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Extract: Fake morality campaigns...

How officials use anti-smoking, anti-drink, public-health 'charities' as a front for authoritarianism. By Christopher Snowdon


Link Here3rd March 2017

The charade works like this. The government finds (or creates) a charity, lavishes it with taxpayers' money and encourages it to lobby for taxes and regulation. After a few years of astro-turf campaigning by state-funded activists, the government passes laws which punish, stigmatise and exploit its citizens while claiming to be capitulating to the demands of civil society.

 

 

Offsite Article: Censorship and art don't mix...


Link Here25th February 2017
Galleries must be free to exhibit offensive, even bigoted, work. By Tessa Mayes

See article from spiked-online.com

 

 

Update: Justice must be seen to be done...

Not used to threaten extreme punishments to cover up the sexual peccadilloes of the rich and famous


Link Here6th February 2017
Full story: Super Injunctions...Granting super powers to rich gaggers
A top celebrity has taken out a so-called super injunction to prevent the press from reporting a story on their personal and professional life .

The extreme gagging order prevents any information which could lead to the identity of the celebrity involved, including their sex, the reason they are famous and information relating to the story.

Officially, the legal measure - which is called an anonymised privacy injunction - has been used by a large number of celebrities including footballers such as Ryan Giggs and John Terry to cover up sexual infidelity.

The latest anonymous celebrity secured a super injunction against the Sunday Times in the High Court.

 

 

Offsite Article: Policing criticism of Islam: the new Star Chamber...


Link Here20th January 2017
Newspapers are being forced to recant their questioning of Islam. By Tom Slater

See article from spiked-online.com

 

 

Government Opportunities...

Minister calls meeting of newspaper representatives to discuss censorship and 'fake' news


Link Here14th January 2017

Ministers have summoned media bosses for censorship talks about 'accuracy' in journalism amid growing concern over the rise of 'fake' news. Matt Hancock, the minister of state for digital and culture policy, has asked UK newspaper industry representatives to join round-table discussions about the issue.

The UK government's decision to hold talks on the issue follows Hancock's statement to the House of Commons last November that ministers were considering the implications of the dissemination of fake news on social media sites .

The News Media Association took the opportunity to plug its own brand of 'quality journalism', such as that from the Daily Mail. Lynne Anderson, the News Media Association's deputy chief executive said:

There is now an urgent need to look at the value chain of digital news, and the industry is ready to play a full part in working towards finding a solution which sees the content creators fairly rewarded for their investment in news production. The recent debate around fake news has again highlighted the vital importance of the quality journalism produced by news media publishers which underpins democracy by holding power to account.

 

 

Offsite Article: All the stories you'd have missed if Section 40 had applied...


Link Here 7th January 2017
Full story: UK News Censor...UK proposes state controlled news censor
The local press does its bit in the campaign against the shameful Section 40 newspaper censorship

See article from coventrytelegraph.net

 

 

Offsite Article: Disgracing Britain...


Link Here4th January 2017
Full story: UK News Censor...UK proposes state controlled news censor
If another country had a press law like Section 40, Britain would condemn it for persecuting journalists. By Rachael Jolley

See article from telegraph.co.uk


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