‘Facts are now seen as hate’: Tommy Robinson vows to take Twitter to court.
RT.com 8 May, 2018 02:57
Far-right figure Tommy Robinson says he will take Twitter to court, accusing the social media giant of treating ‘facts as hate’ and of pushing the government’s agenda.
The former leader and co-founder of the English Defence League (EDL) made the statement during Sunday’s ‘Day For Freedom’ rally in London.
The event was organised under the banner of ‘free speech’ after Robinson was permanently banned from Twitter in March for ‘hateful conduct.’ Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, had over 400,000 followers at the time of his suspension.
“What I’m going to do, is I’m going to take Twitter to court,” he declared on Sunday. “I won’t get my Twitter account back, but what we’ll be able to prove –which needs proving– is that ‘facts’ are now seen as ‘hate’, and the government is pushing it’s agenda with private companies.”
Robinson also told the crowd that the right-wing movement had gone ‘mainstream,’ noting they couldn’t have pulled off such an event even three years ago. “The people of this country have been silenced for 20-30 years with the tag of racists...they now realise that that tag is dead: no one cares anymore with being labelled racist.”
Sunday’s march also attracted a wave of counter-protesters, many taking aim at Robinson specifically. Clashes broke out between the two groups but were quickly broken up by police.
Milo Yiannopoulos also took to the stage at Whitehall, while Canadian far-right activist Lauren Southern, who was banned from entering the UK last March for handing out leaflets with messages like “Allah is a gay God,” spoke via videolink.
Count Dankula: Free speech, censorship, and THAT pug Nazi salute (VIDEO)
RT.com 9 May, 2018 09:30
The man who filmed his pug doing a Nazi salute while using anti-Semitic language has gone to Whitehall to march for freedom of speech. Mark Meechan – also known as Count Dankula – narrowly avoided prison over the hate crime.
Meechan visited London at the weekend for the Day for Freedom rally in Whitehall, appearing alongside right-wing figures including Tommy Robinson and Milo Yiannopoulos.
“I think as long as we keep the momentum going with the freedom of speech argument then it’ll make more people realize that we shouldn't give the government any kind of control of laws,” he told RT’s Butchy Davy.
The 30-year-old found himself charged with a hate crime after posting a video of Buddha the pug responding to phrases such as “gas the Jews” and “Sieg Heil.” He was found guilty at Airdrie Sheriff Court last month of committing a hate crime.
Meechan found himself charged with a hate crime after posting a video of Buddha the pug responding to phrases such as “gas the Jews” and “Sieg Heil.” He was found guilty at Airdrie Sheriff Court last month of committing a hate crime.
He denied any wrongdoing and said he made the video – which got more than three million views on YouTube – to annoy his girlfriend. The case stirred a massive debate on the right to freedom of speech in the UK.
High-profile figures, including comedian Ricky Gervais, took to Meechan’s defense, saying: “A man has been convicted in a UK court of making a joke that was deemed ‘grossly offensive.’ If you don’t believe in a person’s right to say things that you might find ‘grossly offensive,’ then you don’t believe in Freedom of Speech.”
Comedian, and one-time RT employee, Jonathan Pie watered down claims of the Dankula video being “grossly offensive,” arguing it was “just a joke.”
1000's attend Tommy Robinson Day for Freedom Rally in London.
US endorses Kiev's raid on Russian news agency amid international condemnation.
RT.com 16 May, 2018 04:31
Despite the condemnation by international organizations of a blatant infringement on press freedoms, the US has defended Kiev's raid on the office of RIA Novosti news agency as a legitimate fight against "Russian propaganda."
Ukraine's Security Service (SBU) raided RIA Novosti Ukraine headquarters on Tuesday and detained the head of the web portal, Kirill Vyshinsky. The crackdown was condemned by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). Washington, however, embraced it, invoking the traditional Russophobic mantra of fighting Kremlin’s “propaganda.”
"We understand that Ukraine, like a lot of other countries, has been concerned about intense propaganda," State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert told journalists on Tuesday. "Goodness, when we talk with a lot of our allies and partners overseas, they certainly have fallen victim and understand the influence and the reach of Russian propaganda. So we do understand Ukraine's concerns about that."
“The arrests of journalists or searches taken of media outlets, if that is done, it has to be done in accordance with the law. It is something that includes international human rights law,” Nauert added.
As a justification for the raid, Ukraine's Prosecutor-General Yuriy Lutsenko called the editorial policy of RIA Ukraine and Vyshinsky in particular “anti-Ukrainian” in nature, amounting to “state treason.” In a Facebook post, he accused the news agency of being the "descendants of Goebbels" that are engaged in "disinformation war." Vyshinsky, who holds both Ukrainian and Russian passports, is being accused of visiting the Crimean peninsula and receiving an award from President Putin.
However, OSCE and CPJ disagreed with the narrative from Kiev and the State Department, calling on Ukrainian authorities to stop their witch hunt against Russian journalists.
"I reiterate my call on the authorities to refrain from imposing unnecessary limitations on the work of foreign journalists, which affects the free flow of information and freedom of the media," OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Harlem Désir noted Tuesday.
He reminded Kiev that under Helsinki Final Act, the OSCE members are obliged to provide safe conditions for journalists to operate in the country. "This applies to the accreditation of journalists and correspondents of foreign media," he added.
"We call on Ukrainian authorities to disclose the charges and evidence they have against Vyshinsky or release him without delay," CPJ Europe and Central Asia Program Coordinator Nina Ognianova said. "We also call on Ukrainian authorities to stop harassing and obstructing Russian media operating in Ukraine. The criminalization of alternative news and views has no place in a democratic Ukraine."
While Kiev continues to its "pre-trial investigation" against RIA Ukraine and Vyshinsky, the Russian Foreign Ministry condemned the crackdown on journalists, echoing an earlier statement by Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, who called Tuesday's raids "outrageous."
"Kiev authorities have any respect for the international media whose position does not suit Kiev," spokesperson Maria Zakharova said in a statement. "We have taken note of the escalation in the Ukrainian authorities' repressive activities in the information space, ranging from attacks on and deportation of Russian and foreign journalists from Ukraine to provocations against Russian diplomats on international media platforms."
Zakharova also criticized the Western states and international organizations for not paying enough attention to crackdown on the press in Ukraine.
"We believe that this forbearance directly threatens the future of the common European space because it is promoting the suppression of dissent in the worst totalitarian traditions," the spokesperson added.
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Sputnik Latvia’s editor-in-chief detained by police in Riga for almost 12hrs.
RT.com 5 Jul, 2018 13:15
Sputnik Latvia Editor-in-Chief Valentins Rozencovs has been held and interrogated about his work by Latvian police for almost 12 hours. The agency said its journalists face “routine” pressure from officials in Baltic countries.
Rozencovs, who is a Latvian citizen, was detained “for conversation” shortly after he landed in the Latvian capital on Wednesday evening. His spent all night answering the officers’ questions. Authorities did not file any formal documents as detention for fewer than 12 hours is not considered a formal arrest in Latvia, Rozencovs said.
"I was detained in Riga for a conversation, as they [the police] called it, upon my arrival from Moscow. They did not file any reports,” the editor-in-chief said after his release on Thursday, as cited by Sputnik. “The security police were interested in my work as senior editor of Sputnik Latvia and the work of the outlet itself in Latvia.”
The press service of the agency stressed, in the wake of the incident, that Russian media are under pressure due to its growing popularity over mainstream media.
"Unfortunately, pressure on our journalists has become routine in the Baltic countries,” the statement read. “Democratic European states are concerned about the growing popularity of Sputnik websites in Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, representing a point of view which is different from what they consider the only right one.”
In April, the Latvian National Council opposed the use of Sputnik's material by state-funded media on electronic media. The watchdog, which can strip a news outlet of its license, said that spending taxpayers' money "to strengthen Sputnik and popularize its brand is not in the interests of Latvian society.”
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova condemned the policies against Russian media, saying that they would only harm the Russian-speaking population in Latvia. Around 500,000 Russian nationals live in the country, which amounts to around a quarter of the population.
The detention of the journalist is a part of an information war, Latvia MEP and co-chairman of the Latvian Russian Union (LRU) Miroslav Mitrofanov believes.
“There is a cold war between the West and Russia. Information confrontation is part of it,” he told RIA Novosti. The politician added that Latvian authorities are showing their “irritation” with the news outlet’s activity, as the ruling parties can save their position “only if there is no source of alternative information in Latvian.”
Russian court fines Radio Liberty over violation of Foreign Agents Law.
RT.com 6 Jul, 2018 09:14
A magistrate in Moscow has imposed a $1600 fine on US-funded media outlet, Radio Liberty, over violation of the law on ‘foreign agents’ in mass media, in particular over the failure to present a report about its activities.
“The magistrate of the Tverskoy District Court has found the Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty guilty of a civil offence and ordered it to pay a fine in the amount of 100,000 roubles (about $1,612),” the court’s press secretary, Anastasiya Dzyurko, told RIA Novosti.
The press secretary also said that the civil case against Radio Liberty was started after the Justice Ministry complained about not receiving the regular report of the radio’s activities, as required by the law. She also added that the Russian Civil Code allowed the maximum fine of 300,000 (about $4,840) rubles for such behavior.
In late November 2017, President Vladimir Putin signed into the bill on foreign agents in mass media that obliges any foreign-funded organization engaged in putting out printed, audio, audio-visual, or any other content prepared for an unlimited group of people to register as a foreign agent, mark its materials as ones produced by an agent of a foreign state, undertake an annual obligatory audit and present reports about its work to the authorities once every six months.
The bill was drafted as a reply to a US Department of Justice order to RT America to register as a foreign agent. US authorities threatened to freeze RT America's assets and arrest its chief if it did not comply. On November 10, RT America (officially registered as T & R Productions LLC) filed as a foreign agent with the department of justice.
By the end of 2017 the Justice Ministry put nine media companies on its list of foreign agents. These include Voice of America, Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty, the Nastoyashee Vremya (Present Time) television, Azatliq Radiosi (the Tatar language branch of Radio Liberty) and several affiliated web-sites.
Earlier this week, Russian mass media reported that the country’s lawmakers had prepared new amendments ordering reporters who receive money from foreign sources and promote the agenda of media outlets registered as ‘foreign agents’ to receive this status as private persons. The sponsors of the new bill said in comments that it also was a reciprocal measure developed as a reply to the infringement of Russian reporters’ rights in other countries.
First they came for Alex Jones… Now Facebook bans Venezuela news site.
RT.com 9 Aug, 2018 20:54
Days after the purge of Alex Jones from social media, Big Tech seems to have found another suitable target for apparent censorship. Facebook suspended the page of a prominent leftist news site writing about Venezuela.
Venezuelanalysis.com, a left-leaning news site that writes from a pro-Bolivarian revolution stance, has been around since 2003. Critics, including the US government, brand it as a propaganda outlet of the government in Caracas. The site says it is funded by donations and lists as its team Western-born journalists and filmmakers, as well as endorsements from dozens of Western intellectuals, including Noam Chomsky, Tariq Ali and Oliver Stone.
On Thursday, its Facebook page was suspended in what Venezuelanalysis described as a “flagrant act of political censorship.” It suggested that the ban may have been timed to suppress a “brilliant piece” on how the Western media covered the drone assassination attempt on Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro. The banned site also asked for public support in the face of the suspension.
The suspension was reversed by Thursday afternoon, with the interruption reflected by absence of posts since August 7.
The Venezuelanalysis suspension comes just days after controversial commentator Alex Jones was kicked off of several online platforms, including Facebook. That decision was cheered by many in the US, including Senator Chris Murphy (D-Connecticut), who demanded even more censorship in the name of “saving democracy.”
Others warned that Jones, with his record of bullying and toying with conspiracy theories, was simply a convenient target for Silicon Valley to start normalizing the censorship of undesirable voices on social media, and that more bans would soon come.
Nor has it gone unnoticed that Facebook recently partnered up with the Atlantic Council, a NATO-backed think tank, to “protect democracy” and root out “misinformation and foreign interference” on the platform. Venezuela’s neighbor Colombia became a NATO “global partner” in June, the first and only Latin American nation to do so.
Facebook restores Telesur page with vague explanation of controversial block.
RT.com 15 Aug, 2018 19:34
The English language page of the Latin American channel Telesur has reappeared on Facebook after two days. The social network offered a vague technical explanation for the move that sparked concerns of censorship worldwide.
"The team informs me that there was instability on the platform, which caused this problem, but now everything should be in order," Telesur quoted a support technician at Facebook as saying soon after the page was restored.
“This is an alarming development in light of the recent shutting down of pages that don't fit a mainstream narrative,” Telesur said in a statement reacting to the deletion.
Having been deleted on Facebook earlier this year, Telesur had been “even more careful” with its posts and broke “absolutely none” of Facebook’s terms, the network’s former director Pablo Vivanco told RT.
Telesur has broadcast worldwide in Spanish since 2005, and in English since 2014. Its Facebook page had almost 400,000 likes. The network is based in Caracas, Venezuela, and receives funding from the governments of Venezuela, Cuba, Nicaragua, Uruguay and Bolivia.
Under the Trump administration, the US has taken a hard line on Venezuela, disputing the legitimacy of the country’s elections and calling President Nicolas Maduro a “dictator.”
Last week, Facebook deleted the page of Venezualanalysis, an outlet unrelated to Telesur that offered leftist commentary on Latin American affairs. Though Facebook later reinstated the page, Venezualanalysis received no apology or explanation for its removal.
In May, Facebook announced it was partnering with the Atlantic Council, a NATO-allied think-tank, to fight “emerging threats and disinformation campaigns from around the world.” The partnership has raised concerns about Facebook restricting content on the platform on the basis of political views.
To ‘protect democracy,’ scandal-fearing Facebook teams up with ‘unbiased’ Atlantic Council.
RT.com 17 May, 2018 20:44
Would you like a think tank advocating acts of terrorism, war and suppression of the media working with Facebook to protect democracy and elections worldwide? If so, great news!
Facebook is “excited to launch a new partnership with the Atlantic Council, which has a stellar reputation looking at innovative solutions to hard problems,” Katie Harbath, Facebook’s director for global politics and government outreach, announced on Thursday.
“Experts” from the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab (DFRL) will work closely with Facebook’s “security, policy and product teams” to offer “real-time insights and updates on emerging threats and disinformation campaigns from around the world,” Harbath added.
But wait, there’s more! The Atlantic Council’s Digital Research Unit Monitoring Missions will help Facebook watch out for “misinformation and foreign interference” during “elections and other highly sensitive moments” and also work to “help educate citizens as well as civil society.”
While this will likely be cheered by those who still believe that Russian agents acting on personal orders of President Vladimir Putin’s pet bear used Facebook to hack American democracy, everyone else just got a whole list of reasons to be worried about Mark Zuckerberg’s ability to suppress what he believes to be Wrongthink.
The Atlantic Council is basically the academic arm of NATO, an aggressive military alliance that equates freedom and democracy with depleted uranium and regime change in places like Yugoslavia and Libya. The think tank itself hosts lively debates between people who hate Russia and people who really hate Russia. Such is its commitment to Western liberal values, the think tank actually advocated terrorist attacks in Russia and demanded that Russian news outlets be forced to register as foreign agents – a demand that was actually put into effect shortly thereafter.
As for the haughtily named Digital Forensic Research Lab, it employs such luminaries as “couch analyst” Eliot Higgins, aka Bellingcat, and is led by Ben “grammar errors make you a Russian bot” Nimmo.
A recent “expert analysis” by DFRL commissioned by the British government resulted in accusations that real, live people are “Russian bots” only because they dared express opinions differing from those officially sanctioned by the mainstream media. Yet the top two examples used in the report, Ian56 and Partisangirl, both turned out to be real human beings – one a British man and the other a Syrian living in Australia.
Nimmo then tried to wiggle out of the hole he dug for himself by calling the two “trolls” rather than bots, but nonetheless guilty of pushing “Russian” narratives.
This, then, is the outfit Facebook has chosen to team up with “to protect free and fair elections across the world.”
Another reason for teaming up with the Atlantic Council is buried towards the end of Harbath’s blog post, where she says that preventing electoral abuse “requires the right policies and regulatory structures,” and the think tank’s “network of leaders is uniquely situated to help all of us think through the challenges we will face.”
Having connections and access to power and influence certainly doesn’t hurt, especially when Facebook is being raked over hot coals by politicians eager to blame Zuckerberg’s multibillion-dollar enterprise for failing to win elections they believed they were entitled to.
Last month, Facebook also announced it would rank news sites based on “trust.” No details were given as to how that scheme might work, but Facebook has already partnered up with several mainstream media outlets to “fact-check” news.
You know, the same mainstream media who on Wednesday breathlessly reported the fake news that President Donald Trump had called illegal immigrants “animals.” Even a cursory viewing of the event, live-streamed on YouTube, could reveal he was talking about the notorious gang MS-13, but very few outlets bothered to check.
So far, only the Associated Press has retracted the report, acknowledging that it was erroneous. That leaves the question of who will fact-check the fact-checkers. Facebook seems to believe the Atlantic Council will.
‘It can turn around’: Trump would rather tolerate ‘fake news’ than accept ‘censorship’
RT.com 22 Aug, 2018 04:15
Despite being constantly at odds with liberal mainstream media – often calling them ‘fake news’ – Donald Trump has told his supporters that even having to tolerate CNN is a much better alternative to censorship.
Talking to his supporters at a rally in Charleston, West Virginia, President Trump firmly warned them against embracing censorship of opposite viewpoints no matter how much opposite they are.
“You can’t pick one person and say ‘well we don’t like what he’s been saying, he’s out,'” Trump said, pushing back against censorship of any social media accounts, regardless of political affiliation. “You can’t have censorship,” he added, because “it can turn around, it can be them next.”
"So we’ll live with fake news. I mean I hate to say it but we have no choice because that’s by far the better alternative," Trump explained. “I would rather have fake news than have anybody – including liberals, socialists, anything – than have anybody stopped and censored.”
Trump has repeatedly accused US news outlets critical of the administration as ‘fake news.’ In addition to CNN, the president has called out the Washington Post, The New York Times, MSNBC, and other liberal outlets for spreading false and deliberately out-of-context information.
While on one hand defending the First Amendment, Trump in October of last year spurred a massive backlash after suggesting that the government must review the licenses of some news networks. “With all of the Fake News coming out of NBC and the Networks, at what point is it appropriate to challenge their License?” he asked in a tweet. “Network news has become so partisan, distorted and fake that licenses must be challenged and, if appropriate, revoked.”
In addition to news outlets, Trump has also challenged social media platforms, accusing them of bias. Just this past weekend, Trump accused Silicon Valley giants of “totally discriminating” against users with right-wing views. The president’s comments came after several top social media platforms banned the accounts of controversial political commentator Alex Jones.
In a series of tweets on Saturday, the billionaire president called social media censorship “a very dangerous thing & absolutely impossible to police,” adding that “if you are weeding out Fake News, there is nothing so Fake as CNN & MSNBC, & yet I do not ask that their sick behavior be removed.”
“Let everybody participate, good & bad, and we will all just have to figure it out!” he said in one of his messages.
While speaking out against censorship, back in July Trump said that his administration will look into “shadow banning” practices on Twitter which reduce the visibility of certain people on the platform, which the US president believes affects the conservative voices.
Post by TsarSamuil on Aug 29, 2018 13:16:24 GMT -5
Lauren Southern & Stefan Molyneux DESTROY Interviewer on 'HATE SPEECH' Question.
Enlightainment Aug 21, 2018
In this segment of the New Zealand TV interview, Lauren Southern & Stefan Molyneux are asked about the supposed distinction between 'free speech' and 'hate speech', which they respond to by rejecting the ridiculous idea of 'hate speech' altogether, which causes some back and forth.
Post by TsarSamuil on Sept 26, 2018 14:33:15 GMT -5
‘Orwellian’ move: Facebook teams up with US government to police ‘fake news’ in foreign elections.
RT.com 24 Sep, 2018 18:20
Facebook has teamed up with two US government-funded think tanks as part of a new initiative to bolster the social media giant’s “election integrity efforts” around the globe.
The new partnership with the International Republican Institute (IRI) and the National Democratic Institute (NDI) was revealed by Facebook in a call with reporters last week and reported by Reuters — but the company’s choice of partners has since raised a few eyebrows. Both think-tanks are funded by the US government, through the National Endowment for Democracy (NED).
Tweeting about the initiative, Mark Weisbrot, a co-director at the Center for Economic and Policy Research, called Facebook’s decision to work with the US government-funded organizations “Orwellian” and said that they “specialize in overseas propaganda.” Weisbrot also criticized Reuters reporting of the news which focused on Facebook’s supposed fake-news busting efforts and seemed lacking in “any awareness” of who the two groups were.
During the telephone Q&A with reporters focusing on the upcoming elections in the US and Brazil, Facebook’s Elections and Civic Engagement Samidh Chakrabarti, said that “preventing election interference” on the platform has been “one of the biggest cross-team efforts” the company has seen. But is teaming up with government-funded think tanks really the best way to prevent election interference on Facebook?
Asked by CNBC reporter Salvador Rodriguez to elaborate on the partnership, Katie Harbath, who heads up Facebook’s Global Politics and Government Outreach team, said she wanted to be clear that Facebook’s work with the IRI and NDI is only focused “internationally” and that it has nothing to do with domestic elections in the US. Harbath said the two organizations have “a lot of experience in working in elections and in many countries around the globe” and that Facebook can learn from them about “election integrity risks” that exist in other countries.
That knowledge might prompt a sign of relief from American journalists, but given the US government holds a very real stake in the outcome of many other elections worldwide, it still seems a little odd that Facebook should be using US government-funded organizations to help it decide what constitutes fake news in foreign elections, or to “slow the global spread of misinformation” as Reuters put it.
It’s not the first time Facebook has chosen a dubious partner to help it out in its fight against fake news, either. The social media giant also entered a similar partnership with the Atlantic Council, a think tank funded by the US and other NATO governments, as well as by a slew of US weapons manufacturers.
Shortly after its partnership with the Atlantic Council was revealed, Facebook temporarily deleted the English-language page of the Venezuela-based news outlet Telesur without explanation. Telesur is one of the only English-language media sources providing an alternative view on events in Venezuela.
Facebook has also been criticized for capitulating to demands and threats made by the Israeli government by deleting the accounts of a number of accounts run by Palestinian activists.
Nonetheless, Facebook has said it is setting up a "war room" ahead of major elections in Brazil next month. The war-like rhetoric echoes a Washington Post op-ed by Facbook CEO Mark Zuckerberg last month, in which he said Facebook was in an "arms race" against "bad actors" and that the platform needed to improve its “defenses”.
Amy Studdart, a senior advisor at the IRI, told Reuters that the details of its partnership with Facebook had not been fully worked out, but said the organization would help Facebook employees “understand how their platform is being used on the ground all around the world.”
The NED and its affiliates have been criticized as engines of “regime change” around the world, and one of its founders famously noted in 1991 that “a lot of what we do now was done covertly by the CIA 25 years ago.”
Post by TsarSamuil on Sept 26, 2018 15:20:30 GMT -5
First step to censorship? Brussels touts media regulation after Sun’s 'EU dirty rats' story.
RT.com 26 Sep, 2018 15:20
The European Union's move to target the media after The Sun's "EU dirty rats" story about the bloc's leaders is the first step on a "slippery" road to an assault on press freedom and "outright censorship," an expert told RT.
European Justice Commissioner Vera Jourova took a swipe at UK media in a speech at the Fundamental Rights Forum (FRF) in Vienna. She claimed that the Brexit debate in the UK has been tainted by vicious pro-Brexit British tabloids.
"Just last week, the EU leaders were called 'dirty rats' on [the] first page [of a British tabloid]," she stated, adding that almost daily one could find examples of similar stories "that are spiced up to point out the enemy" and "to paint the picture black and white."
Jourova also recalled a previous "first page of a popular British daily" – the Daily Mail – which called judges "the enemy of the people." The story from 2016 concentrated on 'out of touch' judges who ruled that Brexit could not be triggered without parliament's consent.
The top EU official assumed that she would advocate "for a European approach to media based on quality and smart regulation." According to Jourova, media can "spread disinformation and encourage exclusion." And the Brexit debate "is the best example of that," she concluded.
Gangsters, guns & 'dirty rats'
The much-discussed 'dirty rats' story published by The Sun in the wake of the recent Salzburg summit took aim at Donald Tusk and Emmanuel Macron. The presidents of the European Council and France were depicted in a mocked-up picture cast as American gangsters holding guns. The Sun explained that both Macron and Tusk "acted more like gangsters than politicians" while reacting to Brexit issues.
Back at the summit, Tusk said that May's Chequers plan "risks undermining the single market," while Macron insisted that Brexiteer politicians are "liars," who left the campaign the "next day" after the UK referendum. "We can't wait to shake ourselves free from the two-bit mobsters who run the European Union," The Sun concluded, referring to the above-mentioned politicians.
More tepid tabloid headlines included the The i's "Salzburg disaster," and "Furious May: We're ready to walk away" by the Daily Mail, as well as "Brexit: May humiliated by Salzburg ambush as she fights to save Chequers."
'The first step of very slippery slope'
The decision by the European Commission to refer to regulation of the media and to openly criticize British tabloids may create "a very dangerous and totally totalitarian precedent," Neil Wallis, former News of the World deputy editor, told RT. The Commission "deciding how the news should be presented" is "the first step of a very slippery slope," he said.
According to the former newspaper editor, Jourova's statement may signal "a first step on the road of outright censorship." This may lead to "a serious attack on press freedom" and even "the death of free press," he concluded.
John Wight, a writer and political commentator, believes the EC proposals would be "impossible to implement," and would "only fuel support for Brexit."
In July this year, Theresa May managed to negotiate the controversial Brexit plan, which is also known as the Chequers deal, at a marathon session of talks with her cabinet. The strategy, which defines the relationship between the UK and the EU after Brexit, divided both politicians and the public. Former foreign secretary Boris Johnson, however, later said that the Brexit plan is "a suicide vest" wrapped around the British constitution, and the detonator has been handed to Brussels.
Foreign meddling: German-owned Polish media try to impact elections, PM says.
RT.com 1 Nov, 2018 14:43
Polish media has been “sold out” to Germany, Poland’s prime minister has lamented, adding that the foreign-owned outlets have considerable influence over Warsaw’s internal affairs.
“Today, the media are in foreign hands, for the most part in German hands,” Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki told Republika TV on Wednesday. “These German media have become particularly active during the campaigns for local elections.”
Morawiecki, who is a member of the right-wing nationalist ruling party Law and Justice (PiS), noted that other countries – including Germany – take measures to protect their media from foreign ownership. “In Germany, they say that their newspapers must be in their hands, and in Poland, the Germans bought the main Polish media.”
“Do not let yourself be fooled!” he added.
A number of Polish media outlets are foreign-owned. The German-Swiss media group Ringier Axel Springer Media, for example, controls Newsweek Polska magazine and Fakt, one of the country’s best-selling dailies, modelled after the German tabloid Bild.
Poland will hold regional elections on Sunday.
The prime minister’s complaint may make for some awkward diplomatic small talk later this week. On Friday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel is reportedly expected to attend the 15th German-Polish Government Consultation in Warsaw. The summit could be further marred by recent claims from Warsaw that Poland was never properly compensated for its wartime loses during World War Two.
‘All out of anti-Russian stories?’ Times gets grilled for calling ‘Masha and the Bear’ propaganda.
RT.com 17 Nov, 2018 20:18
A bizarre, year-old report that described cartoon ‘Masha and the Bear’ as Kremlin propaganda for kids has been revived in The Times, prompting commenters to wonder if the publication had run out of ideas for its usual Russophobia.
The adventures of pesky little Masha, who befriends a bear and other animals in the style of Tiny Toon’s Elmyra, has been enjoyed by children and parents worldwide. The Russian-made cartoon then came to Netflix, whose Russian- and English-language services jointly reach over 21 million subscribers. What could possibly be sinister?
“Children’s show is propaganda for Putin, say critics” – reads the headline on a weekend edition of The Times.
UK journalists have dug up a report from Finland’s Helsingin Sanomat paper, which was based on an interview with an Estonian professor who claimed that ‘Masha and the Bear’ was intended to create a positive image of Russia in children’s minds and was a danger to Estonian national security.
The Times said that similar concerns were expressed in neighboring Lithuania and cited University of Buckingham Professor Anthony Glees, who believes that: “Masha is feisty, even rather nasty, but also plucky. She punches above her slight weight. It’s not far-fetched to see her as Putinesque.”
Some internet users, even those with anti-Kremlin views, saw the story as a new low in anti-Russian hysteria.
Russia expert Mark Galeotti said on his website that The Times had reached a “peak” with its article, which he blasted as “cliché Russophobia.”
Mark Galeotti also argued that it was “pretty damn far-fetched” to suggest that the Kremlin would want President Putin to be perceived as “a little girl who cries when she doesn’t get what she wants and gets her pig to dress up like a baby.”
The Russian Embassy in London also joined the conversation, suggesting that the UK should inlclude all Russian cartoons should in the sanctions introduced against Moscow after the Skripal poisoning.
Other Twitter users hurried to share the made-up consequences of the cartoon’s harmful influence on their kids and themselves.
White Cossack: How are you, Nikolov? I heard it's a hot summer in Sweden this year. Do you enjoy it? Regards, Yaroslav
Jul 20, 2018 5:51:43 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: Very very hot...sometimes around 31-35...and it has been going on since month of May, everything is scorched yellow and dry, things are dying or dead, this is abnormal summer..must be global warming, usually have rainy dull summers, this feel like south eu
Jul 30, 2018 10:49:17 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: large forest fires, not where I live, but have country-wide BBQ ban..which I find ridiculous...not to enjoy this warm summer? pffft..
Jul 30, 2018 10:50:42 GMT -5
White Cossack: You enjoy it, huh.
Jul 30, 2018 12:41:41 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: Bbq is basic slavic right
Aug 3, 2018 10:18:31 GMT -5
Proto-Orchid: @ussrstrong: I blame general low activity on social medias, all the people sit there today
Oct 10, 2018 12:53:50 GMT -5
reznik: @proto-Orchid: very true. What's worse, is that the system is designed specifically to keep those people dormant in their echo chambers. Nothing new to learn for them there, just stupid cat videos and such. Sad.
Oct 14, 2018 5:48:26 GMT -5
Proto-Orchid: Its the substitute for going out, meeting and spending your time with friends in real life. Its just part of the story. When I was younger I remember people were meeting to play team sports, but today you see completely autistic people jogging with iPhone.
Oct 14, 2018 18:18:38 GMT -5
Proto-Orchid: Then they come back home, put pictures on Instagram or Facebook to show off how they spent their time jogging, and as mental satisfaction they get few likes or hearts, or whatever social medias have today, which is a measure of how good their life is. Sick
Oct 14, 2018 18:21:43 GMT -5
Pan-Slavic Patriot: Sto Latz! Today marks 100 years of Polska! May there be 100 more! Wish I could have gone to the Independence March to celebrate this year, of all years. Theres always the next one to look forward to...
Nov 11, 2018 6:56:57 GMT -5
prawiomir: Hello. : )
Nov 25, 2018 17:19:11 GMT -5
Pan-Slavic Patriot: The latest flare up in the Ukraine-Russia conflict is painful to watch. Two brothers pit against one-another by foriegn elites, for what? Money and power... Sad.
Nov 30, 2018 3:17:07 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: Seems like its loosing momentum? lets hope...
Dec 29, 2018 9:15:04 GMT -5
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Feb 27, 2019 23:01:32 GMT -5
Marcinko: Looking for contacts to research Marcinko name in Slovakia.
Jun 3, 2019 0:37:57 GMT -5
White Cossack: Nikolov, my dear.. What's up
Jul 28, 2019 9:08:27 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: Bought a 3rd book shelf, for some reason I'm crazy about buying lots of books..
Aug 12, 2019 15:49:41 GMT -5
kooratz: I don't shout , it's considered rude, here in the US. I do shout a few things though, for one, ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION, IS RUINING OUR NATION!
Sept 13, 2019 20:32:33 GMT -5