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Posted: May 13, 2016 at 6:41 am
WHAT IS MODERN CENSORSHIP?
At Project Censored, we examine the coverage of news and information important to the maintenance of a healthy and functioning democracy. We define Modern Censorship as the subtle yet constant and sophisticated manipulation of reality in our mass media outlets. On a daily basis, censorship refers to the intentional non-inclusion of a news story or piece of a news story based on anything other than a desire to tell the truth. Such manipulation can take the form of political pressure (from government officials and powerful individuals), economic pressure (from advertisers and funders), and legal pressure (the threat of lawsuits from deep-pocket individuals, corporations, and institutions).
In our view, the only valid justification for declining a news story is that in a medium limited by time and space, another news story was simply more important to the people of the community, whether local, national or international. While admittedly a subjective process, it is nonetheless, a process to be undertaken by the news people themselves (the investigative journalists and editors), NOT by the managers and CEOs of their parent company. No professional journalist or researcher should ever have to face the destruction of his or her career (or life) simply because they wanted to tell the truth. While no two people will always agree on what story is more important than another, a system where the working reporters and editors run the newsroom would at least provide a fertile environment for debate, dissent and critical thinking.
The growth of independent media and journalism in recent years shows that people throughout the world yearn to hold not only their leaders accountable, but their media sources as well. For that reason, the Project Censored research program continues, in its small way, to support and highlight those who tell the truth about the powerful (no matter the consequences) and are relentless in their quest to hold Big Media accountable for their decisions.
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Posted: May 12, 2016 at 12:40 am
Guest essay by Eric Worrall
The Competitive Enterprise Institute has just been subpoenaed, as part of Al Gores Climate Witch hunt. This is a move which so blatantly reeks of McCarthyite abuse of power, even some proponents of climate action are horrified at the attack on freedom which this subpoena represents.
The following is the statement of the Competitive Enterprise Institute;
CEI Fights Subpoena to Silence Debate on Climate Change
The Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) today denounced a subpoena from Attorney General Claude E. Walker of the U.S. Virgin Islands that attempts to unearth a decade of the organizations materials and work on climate change policy. This is the latest effort in an intimidation campaign to criminalize speech and research on the climate debate, led by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and former Vice President Al Gore.
CEI will vigorously fight to quash this subpoena. It is an affront to our First Amendment rights of free speech and association for Attorney General Walker to bring such intimidating demands against a nonprofit group, said CEI General Counsel Sam Kazman. If Walker and his allies succeed, the real victims will be all Americans, whose access to affordable energy will be hit by one costly regulation after another, while scientific and policy debates are wiped out one subpoena at a time.
The subpoena requests a decades worth of communications, emails, statements, drafts, and other documents regarding CEIs work on climate change and energy policy, including private donor information. It demands that CEI produce these materials from 20 years ago, from 1997-2007, by April 30, 2016.
On March 30, 2016, Attorney General Schneiderman, former Vice President Al Gore, and attorneys general from Massachusetts, Virginia, Connecticut, Maryland, Vermont, as well as Attorney General Walker, held a press conference in New York City to announce an unprecedented coalition of top law enforcement officials committed to aggressively protecting and building upon the recent progress the United States has made in combating climate change. Schneiderman said that the group, calling itself AGs United for Clean Power, will address climate change by threatening criminal investigations and charges against companies, policy organizations, scientists, and others who disagree with its members climate policy agenda.
CEI has long been a champion of sound climate change policy, and opposed previous attempts to use McCarthy-style tactics by officials aiming to limit discussions between nonprofit policy groups and the private sector regarding federal policies. CEI is being represented in this matter by attorneys Andrew M. Grossman and David B. Rivkin, Jr., who recently founded the Free Speech in Science Project to defend First Amendment rights against government abuses.
The text of the subpoena is here.
Here is a response from Bloomberg, which frequently takes a pro climate action position;
Subpoenaed Into Silence on Global Warming
The Competitive Enterprise Institute is getting subpoenaed by the attorney general of the U.S. Virgin Islands to cough up its communications regarding climate change. The scope of the subpoena is quite broad, covering the period from 1997 to 2007, and includes, according to CEI, a decades worth of communications, emails, statements, drafts, and other documents regarding CEIs work on climate change and energy policy, including private donor information.
My first reaction to this news was Um, wut? CEI has long denied humans role in global warming, and I have fairly substantial disagreements with CEI on the issue. However, when last I checked, it was not a criminal matter to disagree with me. Its a pity, I grant you, but there it is; the laws the law.
(I pause to note, in the interests of full disclosure, that before we met, my husband briefly worked for CEI as a junior employee. We now return to our regularly scheduled programming.)
Speaking of the law, why on earth is CEI getting subpoenaed? The attorney general, Claude Earl Walker, explains: We are committed to ensuring a fair and transparent market where consumers can make informed choices about what they buy and from whom. If ExxonMobil has tried to cloud their judgment, we are determined to hold the company accountable.
That wasnt much of an explanation. It doesnt mention any law that ExxonMobil may have broken. It is also borderline delusional, if Walker believes that ExxonMobils statements or non-statements about climate change during the period 1997 to 2007 appreciably affected consumer propensity to stop at a Mobil station, rather than tootling down the road to Shell or Chevron, or giving up their car in favor of walking to work.
Prosecutors know the damage they can do even when they dont have a leg to stand on. The threat of investigation can coerce settlements even in weak cases.
In my opinion, this hysterical executive overreach will be the downfall of the climate alarmist movement in America, just as outrage at the excesses of the McCarthy era brought an end to that dark period of American history.
You dont have to be a climate skeptic, to recognise that an attack on freedom of speech, in whatever guise, is an attack on everything which America stands for.
More than anything, this authoritarian, un-American attempt to silence dissent betrays the weakness of those perpetrating this attack on the CEI. In a Republic, people who have a compelling case to offer, dont have to intimidate their political opponents into silence, to win the argument.
Posted: April 27, 2016 at 1:46 am
Apr 27, 2016 at 03:10 | Charles Bovaird
Global bitcoin prices were more than double their total last year, reaching $470 on the CoinDesk BPI today.
Apr 26, 2016 at 19:01 | Michael del Castillo
A European Parliament committee voted to adopt a report on virtual currencies today, moving Europe one step closer to an AML policy for the industry.
Apr 26, 2016 at 14:36 | Pete Rizzo
Gem has launched an initiative aimed at promoting exploration of blockchain in the healthcare sector.
Apr 25, 2016 at 23:00 | Pete Rizzo
Market observers weigh in on the news bitcoin exchange Bitstamp has secured what could be a key licensing in Luxembourg.
Apr 25, 2016 at 22:17 | William Mougayar
Investor William Mougayar discusses how enterprise businesses are seeking to establish and implement blockchain strategies
Apr 25, 2016 at 20:45 | Stan Higgins
The UK Treasury has said in a new report that it wont impose AML rules on digital currency wallet providers in a bid to avoid regulatory burdens.
Apr 25, 2016 at 19:26 | Charles Bovaird
Bitcoin prices passed $460 on 25th April, reaching their highest total in four months as the digital currency built on past gains.
Apr 25, 2016 at 18:46 | Pete Rizzo
Tokyo-based bitcoin exchange bitFlyer has raised $27 million in new funding, one of the largest rounds for a Japanese digital currency firm to date.
Apr 25, 2016 at 17:50 | Stan Higgins
A major US defense agency devoted to advanced R&D is seeking to create a secure-blockchain-based messaging system.
Apr 25, 2016 at 17:09 | Pete Rizzo
Ita Unibanco has become the first Latin America-based bank to join blockchain and distributed ledger consortium R3CEV.
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Posted: April 9, 2016 at 2:50 pm
Free Speech TV is a national, independent news network committed to advancing progressive social change. As the alternative to television networks owned by billionaires, governments and corporations, our network amplifies underrepresented voices and those working on the front lines of social, economic and environmental justice.
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Posted: March 26, 2016 at 8:41 am
Helpful ReviewsGreenbrier Dodge of ChesapeakeHenry S.rated
I brought in my car two weeks to the service department after my right rear tire took a nail. I arrived, explained the situation and the Service Advisor looked, took the car and had it fixed. I was in and out in 20 minutes. No appointment, no charge, not spending 3-4 hours…more waiting to be serviced since it was a Saturday and no excuse of not taking care of a potential situation where it could have blown or worse left me stranded or in a car accident. Well today, I noticed what I thought was gum on that tire that was fixed. To my surprise, the material to fix the nail hole had oozed out. So today I took it over to the Service department and again the same great service and even an apology for the need of the rework versus saying it was the material, wear and tear etc. The rep accepted and the problem fixed!!! Great job and highly recommend.view less
Hannah was by far the best sales person Ive ever dealt with in the auto business EVER!!!! She worked on my deal a day and half just to get me in a vehicle of my choice, even with in my budget. She was honest& kind from the time I met her until the long drawn out deal was do…morene! Ive been through some hell purchasing vehicles in my past ,but Hannah& Great Bridge Auto Sales made it happen! I would definitely recommend anyone I know to go see Hannah when hey are in the market for a vehicle, She WILL get it done no matter how long it takes!!! Thanks for keeping it real , a great quality to have in the auto buisnessview less
Today was our second time coming to the dealership and the experience was outstanding once again. Ryan( sells man) was not pushy at all, he listen and pay attention to everything we said. Let us test drive the cars we were interested in and gave the us the news of us being n…moreew owners of our Jeep Commander. The manager Brian, also, exceptional service. Did all the paperwork accurately and was super friendly! He made us feel very welcome here. We are beyond happy with Great Bridge Auto Sales and we will suggested our friends and family to come here to buy a car.view less
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Posted: January 22, 2016 at 6:43 pm
October 30, 2013 | By Maria L. La Ganga
SEATTLE – A year after Proposition 37 narrowly failed in California, the labeling of genetically engineered foods is back on the ballot in Washington state, complete with a lawsuit by the state attorney general, a barrage of ads and a stark example of money’s effect on politics. I-522, as it is called, officially became the most expensive initiative battle in Washington history this week, with a not-so-Washington twist. Out-of-state money is driving the debate. Of the $33 million raised to fight the labeling effort, about $10,000 came from donors within the state – making up just 0.03% of the “no” campaign war chest.
August 30, 2013 | By Henry I. Miller
Americans might soon need to get used to apple or grape juice as their breakfast drink of choice – unless, that is, they’re willing to pay exorbitant prices for orange juice. Or maybe scientists, plant breeders and farmers will manage to save the day, using two critical but often-disparaged technologies: chemical pesticides in the short run and genetic engineering in the longer term. The pestilence that is devastating Florida citrus is a disease called citrus greening. It is caused by a bacterium, Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus , which is spread by small insects called psyllids.
June 17, 2013 | By Karin Klein
There’s a dearth of evidence that genetically engineered food is dangerous to human health – but that doesn’t mean consumers are wrong to have concerns about its effect on the environment and on non-bioengineered crops. U.S. agribusiness has rushed to embrace the GMO (for genetically modified organism, though genetically engineered is a more accurate term) possibilities, with almost all of our corn, soy and canola now featuring genes that have been tinkered with, usually to make them resistant to certain herbicides.
May 24, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
The movement to force the labeling of genetically engineered food is gaining momentum. In November 2012, an initiative to require the labels in California was on the ballot; it was defeated. Now, federal legislation carried by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) would mandate labeling most bioengineered food nationwide. Yet the movement’s argument is weakened by the lack of evidence that inserting fragments of DNA into crops harms our health. Pro-labeling activists – who also tend to be anti-Monsanto activists – point to polls finding that most Americans want the information labeled.
March 23, 2013 | By Rosie Mestel, Los Angeles Times
When is a fish not a fish but a drug? When government regulators take old laws and twist themselves into knots trying to apply them to new technology. In the emotionally charged battle over the safety and appropriateness of genetically modified foods, people on both sides agree that the way the government oversees genetically modified plants and animals is patchy, inconsistent and at times just plain bizarre. Soon, analysts say, the system may be stretched to the breaking point.
March 20, 2013 | By Monte Morin
Researchers at UCLA have genetically engineered tomatoes that, when fed to mice, mimic the beneficial qualities of good cholesterol, according to a new study. In a paper published Tuesday in the Journal of Lipid Research, authors used bacteria to insert genes into the cells of tomato plants, so that they would produce a peptide that mimics the actions of HDL, or “good” cholesterol. Later generations of those genetically engineered tomatoes were frozen, ground up and then fed to female mice who were themselves bred to be highly susceptible to LDL, or “bad” cholesterol.
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Posted: November 2, 2015 at 5:45 am
Former Congressman Ron Paul said the US knows more than it is telling about the Malaysian aircraft that crashed in eastern Ukraine last month, killing 298 people on board and seriously damaging US-Russian relations in the process.
In an effort to inject some balance of opinion, not to mention pure sanity, into the ongoing debate over what happened to Malaysian Flight MH17, Ron Paul is convinced the US government is withholding information on the catastrophe.
“The US government has grown strangely quiet on the accusation that it was Russia or her allies that brought down the Malaysian airliner with a Buk anti-aircraft missile,” Paul said on his news website on Thursday.
Ron Paul to Obama: Lets just leave Ukraine alone!
Pauls comments are in sharp contrast to the echo chamber of one-sided opinion inside Western mainstream media, which has almost unanimously blamed anti-Kiev militia for bringing down the commercial airline. Incredibly, in many cases Washington had nothing to show as evidence to incriminate pro-Russian rebels aside from tenuous references to social media.
Weve seen that there were heavy weapons moved from Russia to Ukraine, that they have moved into the hands of separatist leaders,said White House spokesman Josh Earnest. And according to social media reports, those weapons include the SA-11 [Buk missile] system. In another instance, State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf told reportersthe Russians intend to deliver heavier and more powerful rocket launchers to the separatist forces in Ukraine, and have evidence that Russia is firing artillery from within Russia to attack Ukrainian military positions. When veteran AP reporter Matthew Lee asked for proof, he was to be disappointed.
I cant get into the sources and methods behind it, Harf responded. I cant tell you what the information is based on. Lee said the allegations made by the State Department on Ukraine have fallen far short of definitive proof.
Just days after US intelligence officials admitted they had no conclusive evidence to prove Russia was behind the downing of the airliner, Kiev published satellite images as proof it didnt deploy anti-aircraft batteries around the MH17 crash site. However, these images have altered time-stamps and are from the days after the MH17 tragedy, the Russian Defense Ministry revealed, fully discrediting the Ukrainian claims.
In yet another inexplicable occurrence, Russian military detected a Ukrainian SU-25 fighter jet approaching the MH17 Boeing on the day of the catastrophe. No acceptable explanation has ever been given by Kiev as to why this fighter aircraft was so close to the doomed passenger jet moments before it was brought down.
[We] would like to get an explanation as to why the military jet was flying along a civil aviation corridor at almost the same time and at the same level as a passenger plane, Russian Lieutenant-General Andrey Kartopolov demanded days after the crash.
Paul has slammed the Obama administration, despite its arsenal of surveillance technologies at its disposal, for its failure to provide a single grain of evidence to solve the mystery of the Malaysian airliner.
“Its hard to believe that the US, with all of its spy satellites available for monitoring everything in Ukraine, that precise proof of who did what and when is not available,” the two-time presidential candidate said.
“Too bad we cant count on our government to just tell us the truth and show us the evidence,” Paul added. “Im convinced that it knows a lot more than its telling us.”
Although no sufficient evidence has been presented to prove that the anti-Kiev militia was responsible for the downing of the international flight, such an inconvenient oversight has not stopped the United States and Europe from slapping economic sanctions and travel bans against Russia.
Moscow hit back, saying it would place a ban on agricultural imports from the United States and the European Union. Russias tit-for-tat ban will certainly be felt, as food and agricultural imports from the US amounted to $1.3 billion last year, according to the US Department of Agriculture. In 2013, meanwhile, the EUs agricultural exports to Russia totaled 11.8 billion euros ($15.8 billion).
After the crash, Ron Paul was one of a few voices calling for calm as US officials were pointing fingers without a shred of evidence to support their claims. Paul has not been afraid to say the painfully obvious things the US media, for any number of reasons, cannot find the courage to articulate.
They will not report that the crisis in Ukraine started late last year, when EU and US-supported protesters plotted the overthrow of the elected Ukrainian president, Viktor Yanukovych, Paul said. Without US-sponsored regime change, it is unlikely that hundreds would have been killed in the unrest that followed. Nor would the Malaysian Airlines crash have happened.
Paul also found it outrageous that Western media, parroting the government line, has reported that the Malaysian flight must have been downed by Russian-backed separatists, because the BUK missile that reportedly brought down the aircraft was Russian made.
They will not report that the Ukrainian government also uses the exact same Russian-made weapons, he emphasized.
Posted: September 18, 2015 at 2:44 pm
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Protecting a Person’s Privacy
This is probably the least controversial form of media censorship.
When a minor commits a crime, his identity is concealed to protect him from future harm — so he isn’t turned down from getting a college education or a job. That changes if a minor is charged as an adult, like in the case of violent crime.
Most media outlets also conceal the identity of rape victims, so those people don’t have to endure public humiliation. That was not the case for a brief period at NBC News, when it decided in 1991 to identify the woman accusing William Kennedy Smith (part of the powerful Kennedy clan) of raping her. NBC quickly reverted to the common practice of secrecy.
Avoiding Graphic Details and Images
Every day, someone commits a heinous act of violence or sexual depravity. In newsrooms across the country, editors have to decide whether saying a victim “was assaulted” suffices in describing what happened.
In most instances, it does not. So a choice has to be made on how to describe the details of a crime in a way that helps the audience understand its atrocity without offending readers or viewers, especially children.
It’s a fine line. In the case of Jeffrey Dahmer, the way he killed more than a dozen people was considered so sick that the graphic details were part of the story.
That was also true when news editors were faced with the sexual details of Pres. Bill Clinton’s relationship with Monica Lewinsky and the accusations of sexual harassment Anita Hill made about then-U.S. Supreme Court justice nominee Clarence Thomas. Words that no editor had ever thought of printing or a newscaster had ever considered uttering were necessary to explain the story.
Those are the exceptions. In most cases, editors will cross out information of an extremely violent or sexual nature, not to sanitize the news, but to keep from offending the audience.
Concealing Security Information
The U.S. military, intelligence and diplomatic operations function with a certain amount of secrecy. That confidentiality is regularly challenged by whistleblowers, anti-government groups or others who want to remove the lid on various aspects of U.S. government.
In 1971, The New York Times published what’s commonly called the Pentagon Papers, secret Defense Department documents detailing the problems of American involvement in the Vietnam War in ways the media had never reported. The Nixon administration went to court in a failed attempt to keep the leaked documents from being published.
Decades later, WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange are under fire for posting more than a quarter million secret U.S. documents, many involving national security. When The New York Times published these U.S. State Department papers, the U.S. Air Force responded by blocking the newspaper’s website from its computers.
These examples show that media owners face a difficult relationship with the government. When they approve stories containing potentially embarassing information, government officials often try to censor it.
Advancing Corporate Interests
Media companies are supposed to serve the public interest. Sometimes that’s at odds with the conglomerate owners who control traditional media voices.
Such was the case when The New York Times reported that executives from MSNBC owner General Electric and Fox News Channel owner News Corporation decided it wasn’t in their corporate interests to allow on-air hosts Keith Olbermann and Bill O’Reilly to trade on-air attacks. While the jabs seemed mostly personal, there was news that came out of them.
The Times reported that O’Reilly uncovered that General Electric was doing business in Iran. Although legal, G.E. later said it had stopped. A cease-fire between the hosts probably wouldn’t have produced that information, which is newsworthy despite the apparent motivation for getting it.
Cable TV giant Comcast faces a unique charge of censorship. Shortly after the Federal Communications Commission approved its takeover of NBC Universal, it hired FCC commissioner Meredith Attwell Baker who had voted for the merger.
While some denounced the move as a conflict of interest, a single tweet is what unleashed Comcast’s wrath. A worker at a summer film camp for teenage girls questioned the hiring through Twitter. Comcast responded by yanking $18,000 in funding for the camp.
The company later apologized and offered to restore its contribition. Camp officials say they want to be able to speak freely without being hushed by corporations.
Hiding Political Bias
Critics often lambast media for having political bias. While viewpoints on the editorial pages are clear to see, the link between politics and censorship is harder to spot.
The ABC news program Nightline once devoted its broadcast to reading the names of more than 700 U.S. servicemen and women killed in Iraq. What appeared to be a solemn tribute to military sacrifice was interpreted as a politically-motivated, anti-war stunt by Sinclair Broadcast Group, which didn’t allow the program to be seen on the seven ABC stations it owned.
Sinclair is the same company that a media watchdog group says called more than 100 members of Congress “censorship advocates” for raising concerns to the FCC about Sinclair’s plans to air the film Stolen Honor. That production was blasted for being propaganda against then-presidential candidate John Kerry.
Sinclair responded by saying it wanted to air the documentary after the major networks refused to show it. In the end, bowing to pressure on several fronts, the company aired a revised version that only included parts of the film.
Communist countries that once stopped the free flow of information may have largely disappeared, but even in America censorship issues keep some news from reaching you. With the explosion of citizen journalism and internet platforms, the truth will now have an easier way of getting out.
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Posted: September 15, 2015 at 5:42 am
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Posted: May 31, 2015 at 6:42 am
For nearly 75 years, Teralogos News has provided the news and information you need to make sense of an ever-changing solar system.
The Teralogos News series offers news articles from the Transhuman Space setting. This material had previously been available only via an e-mail list back in 2002-2003. With entries written by some of the biggest names in Transhuman Space including Phil Masters, Jon F. Zeigler, Jamais Cascio, and more these nuggets of information were hidden for too long. Now these news items have been compiled and formatted to fit in with the rest of the Transhuman Space line.
These stories from Teralogos News have been compiled as quarterly editions, starting with the fourth quarter of 2100. Of course, since there’s no overarching plot in Transhuman Space, individual news items can be used whenever it’s appropriate. Modify or ignore the ones you can’t use as is … don’t worry, the world of tomorrow is flexible!
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