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UK Broadcasting Regulator Could Move To BAN RT News After Russia’s Ukraine Invasion

UK Culture Secretary has called for total ban on RT, claiming it is “part of Russia’s global disinformation campaign”

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RT News, otherwise known as Russia Today, is facing an outright ban from broadcasting in Britain and potentially the rest of the world following Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.

Censorship of RT has long been in the works and was being discussed prior to the escalation of tensions, with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries asking British regulator Ofcom to consider banning RT outright.

Dorries charged that “RT is demonstrably part of Russia’s global disinformation campaign, as its own editor-in-chief has made clear in the past, who has called the network an ‘information weapon’ of the Russian state.”

Ofcom responded by stating “We are expediting complaints in this area as a matter of urgency and we will not hesitate to take swift action where necessary.”

The statement further noted “It is acceptable for broadcasters to present issues from a particular perspective provided that alternative views and opinions are also represented,” adding “It would not be acceptable for any of our licensees to broadcast one-sided propaganda.”

RT’s deputy editor-in-chief and head of communications, Anna Belkina responded to attempts to shut down RT, saying “Even in the face of undue political pressure, [Ofcom] has continuously found RT to be in line with other UK broadcasters, without a single breach of broadcasting code to be found in the last four years – not something that can be said about many other channels in the country.”

Earlier this week, “opposition” Labour leader Keir Starmer called for a total ban on RT in the UK and the rest of the world calling the network a key part of “Putin’s campaign of misinformation.”

“Russia Today should be prevented from broadcasting its propaganda around the world,” Starmer proclaimed.

Boris Johnson responded to the issue in parliament, noting “We live in a country that believes in free speech, and I think it’s important that we should leave it up to Ofcom rather than to politicians to decide which media organisations to ban – that’s what Russia does.”

Other political figures in the UK have slammed the labelling of RT as Russian propaganda. Former British diplomat Peter Ford called the censorship efforts “appalling,” charging the “The [British] government demands one narrative, not just on Ukraine, but all international affairs,” further accusing British media of being “totally one-sided” on Ukraine coverage.

The former ambassador also claimed the government is “pretending to pass the buck to Ofcom,” asserting that the regulator is a “creature of the British state, staffed by figures of the British state.” 

RT has been targeted for censorship ever since it began broadcasting in Britain, and along with another state funded network, Sputnik News, was banned from attending a global conference on media freedom in London in 2019 because of their “active role in spreading disinformation” according to the UK foreign office.

Sputnik News took the decision to shut down its British operations last year after broadcasting in the country for five years.

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    Authorities in Germany are raiding people’s homes for ‘online hate speech’.

    This included someone who highlighted the hypocrisy of politicians, another man who called a journalist “stupid,” people who misattributed quotes, and other who made fun of people in authority.

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    PayPal Could Be Legally Prevented From Banning People For Their Political Views

    New law would end discrimination.

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    PayPal could be prevented by law from banning people over their political views, after the company faced a backlash following its decision to terminate the accounts of several high profile groups.

    Although PayPal has been banning conservatives and right-wingers for years, its recent move to terminate accounts operated by the Free Speech Union and other groups in the UK that opposed lockdowns and vaccine mandates has apparently been a step too far.

    Following the controversy, dozens of Conservative Party MPs, including Michael Gove, David Davis and Sir Iain Duncan Smith, signed an open letter to Jacob Rees-Mogg’s Business Department demanding that PayPal be legally barred from imposing discriminatory practices.

    The letter asserts that it is “hard to avoid construing PayPal’s actions as an orchestrated, politically motivated move to silence critical or dissenting views on these topics within the U.K.”

    This morning, the London Times also published a powerful piece by Jawad Iqbal which highlighted the dangers of allowing PayPal to abuse such powers.

    “This is censorship by corporate diktat: the company sets its own rules and interprets them as it sees fit. It appears oblivious to the notion that it is wrong in principle to withdraw vital services from people because of their political views. Would it be acceptable for a supermarket to refuse to serve a customer because of their politics or for a high street bank to refuse to make a payment to a company it deemed politically objectionable?” asked Iqbal.

    After questions were asked in Parliament about the issue, a new law could be on the cards that would put an end to PayPal’s crusade against dissident viewpoints.

    “Conservative backbenchers are considering launching an amendment to upcoming financial legislation in the House of Commons that would ban companies from freezing campaigners’ accounts,” reports the Telegraph.

    “One source said ministers are likely to accept the amendment to the law because Conservative backbenchers will support it.”

    The Department of Culture, Media and Sport has also demanded answers from PayPal.

    The familiar old argument from leftists, who apparently now vehemently support monopolistic transnational corporations using their might and vast resources to impose censorship, is that “PayPal is a private company and can ban who it wants.”

    However, at least in the UK, that isn’t strictly true.

    PayPal is regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), which mandates “All firms must be able to show consistently that fair treatment of customers is at the heart of their business model.”

    Fair treatment of customers clearly isn’t at the heart of PayPal’s business model, it’s literally the exact opposite.

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    Paypal Banned Anti-Pedo Group, While Pro-Pedo Group REMAINS On Platform

    This says it all about Paypal PedoPal

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    Paypal has hit headlines again this week for cancelling the accounts of more organisations and individuals engaging in political wrong think. And while the online banking platform banned an anti-pedophila group, a PRO-pedophila group remains able to do business via Paypal.

    Paypal closed the account of Gays Against Groomers, an pro-gay rights organization that campaigns to expose sexualisation of children by perverts hiding behind the LGBTQ flag.

    “The fact that an organization comprised solely of gay people, with trans contributors as well, is being banned from the largest payment processors in the country for opposing the sexualization and mutilation of children is shocking, to say the least,” said Jaimee Michell, the Gays Against Groomers founder.

    “On top of that, we discovered tonight that while we have been banned, an organization that literally runs a support group for pedophiles is able to use PayPal’s services. It tells you all you need to know about the state of our society right now,” Michell added.

    The organisation pointed out that while they have been banned, a group known as Prostasia is still allowed to use the platform, despite the fact that it promotes the protection of ‘minor attracted persons’ (woke terminology for pedophiles) and campaigns for the legalisation of child sex dolls and abolishment of the sex offender registry.

    Paypal was previously accused of supporting pedophilia by South Carolina Senator Lee Bright, after the company along with 100 other business opposed the segregation of bathrooms by gender in the state.

    Paypal will now forever be known as…

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