorism attacks that have occurred, or may occur in the future.

We condemn all past & recent secrecy legislation as an assault upon the very concept of Freedom of Information. A principle that we hold dear. Such legislation curtails the rights of the people to decide upon issues that affect all our lives.

We affirm that we all have a right to information being kept within the public domain.

We pledge ourselves to combating all forms of state censorship.

We affirm this ideal: that in order to live in a free society, we must act as though we are living within a free society.


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