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Today: Tue, September 16 2014  -  Last modified: April, 26 2007
 Communication
15 May 2014
 
 
The Sun Has Got His Hat On - Cultural Marxism Has Its Goose-Step On
by Sean Gabb
 sub-topic» Censoring

But let us not be too gloomy about this case. An old man has been kicked out of his job, and we should feel sympathy for that. On the other hand, if we have all been loaded with chains in England, we still claim the right to rattle them in protest.

More to the point, no one has yet found a way to keep us from laughing at the scum who rule us. Still more to the point, the famous British sense of humor has not been entirely stilled—and humor and totalitarianism have never been compatible.

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24 December 2013
 
 
Reddit has banned climate change deniers, and ripped its own reputation to shreds
by Brendan O'Neill
 sub-topic» Censoring

Not content with having purged from its own site the wicked people who deny climate change, Reddit now wants newspapers to do likewise. One of its moderators says that if Reddit can prevent its pages being used as “a microphone for the anti-scientific”, then “is it too much to ask for newspapers to police their own editorial pages as proficiently?” So let’s remove so-called climate change deniers from all forums and finally deny them the oxygen of publicity.

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30 October 2013
 
 
Los Angeles Times endorses censorship with ban on letters from climate skeptics
by J. Scott Armstrong
 sub-topic» Censoring

Fortunately, with many mass media outlets attempting to influence people by using censorship, citizens are able turn to alternative sources of information and argument on the Internet to inform their decisions. And many have. The polls provide evidence that the alarmist case is so weak that even with widespread censorship, citizens are not persuaded.

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29 October 2013
 
 
Hands Off Glenn Greenwald!
by Justin Raimondo
 sub-topic» Censoring

This case is particularly important because it exists at the nexus of the Snowden revelations, Obama’s war on journalism, and the grievous state of civil liberties in this country. We either fight back now, or else let this country slip into the abyss of despotism: we can’t afford to let them get away with this.

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12 September 2013
 
 
Response by the Libertarian Alliance to the Proposed Royal Charter to Regulate the Press (2013)
by The Libertarian Alliance
 sub-topic» Censoring

We are told the current proposals are justified by the scandals revealed in the Leveson Inquiry – telephone hacking, leaking of confidential information by the police and so forth. However, all the abuses revealed were already crimes. Without any change in the law, there have been prosecutions, and people have been sent to prison. Rather than a new law, capable of achieving far more than we are assured is needed, we simply need the existing laws to be properly enforced. At least since the 1980s, the custom has emerged of responding to every scandal or misfortune with new laws. This is a bad custom that has led us far towards a police state. Where freedom of the press is concerned, the time has surely come to stop and consider how the undoubted abuses of certain newspapers can be corrected without a Royal Charter that will, sooner or later, become the warrant for a general scheme of press censorship.

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10 December 2012
 
 
For a free press, with no "buts"
by Mick Hume
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We should defend press freedom and freedom of expression as a bedrock liberty of a civilised society – and defend the right of a free press to be an unruly mess. That some abuse press freedom, as in the phone-hacking scandal, is no excuse for others to encroach upon it. Press freedom is not a gift to be handed down like charity only to those deemed deserving. It is an indivisible liberty for all or none at all.

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09 December 2012
 
 
Why We Need a Free Press
by The TaxPayers' Alliance
 sub-topic» Censoring

If the press are muzzled by a new regulator then, over time, that will weaken their ability to fight our corner. We can't let a grubby political stitch-up end a proud British tradition of a free and proud press that has lasted since 1695. Otherwise the next scandalous abuse of your money might not be uncovered, and it might not be stopped.

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24 January 2012
 
 
Regulatory Czar wants to use copyright protection mechanisms to shut down rumors and conspiracy theories
by Alec Rawls
 sub-topic» Censoring

Whenever free speech is attacked, the real purpose is to cover up the truth. Not that Sunstein himself knows the truth about anything. He just knows what he wants to suppress, which is exactly why government must never have this power.

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