Written By: - Date published: 9:28 pm, September 6th, 2020 - 60 comments
On the eve of Assange’s extradition hearing in London, award-winning freelancer Jonathan Cook has written a scathing indictment of corporate journalism’s collusion in ignoring his official torture. I posted an example of that here last year, where Richard Harman denied Assange was a journalist at a panel convened at Parliament by the British High Commissioner.
Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, May 19th, 2019 - 72 comments
Online behaviour like any other behaviour can be modified but this will not happen by itself.
Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, April 15th, 2019 - 119 comments
Silencing dissonant voices only leads to more and stronger dissonant voices and further radicalisation.
Written By: - Date published: 7:54 am, March 26th, 2019 - 564 comments
The Free Speech coalition has attacked the Chief Censor’s decision to rule the Christchurch Mosque killer’s manifesto as objectionable as an attack on free speech. But the New Zealand Council for Civil Liberties has characterised the Censor’s decision as being entirely conventional.
Written By: - Date published: 10:00 am, December 29th, 2018 - 77 comments
National MP Matt King has claimed that Stuff has been censoring comments that are critical of the Government and that an article expressing concerns about the run down of health infrastructure, the increase in child poverty, the use of private contractors to spy on us and the inability of NZTA to properly regulate WOF inspections is “left wing claptrap”.
Written By: - Date published: 1:46 pm, October 18th, 2018 - 13 comments
I’m not a great fan of George Monbiot. And Alex Jones is rubbish. But …
Written By: - Date published: 2:30 pm, September 30th, 2018 - 7 comments
In Australia this week the Liberal Government has become embroiled in a scandal relating to political pressure being brought to sack the head of the ABC and one of its most senior reporters. Failed estate has the details.
Written By: - Date published: 3:11 pm, September 3rd, 2018 - 129 comments
White South African farm murders.
Written By: - Date published: 2:07 pm, August 23rd, 2018 - 13 comments
It seems that if you’re the right person, harbour the correct thoughts, have the right connections, and you don’t like whatever the political opinion, news or information that’s floating about is, then you can get it banned.
Written By: - Date published: 7:52 am, August 6th, 2018 - 2 comments
Google is planning a launch of its eponymous spectacular search engine in which it allows censorship from the Chinese state. Some U.S. politicians aren’t happy about it. Principles are, in the words of the words of my tailor, funny; you loosen a bit here, you loosen a bit there, you find your trousers fall down. […]
Written By: - Date published: 9:40 am, August 2nd, 2018 - 8 comments
The BBC goes a bit ‘book burny’ on it.
Written By: - Date published: 6:16 pm, April 19th, 2018 - 49 comments
Catriona MacLennan is being sent to a disciplinary committee for criticising a judge, in a case where he made an appalling judgement. Where are the freedom-of-speech advocates?
Written By: - Date published: 7:54 am, May 15th, 2017 - 53 comments
Alfred Ngaro has apologised to the Prime Minister for threatening the funding of voluntary organisations critical of the Government, not for expressing the views or even thinking them but for being naïve.
Written By: - Date published: 7:04 am, May 12th, 2017 - 25 comments
An attempt to gag emergency housing providers got quickly withdrawn when Checkpoint started making enquiries. Given this government’s record, it’s not beyond the bounds of possibility that there will be further attempts to shut down bad news.
Written By: - Date published: 8:15 am, December 9th, 2015 - 14 comments
Yesterday saw the release of the Obmudsman’s review of the operation of the OIA. I think it makes clear an unacceptable level of political interference in the process – albeit not at the level that was rampant in Dirty Politics.
Written By: - Date published: 10:40 am, November 16th, 2015 - 26 comments
The Herald has withdrawn a story that reported on Government pressure on the ERO to rewrite a report after what appears to be pressure from the Government to do so.
Written By: - Date published: 4:37 pm, December 20th, 2014 - 98 comments
Sony this week bowed to pressure to withdraw the movie The Interview because of a cyber attack on it from hackers associated with North Korea. This post is in support of freedom of speech and expression.