Category Archive: Free speech under siege

Jan 01

Hong Kong—once a beacon of freedom—is now a land of newsroom raids and arrests of journalists

Pro-government journalism may be the easiest professions in the world. Anti-government journalism is one of the most dangerous professions in the world. Last week in Hong Kong, police raided the headquarters of vocal website Stand News and arrested at least six, including current and former editors and board members. Charges include conspiracy to publish a …

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Dec 10

New Zealand government launches fund to pay for pro-government journalism

Every government seeks to reward pro-government journalists and to punish anti-government journalists. Pro-government journalism may be the safest and most-rewarding profession in the world; anti-government journalism may be the most dangerous profession in the world. Now the government of New Zealand is launching a fund to pay pro-government journalists. They say this is to combat …

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Dec 07

More evidence that social media censorship is driven by government

Zero Hedge reports that “Federal efforts to censor social media extend past discussions with companies like YouTube over broad guidelines about Covid-19 “misinformation.”” There is evidence that the FDA has specifically demanded suppression of individual posts. In an April 30, 2021 email, the Food and Drug Administration director of social media, Brad Kimberly, told a …

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Dec 07

Latvian government JAILS rival politician upon grounds of holding “unsafe” meeting!

“COVID-19” is the gift that keeps on giving for tyrants worldwide. Latvian police have arrested the country’s main opposition leader, Aldis Gobzems, on grounds that he had an “unannounced assembly” where COVID safety requirements weren’t met. Powermad Latvian officials recently enacted a law BANNING elected legislators from Parliament if they are “unvaccinated” with COVID-19 treatment …

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Nov 14

Turkish government monitors ‘candid camera’ type shows and arrests citizens who express anti-government views

Censorship of anti-government sentiments is growing worldwide. For years, Americans have been accustomed to “man on the street” or “candid camera”-type interviews where a humorist asks random citizens about their opinions. In Turkey, such shows are secretly monitored by government police. Citizens who express negative opinions about government are arrested afterward. One Turk expressed the …

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Aug 27

Global trend: anti-government protests are banned; pro-government protests are welcomed

The government of Berlin, Germany announced days ago that protests against government coronavirus decrees and commands are now banned. Protests IN FAVOR of such impositions, of course, are quite welcome. Theason? Public health (of course). “The interior minister, Andreas Geisel, said the ban was prompted by coronavirus skeptics “deliberately” breaking hygiene safety rules agreed with …

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Jul 12

Modern pro-government “conservatism” was created by the CIA

The great LewRockwell.com writer Charles Burris has some keen insights into the development of modern pro-government “conservatism.” As government grew throughout the twentieth century, a strain of “conservatism” arose which seemed to support this vast new growth of government programs while quibbling at the margins with tax rates, or advocating more imprisonment or ever-more-powerful surveillance. …

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Apr 02

News media sources in India are ordered to carry the official government version of COVID-19 developments

India’s highest court has ordered news media and social media sites to carry the government’s “official version” of developments regarding the alleged Coronavirus crisis, to curb independent reporting.

Feb 01

Chinese government enlists Facebook to censor news about coronavirus

The Chinese government is losing control of the narrative regarding the coronavirus. Nearly 12,000 people have been infected by the virus in China, and tourism to China has dropped considerably. Numerous stores and offices in China have closed and some airports have implemented quarantines of travelers. Now the Chinese government (and, it seems, other governments) …

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Nov 28

Singapore is new ground zero for freedom of press

Singapore, one of the freest places on earth by some accounts, is struggling to throw off press repressions. The Singapore government recently imposed new laws purportedly aimed at stamping out fake news. “A blogger said on Thursday he would not comply with a Singapore government order to correct a Facebook post in the first test …

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