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CNN published an article about a Scholarship named in honor of Neda Agha-Soltan(an Iranian woman shot by unknown gunman while she was protesting against her government). CNN has made Neda a war-cry for Iran's insurgents as well as a rally point for the political and economic war currently being fought against Iran.|
CNN encouraged comments from the readers. These are the comments you can see following the article:
This scholarship is excellent - it demonstrates to all the world that established and well regarded institutions like Oxford University are (to some degree) openly supporting the freedom movement in Iran. RIP, Neda. Your death was not in vain. One day you will have a memorial in Tehran, and Ahmadi Nejad [The President] will have none.
Well done. Sad She died in that way.
Thanks Oxford. everything that shows how much the world hates iranian government gives support to iranian people. hope for success for green iranian movment.
Well done, Oxford. Anything that irritates or obstructs Iran's fascist leadership is good with me.
That's all. No more comments. All comments that did not agree were removed. Even polite, carefully considered posts were deleted if they did not agree. My own post was removed. My post may not be mild and comforting, and it definitely does not carry the overwhelming Washington centric bias of the articles found on CNN, but I clearly obeyed the terms of service and there is no excuse for deleting my post.
CNN censors many posts, but I only have a copy of my own:
Poor Neda is being used by politicians who never knew her. They claim she is a symbol of freedom when in fact she is a propaganda weapon. Neda is just one person, but a couple dozen died, not just one. Glorifying Neda obscures the others. Worse still is that we have killed 10,000 Nedas in Iraqi, where is the scholarship to raise awareness about them?
If we want to stop human rights abuses, we should focus on our own actions first since we and Britain are far worse offenders than Iran. Neda is just one girl, she was not killed directly by Iran, but by one side of two angry mobs. In contrast, we have DIRECTLY killed uncounted thousands of women and children who don't get any Scholarships named after them. We are hated for our hypocrisy, we earn that hatred every day.
CNN will not let these words be seen.
Another poster says, "Well done, Oxford. Anything that irritates or obstructs Iran's fascist leadership is good with me."
If he had said, "Well done, Iran. Anything that irritates or obstructs America's fascist leadership is good with me", then he would have been censored.