May 20, 2018
Oh wow, here’s a story about a group of people using the term “fake news” to crack down on dissident speech.
Finally, this issue that threatens to destroy freedom of speech in America is being addressed by the American media.
Regrettably, they are addressing the issue as it affects some shithole in Africa no one cares about.
Kenya’s President, Uhuru Kenyatta, has signed into law a bill that criminalizes abuse on social media and the spread of false information. According to Reuters, the bill allows for a fine of up to $50,000, two years of jail time, or both, to be imposed on any person who intentionally publishes false information.
The act, according to a statement posted on the president’s official website on Wednesday, “provides for timely and effective detection, prohibition, prevention, response, investigation and prosecution of computer and cybercrimes.” It is called the Computer Misuse and Cybercrimes Act 2018, and its scope is large: The bill covers activity from cyber-bullying to child pornography, false publications and illegal monitoring of data.
The full text of the bill is not yet available on the parliament of Kenya’s website, but the official transcript of debate on the bill during an afternoon session on April 26 is.
After the bill was passed by Kenya’s National Assembly, the Committee to Protect Journalists issued a statement urging Kenyatta not to sign it into law. Apollo Mboya, former chief executive of the Law Society of Kenya, told the CPJ that the parts of the law that criminalize the spread of false information would also leave room for the Kenyan government to target journalists it disagrees with.
Okay, so, I’m able to accept that a government cracking down on dissident media is different than monopolistic private companies doing it.
But that difference is abstract.
Asking “what is the difference?” would almost be a philosophical question.
In practical reality, having your speech silenced by the government or a private company leads to the same result: your speech is silenced.
Yes, Kenya is saying they’re going to fine or put people in jail, and that is different than simply banning their site. But the end goal is the same – to create a chilling effect.
Monopolistic companies that are colluding to silence the Daily Stormer and others under the battle cry of “fake news” and/or “hate speech” are not only doing this for the immediate purpose of silencing us, but to send a message to everyone else on the internet that they better not cross the lines I’ve crossed, or they’re going to pay.
Less direct that a fine or a prison sentence, but the same thing.
I am also the target of multiple SLAPP lawsuits, which are costing me hundreds of thousands of dollars.
A strategic lawsuit against public participation (SLAPP) is a lawsuit that is intended to censor, intimidate, and silence critics by burdening them with the cost of a legal defense until they abandon their criticism or opposition. Such lawsuits have been made illegal in many jurisdictions on the grounds that they impede freedom of speech.
The typical SLAPP plaintiff does not normally expect to win the lawsuit. The plaintiff’s goals are accomplished if the defendant succumbs to fear, intimidation, mounting legal costs, or simple exhaustion and abandons the criticism. In some cases, repeated frivolous litigation against a defendant may raise the cost of directors and officers liability insurance for that party, interfering with an organization’s ability to operate. A SLAPP may also intimidate others from participating in the debate.
The cases are openly SLAPP suits, in that the plaintiffs explicitly state that their goal is to shut down my freedom of speech.
It’s really sickening to me that the media is even willing to mention the words “free speech” at this point. Because it is the media that is directly responsible for justifying the shut down of dissident speech in America, while organizing that campaigns in partnership with the SPLC and ADL.
It’s like Israel talking about “human rights” while they open fire on protesters with live ammo.
Why is this:
Different than this: