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Glenn Greenwald Calls Out Facebook for Working With Israeli Government on Censorship Plan

The investigative journalist made his case on The Intercept about the social media giant’s collaboration with Israeli officials to block content that government finds objectionable.

Posted on Sep 13, 2016 READ MORE


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Did PBS Censor Jill Stein’s Comments on Hillary Clinton and the TPP?

In a recent video compilation, YouTube commentator Matt Orfalea added parts of an answer the Green Party presidential candidate recently gave on PBS’ “NewsHour,” arguing that the portions left out on the air are crucial to Stein’s arguments against Clinton.

Posted on Aug 31, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Remembering Lenny Bruce

The controversial comedian’s problem was that he wanted to talk onstage with the same freedom he had in his living room.

Posted on Aug 8, 2016 READ MORE

The ‘Truth’ According to Donald Trump

In Trump’s world, everything’s a conspiracy and reality’s turned upside down.

Posted on Jun 15, 2016 READ MORE

WikiLeaks Accuses Facebook of Censorship in Hillary Clinton Email Release

If WikiLeaks’ charge is valid, the tech behemoth that Mark Zuckerberg built could effectively be aiding the Democratic presidential hopeful in her efforts to keep those pesky emails from getting between her and the White House.

Posted on Mar 18, 2016 READ MORE

Turkey’s War Against Journalism

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan plans to expand the definition of “terror crime” to include media reports deemed to support or praise acts of violence. “Democracy, freedom and the rule of law” no longer have any value, he declares.

Posted on Mar 17, 2016 READ MORE

The ‘Blame the Campus Liberals’ Campaign Aims at Yale

A national campaign to blame campus distempers on politically correct liberals has found yet another target in angry students and anxious administrators.

Posted on Feb 14, 2016 READ MORE

Leaked Emails From Pro-Clinton Group Reveal Pandering to Israel Lobby AIPAC

Emails from a major think tank that strongly favors Hillary Clinton for president reveal that the group has gone so far as to censor its own writers in order to please the right-wing pro-Israel lobby.

Posted on Nov 7, 2015 READ MORE

TPP Chapter Released by WikiLeaks Would Let Governments Curtail Trials So as to Contain Information

What WikiLeaks claims to be the full intellectual property chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership appears to give countries greater power to stop sensitive information from going public.

Posted on Oct 10, 2015 READ MORE

How to Censor Yourself Before the Government Even Has the Chance

When so many of us become frightened enough of our own government to do its censoring for it, we’ve all lost the battle for dignity and civil rights.

Posted on Sep 21, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Here’s What Happened When Cynthia McKinney Tried to Use WikiLeaks Info in Her Dissertation

So, former U.S. Representative and current Green Party politician Cynthia McKinney recently accomplished the impressive feat of earning her Ph.D. at Antioch University. So far, so good.

Posted on Sep 9, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN

Trending on Twitter: Blocking Access to Politicians’ Deleted Tweets

The social media giant’s decision to end public access to its websites that archive politicians’ deleted tweets alarms transparency advocates.

Posted on Aug 28, 2015 READ MORE

Prophet Margin

Posted on May 4, 2015 ENLARGE    

Journalist for The Intercept Is Kicked Out of Counterterrorism Conference

“We’re not banning you, we’re just not allowing you access,” a security officer told reporter Ryan Gallagher when he showed up at one of the world’s largest annual counterterrorism events.

Posted on Apr 23, 2015 READ MORE

China Said to Be Censoring Internet With Powerful New Weapon

In late March, China began flooding American websites with Internet traffic in an apparent effort to disrupt services that allow China’s Internet users to access sites otherwise blocked in the country.

Posted on Apr 12, 2015 READ MORE

White House Office Celebrates Sunshine Week by Thwarting Freedom of Information Act Requests

Civil liberties advocates now have yet another reason to say President Obama has broken his 2008 promise to run the most transparent White House in history.

Posted on Mar 20, 2015 READ MORE

Reporters Without Borders Paves Access to 9 Banned Websites in Russia, China, Saudi Arabia and More

Reporters Without Borders has made copies of sites banned in several countries in order to allow readers access to previously censored “independently-reported news and information.” But the nonprofit organization hasn’t stopped there.

Posted on Mar 12, 2015 READ MORE

Why Famous People Lie About Combat

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: This week on Truthdig Radio, it’s Peter’s last show. Also, a retired federal agent is pro legalization of all drugs, America hates controversial art, the VA secretary is a liar and more.

Posted on Feb 27, 2015 READ MORE

Why Famous People Lie About Combat

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: It’s Peter Scheer’s last show. Also, a retired federal agent is for the legalization of all drugs; the United States hates controversial art; the Veterans Affairs secretary is a liar; and more.

Posted on Feb 27, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN

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The United States Has a Long and Dishonorable Record of Artistic Censorship

Despite recent proclamations of our dedication to freedom of speech, artists in every medium have encountered problems with authorities over the content of their creative expressions.

Posted on Feb 23, 2015 READ MORE

Caricature Assassination

Exercising one’s artistic prerogative to create a drawing that is critical or demeaning of an established religion or political ideology should in no way be construed to equate with kicking a hornet’s nest, which it has been, over and over and over again.

Posted on Jan 7, 2015 READ MORE    

Egyptian Journalists Protest Editors’ Pledge Not to Criticize Government

“Hundreds of Egyptian journalists objected on Sunday to a pledge by newspaper editors to refrain from publishing reports critical of the government, calling the curb on freedom of expression ‘a victory for terrorism,’ ” The New York Times reports.

Posted on Nov 3, 2014 READ MORE

‘Freedom of the Press’ Just Words on Paper in Zimbabwe

As things stand now, any attempts by the Zimbabwean media to subject public officials to scrutiny and make them accountable for their actions is anathema to the powers that be.

Posted on Oct 14, 2014 READ MORE

Open Letter on Censorship

Google wields enormous power. It is the gatekeeper not only of what is permissible on the Internet but what is kept out. This creates equally enormous abuse.

Posted on Oct 1, 2014 READ MORE

A Force More Powerful in Jefferson County, Colo.

“Don’t make history a mystery” read one of the signs at a rally in Jefferson County, Colo. High-school students in this suburban district, referred to locally as “JeffCo,” have been walking out of class en masse this past week, protesting the planned censorship of the district’s Advanced Placement (AP) United States history curriculum by the local school board.

Posted on Oct 1, 2014 READ MORE

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Only Texas Would Ban Books During Banned Books Week

You have to hand it to the Lone Star State. It’s got chutzpah.

Posted on Sep 24, 2014 READ MORE

Burning Ideas: Celebrating Banned Books Week

What does “Captain Underpants” have in common with James Joyce’s “Ulysses”?

Posted on Sep 23, 2014 READ MORE

The Purpose of Argument Online

The “public face of social liberalism” is synonymous with “an endless list of things that you can’t do or say or think, and with the constant threat of being called an existentially bad person if you say the wrong thing,” journalist Freddie deBoer writes.

Posted on Aug 23, 2014 READ MORE


Journalists on the Government’s Blacklist

As states move to hide details of government deals with Wall Street, and as politicians come up with new arguments to defend secrecy, a study released earlier this month revealed that many government information officers block specific journalists they don’t like from accessing information.

Posted on Aug 22, 2014 READ MORE

Pentagon Forbids Military Personnel to Read News Website

Citing claims of a potential “new leaker,” the U.S. military has blocked and banned its employees from visiting The Intercept, the NSA-focused investigative news website founded by Glenn Greenwald and Pierre Omidyar.

Posted on Aug 21, 2014 READ MORE

The Most Dangerous Book

This “biography of a book” presents James Joyce’s “Ulysses” as the work that broke the crusading spirit of the U.S. government’s literary censorship during the early 20th century.

Posted on Jun 27, 2014 READ MORE

Twitter: Censorship at Governments’ Requests

Last week, Twitter made a pro-Ukrainian Twitter feed inaccessible in Russia. In addition to blocking that account, Twitter has also worked with the Turkish government to monitor content that officials there find objectionable.

Posted on May 27, 2014 READ MORE

Obama Administration Threatens Leak-Citing Intelligence Workers

Current and former members of U.S. intelligence services who cite news reports based on leaks in any of their public statements now face penalties and the possible loss of access and security clearances.

Posted on May 9, 2014 READ MORE

Internet Censorship

Posted on Apr 24, 2014 ENLARGE

Twitter Tackles Turkish Takedown

Twitter has launched a legal challenge against the block placed on its services in Turkey.

Posted on Mar 27, 2014 READ MORE

Erdogan Turns Off Twitter

Posted on Mar 22, 2014 ENLARGE

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Censorship: Turkish PM, President Tangle Over Bruited Ban on Facebook, YouTube

President Abdullah Gul has rejected a suggestion by Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan that Turkey might ban Facebook and Twitter.

Posted on Mar 8, 2014 READ MORE

The Risk of Relying on Terms of Service

The taking down without explanation from Facebook of a photo of a Syrian man who was killed demonstrates the danger of creating activist networks in digital places that are owned and operated by corporations that have an interest in cooperating with power, a contributor to Techdirt writes.

Posted on Feb 8, 2014 READ MORE

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Dave Eggers on Writers’ Fears of the NSA

Of more than 500 writers polled by PEN International, a writers rights and advocacy group, 16 percent said knowledge of NSA surveillance led them to abandon writing projects they thought could attract unwanted government attention. An additional 11 percent said they’ve “seriously considered it.”

Posted on Dec 21, 2013 READ MORE

Media Misfortune

Posted on Dec 10, 2013 ENLARGE


Posted on Nov 25, 2013 ENLARGE

Rep. Alan Grayson Honors Aaron Swartz

Aaron Swartz, the Internet freedom advocate who committed suicide in mid-January, was an intern in Florida Congressman Alan Grayson’s office after the onset of the economic crisis. Grayson recently paid tribute to Swartz at a memorial service in Washington, D.C.

Posted on Feb 22, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN

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Your Newspaper Works for the State

Major papers such as The New York Times and The Washington Post have complied with requests from the Bush and Obama administrations to conceal sometimes-illegal acts performed by the government in the name of national security, writes Glenn Greenwald at The Guardian.

Posted on Feb 8, 2013 READ MORE

Jesus’ Children

Posted on Feb 7, 2013 ENLARGE    

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One App’s Art Is Apple’s ‘Pornography’

Apple’s late CEO Steve Jobs once told an irritated blogger that the iPhone offered “freedom from porn,” but what about freedom from artsy photography?

Posted on Jan 22, 2013 READ MORE

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Chinese Scratch Heads After ‘V for Vendetta’ Airs

China’s state television network broadcast the anti-authoritarian movie that has become a symbol in the West of anarchic uprising against oppressive or totalitarian governments.

Posted on Dec 21, 2012 READ MORE

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Anonymous Muzzled on Crusade Against Westboro Baptist Church

The hacker collective’s Twitter account was temporarily suspended Wednesday after the group posted personal information belonging to members of the Westboro Baptist Church.

Posted on Dec 19, 2012 READ MORE

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U.N. Conference Produces No Internet Treaty

The failure to concur on a global Internet treaty at the end of a two-week summit Friday “seems to safeguard the role of the Internet as an unregulated, international service ... free of direct interference by national governments,” The Guardian reports.

Posted on Dec 14, 2012 READ MORE

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