FASCISM RISING; Greece, State Run Media Shutdown For Austerity, ‘Public TV Only Goes Dark During Coups & Foreign Occupations’, EU Denies Involvement

June 14, 2013 by  
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“What we experienced yesterday was unprecedented, not only for Greece but for all of Europe.  Public television goes dark only in two circumstances: when a country is occupied by foreign forces or when there is a coup. – Alexis Tsipras, SYRIZA Party Leader

“They want to shut down ERT in order to manipulate the media as it suits them.  They want to take full control all the mass media.” – Yiorgos Savvides, Greek Journalists’ Union Confederation


(AE) – The next thing to occur in Greece will be the government claiming that they can no longer afford to print Greek language school books, and the children will have to learn to speak German!!

If such a thing to were to occur, and that was a joke, the Golden Dawn neo Nazi fascists would cheer it on as nationalistic (while playing German music), just as the Golden Dawn is currently cheering on the destruction of the Greek public broadcasting ERT.

This is part of the EU’s moves to “control” all European media, in every country… to “control” the narrative, to “censor” ALL information… as all EU member states fall like economic dominoes, and get absorbed into the new Holy Roman Empire 4.0 (ie, The Fourth Reich).

Here are videos of the latest EU stripping of Greece…


2013.6.11 Shock & Disbelief At Greek Shutdown Of ERT (Euronews, youtube.com):


The Greek government’s decision to pull the plug on the country’s public broadcaster is one of its most drastic measures yet to pare down Greek public institutions as part of austerity measures.
It is a move which has angered journalists, politicians and unions alike.

“It is an incomprehensible act.  I don’t believe it is happening in a democratic country, as I don’t believe that that something like that has happened in any democratic country,” said journalist Stella Papapopoulou.

Yiorgos Savvides, of the Greek Journalists’ Union Confederation believed the government had a wider agenda:

“They want to shut down ERT in order to manipulate the media as it suits them. They want to take full control all the mass media.”

With two parties within the government’s three party coalition opposing the move this could be a major test for Prime Minister Antonis Samaras.

Our correspondent Stamatis Giannisis who was in Athens said:

“The government’s decision to close down the public broadcaster has caused the most serious split so far in the in three party coalition government.  But the closing down of ERT is only the tip of the iceberg as there are also plans to shut down or to amalgamate a large number of so called public sector companies. ”  [Privatization, at bargain basement prices, for total EU control. – Joel]


2013.6.12 Journalists Strike As EU Didn’t ‘Order’ Greece TV Shutdown (Euronews, youtube.com):


Greek journalists are staging a 24-hour walk out in response to the government shutdown of the public service TV station ERT.

In one of the most dramatic public sector closures to shore up Greek finances and meet bailout terms, ERT made its last broadcast at midnight on Tuesday just hours after the shutdown was announced. More than 2,700 lost their jobs as a result of the executive order.

Journalists deem the move as a form of censorship.

“In an anti-constitutional, anti-democratic, and fascist, I could well say – way, this government wanted to shut down public radio and television.  It’s a world first,” declared Panagiotis Kalfayiannis, President of the ERT Workers’ Union.

One of the bailout partners, the EU, has faced criticism over the measures taken, but they responded by saying they did not seek ERT’s closure.

Residents in Athens could hardly believe that ERT has been taken off air.

“It is inconceivable for a country belonging to the EU in 2013 to not have a government channel, a public source of information,” claimed one young Athens resident.

Another resident added: “What about people in the far-off Greek islands and Crete people? Will they have to listen to Turkish news now?”

In response, the Greek government have announced a slimmed down ERT could be re-opened within a matter of weeks.

Journalists threatened to strike until the ‘gag on information’ is lifted, with print media due to join in on Thursday.


2013.6.13 Greek Public Sector On 24hr Strike Over Broadcaster Closure (rt.com):

Supporters of the broadcaster see the sudden shutdown as a “coup-like move… to gag unbiased information.”

“What we experienced yesterday was unprecedented, not only for Greece but for all of Europe,” left wing leader Alexis Tsipras said as he addressed protesting ERT workers.  “Public television goes dark only in two circumstances: when a country is occupied by foreign forces or when there is a coup.”





FASCISM RISING; EU Starts Media Censorship, Orders Satellite Network To Block 19 Iranian Radio & TV Stations

October 16, 2012 by  
Filed under Featured, Media, Police State, World

The EU’s Nobel Peace Prize does not include “freedom of the press”, or factor in their unprovoked aggression towards other countries like Libya, Syria, Iran, etc.

The EU is an ultra fascist conglomerate, and completely undemocratic… this new media ban is the perfect demonstration of that fact since none of the EU members have any say in this decision, or any ability to stop it… a very, very, very dangerous power placed in the hands of a few.


2012.10.16 ‘EU Ban On Iran Media Step Towards Military Intervention’ (EU Orders Satellite Network To Block Iranian Media As New Sanctions Hit; RT Interviews Chris Bambery) (youtube.com):


Nineteen Iranian state-run TV and radio stations have been taken off air in the
EU. The decision by a leading satellite provider comes as European officials
imposed new sanctions against Tehran.


John Waters on “Free Speech” (Adult Contents)

May 10, 2012 by  
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The Baltimore Icon and celebrated film director, John Waters of “Hairspray” and “bad taste” fame, shared his views on the controversial issue of “Free Speech” in our society and its limits. His comments were part of a “Symposium on Free Speech,” cosponsored by the Maryland Institute College of Arts (MICA) and the Maryland branch of the ACLU, on September 17, 2007, in Baltimore, MD. Mr. Waters recalled his many problems with the now defunct Maryland Film Censor Board getting his early movie classics publicly presented; the heroics of “Grove Press” in its censorship battles over banned books; and, generally, the matter of “Freedom of the Press” in this country. Before a capacity audience, Mr. Waters, who is also an author, standup comic and lecturer, touched on subjects as varied as: Lenny Bruce; objecting to Spiro T. Agnew; Pro Peace protesters at the Pentagon; “Red Necks;” cigarette ads; movie ratings; the Internet; “The Block” in Baltimore City; ex-Maryland Governor Harry Roe Hughes; MICA; and the atheist, the late Madalyn Murray O’Hair, who he said: “loved being hated.” In his talk, Mr. Waters also traced the history of how certain words have been held to be obscene, but that after a period of time, those very same words have found their way into the mainstream as a result of the evolving community standards.
©Bill Hughes,2012

Paypal, Credit Cards and Government Censorship by Proxy?

March 3, 2012 by  
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As you all know, I am an independent author. It is my way of trying to make a living in a slow jobs market that shows no sign of ever getting any better as the powers that be continue to exercise the policies that brought about the financial disaster in the first place. I work hard to produce written content that people will want to read. I work hard to produce value in the story telling field, as well as working to express my feelings of how a free society should act. I work hard on my own even though I am most days not paid a penny, even though there is no guarantee I will ever see one dime from my hard work. If nothing else, I do try. Something has happened recently that threatens even this most modest means of trying to earn a living. Read more

Low-wage Facebook contractor leaks secret censorship list

February 23, 2012 by  
Filed under Media


Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg, giving a presentation. Photo: AFP.

A secret list curated by social network giant Facebook was published online recently after an employee for one of the company’s third-world contractors, upset at his poor working conditions and meager wage, decided to fight back.

The document reveals exactly what Facebook’s censorship brigade looks for on the social network, which boasts over 850 million users spanning the globe.

Referred to internally as the “bible,” the list prioritizes deletion of materials pertaining to Holocaust denial, graphic nudity, depictions of any sexual fetish, racial slurs and bullying — all of which are unsurprising — but a few of the other entries are raising eyebrows.

Namely, female nipples or even the impressions of nipples under clothing are unacceptable to Facebook censors, whereas male nipples are fine. Images of breast feeding, too, are forbidden if they show an exposed nipple. “Crushed heads” and mutilated limbs are also fine, so long as the person posting such images does not express delight and no internal organs are visible. The list specifically says that on this point, no exceptions would be made for news media.

Also verboten: images of bodily fluids, including ear wax and pus; dead animals; advocacy of violence; advocacy of eating disorders; racial jokes where “the humor is not evident”; and “any photoshopped images of people, whether negative, positive or neutral”; “pixelated or black-barred content showing nudity or sexual activity”; “digital/cartoon nudity”; and images of drunk or sleeping people with “things drawn on their faces.”

All that aside, images depicting marijuana use are fine, unless an individual appears to be growing, buying or selling the drug. “Art nudity” is okay, and so are videos of schoolyard fights — unless the video was posted with the intent to humiliate another user.

The list’s disclosure by gossip blog Gawker marks the first time that the public has been given a glimpse at the inner-workings of the planet’s largest social network.

Facebook has long been criticized by free speech activists for barring images of breast feeding and deleting accounts created by Palestinian resistance groups, but since it is a private company, Facebook is allowed to obstruct virtually any content it wishes.

The list also shines a light on Facebook’s darker underbelly: how it uses third-world laborers to police first-world content.

Amine Derkaoui, the 21-year-old Moroccan who leaked the document, claimed he was hired by a firm Facebook uses to outsource content policing, only to be paid $1 an hour for his efforts.

“They are just exploiting the third world,” he told Gawker.

Facebook’s media relations department did not respond to a request for comment.

Facebook’s application for an initial public offering (IPO) on the U.S. stock markets was valued earlier this month at somewhere between $75 billion and $100 billion, making it the largest IPO request ever. Shares in the company are expected to go up for sale later this year. Facebook said it made over $3.71 billion in 2011, largely from advertising fees.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.