All posts tagged: press freedom

Discuss: Julian Assange Arrested

This morning, officers of the Metropolitan police were invited into the Ecuadorian embassy by President Lenin Moreno. They proceeded to arrest WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, and literally drag him out of the building.

How the World May End

by John Pilger, via Consortium News, August 4, 2017 The U.S. submarine captain says, “We’ve all got to die one day, some sooner and some later. The trouble always has been that you’re never ready, because you don’t know when it’s coming. Well, now we do know and there’s nothing to be done about it.” Gregory Peck in a scene from the 1959 movie, “On the Beach,” showing how a nuclear war ends life on the planet. He says he will be dead by September. It will take about a week to die, though no one can be sure. Animals live the longest. The war was over in a month. The United States, Russia and China were the protagonists. It is not clear if it was started by accident or mistake. There was no victor. The Northern Hemisphere is contaminated and lifeless now. A curtain of radioactivity is moving south towards Australia and New Zealand, southern Africa and South America. By September, the last cities, towns and villages will succumb. As in the north, most …

Turkey’s choice between death and malaria

by Deniz Torcu, Katoikos, July 2016 The coup failed, but democracy did not win. The attempted coup on the night of Friday, 15 July, was a surprise for both Turkey and the international community at large. Despite the history replete with coups over the course of the twentieth century, no one foresaw a further – albeit weak – attempt to take power this century. A faction within the Turkish army, allegedly linked to Fettulah Gülen – an Islamic cleric residing in Pennsylvania for decades in a self-imposed exile – attempted to take control of the Turkish state in a rather clumsy manner, hardly even closing bridges or sending tanks to the major airports, while the main target, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, was able to quietly call a halt to his holiday on the southern coast of Turkey, to connect with the media on his mobile phone. As soon as he had landed safely at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport, Erdogan appealed to the people to take to the streets.  His call was immediately followed by thousands of supporters …

How Kiev Silenced Ukraine’s Biggest Opposition Newspaper

A two pronged campaign of heavy-handed harrassment, obstruction, demonization and intimidation by government and radicals stretching over 15 months couldn’t silence the paper or its chief editor, Igor Guzhva, until a deal was struck with the oligarch owner of the paper to change course and get rid of Guzhva, who was hit with an avalanche of financial violations charges as revenge.

An Anti-Kusturica Breed of Love: Blackout, Whitewash

Entertainment key to Russia’s propaganda success, West bets on a double blindfold Despite the Graun’s claims to the contrary, the last time I checked everyone in our small detachment was an ordinary NATO country passport holder. Remember this, the latest news demand that we act in full North-Atlantic loyalty. Vice News brings it to our attention that NATO has admitted its defeat in the propaganda war against Russia and its fans around the world. In fact, on Sunday, Gen. Philip Breedlove, NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Europe, said there was a “need [that we] as a Western group of nations or as an alliance to engage in this informational warfare.” Well, if Russian troops really start their onslaught on poor Old Europe, I would be relieved to know that the generals getting a hefty portion of my bread and butter to defend me, wake up and realize what they should be doing, even if it takes them full 13 months to smell the coffee. Similarly, we can count on the European Union’s unrivaled efficiency: “An EU …

What “community standard” did this comment breach? #5

This comment was censored by the Guardian. Which of the well-publicised CiF “community standards” did it breach? Comment Removed from: Britain Should Arm Ukraine Does it “misrepresent the Guardian and its journalists”? Is it “persistent trolling or mindless abuse”? Is it “spam-like”? Or “obviously commercial”? Is it “racism, sexism, homophobia or hate-speech”? Is it “extremely offensive of threatening?”? Is it a “flame-wars based on ingrained partisanship or generalisations”? Is it not “relevant”? If none of the above – why was it taken down? see our archive of censored comments