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Created by John Eipper on 11/01/06 3:20 PM - re-homosexuality-repression-and-censorship-steve-torok-thailand

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re: Homosexuality, Repression, and Censorship (Steve Torok, Thailand) (John Eipper, USA, 11/01/06 3:20 pm)

Steve Torok writes:

The "Lap-dog" syndrome of journalists mentioned by John Heelan (30
October) is not a US phenomenon, but deep psychology, based on the notion
of "have you got the message?" that most media follow throughout the
An example is the official media in present-day Hungary about discredited
Prime Minister Gyurcsany--he still survives somehow! To elaborate, let me
quote from *The Economist*, 28/10/2006, p.19: "In the former Soviet empire
re-labelled former communists plus their intelligence officers and other
henchmen hold power. The Hungarian prime minister, Ferenc Gyurcsany,
infuriates his anti-communist opponents (who boycotted this week's
official commemoration of the 1956 uprising) with his close family ties to
the old Soviet-installed regime. Nobody else seems to care. Some of that
hold on power is fuelled by communist slush funds adeptly recycled into
capitalist business. Hundreds of millions of dollars of such money have
been flooding into Romania and Bulgaria as they prepare to join the European Union. 'They're not stupid, these guys,' says one
Balkan security official. 'They got the money out to Austria before they
lost power. And now they are sure that it will be safe investment here,
they are bringing it back again.'"

The example of the "message" is the almost subtle "Nobody else seems to
care." It almost justifies the brutal police supression of the 10000
gathered at an official venue (Astoria) by the opposition to celebrate
1956. The "lapdogs" in the official Hungarian media are much less

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John Eipper, Editor-in-Chief, Adrian College, MI 49221 USA

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