How The Establishment Destroyed Britain’s Free Press

 

When one considers press censorship, it is tempting to take an anachronistic view that Britain is a bastion of press freedom, with newspapers of left and right expressing diverse opinions and flourishing.

The story in mainland Europe is different. In continental German, French, Iaian and Spanish governments don’t have any ethical problems about censoring the press as the British establishment always has, and in most smaller EU nations, the press is owned by political parties. Europe of course, does not have Britain’s long tradition of democracy and freedom of speech, either actual or illusory.

Since the Second World War, there has existed in Germany, France, Austria, Spain, Netherlands, Italy and so on, numerous laws restrict in some way what the press may or may not print particularly when it comes to criticizing government policy, and lately of course, new laws preventing criticizm of Islam have been introduced.

Laws that were originally intended to prevent or restrict the promotion of fascism and holocaust denial are now being expanded to include ever greater spheres of political discourse (i.e. hate speech,) – which, by the way, demonstrates   why even nazis must be allowed to argue their case if they can find a patform. Banning any single idea is always the thin end of the wedge. This is not comparable with Great Britain, where it is still legal in principle to promote fascism or deny the holocaust in national newspapers.

Where legislation is absent, however, as in Britain, “soft censorship” is strongly present. Through various laws which govern, ostensibly, how we must act towards one another in society, the government has effectively controlled what we may say to one another. This was achieved through “Race Relations” laws which were drafted and passed by Britain’s Jewish community.

Jewish Home Secretary Jack Straw passed the Malicious Communications Act last decade which pertained to the internet in theory, but in practice governments what media outlets may say also – they are, after all, communications. Without referring to the media by name, British governments have managed to institute censorship by the back door. Ironically straw would be unlikely to be considered for high office now, his party, Labour, desperste to pick up the Muslim vote, has become the Jew hating party.

Britain’s notorious “right-wing press” has until recently avoided the establishment’s attempts to control it – until very recently. Politicians have long bemoaned the influence of ‘far right’ daily newspapers such as the Daily Mail and the Daily Express, for both of these papers have been outspoken against mass-immigration and multiculturalism in recent decades. They also led the successful campaign for an EU referendum and Britain’s subsequent vote to leave. Even politicians over in Brussels have derided these two newspapers for their persistence in printing a critical view of what goes on in the the EU’s behind-closed-doors policy making sessions.

These two papers have now fallen under establishment control and are edited by people sympathetic to the globalist, cultural marxist, anti – democratic world view of Britain’s major political parties, the EU, the United Nations, and the banking cartel. This can be clearly seen in their recent about-turns in political alignment.

Earlier this month, the the long serving editor of the Daily Mail, Paul Dacre,  was replaced as Editor-in-Chief by former Guardianista George Greig. Greig is a known for his ultra left positions and has immediately shifted the Mail’s stances on key issues, including just this week denouncing opponents of Theresa May’s disgusting Brexit sellout as “saboteurs”. (Sabotaging the establishment’s plan to integrate our nation into a European federal superstate?) The Mail has also, almost immediately scrubbed any discussion of immigration from their pages. Greig’s appointment is widely believed to have been orchestrated by the British establishment to censor the Mail by proxy.

Earlier this year the Daily Express’ owner, soft porn baron Richard Desmond announced that the paper was to be sold. The purchaser was Trinity Mirror, the publisher of the Daily Mirror and Sunday Mirror. The Mirror papers are Britain’s most widely read left-wing newspapers although to call them left wing is understatement, they are Maoist.

Their political allegiance lies firmly with the Labour Party, not respectable old Labour, the party of the working class, but Jeremy Corbyn’s Islamophiliac loony left that thinks importing ten million illiterate, uneducated Muslim peasants to britain will somehow culturally enrich us. Interestingly, the long-term Editor-in-Chief of the Express, Hugh Whittow, was ‘retired’ almost immediately after the acquisition and replaced with former Daily Mirror Editor Gary Jones. Needless to say, the Express has now conveniently dropped its reporting of issues pertaining to immigration and is soft peddaling on its support for Brexit.

Not long ago these takeovers would have been referred to the monopolies commission and the Trinity Mirror aquisition of the Express almost certainly rejected. There now remains not a single daily newspaper critical of mass-immigration, nor any realistically Eurosceptic ones, although news websites such as Breitbart or The Anti Media are going from strength to strength.

Anybody who believes there hasn’t been some collusion involved in the acquisitions and appointments that have occurred at both of the right of centre papers in the same year is clearly not paying attention. Without having to pass a single law to this effect, the British government has succeeded in neutering the only newspapers which had remotely stood up for the interests of the Silent Majority.

Now it’s down to us citizen journalists.

EU Parliament Passes Resolution On Ban Of ‘Neo-Fascist’ Groups, Lists Identitarian Movement

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The most undemocratic democratically elected body in the world, The European Union Parliament this week passed a resolution demanding that member-states ban ‘neo-fascist’ parties and groups and have intelligence agencies fully co-operate with ‘anti-racism’ NGOs. Ironically the ‘anti – racism NGOs they mention are all offshots of globalist, anti – democracy organisations such as Open Society Institute and the Immigrant Defence Project.

The motion, which was introduced at the request of Italian MEP Eleonora Forenza, was passed by a vote of 355 MEPs. Many MEPs were not present in the 751-seat chamber for the vote.

The resolution cited several high-profile acts of violence including the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox in 2016, the murder rampage of Norwegian extremist Anders Brevik, along with other cases like the recent arrest this year of members of the Action des Forces Opérationnelles (AFO), who allegedly plotted to attack Muslims they deemed extremists. NOTE: MEPs, like the ‘anti-racist NGOs’ they voted to support do not seem in the least concerned about attacks on European Jews, Christians and secular citizens, or hate speech inciting such violence, by Muslims.

While most of the incidents listed in the report were acts of violence, the authors also added the French branch of the Identitarian movement Generation Identitaire, as members had been taken to court and convicted of ‘hate speech’, apparently for the heinous crime of arguing that the french government should protect French culture and values rather than pandering to Muslim extremists .

The EP not only the banning of groups like the far-right Italian group Casapound whose members attacked Ms Forenza in September but also recommended anti-hate crime units be set up in police forces across the EU, and that intelligence and law enforcement agencies should fully co-operate with anti-racism NGOs. We should remember that it is almost impossible to legally define what constitutes ‘hate speech’ when Muslim and leftist groups regularly call for violence to be used to suppress criticism of their ideals, and yet do not apply the same standards to their own supporters and fellow travellers.

The motion also calls for “the protection of community groups and civil society organisations that fight against fascism, racism, xenophobia and other forms of intolerance.” Again we run up against the issue of hard legal definitions, fascism has no legal definition and is usually taken to mean hard line authoritarianism, but more recently has been used to mean any criticism of left wing ideology or Muslim theology.

In fact the only organisation in Europe of any significance that could be described as fascist is the European Union.

British independent MEP Janice Atkinson, vice-president of the populist Europe for Nations and Freedom (ENF) parliamentary group, who commented that the motion was “a very disturbing example of the growing tendency of shutting down free speech under the guise of claiming that the European Parliament is concerned about the growing acceptance of fascism, racism, and xenophobia.”

 

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The military-industrial-humanitarian complex: Western hegemony spread by virtue signalling?

 

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If you remember 2001 and the lies of western politicians and media about Saddam Hussein’s Weapons of Mass Destruction, supposedly capable of being deployed against western targets within 45 minutes, the strategy was used to swing public opinion behind the US / EU / NATO push for a war that would rid them of a maverick leader.  The public were deceived into accepting the invasion through attention-grabbing headlines crafted to abhor readers with ‘evidence’ of Saddam’s butchery and to generate strong emotional reactions which would cause people to think with their hearts rather than their heads.
One story was written by UK Labour MP Ann Clwyd, and published by the one time newspaper of record The Times  two days before the US-led Coalition of the Willing began pounding Iraq’s cities and infrastructure with carpet bombing attacks. Clwyd claimed that Saddam had demonstrated a ‘human-shredding machine’ into which adversaries were fed and reduced to fish food. It is of course a variation on a scence in the Coen brothers film Fargo in which a wood shredder is used to render a corpse unidentifiable.
The article, under the title “See men shredded, then say you don’t back war” was quoted by other newspapers and by TV and radio news and caused readers to feel revulsion towards Saddam and his regime, and made the anti-war lobby appear sympathetic to a murderous regime dubbed by one tabloid, “The Butchers Of Bagdhad,” and indifferent to the plight of the Iraqi people. The story was challenged by anti – war campaigners and no evidence of such a device has been found. And for the record Saddam was supported by more than half of Iraquis, a popularity he achieved by the simple expedient of using a significant proportion of his country’s oil revenues to provide generous welfare payments.

The Iraqi dictator was certainly no angel, but he did manage to keep down the extremist elements in his country ,and of course, his removal by the the western military powers, USA , UK and France (The FUKUS axis,) facilitated the rise of ISIS some years later. Saddam’s real crimes were well known to US and NATO intelligence services, who kept him informed about the locations of Iranian troops during the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s, in the knowledge that he would use mustard gas and sarin against them.

The US also provided Saddam with cluster bombs and helped him acquire chemical precursor agents. US-based Human Rights Watch estimated that Saddam killed at least 290,000 of his own people while in power.  However, this figure is dwarfed by the number of Iraqis believed to have died in the aftermath of the 2003 invasion, due to occupation forces, sectarian violence or ISIS – this figure is estimated to be in the hundreds of thousands, if not in excess of a million.

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The release of emails from Hillary Clinton’s private server in late 2015, just as the 2016 election campaign was getting under way revealed that such a move would have strengthened African economies and led to competition between the dinar and the dollar or euro. In fact there is in progress now a move led by Russia and China to dump the US$ as reserve currency and move to a system of settling cross border trades in the vendors currency. And earlier this year, China launched the Petroyuan, a gold-backed contract for trading oil futures, on the Shanghai stock & commodity exchange. So old Mad Dog Muammar was just unfortunate enough to be ahead of the game when he had no powerful allies to back him up.

On this occasion, we were treated to the excuse that bombing Libya and supporting the anti-Gaddafi rebels, including Al-Qaeda-affiliated elements, was necessary as Gaddafi was about to commit a massacre against the people of the rebel-controlled city of Benghazi. Another emotive claim designed to mould public opinion into accepting the war affirmed that Gaddafi was giving his soldiers Viagra so they could commit mass rape. An investigation by Amnesty International found no evidence to support this allegation and revealed that on several occasions anti-Gaddafi forces in Benghazi had made false allegations or manufactured evidence of human rights violations.

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Generation being born now is the last to be free – Assange

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Before his link to the world was cut by his Ecuadorian hosts, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange gave an interview on how technological advances are changing humankind. He said global surveillance will soon be totally unavoidable.

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This generation being born now… is the last free generation. You are born and either immediately or within say a year you are known globally. Your identity in one form or another –coming as a result of your idiotic parents plastering your name and photos all over Facebook or as a result of insurance applications or passport applications– is known to all major world powers.

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The capacity to collect and process information about people has been growing exponentially and will continue to grow fast, he stated. With advancements in applying Artificial Intelligence (AI) to big data, the next logical step is coming.

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The Left’s Long War On Free Speech

by Micelle Malkin, Daily Wire, 1 September, 2018

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We took a slight liberty here by removing the word Conservative from the original title, because as we have stated many times, the old political designations; left, right, conservative, liberal, socialist, have little meaning left. There are those who support the globalist establishment and those who defend the liberal values of individual liberty, free speech and freedom of thought.

In the competition of ideas, you can’t win the game if you’re not on the playing field.

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I don’t just preach the First Amendment. I practice it for a living.

Early adopter status was important for us non-leftists who saw the disruptive influence and narrative-setting opportunities that new media and social media offered. I was ridiculed by mainstream media colleagues for wasting time on the internet, derided as “just a blogger” (which I proudly turned into a hashtag), and mocked for starting a Twitter aggregation business long before corporate media outlets copied the idea.

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On Monday, Apple, Facebook, Pinterest, Spotify, and Google-owned YouTube removed content from InfoWars and its owner Alex Jones, saying he and the website violated their policies against hate speech and harassment.

Supporters of the ban say Mr Jones is a conspiracy theorist (he is,) who deserves to be silenced (he doesn’t), while critics have claimed the purge is an attempt to interfere in the U.S. midterm elections and described it as a form of “political censorship”. It is a move that is likely to backfire as Trump is gaining in popularity ahead of the US mid term elections in November and the 2016 experients shows his supporters are far less likely to reveal their voting intentions than the virtue signalling democrats.

On Tuesday anti – Islamification activist Tommy Robinson was expunged from Facebook’s Instagram platform. He has already been banned from Twitter but still has an un-verified Facebook page with approaching a million followers, which he fears will be next.

In a statement, UKIP said: “These are private companies but the politically correct establishment is acting through corporations hand in glove to snuff out anything the globalist elite do not like.

“Free speech is under threat in the West, and we must stand firm in defence of it, otherwise, all dissenting voices will be muzzled.”

UKIP itself, which has won the last European Parliament election in Britain and remains the nation’s most significant party in that assembly, has also been the target of censorship by big tech firms.

The party’s leader and Gerard Batten MEP and one of its representatives in the London Assembly were “shadow banned” on Twitter last month, making it hard for most users to see their messages and severely restricting their reach on the platform.

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British state needs complete online media control and wants to decide which news sites are ‘reliable’ – report

Demanding news websites be ranked on ‘perceived reliability’ by a state-sanctioned body and controlled by ‘impartiality’ rules, as well as suggesting social media firms fund education for citizens on what news to trust, are recommendations included in a parliamentary enquiry interim report.

The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, made up of anti-Brexit MPs, believe that satire and parody should be included in the definition of ‘Fake News’.

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Other calls for all political ads to be registered, significant increases in fines for perceived wrongs during campaigns, including holding social media platforms responsible for ‘fake news’ on their platforms, are also in the report.

The remain MPs report also wants all political advertising to be declared in a public register with all ads to come with an imprint so it is clear where they originated.

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