The state should not be "owner's sick" - The state and state-owned enterprises should also provide funds for players in the voluntary sector and other relevant actors to engage in such projects rather than being owner's sick, writes Vivekananthan.
While the Utrop is pointing to an important issue where the government pretends that it does something for immigrants by "borrowing" the work of voluntary organizations in Norway, says the editor of morsmal.org that the morsmal vs. morsmal case is about serious plagiarism proving the lack of expertise in the state.
- It is particularly serious when the government is engaged in plagiarism. I think that the case is mainly about this issue and about a completely wrong doctrine suggesting that the state should and can control minority media. Whatever the reason, it proves the lack of expertise in the relevant "offices" in Oslo, writes On Elpeleg, the editor of morsmal.org.
Elpeleg believes that a democratic state can never manage to take over or control independent media.
- The colonization methodology in which the state will pick some immigrants and use them to control the minorities no longer works and must take an end, writes Elpeleg.
About the morsmal vs. morsmal case In 2004, presented morsmal.org site a plan of cooperation with the Swedish authorities on the development of multilingual educational materials. The proposal written in 80 pages was submitted to the City of Bergen which was the website's main partner between the years 2002-2004. According to the plan, the Swedish authorities were use their "mother tongue" domain name at modersmal.net which was parked until 2009. The Swedes were interested in sucha partnership and in an e-mail to email@example.com in 2004, they expressed a desire to also use the same features that were developed on our website since 2002.
The proposal was blocked by a local consultant in Bergen, who wanted to delete the website in morsmal.org but at the same time, there was a unanimous support from all political parties in Bergen and from several key politicians in the government for further development of the site.
The politicians believed that:
"www.morsmal.org is a resource not only for staff, parents and pupils in Bergen and the local school, but much further. The website set Bergen on the map in migration and migration-education environment internationally."
On a unanimous request to the City Council in Bergen, the politicians asked that: " The mother language web page would be made easily available - and that the quality/content when it comes to educational migration in the site will be held at the same level of ambition as it was until now."
In like manner, the Norwegian Government Commission Østbergutvalget recommended in its assessment to maintain and publicize resources in the Web site and wrote in its report that morsmal.org should be:
"Further developed so that it gives teachers and preschool teachers the opportunity for professional exchanges, both through information exchange about current issues, training, new teaching materials etc., and by providing an overview of educational materials with the ability to post personal experiences. (NOU 7:2010: Diversity and coping s.357) "
The Education authorities in Norway which were informed in 2004 about the intentions to further develop the website has linked and recommended the site on their portals until 2009 when the Norwegian government has decided to copy the name, purpose, functions and content from morsmal.org.
According to the traffic report from the largest servers in the world, morsmal.org is the most visited migration educational resource in Scandinavia. The news on the site are quoted in local, national and international media. Among several others both CNN iReport, NRK and the American Education magazine quoted news from the site.
Morsmal.org has since 2009 tried to enter into a constructive dialogue and cooperation with the government through the Directorate of Education to solve the problems caused by the launch of the government's website without any success until now.
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