Um… no…

Related, is the call for a boycott of Arnab Goswami and his channel.

You have the right to organise a protest. I have the right to not join it. Maybe it says something about me, that I am not prepared to stand up for my fellows — but that is my choice, and I will live with it. You, however, cannot mandate my presence, nor can you attach “shame” to my absence.

As for calling for a boycott of Goswami and his channel — what are you, tone deaf? You cannot preach freedom of expression, espouse the right of media to tell it as they see it — and then call for a boycott of someone who sees it differently from you. Sure, you can call out what you disagree with — but if you really believe in the right to free speech, you cannot call for the boycott of those whose views you disagree with.

For the record, I am appalled by the attacks on journalists and others — just as I am appalled by the various attacks on people and their freedoms that take place every day in this country.

Also for the record, I am apalled by Goswami’s show. I was a guest on that show on December 30, 2009. Since then, I have been invited repeatedly, and have always declined — that one experience was enough. That is my personal right — to decide whether or no I will take part in something. But a call for a boycott?



2 thoughts on “Um… no…

  1. er… that tweet only talks about naming (and shaming)… not boycotting… Perhaps there were other tweets that said so? if so, you should’ve embedded them..

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