February 1, 2011
Social Media as a "Fundamental Right" (for Egyptians): So Says US State Department
State Department Spokesperson P.J. Crowley, speaking to Al Jezeera about the situation in Eqypt, described "social media" as a "fundamental right." The video clip is available at this Constitutional Law Prof Blog post by Ruthann Robson, Professor of Law & University Distinguished Professor, CUNY School of Law. Check out CCN's Jack Cafferty's blog post and comments at Social media and Egypt uprising?
My question, not Professor Robson's is: How does State reconcile this statement with what it did re shutting off access to Wikileaks, even warning State Department employees not to search Wikileaks' diplomatic cables disclosures to see if any of the employees' own cables were made public? [JH]