Harvard’s Fake Guide to Fake News Sites

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Is this what parents pay $63,000 annually for tuition, room, board and fees – so their children can be ill-served and ill-taught?

Following the 2014 Obama administration Kiev coup, replacing democracy with fascist dictatorship, Harvard expressed concern about nonexistent “Russian aggression.” Some faculty members called for US military intervention.

Not a word about US-supported putschists seizing power. Nothing about the most brazen European coup since Mussolini’s 1922 march on Rome.

No explanation about a scheme orchestrated in Washington. Silence about a major crisis in Europe’s heartland still ongoing. Trump inherited Obama’s mess, so far not indicating clearly where he stands on Ukraine.

Harvard is at it again. It’s University Library published a fake guide to “fake news, misinformation, and propaganda.”

It recommends using FactCheck.org, Politifact, Snopes.com, Washington Post Fact Checker, and other self-styled fact-checkers, biased against truth-telling on all major issues, acting as censors, trashing reliable alternative sources of news, information and analysis.

It endorses sanitized content acceptable to America’s deep state, abandoning support for speech, media and academic freedoms.

It recommended “tips for analyzing news sources.” Ignore them. Common sense is the best guide, along with distrusting and avoiding media scoundrels. They’re paid to lie, deceive and feature fake news – what powerful interests want people to know, what’s most important suppressed.

Harvard published a list of hundreds of sites it calls “bias(ed),” “conspira(torial),” “unreliable,” “fake,” and otherwise mislabeled.

Some I’m familiar with are reliable sources, (polar opposite media scoundrels paid to lie), including:

21st Century Wire

Activist Post

Antiwar.com

Before Its News.com

Black Agenda Report

Boiling Frogs Post

Common Dreams

Consortium News

Corbett Report

Countercurrents

CounterPunch

David Stockman Contracorner

Fort Russ

Freedoms Phoenix

Global Research

The Greanville Post

Information Clearing House

Intellihub

Intrepid Report

Lew Rockwell

Market Oracle

Mint Press News

Moon of Alabama

Naked Capitalism

Natural News

Nomi Prins

Off-Guardian

Paul Craig Roberts

Pravda.ru

Rense

Rinf

Ron Paul Institute

Ruptly TV

Russia-Insider

Sgt Report

ShadowStats

Shift Frequency

SJLendman.blogspot.com – my alma mater recommends avoiding my writing; new articles posted daily; featuring truth-telling on major issues

Solari

Sott.net

South Front

Sputnik News

Strategic Culture.org

The Anti-Media

The Duran

The Intercept

The People’s Voice

The Saker

The Sleuth Journal

Third World Traveler

Voltairenet

What Really Happened

Who What Why

WikiLeaks

Zero Hedge

These and other sites Harvard’s Library urges avoiding are ones readers should rely on – avoiding The New York Times, Washington Post, CNN and other fake news proliferators.

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All the Fake News That’s Fit to Print

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Understanding the complex relationships that make up human endeavors permeates every aspect of society and politics. The ability to be informed about events is a basic motivation to search out news about what is exactly happening in the world we all live in. Journalism purports to report the first draft of history. In practice the press and media coverage is systemically bereft of relevant facts and completely void of objectivity. The currency of the realm is trust for all journalists. Their collective credibility is bankrupt for a very simple reason; their newscasts are based upon lies, newspeak and intentional deception.

Carlin Romano in We Need ‘Philosophy of Journalism’, asks an essential question that is not at all addressed by the Fourth Estate: “How can it be that journalism and philosophy, the two humanistic intellectual activities that most boldly (and some think obnoxiously) vaunt their primary devotion to truth, are barely on speaking terms?”

Essentially, every component of the mainstream media multiplex is foremost a business. The business model is to operate under the aegis of monopolies. Even a casual observation of the interlocking ownership must acknowledge that the concentration of likeminded Oligopolists are in unison to construct a consortium of predisposed narratives that has nothing to do with seeking the truth.

When the term Pressitude is used to characterize the profession, the uninformed or limited literate news consumers often find comfort in turning on their network disinformation program. Those who take pride in obtaining their news from the New York Times and the Washington Post rely upon a different motivation. Their aversion to any source that contradicts the establishment worldview is so painful to consider that they adopt a feeble rationalization for self-preservation, which demands rejection of any argument, verifiable facts or documented evidence that challenges their scripted storyline of reality.

The example of Sharyl Attkisson and Judith Miller, have been treated differently by their own employers. The first demonstrating courageous investigative reporting; whereas the second produced a fabricated account that deceived the public about nonexistent WMD. Attkisson was ostracized, while Miller is now a Fox News contributor.

Miller’s Pulitzer Prize, awarded while employed by the NYT is no badge of honor. The term “Yellow Journalism” is most closely associated with Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst. Their sensational newspapers and extra editions shared the “Fake News” prototype. What once was conveyed by a cartoon image is now a 24/7 cable news cycle. This century is different, but the spin and outright lies follow the same pattern of misinformation. Deception, falsification and distortion are absorbed as nonchalantly as a My Pillow advertisement that inundates the propaganda that masquerades as news.

The orthodox version is that American media journalism under the guidance of William S. Paley CBS, set the highest standard for news reporting. Names like Edward R. Murrow, Elmer Davis, William L. Shirer, Charles Collingwood, Howard K. Smith and Eric Sevareid are icons in the industry. For those who contend that this era invented “The most trusted man in America” Walter Cronkite, one must not forget that the broadcast news division ran budget deficits, while the parent network was most profitable.

Yet for all the celebrated accolades that CBS News coveted, the underlying message behind the script was Edward Bernays’ propaganda. Fast forward to the internet age and you find that the one-time news bureaus no longer control their monopoly over the news cycle.

Immediacy in information dissemination no longer guarantees accuracy in the report anymore then corporatist editing ensures the believability of the popularly accepted viewpoint. Nevertheless, the predominance originator of “Fake News” comes from a far more sinister source; government brainwashing.

Indeed, at the very core of vast news media apparatus are state sponsored operatives and embeds. Any pretense that there is any independence within establishment media outlets is a symptom of the chronic idiocy within the popular culture. Inserting the government fake news version using unreliable sources to shape an echo chamber of official fiction is the paradigm for mass indoctrination.

Controlling gatekeepers to filter out any conflicting accounts uses both covert and overt censorship. The flagship news purveyors devote their resources to discredit genuine freelance reporting from any ideological perspectives. MSM has the mission to smear any alternative news source and label them as disrepute journalists.

The American Press Institute states that Journalism’s first obligation is to the truth. Then refines this criterion by adding conditionality to the standard: “Journalism does not pursue truth in an absolute or philosophical sense, but in a capacity that is more down to earth”.

By inserting a subjective value element, any reasonable expectation that the work product is trustworthy is suspect. It becomes the task of the reader or viewer to critically analyze the underlying bias and intention to inculcate the culture.  When Marshall McLuhan coined the phrase, “The medium is the message”; foreseeing the extent of the newspeak affixed within the medium was not fully appreciated.

Corporations select journalists for their adherence to nihilism in reporting. Denial of objective facts and practicing deception by generating fake news has produced generations of naïve, ill-informed and confused souls. Placing a purdah veil over the heads of trendy clones, foster the shearing of the sheeple society.

Escaping this planet of press corps apes requires a withdrawal from the sophism. The coordinated accusations of “Fake News” attacks by the dinosaur media upon autonomous internet reporting is a sure sign that suppressing truth to power is the only storyline that matters to these secular relativists and muckraking crusaders to maintain their stranglehold on headline sound bites.

The selection agenda which determines what constitutes news is an editorial function that bears witness to the parameters for public conditioning. All other reporting is declared as conspiracy. Even a casual assessment of the foreign press provides a contrast to the perception spin machine from K Street or Madison Avenue. As the monopoly media manipulation resorts to their faux news narrative, astute observers understand that their broadcast lies are the real Fake News.

We’ve seen how grassroots journalism by blogs has had an impact at various points politically, as ordinary people have amplified stories that were being ignored by the traditional press.

– Jimmy Wales

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Is Trump A Free Press Threat?

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Claiming Trump threatens press freedom flies in the face of reality. Accusations without evidence have no credibility.

Media most Americans rely on for news and information are controlled, not free – propaganda, not legitimate journalism on major world and national issues, including deplorable US electoral coverage.

In a Thursday statement, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) shamelessly accused him of “consistently betray(ing) First Amendment values.”

“On October 6, (its) board of directors passed a resolution declaring (him) an unprecedented threat to the rights of journalists and to CPJ’s ability to advocate for press freedom around the world.”

“Since the beginning of his candidacy, Trump has insulted and vilified the press and has made his opposition to the media a centerpiece of his campaign.”

“Trump has routinely labeled the press as ‘dishonest’ and ‘scum’ and singled out individual news organizations and journalists.”

The New York Times wages daily war on Trump – along with other media scoundrels, an unprecedented assault, inventing ways to vilifying him.

Its latest editorial broadside headlined Donald Trump vs. a Free Press,” shamelessly called him “as ignorant about constitutional law as he is about every other matter pertinent to the nation’s highest office.”

Scoffing at his calling The Times “libelous,” “reckless,” “defamatory,” and “politically-motivated…to defeat (his) candidacy” ignores its disgraceful one-sided reporting throughout the campaign. The same holds for all US media scoundrels.

Trump justifiably attacked a media machine mobilized against him, vilifying him relentlessly, mocking what legitimate journalism is supposed to be all about – in contrast to press agent reporting for Hillary, actively promoting her candidacy.

On World Press Freedom Day last May, John Kerry ignored US double standards, saying “no government…can fairly claim respect if its citizens are not allowed to say what they believe or denied the right to learn about events and decisions that affect their lives.”

Earlier the State Department “call(ed) on all governments to protect the universal human right of freedom of expression.”

Under Bush and Obama, America became the most secretive, intrusive, freedom-destroying government in US history.

Tyranny replaced constitutional rights. Journalists and whistleblowers exposing government wrongdoing risk prosecution and imprisonment.

Obama’s Justice Department used the long ago outdated 1917 Espionage Act to prosecute more whistleblowers than all his predecessors combined.

Compromised free expression endangers all other rights. Big Brother surveillance watches everyone. Privacy rights no longer exist – nor other constitutionally guaranteed ones.

Powerful interests control media in America, turning press freedom into mind-manipulating propaganda.

Speaking in West Palm Beach, FL on Thursday, Trump was right, saying America’s “corrupt political establishment…is the greatest power behind the efforts at radical globalization and the disenfranchisement of working people.”

“Their financial resources are virtually unlimited, their political resources are unlimited, their media resources are unmatched, and most importantly, the depths of their immorality is absolutely unlimited.”

He highlighted the “illusion of democracy,” things controlled “by a small handful of global special interests rigging the system.”

“The corporate media in our country are no longer involved in journalism. They’re a political special interest (mobilized) to elect crooked Hillary at any cost, at any price, no matter how many lives they destroy.”

He called attacks on him “absolutely hurtful,” publicly smearing him, saying anything to undermine his campaign.

They’ve been effective. With November 8 approaching, Hillary looks almost certain to become America’s 45th president. Her ascension to power should terrify everyone.

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Shock Decision: FBI Investigates FBI, FBI Finds FBI Not Guilty Of Wrong-Doing

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In a clearcut case of the fox investigating a breach into the henhouse, the FBI has reviewed their own use of deception and deemed it perfectly fine. Sometimes you’d swear they’re just making fun of us.

Operation Mockingbird gives the FBI the green light to go ahead and impersonate journalists in an attempt to gather evidence in undercover operations. While this could seem minor, it’s just another shove down the slippery slope to a totalitarian state and another nail in the coffin of due process.

This is obviously going to cause trust issues with people that were once willing to talk to the media, mainstream or alternative in the future, something the Department of Justice itself points out in its review of Operation Mockingbird. What a subtle way to discourage whistleblowers from telling the truth about any issue that implicates the government or law enforcement.

This all stems from 2007 when a member of the FBI impersonated an AP journalist. A Seattle student sent out a series of bomb threats by email but the police couldn’t trace the threats back to him as he was using proxy servers so local law enforcement requested help from the FBI.

The cyber crime task force identified the source and contacted the kid via email. In the email, there was a link to a fake news site that resembled the Seattle Times. The FBI agent was posing as an editor for the Associated Press.

The ruse came to light four years later in 2011 after a Freedom of Information request by the Electronic Frontier Foundation led to an American Civil Liberties Union worker discovering the information completely by chance.

The FBI have stuck to the same lame line from day one: they did nothing wrong. James Comey, Director of the FBI and accessory friend to Hillary Clinton,  stated, “We do use deception at times to catch crooks, but we are acting responsibly and legally.” (source)

He even sent a letter to the New York Times outlining why he felt that the FBI was acting lawfully. You can read it in full here.

Speaking against the finding, AP said:

“The Associated Press is deeply disappointed by the Inspector General’s findings, which effectively condone the FBI’s impersonation of an AP journalist in 2007. Such action compromises the ability of a free press to gather the news safely and effectively and raises serious constitutional concerns.” (source)

The review concludes that the impersonation of journalists by the FBI is acceptable and page 23 lays it out quite clearly:

The FBI’s June 2016 interim policy on undercover activities that involve agents posing as members of the news media is an important and appropriate addition to the policies the Department previously implemented to regulate certain law enforcement activities that affect members of the news media.

Page 24 completes the Department of Justice stance:

“We believe the new interim policy on undercover activities that involve FBI employees posing as members of the news media is a significant improvement to FBI policies that existed.”

A significant improvement. Right. Okay.

Where will this stop?

That journalistic integrity (such as it is) and trust will be perceived differently by the public from this point on is bad enough, but it could get far, far worse. Go with me on a little mental journey here, because we all know if we give an inch, law enforcement and the government take a mile.

What happens when the FBI decides it’s okay to impersonate a doctor in order to be right there in the hospital in case a suspect says something of note?

Maybe we should accept an agent impersonating a trainee midwife so they can be present when a suspect’s baby is getting delivered. You never know when something important might be said between contractions.

What if they decide to impersonate a counselor or mental health professional?

What if they go into the confessional and impersonate a priest?

Sure, it sounds extreme, but once a ruling is passed, a second ruling becomes easier and before you know it, we’ll have a whole lot more than constantly being surveilled on cameras to worry about.

 Before you tell me, “It’s for our own safety” or “If you aren’t doing anything wrong, you don’t have anything to worry about” take a moment to consider two quotes credited to Cardinal Richelieu in the 1600s.

We may employ artifice to deceive a rival, anything against our enemies.

and

If you give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest of men, I will find something in them which will hang him.

Is that really okay with you? Is that the kind of world you want to live in?  Innocent people are entrapped, and the protection of the Constitution becomes null and void.

When law enforcement is unfettered by rules and standards, you end up with the type of corruption that results in cities being burned to the ground in retaliation.

It’s a slippery slope, and we’re already 3/4 of the way down it.

Article originally published at DaisyLuther.com

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Amazing Media Self-Indictment

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Rupert Murdoch’s New Corp-owned New York Post calls itself “America’s oldest continuously published newspaper,” founded in 1801 by Alexander Hamilton, today a far cry from its roots.

The Columbia Journalism Review earlier called it “no longer merely a journalistic problem. It is a social problem – a force for evil.”

It should have described all major US print and electronic media the same way – providing all propaganda rubbish all the time on issues mattering most, especially geopolitical ones and electoral politics.

They represent a collective shame of the nation, deplorable scoundrels, substituting presstitution for legitimate journalism.

On August 21, the Post amazingly headlined “American journalism is collapsing before our eyes,” saying:

“The frenzy to bury Trump is not limited to the Clinton campaign and the Obama White House. They are working hand in hand with what was considered the cream of the nation’s news organizations.”

“The shameful display of naked partisanship by the elite media is unlike anything seen in modern America.”

Most major broadsheets, other corporate owned publications, broadcasters and cable channels “jettisoned all pretense of fair play. Their fierce determination to keep Trump out of the Oval Office has no precedent.”

“By torching its remaining credibility in service of Clinton, the mainstream media’s reputations will likely never recover, nor will the standards.”

“No future producer, editor, reporter or anchor can be expected to meet a test of fairness when that standard has been trashed in such willful and blatant fashion.”

Strong stuff, entirely accurate from a broadsheet with a tainted reputation. Murdoch’s world is pockmarked with demagoguery, propaganda, scandal, sleaze and warmongering.

Last April, the Post endorsed Trump, calling him “a potential superstar of vast promise,” able to “electrif(y) the public…inspiring people who’d given up on ever again having a candidate who’d fight for them. (He) offers the best hope for all Americans who rightly feel betrayed by the political class.”

Hardly an honest assessment about a wannabe president whose sole redeeming feature is not being Hillary.

The Post has an ax to grind. It’s not pleased about the near-one-sided media support for her – and rightfully so.

I’ve followed presidential races since Truman/Dewey in 1948. Never before were major media so scandalously for one aspirant over the other as today – mocking legitimate coverage.

Hillary’s high crimes are suppressed. A blizzard of anti-Trump broadsides attack him daily – vicious stuff, much of it distorted misinformation, character assassination at its worst, political warfare like never before in US presidential races.

Trump is right saying he’s running more against media opposing him than Hillary, believing things are rigged for her to succeed Obama.

Media scoundrels serve entrenched, not public, interests.

The state of the nation today is more deplorable than ever. Media scoundrel misinformation and Big Lies highlight how bad things are, making street whores look good by comparison.

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Ukraine’s War On Press Freedom

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In February 2014, Washington replaced democracy in Ukraine with Nazi-infested fascist dictatorship. Ruthlessness triumphed over freedom, equity and justice.

The State Department’s 2015 country report on human rights said Ukraine “suffer(s) from corruption and deficiencies in the administration of justice.”

“Human rights groups and the UN noted there were few investigations into human rights abuses committed by security forces.”

“(T)he Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) and Ministry of Internal Affairs operate(s) with impunity. Corruption in the Prosecutor General’s Office and the judiciary was of particular concern.”

Human rights violations include beating, torturing and otherwise “abus(ing) of persons in custody.” Authorities “or (their) agents committed arbitrary or unlawful (politically motivated arrests and) killings,” detainees denied due process and habeas rights.

Kiev fails to uphold “freedom of speech and (the) press.” Measures introduced “banned or blocked information, media outlets, or individual journalists deemed a threat (sic) to national security (or) expressed positions authorities believed undermined” official state policy.

Russia’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova calls Ukraine “a mass grave of journalists and journalism” – expressing outrage over the murder of Pavel Sheremet in Kiev.

“He was a professional who was not afraid to tell different authorities at different times all that he thinks of them. He was respected for that,” said Zakharova, his truth-telling leaving him vulnerable.

In 1999, he received the Committee to Protect Journalists International Press Freedom Award – in 2002, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s Prize for Journalism and Democracy.

A car-bombing assassination silenced him. He worked for Ukrainskaya Pravda and Vesti radio at the time.

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Two Turkish Newspapermen Convicted Of The Crime Of Journalism

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A rubber-stamp Istanbul court sentenced Cumhuriyet’s editor-in-chief Can Dundar and its Ankara bureau chief Erdem Gul to five years, ten months and five years imprisonment respectively on the phony charge of revealing state secrets.

Acquitted of espionage and plotting to overthrow the regime, they remain free pending appeal, Dundar saying “(w)e will continue to do our job as journalists, despite all these attempts to silence us. We have to preserve courage in our country.”

They reported hard truths of regime wrongdoing, high crimes against peace, evidence proving Ankara intelligence smuggled weapons to ISIS and other terrorist groups in Syria.

Last November in court, Dundar said he and Gul “came to defend journalism…to defend the right of the public to obtain the news and their right to know if their government is feeding them lies.”

“We came here to show and to prove that governments cannot engage in illegal activity and defend this.”

Erdogan tolerates no criticism, no dissent, no revelations about his criminal activities. Both men were imprisoned pending trial, held three months largely in solitary confinement.

In late February, Turkey’s constitutional court (its highest judicial authority) ordered them released, ruling their rights were violated.

Erdogan said they’d be tried anyway, promising they’d “pay a heavy price.” At the time, Dundar said he and Gul would challenge his war on press and judicial freedom “till the end (so) people…learn the truth.”

Hours before sentencing, he survived an attempt on his life outside the court. A likely regime hitman opened fire on him several times before police intervened – either attempting to kill or intimidate him.

Dundar was unharmed. NTV reporter Yagiz Senkal was lightly wounded. In response to the day’s events, Dundar said “(i)n the space of two hours, we have experienced two assassination attempts: one…with a gun, the other…judicial.”

“The jail sentences we received are not just to silence us. The bullet was not just to silence us. This was done to all of us, to scare us into silence, to make us stop talking.”

Both men face a separate trial on charges of “assist(ing) an armed terror organization.” They’re accused of collaborating with exiled former Erdogan ally turned critic Fethullah Gulen.

Regime critics and journalists exposing its high crimes risk imprisonment or assassination.

Turkey is a NATO member, Erdogan a valued US and EU ally – his high crimes overlooked. Imperial priorities matter more.

 

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Turkey Banning Foreign Journalists

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Erdogan escalated war on press freedom. The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) accused him of increasingly banning entry to foreign journalists, expelling others.

Sputnik News Turkey bureau chief Tural Kerimov is the 10th foreign correspondent banned in the last six months.

A border control officer seized his press card and residence permit, called him persona non grata, and deported him to Russia.

Russian Union of Journalists (RUJ) secretary general Nadezda Azhgikhina issued a statement, saying:

“The rights of the journalists in Turkey is an issue which had been concerning international organizations seriously for a long time.”

“The recent incidents, meaning the deportation of the Russian journalist (Kerimov) and the access denial for the Russia(’s) Sputnik News (are) clear violation(s) of international norms.”

Deporting its bureau chief comes a week after its Turkish language web site was shut down for spurious reasons – censorship by any standard.

On April 19, Cairo correspondent for Germany’s ARD television, Volker Schwenk was banned from entry into Turkey at its border.

Deutsche Journalistinnen und Journalisten Union in ver.di managing director Cornelia Hass called the way Turkey treats media workers “totally unacceptable.” She demanded free access to the country for journalists seeking it to do their jobs, and no hostile actions taken against others already there.

On Saturday, Greek journalist Giorgos Moutafis was denied entry after landing in Istanbul and sent back to Athens.

“I was told at the passport control that my name was on a blacklist and that I’m not allowed to enter Turkey,” he said. “Then my passport was taken from me until the early morning.”

“I had to spend the night in a room in the airport. The reasons why I’m on this list were not explained to me.”

He’s a distinguished international journalist and filmmaker, recipient of the 2014 Reporters Without Borders Press Freedom Award.

He’s currently working on the refugee crisis, Turkey bribed by Brussels to warehouse huge numbers EU officials want kept out of their countries. He also reported on Erdogan’s war on Turkish Kurds – key reasons why he was targeted.

On Monday, US journalist David Lepeska was deported back home without explanation. On Saturday, Dutch journalist Ebru Umar was detained, her laptop seized for tweets criticizing Erdogan.

Released last Sunday, she tweeted “(f)ree but under country arrest” – required to report regularly to authorities, prevented from moving freely to do her job.

Turkey imprisons more journalists than any other country. Anyone criticizing Erdogan or exposing regime wrongdoing faces charges ranging from insulting the president to terrorism, espionage and/or treason.

US and other Western officials ignore his high crimes, business as usual continuing with him normally.

 

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Turkey’s War On Free Expression

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Journalists, academics, public figures, human rights activists, even young children criticizing regime policy risk imprisonment on charges ranging from insulting the president to terrorism, espionage or treason.

Turkey imprisons more journalists than any other country. Istanbul-based Zaman and its English language edition, Today’s Zaman, is the nation’s largest circulation broadsheet.

On Friday, Erdogan seized control of its operations, continuing his war on free expression, tolerating no dissent, wanting critical voices silenced – using state prosecutors and rubber-stamp courts to serve his interests.

Press freedom in Turkey sustained another major body blow. New management and staff will replace current personnel. Friday was the last day Zaman and Today’s Zaman could comment freely.

It released a statement, expressing grave concern about what it called “the darkest and gloomiest days in terms of freedom of the press (and) rule of law.”

“Journalists are now frequenting courts, not their newsrooms.” Many are imprisoned for doing their jobs.

“Two TV channels from the opposite ends of the political spectrum, Benguturk TV and İMC TV, have recently been dropped from the state-run communications satellite Turksat” – the same crackdown used against other broadcasters to silence them.

Erdogan ignores constitutional law. Article 26 “safeguards freedom of expression and thought…”

Articles 28 and 30 guarantee freedom of the press, stating:

“A printing house and its annexes, duly established as a press enterprise under law, and press equipment shall not be seized, confiscated or barred from operation on the grounds of having been used in a crime.”

Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights, binding on Turkey, states:

“Everyone has the right to freedom of expression. This right shall include freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart information and ideas without interference by public authority and regardless of frontiers.”

Zaman and Today’s Zaman have been heavily “pressure(d)” by regime authorities “for more than two years,” its now ousted management said – using “accreditation bans, tax inspections, meddling with its advertisers and threats to its readers.”

“We have now been threatened with confiscation through the appointment of trustees. We are deeply concerned about all these developments that undermine Turkey’s democratic performance.”

“We believe the only way out of this nightmarish atmosphere is to return to democracy and the rule of law. We are publishing our concerns to inform the Turkish nation, intellectuals who believe in democracy and the wider world.”

Separately, Zaman reported police in riot gear used tear gas and water cannons on a crowd of supporters, forcibly storming the broadsheet’s offices, scuffling with staff inside.

Zaman’s daily editor-in-chief Abdulhamit Bilici called Friday’s state-ordered assault on press freedom “a black stain” on Turkish history.

Zaman’s editor-in-chief Sevgi Akarcesme said “(p)olice did not let us inside our offices in our own newspaper building. This is pure despotism. They physically blocked me, both men & women,” she tweeted.

Staff inside were ordered out. The order came from Istanbul’s Criminal Court of Peace on request from the chief public prosecutor’s office.

It claimed Zaman follows orders from what it called the “Fethullahist Terrorist Organization/Parallel State Structure (FETO/PDY),” allied with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). Turkey calls it a terrorist organization.

According to Zaman, “(t)his means that the entire management and the editorial board of Feza Media Group companies will be replaced by the three-member board named by the court.”

Addressing a crowd of supporters, editor-in-chief Akarcesme called Friday a “black day for democracy. Today we are experiencing a shameful day for media freedom in Turkey. Our media institutions are being seized…(T)he Constitution has been suspended.”

Washington remains unconcerned. State Department spokesman admiral John Kirby merely calling Friday’s action “troubling” shows contempt for press freedom – stopping well short of condemnation and demanding reinstatement of Zaman’s staff.

A previous article said since August 2014 elections elevated Erdogan from prime minister to president (formerly a ceremonial role), reign of terror governance followed.

He’s been systematically solidifying his grip on power, despotic rule by any standard, seizing Zaman his latest police state action.


Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. His new book is titled “How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion and Class War”. www.claritypress.com/Lendman.html Visit his blog site at www.sjlendman.blogspot.com.

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SC Bill To Register, Determine Competency Of Journalists

By: Brandon Turbeville, Activist Post |

South Carolina has long been known for the ridiculous and off-world bills its State House regularly submits to a vote. Indeed, the residents of the state are routinely subjected to a demonstration of the utter uselessness of the majority of its “representatives” as well as their lack of understanding and concern for civil liberties, Constitutional rights, and the general welfare of the State.

Enter another freedom-shredding bill submitted by the Constitutional non-scholar Mike Pitts, a Republican State House member from Laurens, S.C.

Pitts’ bill would establish a “responsible journalism registry” to be operated by the South Carolina Secretary of State.

The summary of the bill states that it would “establish requirements for persons before working as a journalist for a media outlet and for media outlets before hiring a journalist” as well as establish penalties, fines, and jail sentences for violations. And, of course, “for other purposes.”

H. 4702 also states,

A person seeking to register shall provide all information required by the office including, but not limited to, a criminal record background check, an affidavit from the media outlet attesting to the applicant’s journalistic competence, and an application fee in an amount determined by the office.
(C)    A registration is valid for two years and must be renewed within thirty days of expiration.
(D)(1)  The Secretary of State’s Office may deny, revoke, or refuse to issue or renew a registration if the office finds that the person:
(a)    has filed an application for registration that contains a statement that is false or misleading with respect to a material fact;
(b)    has failed to pay the proper application fee or any other fee or penalty imposed pursuant to this chapter; or
(c)    has failed to comply with any provision of this chapter.
(2)    The Secretary of State’s Office shall deny, revoke, or refuse to issue or renew a registration if a media outlet has determined pursuant to Section 40-85-40 that the person is not competent to be a journalist.
(E)    Upon receipt of the required information and documents, the office within thirty days shall provide a registration to the person for submission to a media outlet or a letter notifying the person of the basis for denying, revoking, or refusing to issue or renew a registration.

It then describes how a journalist will be determined competent (essentially at the whim of the Secretary of State) by stating,

Before working as a journalist for a media outlet in this State, a person shall provide a criminal record background check to the media outlet to determine journalistic competence and register with the South Carolina Responsible Journalism Registry. After registering, the person shall provide a copy of the registration to the media outlet. A person may not work as a journalist until the person provides a copy of a registration to the media outlet.
Section 40-85-40.    (A)    A person is not competent to be a journalist if:
(1)    within the three years before submitting an application for registration, the person has been determined by a court of law to have committed:
(a)    libel, slander, or invasion of privacy; or
(b)    a felony if the underlying offense was committed to collect, write, or distribute news or other current information for a media outlet; or
(2)    as a journalist, the person has demonstrated a reckless disregard of the basic codes and canons of professional journalism associations, including a disregard of truth, accuracy, objectivity, impartiality, fairness, and public accountability, as applicable to the acquisition of newsworthy information and its subsequent dissemination to the public.
(B)    Upon making a determination that a person is competent to be a journalist, the media outlet shall provide the person an affidavit attesting to the person’s journalistic competence for submission to the registry.

Bill Rogers, Executive Director of the S.C. Press Association says that the bill “is ridiculous and totally unconstitutional” and that the government cannot require journalists to register as the First Amendment ensures freedom of the press.

One can only imagine what fit of mental illness provoked Pitts to submit such a bill. After all, Pitts has professed his support of the Second Amendment repeatedly in the past so many might be scratching their heads as to why he is so antagonistic to the First. At this point, we are only left to guess as to why Pitts chose to launch his assault on the freedom of speech, expression, and the press.

Was it because he is bitter over all the negative publicity he has received in recent months and the threat those critical articles may have on his career of parasitism? Did Pitts lose his place while reading the U.S. Constitution and skim over the Bill of Rights? Did Pitts recently travel to Saudi Arabia and realize the Saudis have a better system? Is he suffering from an extended bout of untreated syphilis? Seriously, any of these explanations are as legitimate as the bill itself.

Regardless, Pitts’ bill should promptly be shot down. In fact, H.4702 should only be preceded in death by Pitts’ political career.

Clearly, no one in their right mind would ever support such a piece of legislation (but I didn’t say it wouldn’t pass) and no one in Pitts’ state of mind should ever be allowed to submit it.


Brandon Turbevillearticle archive here – is the author of six books, Codex Alimentarius — The End of Health Freedom, 7 Real Conspiracies, Five Sense Solutions and Dispatches From a Dissident, volume 1 and volume 2, The Road to Damascus: The Anglo-American Assault on Syria, and The Difference it Makes: 36 Reasons Why Hillary Clinton Should Never Be President. Turbeville has published over 500 articles dealing on a wide variety of subjects including health, economics, government corruption, and civil liberties. Brandon Turbeville’s podcast Truth on The Tracks can be found every Monday night 9 pm EST at UCYTV. He is available for radio and TV interviews. Please contact activistpost (at) gmail.com.

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