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RT News Broadcasts In The UK Have Now Been SHUT OFF BY THE EU

British Culture Secretary admits to “concerted effort and discussions” to shut down Russian owned networks immediately by circumventing broadcast regulator in the UK

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RT News broadcasts have been completely cut off in the UK following the European Union’s move to ban the network, despite the fact that the UK isn’t even in the EU anymore.

The BBC reports that RT has disappeared from all platforms in the UK, with access “affected by a ban imposed by the European Union.”

The report notes that “Although the UK is no longer in the EU, the bloc applied sanctions to satellite companies in Luxembourg and France, which provided the RT feed to Sky, Freesat and Freeview,” networks that supply the UK’s feed.

In other words, the actions of unelected EU bureaucrats in censoring information they deem to be harmful has directly impacted people in the UK.

As we noted earlier this week, in Europe big tech has moved in lockstep to censor RT, as well as Sputnik News, further ensuring that westerners only receive one narrative when it comes to coverage of the conflict in Ukraine.

Facebook, Twitter, Google, Netflix and Tiktok have all blocked Russian News broadcasts and content, seemingly at the behest of the EU which announced a ban on the networks from broadcasting on television.

Apple has also banned the RT and Sputnik apps in its store:

The EU ban on RT applying in the UK also means that the country’s broadcast regulator Ofcom has been completely circumvented.

It is likely that RT would have been shut off in the UK anyway as Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries has been pressuring Ofcom to ban the network, repeatedly calling it ‘misinformation’ and ‘propaganda’.

However, the move has come much sooner than anticipated owing to the EU action.

Speaking in the House of Commons, Thursday, Dorries said “As part of a concerted effort and discussions, Russia Today is no longer streamed into British homes, either by TV, Sky, Freesat or Freeview.”

“It is my absolute position that we will not stop until we have persuaded every organisation, based in the UK or not, that is the wrong thing to do to stream Russian propaganda into British homes,” Dorries added.

She also began literally crying when talking about how unbiased the BBC is:

Dorries also urged Ofcom to “expedite” investigations that are ongoing onto RT, saying she hopes “that those investigations result in the removal of Russia Today’s licence so that they’re never again able or have the platform to broadcast their propaganda into the UK.”

Dorris had the gall to declare that “Of course, politicians have absolutely no influence over the free press and nor should they. That is the responsibility of the regulator Ofcom.”

The Guardian notes that foreign secretary, Liz Truss, has warned of the risk of banning RT, noting “The reality is that if we ban RT in the United Kingdom, that is likely to lead to channels like the BBC being banned in Russia. What we want is the Russian population to hear the truth about what Vladimir Putin is doing, so there’s a very careful judgment to be made.”

RT responded to the ongoing purge, noting “the facade of free press in Europe has finally crumbled”.

Earlier, RT’s own website appeared to have blocked, but has since reappeared, meaning it was likely a temporary outage at the network’s own end.

As we reported yesterday, DirecTV in the U.S. terminated its contract to show RT America news broadcasts with immediate effect.

Fox News host Tucker Carlson also slammed Canada for banning RT and asserted that big tech and elites are “using this opportunity, this war in eastern Europe, to shut down domestic dissent in the United States.”

“They hate populist politics in this country far more than they hate Vladimir Putin,” Carlson urged, adding “Several [U.S allies], including Canada, have banned journalists who don’t agree with their view of the war.”

“If we’re going to protect democracy, that should start at home and democracy is defined – literally defined – by the tolerance of the regime for dissent. But no dissent is allowed. So, they’ve pulled RT from the air waves in Canada,” Carlson proclaimed.

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Alex Krainer, a political analyst and author noted that banning RT and Sputnik “corresponds with the West’s values quite well,” explaining that freedom of speech is only allowed “within a spectrum of either irrelevant viewpoints or those that are favourable to the ruling establishment’s agenda.”

“It was only seven years ago, after the ‘Charlie Hebdo’ terror attack in Paris that western leaders were climbing over one another to grandstand and profess their unwavering commitment to freedom of speech while advocating and implementing censorship of those whose views challenged the various agendas of the ruling establishment,” Krainer added.

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    Fact Checkers Demand YouTube Censor Competitors Because No One is Watching Their Content

    “It doesn’t seem to do very well.”

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    ‘Fact checkers’ are demanding that YouTube censor more videos for “misinformation,” with one of the reasons being that no one is watching their content.

    Well, this is awkward.

    The censorship demand was made during the GlobalFact 9, a fact-checking conference organized by the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN).

    “As an international network of fact-checking organizations, we monitor how lies spread online — and every day, we see that YouTube is one of the major conduits of online disinformation and misinformation worldwide. This is a significant concern among our global fact-checking community,” the IFCN previously wrote in a letter to YouTube.

    During the conference itself, Angie Drobnic Holan, editor-in-chief of PolitiFact, complained that fact checker groups are struggling because no one is interested in watching their content.

    “YouTube does not seem to raise accurate, credible information in its algorithms. We have had a lot of experience with YouTube making videos of fact-checking content. It doesn’t seem to do very well,” Holan. “I think most news organizations are extremely frustrated with your platform,” she added.

    In other words, no one cares about boring, hyper-partisan content put out by dubious ‘fact checker’ groups, therefore their more successful competition must be censored!

    YouTube’s Brandon Feldman responded by assuring the group it was doing more to elevate “authoritative sources.”

    On YouTube, this manifests itself in the form of content from mainstream news networks and regime institutions appearing at the top of search results, with dissenting narratives buried deep down the list, if they appear at all.

    But apparently, not even this is enough.

    As we previously highlighted, the co-founder of one of the world’s leading ‘fact checker’ organizations, which presents itself as a supreme authority on which sources of information can be trusted, labeled the now completely confirmed genuine Hunter Biden laptop story a “hoax”.

    The Wuhan lab leak, a theory now accepted by the head of the World Health Organization, was also once shadow banned as a result of it being declared a “conspiracy theory” by fact checkers.

    Whenever stories emerge that are hugely damaging to the regime and the military-industrial complex, fact checkers are weaponized to bury them by falsely labeling such stories ‘misleading’ or hoaxes even if they are completely authentic.

    This then serves to justify their censorship by social media algorithms and the targeted banning and deplatforming of anyone who tries to amplify them.

    Fact checkers aren’t impartial, independent outlets, they are merely hyper-partisan information attack dogs working on behalf of the regime.

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    New York Times Worries That Big Tech Won’t Censor Hard Enough During Midterm Elections

    Complains about success of ‘2000 Mules’.

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    The New York Times has published an article expressing its concerns that Big Tech platforms like Facebook and Twitter aren’t doing enough to censor “misinformation” in the run-up to the midterm elections.

    The article complains that Meta (Facebook) has slashed its ‘election misinformation’ team from 300 people during 2020 to just 60 people and that Mark Zuckerberg no longer meets with the team directly.

    Civil rights groups are also apparently upset that Zuckerberg is less interested in communicating with them about efforts to stop ‘election misinformation’.

    According to the piece, Twitter is also likely to be less censorious towards election information due to the likelihood that it is about to be purchased by Elon Musk.

    “I’m concerned,” President of the NAACP Derrick Johnson told the newspaper. “It appears to be out of sight, out of mind.”

    Noting that there are numerous political candidates running for office in 2022 who agree with Donald Trump that the 2020 presidential election was stolen, the Times laments that Meta’s reduction in censorship “could have far-reaching consequences as faith in the U.S. electoral system reaches a brittle point.”

    The article also whines about the viral success of Dinesh D’Souza’s documentary ‘2000 Mules’, which received over a million views on alternative video hosting platform Rumble and also received 430,000 “interactions” on Facebook, proof according to the newspaper that election misinformation is “rampant” online.

    Representatives from both Facebook and Twitter responded by assuring the Times that they are still keenly focused on censoring election “misinformation.”

    “Before the 2020 US presidential election, Big Tech platforms deployed unprecedented levels of censorship by censoring then-President Donald Trump numerous times, banning popular pro-Trump groups, and more,” writes Reclaim the Net.

    “Post-election, this mass censorship continued with President Trump being permanently banned by all the major tech platforms, discussions of “widespread fraud or errors” changing the 2020 US presidential election outcome being banned, free speech platform Parler (which many users had flocked to in an attempt to escape Big Tech’s censorship) being deplatformed by the tech giants, and more.”

    “The mainstream media and Big Tech used the vague, subjective term “election misinformation” to justify this silencing of a sitting US President and the mass censorship of election-related speech.

    The legacy media is once again likely to weaponize hyper-partisan ‘fact checkers’ to ensure that information which isn’t completely censored is at least shadow banned and relegated by algorithms so fewer Americans will see it.

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    “I Don’t Believe in Censoring Art”: Paramount CEO Rejects Trigger Warnings

    “You don’t have to watch anything you don’t want to.”

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    Paramount CEO Bob Bakish has refused to add trigger warnings to the company’s historical content, asserting, “I don’t believe in censoring art.”

    Bakish says the back catalogue for the film studio’s new subscription streaming service Paramount+ will not be censored to please modern politically correct sensibilities.

    “By definition, you have some things that were made in a different time and reflect different sensibilities,” Bakish said.

    “I don’t believe in censoring art that was made historically, that’s probably a mistake. It’s all on-demand – you don’t have to watch anything you don’t want to.”

    As we have previously highlighted, other streaming platforms and broadcasters have censored or outright deleted old shows and movies for containing so-called ‘offensive’ content.

    Earlier this year, UK streaming platform ITV Player censored a “homophobic” line from the 2002 Spiderman movie when Spiderman says to Bonesaw, “That’s a cute outfit. Did your husband give it to you?”

    During the height of the 2020 Black Lives Matter riots, UK broadcaster Sky also tagged numerous movies, some little over a decade old, with a message warning viewers that they might be offensive.

    “This film has outdated attitudes, language and cultural depictions which may cause offence today,” stated the trigger warning.

    During the same year, PBS removed Gone With the Wind from its platform, in the process erasing the first black female actress to win an Oscar, while the BBC also announced it was removing Little Britain from its schedule despite the fact that the TV comedy series satirizes every demographic, often highlighting small minded attitudes of bigots.

    Last year, NBC also announced that it was scanning 17,000 hours of past WWE content to weed out “racist” material in order to avoid it appearing on the network’s new Peacock streaming device.

    Iconic historical books are also being re-written to reflect ‘modern attitudes’, including George Orwell’s 1984.

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