Sunday, July 26, 2009

Everybody denies everything

According to Paltoday, Hamas denies "restricting general freedom in Gaza":
Deposed Hamas government on Saturday denied that it had taken measures to restrict general liberty in the Gaza Strip.

"The government denies that it had made any new decision or given instructions violating the existed laws regarding the issue of freedom," said Taher al-Nounou, a spokesman for the Islamic movement's administration.

His remarks followed reports that Hamas had ratified a list of procedures which its security forces would forcefully apply in the Gaza Strip to spread Islamic awareness and prevent behavior that contradict with Muslim ethics. [...]

The Ministry of Religious Affairs in Gaza has launched a campaign calling for removing any scene that doesn't meet the Islam. For example, preachers toured Gaza markets and urged store owners to hide posters that showed women's images. However, Hamas and the people agree that this campaign is based on peaceful guidance.
Meanwhile, Fars reports that "Hezbollah Denies Involvement in Iran's Post-Election Events":
Lebanese Islamic resistance movement (Hezbollah) on Saturday strongly rejected claims about the group's involvement in post-election incidents in Iran, calling such allegations "unfounded".

"The recent rumors are void of truth. The Lebanese Hezbollah calls on those spreading this rumor to avoid hatching plots and sowing discord between the two brotherly nations of Iran and Lebanon," Hezbollah announced in a statement obtained by FNA on Saturday. [...]
A few days ago PressTV reported other Hezbollah denials:
Hezbollah says a recent blast in southern Lebanon was caused by old shells, dismissing allegations that it was triggered by a secret arms cache belonging to the movement. [...]
In another sort of denial (h/t: Hot Air), the AP is trying to deny blogs and search-engines access to its content unless they pay a fee:
Tom Curley, The A.P.’s president and chief executive, said the company’s position was that even minimal use of a news article online required a licensing agreement with the news organization that produced it. In an interview, he specifically cited references that include a headline and a link to an article, a standard practice of search engines like Google, Bing and Yahoo, news aggregators and blogs.
As long as Fars News and the rest don't start charging for their content, I guess I'm safe.

Crossposted on Soccer Dad

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