France hosts “Christchurch call” summit to intensify internet censorship By Will Morrow

16 May 2019 — WSWS

The international “Christchurch call” summit held Wednesday in Paris, hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinta Ardern, marked a further step in the drive by the world’s capitalist governments and the corporate technology giants to censor social media and muzzle rising social opposition in the working class and among young people.

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World Press Freedom Day Is a Joke in the Middle East as the West Continues to Destroy Journalism There By Martin Jay

6 May 2019 — Strategic Culture Foundation

British and Canadian diplomats hijacking World Press Freedom Day is a really bad joke. But that’s what happened recently in Beirut when this not so auspicious day passed, leaving some in the Middle East wondering if journalism can play any role whatsoever in improving governance, holding states to account and emboldening democracy.

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Politicians celebrate “World Press Freedom Day” as Julian Assange languishes in prison

4 May 2019 — WSWS

The imperialist “lie in the soul”

May 3 is World Press Freedom Day, sponsored annually by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

UNESCO holds the event, it avows, to celebrate “the fundamental principles of press freedom, to evaluate press freedom around the world, to defend the media from attacks on their independence and to pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the exercise of their profession.”

Those claims are hollow and duplicitous, as the facts demonstrate.

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National Security Archive Joins Media Groups Versus Unlimited Gag Orders

3 May 2019 — National Security Archive

Amicus Brief Argues for Court Review, Time Limits on Secrecy of National Security Letters

Washington D.C., May 3, 2019 – The National Security Archive, along with 15 other media organizations, filed a “friend of the court” brief on April 29 challenging the FBI’s authority to issue national security letters (NSLs) without any judicial oversight and under indefinite gag orders. The letters demand business records from a wide array of organizations for national security investigations, and their accompanying gag orders prohibit the recipient from speaking with anyone about the NSL, often permanently.

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World Press Freedom Index: “UK remained one of the worst-ranked Western European countries”

22 April 2019 — True Publica

World Press Freedom Index: "an increasingly hostile climate" for journalism

The World Press Freedom Index ranks 180 countries and regions according to the level of freedom available to journalists. It is a snapshot of the media freedom situation based on an evaluation of pluralism, independence of the media, quality of legislative framework and safety of journalists in each country and region. It does not rank public policies even if governments obviously have a major impact on their country’s ranking. Nor is it an indicator of the quality of journalism in each country or region.

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It’s worse than we thought

16 April 2019 — Open Rights Group

Last week the Government unveiled ambitious new plans to protect UK Internet users from digital threats including “behaviours which are harmful but not necessarily illegal.”

Open Rights Group agrees that companies deal with material that is illegal or breaks their own community guidelines, but the way the White Paper on Online Harms is pushing is a huge step beyond that.

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Facebook’s ‘war on India’: Analyst sues tech giant for ‘subverting’ polls with selective censorship

11 April 2019 — RT

Facebook’s ‘war on India’: Analyst sues tech giant for ‘subverting’ polls with selective censorship

Small figures stand in front of Facebook logos and an election sign © Reuters / Dado Ruvic / Illustration

While Facebook claims to have deleted thousands of pages to prevent meddling in the Indian elections, the American company’s selective deletions have led at least one man to ask: Who is watching the election watchers?

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Australian government sets global precedent with online censorship bill By Mike Head

4 April 2019 — WSWS

In the wake of the fascist attack in New Zealand, the Australian government is bulldozing unprecedented laws through parliament this week that will threaten all social media platforms with severe criminal penalties if they host what government authorities consider “abhorrent violent” material.

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