Leaked Draft of Executive Order to “Censor the Internet” Sets Off Alarm Bells By Jon Queally

11 August 2019 — Truthout – Common Dreams

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Official Secrets: Priti Patel’s Early War on Whistleblowers By Nina Cross

Sunday, 11 August 2019 — 21st Century Wire

As British ambassador to the US Kim Darroch tended his wounds of humiliation last month, following the leak of a cache of diplomatic cables and documents, including emails describing President Trump as ‘inept’ and ‘uniquely dysfunctional,’  an outraged UK government descended into panic over how to handle such an apparently sensitive and damaging betrayal of confidential information.  A police investigation was launched to find the leaker.

Is this dubious leak now being used to mount an attack on whistleblowers – with the help of Boris Johnson’s new Home Secretary, Priti Patel?
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State Censorship: seizing journalists notes, restricting press freedom

10th August 2019 — True Publica

By TruePublica: In our recent article entitled – Rise of the Techno Stasi-State we asked the question was that too strong a news headline after the High Court decided the government’s architecture of mass surveillance over the population was perfectly legal. The legal representative, Chamberlain QC, said on the High Court steps after Liberty-Human-Rights lost the challenge said: “the possibility of abuse of power necessarily exercised in secret and the generally chilling effect on individuals’ communications and expression of ideas is caused by the existence of such powers.” Slowly, Britain’s authorities are shutting down press freedom – without a murmur from the mainstream media.

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8chan: Another Mass Shooting, Another Internet Purge This is the third “mass casualty event” in less than a year that was immediately followed up by censorship of the internet

5 August 2019 — Off Guardian

Kit Knightly

Last year, after the shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue, the new social-media platform Gab was attacked in the press and bullied off the internet. Earlier this year, following the Christ Church mosque attack, New Zealand briefly totally blocked access to several websites.

Yesterday, two men allegedly killed 30 people at a store in Dayton Ohio, and a mall in El Paso Texas.

Today 8chan has been totally shut down.

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DNC lawsuit against WikiLeaks dismissed in major free press victory

3 August 2019 — Defend Wikileaks

In a historic win for WikiLeaks and its editor-in-chief Julian Assange a federal judge in New York dismissed a lawsuit by the Democratic National Committee (DNC) over WikiLeaks’ publication of DNC documents in 2016. The case sets an important precedent for freedom of the press.

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How a Small Group of Pro-Israel Activists Blacklisted MintPress on Wikipedia

30 July 2019 — Mint Press

For over ten years, Wikipedia has been a key focus of right-leaning, pro-Israel groups that have effectively weaponized the online encyclopedia as a means of controlling the narrative when it comes to the state of Israel’s more than 50-year-long military occupation of Palestine.

by Whitney Webb

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Bojo Bans the Media

1 August 2019 — True Publica

State Censorship: Media banned from filming questions to Boris Johnson

State Censorship: Media banned from filming questions to Boris Johnson

By TruePublica: Blatant state censorship of the media is something we all understand to happen in non-democratic countries around the world. But one of the very last places on earth you would expect the state to fully manage the media, and by manage I mean – gagging, refusing questions and actually banning the filming of the Prime Minister – on a micromanaged publicity stunt, smacks of something straight out of China’s communist regime.

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Facebook vs Citizens by Meg Sherman

21 July 2019 — Dissident Voice

Facebook as an Unnecessary Evil

A wonderfully written recent article on the ethics of Facebook Inc provoked me to think about my own position. It’s oft said in defence of the software that Facebook is a forum for progressive public debate, an ideal and desirable stimulus for democracy. So I was pleased the article stimulated a lively exchange of ideas on a contentious issue, the ethics of Facebook itself.

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