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British Professor Faces Government “Crackdown” For Questioning Ukraine War Narrative

University of Edinburgh academic victim of witch hunt.

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A professor at the University of Edinburgh is facing trial by media and a government “crackdown,” merely because he shared an article questioning the narrative behind the bombing of a theater in the Ukrainian city of Mariupol.

Professor Tim Hayward is currently being cancelled by the mob because he shared an article by left-wing news outlet Grayzone which suggested the theater bombing, blamed on Russia, may actually have been carried out by Ukrainian ‘Azov’ fighters.

The incident was immediately exploited by NATO powers to justify more military support for Ukraine and led to Joe Biden calling Vladimir Putin a “war criminal”.

However, the Neo-Nazi unit is accused of using civilians as human shields inside the building before blowing it up as Russian forces entered Mariupol.

Russia denies attacking the building, which was seemingly of no strategic importance, and no footage exists of the building being blown up.

Merely for highlighting these inconsistencies, Hayward was savagely attacked, accused of spreading Russian disinformation in a Times article and called a “useful idiot for President Putin’s atrocities” by Tory MP Robert Halfon.

The professor was also targeted by Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi, who said universities that challenged the official narrative would be investigated and professors punished.

“Putin and his cronies are a malign influence on anyone in this country buying their false narrative, and I have to repeat it is a false and dangerous narrative, and we will crack down on it hard,” Zahawi said.

Hayward said that there is always propaganda on both sides of any war and that given the weapons of mass destruction debacle in Iraq, free speech should be paramount.

“In war, miscalculations can have terrible consequences,” he said. “We also know that misinformation can sometimes even slip through on our own side, as when the UK went to war in Iraq, mistakenly believing it had weapons of mass destruction.”

“As for the people of Ukraine, their need is for peace – not to become the epicenter of World War III,” Hayward added.

Apparently, not wanting World War III is now also “Russian propaganda.”

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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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Spotify Censors Rapper For Criticizing Pride Month

“You can rap about killing people all day and be fine though.”

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Spotify has censored a song by rapper Bryson Gray in which he criticizes gay pride month, with song having been ‘greyed out’ by the streaming giant and made unavailable for download.

The pro-Trump rapper released the song ‘Pride Month’ on June 1st to coincide with the start of the annual period that recognizes the LGBT movement.

“In the song, Gray criticises the LGBT community from a Christian perspective, rapping about transgender activists pushing children onto puberty blockers at twelve years old, the promotion of LGBT motifs by media such as Netflix, and other topics,” writes Jack Hadfield.

The lyrics to the song reference bible verses about homosexuality.

Real Christ Gang
I don’t recognize no pride month
Revelation twenty one eight, you thought He lied huh?
What happened to Sodom and Gomorrah?
They all fried huh?
Y’all keep disrespecting Yah like He won’t slide huh?
I’m just tryna make it in them Heaven gates
Repent and turn from sin or be reprobate
Pride a deadly sin but y’all celebrate
If you don’t become new then only Hell awaits

After being on the platform for 2 weeks, Gray revealed that Spotify had censored the song by removing it completely from his artist page.

“I am the ONLY music artist that this happens to without any resolution,” complained Gray.

The rapper noted how his song had been censored for ‘homophobia’ and yet tracks released by best selling artists like Eminem DMX, and Kendrick Lamar which contain brazen homophobic slurs remained untouched.

“Eminem made a song called ‘Fall,’ which was on his Kamikaze album a few years ago, and in the song he calls Tyler the Creator the word that gay people hate, the f-word… It’s right here, free to listen to. How about the other songs where Eminem said the same exact word? Like, the ‘Marshall Mathers’ song, or how about his song, ‘Rap God,’ where he literally says he will break a table over the head of the f-word that you can’t say. Nope, you can listen to that song too! And I didn’t even say that word,” said Gray.

Gray also noted how other rappers are allowed to spew all kinds of violent rhetoric, but as soon as someone starts quoting the bible, it’s curtains.

“A lot of these artists cry about censorship but never actually experience censorship,” Gray tweeted. “You want to truly experience it? Start making biblical music. You can rap about killing people all day and be fine though.”

Last year, the streaming platform banned a song called Safe Space that literally opens with the line “they might ban me for this song,” because it contained lyrics critical of the LGBT movement and BLM.

Spotify also previously censored a song by indie music legend Ian Brown for lyrics containing “misinformation”. The lyrics referred to COVID lockdowns and the new world order.

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