Thursday, April 27, 2017

Tag: Censorship

How War Propaganda Keeps on Killing

The “fake news” hysteria has become the cover for the U.S. government and mainstream media to crack down on fact-based journalism that challenges Official Washington’s “Group Thinks.” A key reason why American foreign debacles have been particularly destructive mostly to the countries attacked but also to the United States is...

The Orwellian War on Skepticism

Under the cover of battling “fake news,” the mainstream U.S. news media and officialdom are taking aim at journalistic skepticism when it is directed at the pronouncements of the U.S. government and its allies. One might have hoped that the alarm about “fake news” would remind major U.S. news outlets,...

The CIA and the Press: When the Washington Post Ran the CIA’s Propaganda Network

Last week, the Washington Post published a scurrilous piece by a heretofore obscure technology reporter named Craig Timberg, alleging without the faintest evidence that Russian intelligence was using more than 200 independent news sites to pump out pro-Putin and anti-Clinton propaganda during the election campaign. Under the breathless headline, “Russian propaganda effort...

New York Times Advocates Internet Censorship

In its lead editorial on Sunday, The New York Times decried what it deemed “The Digital Virus Called Fake News” and called for Internet censorship to counter this alleged problem, taking particular aim at Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg for letting “liars and con artists hijack his platform.” As this mainstream...

What to Do About Fake News

In the wake of Donald Trump's victory, a hot new issue – raised by President Obama in an international setting on Thursday and touted on The New York Times’ front page on Friday – is the problem of “fake news” being disseminated on the Internet. Major Internet companies, such as...
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Google’s Jigsaw: Undermining Alternative Media

In this premier episode of The Geopolitical Report with Kurt Nimmo, we examine Google’s Jigsaw, an emerging technology that will be used on the internet to counter speech and ideas considered “extremist” by the global elite. Initially beta tested on radical Islamists, we demonstrate how Google and its partners...

Facebook Is Collaborating With the Israeli Government to Determine What Should Be Censored

Last week, a major censorship controversy erupted when Facebook began deleting all posts containing the iconic photograph of the Vietnamese “Napalm Girl” on the ground that it violated the company’s ban on “child nudity.” Facebook even deleted a post from the prime minister of Norway, who posted the photograph in protest of the censorship. As outrage...

Europe’s Freedom of Speech Fail

Even historic defenders of speech like Denmark and the United Kingdom are starting to choose "social harmony" over free expression. Over the past decade, there has been a global decline in respect for freedom of expression. And Europe's democracies — traditionally understood to be places in which these rights are...

Now Poland’s Government Is Coming After the Internet

Warsaw is tightening control over the Web in the name of national security — and setting an ominous precedent for other democracies. “Yesterday, you were defending thieves; today, you’re defending terrorists.” With these words, uttered early this morning, the leader of Poland’s ruling conservative party silenced the parliamentary opposition. Not...

The Silencing of Japan’s Free Press

Under the heavy hand of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Japan's media is being forced to toe the government line. Or else. TOKYO — As the leaders of the G-7 liberal democracies convened in the Japanese shrine town of Ise-Shima this week, host Prime Minister Shinzo Abe used the event to...

How NATO-linked Think Tanks Control EU Refugee Policy

A flood of uncontrolled war refugees from Syria, Libya, Tunisia and other Islamic countries destabilized by Washington’s ‘Arab Spring’ Color Revolutions, has created the greatest social dislocation across the EU from Germany to Sweden to Croatia since the end of World War II. By now it has become clear...

Turkey witnesses unprecedented onslaught on critical media

ANKARA, Turkey — In late March, Turkey’s 20-year-old liberal daily Radikal announced it was closing down, two years after it terminated its print edition to become a web-only publication. Though financial strains were said to have forced the closure, the real reason was an open secret — the daily’s...

Chinese Censors Rush to Make Panama Papers Disappear

Several Beijing leaders were implicated in the big leak. Reading social media, you’d never know it. On April 3, the Washington, DC-based non-profit International Committee of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) dropped what struck many as a bombshell: news that a leaked trove of 11.5 million previously secret files from Panama-based law...

Error 451 is the new HTTP code for online censorship

The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), the body responsible for overseeing the internet's technical standards, has approved HTTP 451, "an HTTP Status Code to Report Legal Obstacles". The new status code will show viewers when a web page is being blocked for legal reasons. Although the IETF's steering group initially...
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Going Underground Special: John Pilger on Paris, ISIS and Media Propaganda

Afshin Rattansi goes underground with John Pilger. Award winning journalist and author, John Pilger talks to us about how Washington, London and Paris gave birth to ISIS-Daesh. Plus we examine the media's role in spreading disinformation ahead of a vote in Parliament for UK bombing of Syria. Afshin looks...
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Assange on ‘US Empire’, Assad govt overthrow plans & new book ‘The WikiLeaks Files’

Afshin Rattansi goes underground with the world's most wanted publisher – the founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange. He just co-authored a book called “The WikiLeaks Files,” which paints a picture of systemic US torture and killing as well as the destruction of the lives and livelihoods of billions of...

Syria: The First Casualty

The big lie concerning Syria is the most significant and outrageous myth that we are living under today. As previous big lies fade into history, this particular crisis holds the most potential to flare up into a life-ending catastrophe across the planet. Russia has now approved a shipment of...

Companies That Aid Syria Crackdown Deserve Sanctions’ Slap

Terrible things tend to happen when Syrian security officials catch their quarry. Dissidents are detained, tortured and sometimes killed. It is thus disturbing to learn that U.S. and European technology companies are working to help the regime of President Bashar al-Assad monitor Internet traffic to keep tabs on citizens. A...

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