Censorship of postcards at the IGF

Jeremy Malcolm jeremy at ciroap.org
Tue Nov 6 02:29:48 EST 2012

On 06/11/2012, at 11:17 AM, "Donny B.U." <dbu at donnybu.com> wrote:

> i dont want to argue furthermore with the UN officer, also because when he asked me not to distribute the postcards, around me are people from indonesian embassy including the ambasador and from the ict ministry. i have to respect them, as the formal delegation that will fight for the next igf. 

But you are OK that we raise it as a broader issue?  In the latest draft of the statement, I am concluding:

"We urge the IGF Secretariat to clarify the position relating to the distribution of written materials at the IGF, and not to inhibit their distribution except in accordance with a clear set of written rules that has been promulgated to all delegates in advance.  Such rules should not blindly adhere to the UN protocols that may subsist in intergovernmental fora, given that the IGF is not a UN body but operates on a unique multi-stakeholder basis that encourages free and open discussion."

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