Stop European Union ‘fake news’ witch-hunt, Dutch government says

This video from the USA says about itself:

Glenn Greenwald: Mainstream U.S. Media is Culpable of Disseminating Fake & Deceitful News on Russia

5 January 2017

We are joined by Glenn Greenwald, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and one of the founding editors of The Intercept. His latest article is headlined “WashPost Is Richly Rewarded for False News About Russia Threat While Public Is Deceived.” In it, he writes, “Any story that bolsters the prevailing D.C. orthodoxy on the Russia Threat, no matter how dubious, is spread far and wide. And then, as has happened so often, when the story turns out to be false or misleading, little or nothing is done to correct the deceitful effects.”

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Ollongren now also wants to get rid of European watchdog against ‘fake news

Today, 11:05

Minister of the Interior Ollongren now also thinks that EUvsDisinfo should be disbanded. She says that the Dutch government will make a strong stand for this in the European Union.

EUvsDisinfo is the office of the European Commission that has to fight fake news. On Tuesday, the House of Representatives, despite a negative opinion from Ollongren, voted for a motion to disband it.

The Minister of the Interior is now walking back her rejection. She writes that the motion of the [left-wing opposition] Socialist Party and the [right-wing government party] VVD “in terms of considerations” is in line with the government’s views and that the cabinet will therefore implement it.

Independence of journalism

The House of Representatives stated on Tuesday that it is not up to government institutions to label expressions of the free press fake news. That happened to NPO [Public] Radio 1, daily De Gelderlander

and others.

Ollongren writes to the House that the independence of journalism must always be respected.

EUvsDisinfo violated that rule by uncritically copying propaganda by an Ukrainian nationalist lobby group; which objected to correct Dutch media reports saying eg, that extreme right groups influence Ukrainian policies.

To work for EUvsDisinfo you don’t need any qualifications.


Abolish European Union ‘fake news’ witch-hunters, Dutch parliament says

This video says about itself:

Why “real” news can be more dangerous than fake

22 November 2016

There’s a crusade against “fake news”! So you’re saying that a bunch of Macedonian kids screwed millions of Americans over and got Trump elected? A bunch of Macedonian kids versus the enormous mainstream media machine – those six giants that control 90 percent of American media … Oh no, you don’t make up news intentionally, CNN didn’t interview their Super-Hillary-Fan cameraman intentionally and Fox’s fake “former CIA operative” was just an honest mistake, fine.

But misleading, misinforming, pulling out of context and propagating war – that’s your intention for sure: Saddam’s weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. American mainstream media, bravo! You did a brilliant job convincing American to go there, to kill and to die under false pretext.

But lessons aren’t learnt – Yugoslavia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, ISIS, terrorists – or what do you call them – “moderate rebels”? But what you do is way more dangerous, your “real news” starts wars, kill and displace millions and destroy entire regions. So f*ck fake news – most can see that coming… it’s the real news that needs a check.

Translated from Dutch (‘center right’) daily De Telegraaf today:

Parliament wants to get rid of fake news watchdog of the European Union

THE HAGUE – The House of Representatives wants to get rid of the controversial office of the European Commission that has the task of fighting fake news. The government should advocate the abolition of EUvsDisinfo in Brussels, according to VVD

‘Center right’ biggest party in the government coalition. Strongly anti-Russia: to such an extent, that the VVD Foreign Affairs minister, Halbe Zijlstra, lied in order to get more taxpayers’ money for ‘defence‘. Halbe Zijlstra lied he had been present in the dacha of Russian President Putin, where he had heard Putin say all sorts of warmongering bloodthirsty things. Recently, it turned out that Zijlstra had never met Putin, and that Putin had not said those things. Zijlstra had to resign in disgrace.



Socialist Party (SP). PVV, GroenLinks and SGP also want to close down the office.

Which means a majority in parliament.

EUvsDisinfo is supposed to counter the influence of Russian propaganda in the European press and has published a list of examples. The service became discredited because it also branded Dutch Public Radio 1, De Gelderlander daily, GeenStijl site and The Post Online site as purveyors of fake news

, especially on Ukraine. EUvsDisinfo did that by uncritically copying propaganda by an Ukrainian nationalist lobby group; which objected to correct Dutch media reports eg, that extreme right groups influence Ukrainian policies.

To work for EUvsDisinfo you don’t need any qualifications.

EUvsDisinfo “misses the target” and “interferes with the free press in the Netherlands”, say the members of parliament Dilan Yesilgöz of ruling party VVD and her SP colleague Peter Kwint.

What Minister Kajsa Ollongren of Home Affairs thinks of the assignment by the House is still unclear. Ollongren emphasized so far that it is important for the EU to continue the fight against fake news.

European Union wants more Google, Facebook censorship

This video says about itself:

Orwellian censorship’: European Union rejects caricatures of leaders & policies for Brussels exhibition

15 September 2017

The EU has rejected 12 caricatures by Greek artists for a Brussels exhibition as the “inflammatory” cartoons mocking EU leaders and their policies allegedly go against “European values.” Organizers denounced it as an act of “violent censorship.”

Stelios Kouloglou, member of the European Parliament for the Greek government party Syriza, had wanted to organize that exhibition.

By Kumaran Ira in France:

European Union demands Google, Facebook step up Internet censorship

5 March 2018

In a new attack on free speech, the European Union (EU) is calling on major social media and Internet firms including Facebook, Twitter and Google to automatically and immediately censor online material.

On March 1, the EU Commission called on companies and EU states to ensure “the detection and removal of illegal content through reactive (so called ‘notice and action’) or proactive measures”. It also identified a vast amount of material targeted for censorship. According to the Commission, its recommendations apply to all forms of “content ranging from terrorist content, incitement to hatred and violence, child sexual abuse material, counterfeit products and copyright infringement.”

“Considering that terrorist content is most harmful in the first hours of its appearance online, all companies should remove such content within one hour from its referral as a general rule”, it said.

The measures the EU is discussing would force companies to create programs, answerable to no one, to trawl the Internet and delete users’ content. This would consolidate censorship measures the EU proposed last year via the EU Internet Forum, which called on tech firms to work to develop automatic removal of online content.

The EU hailed moves in this direction that have already taken place. According to the EU, “Twitter reported that three quarters of the 300,000 accounts removed between January and June 2017 were deleted before posting their first Tweet. According to YouTube, more than 150,000 videos have been removed since June 2017. Once aware of a piece of terrorist content, Facebook removes 83 percent of subsequently uploaded copies within one hour of upload.”

The EU justified its policy with shopworn claims about the fight against terrorism. “While several platforms have been removing more illegal content than ever before … we still need to react faster against terrorist propaganda and other illegal content which is a serious threat to our citizens’ security, safety and fundamental rights”, said Digital Commissioner Andrus Ansip.

Press accounts of the latest EU demand for censorship cited the need, as the Guardian put it, to fight “extremist content on the web” that “has influenced lone-wolf attackers who have killed people in several European cities after being radicalised.”

The argument that EU censorship is aimed at so-called lone-wolf terrorists is a lie, above all because lone-wolf terrorists are largely a political fiction. The major terror attacks in Europe were carried out not by isolated individuals, but by members of Islamist networks active in NATO’s proxy wars in the Middle East, and who were actively watched and protected for that reason by European intelligence.

The organizers of terrorist attacks in France in 2015 and in Belgium in 2016 were well known to the intelligence services. The Kouachi brothers who led the Charlie Hebdo attack, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the leader of the 13 November 2015 attacks in Paris, and the El Bakraoui brothers who carried out the 22 March 2016 Brussels attacks were all well known to European intelligence. They were allowed to travel freely and prepare their attacks, as their networks were intelligence assets operating under state protection.

Similarly, the links of the Islamic State [ISIS] militia to Berlin Christmas market attacker Anis Amri and Manchester bomber Salman Abedi were well known to German and British intelligence, respectively, before they attacked. These attacks were seized on by the EU powers to intensify police-state measures that shred basic democratic rights, such as the state of emergency in France.

Now, the red herring of the fight against “lone-wolf” terrorists is serving as a pretext for yet further attacks on Internet freedom and freedom of speech.

These attacks are well advanced. The EU wants the same IT companies that work closely on Internet censorship with a wide variety of states, above all Washington and the US intelligence agencies, to use similar methods to trample on freedom of speech and other democratic rights in Europe. This is what emerged from recent remarks by Julian King, the EU Commissioner for Security.

Censorship like that being proposed by the EU, King said, is “not only possible, it’s being done already by a number of the larger platforms.” He called for “proactive measures to identify and remove illegal content, including automated means such as upload filters, where this is appropriate.” He also called on IT firms to cooperate with EU “member States, trusted flaggers and among themselves to work together and benefit from best practices.”

Such remarks are a warning. US politicians and IT firms have openly declared that they are seeking to carry out politically targeted censorship, aiming to promote “trusted” news outlets that function as little more than state propaganda outlets. Above all, these censorship measures are being implemented to restrict access to socialist and antiwar publications, such as the World Socialist Web Site, amid rising opposition to war and austerity among American workers and youth.

Last summer, the WSWS identified that a dramatic decline in its readership, together with that of other socialist, antiwar, and progressive web sites, resulted from Google’s implementation of a new algorithm aiming to promote “authoritative” news sources over “alternative” sources of information.

Now, under the guise of fighting “terrorist content”, the EU is similarly seeking to implement repressive measures to censor the Internet that are squarely aimed at rising social and political discontent internationally. Major European powers are already enacting similar censorship laws at the national level. Since January 1, the German Network Enforcement Law has been in effect, enabling Berlin to regulate and censor the Internet along similar lines as the Trump administration and its attack on net neutrality in the United States.

In the name of fighting “illegal” content, the EU aims to target any oppositional views that challenge its plans to slash social spending to finance remilitarization and wars abroad.

As the German ruling elite prepares a new coalition government between the Social Democrats and Christian democrats, the parties involved in the new government have called for strengthening the German armed forces and German influence worldwide, as well as major increases in military spending.

In France, President Emmanuel Macron has announced €300 billion in military spending over the next 6 years, as well as calling for deep cuts in basic social programs and a return of the draft.

It is in this context—amid deep popular opposition to EU austerity and militarism, amid recent strikes across Europe, from German metalworkers and British rail workers to Romanian autoworkers—that the EU is seeking to set up the censorship of the Internet and social media.

Facebook and Sri Lankan government collaborate on social media censorship: here.

“Facebook didn’t seem to care I was being sexually harassed until I decided to write about it.”

Tony Blair against Brexit, Ramones parody song

This 21 February 2018 parody music video from Britain is called The Remoans – “Britsleave Bop”.

It is a parody of the song Blitzkrieg Bop by the Ramones.

Tony Blair takes lead vocal duties on this new Brexit-bashing single from The Remoans.’

The lyrics are:

They’re foaming at the mouth now
Their eyes are swivelling round
Devaluing the pound
The Britsleave Bop

They’re scoffing at the experts
Not listening to lectures
Endangering the sectors
The Britsleave Bop

Ho hey, let’s stay
Stop them in their tracks now
What they want, I don’t know
As long as it’s hard and we definitely go

They’re foaming at the mouth now
Their eyes are swivelling round
Devaluing the pound
The Britsleave Bop