Think you are entitled to your opinion? Think again.

Did you ever think you would see the day when Social Media would label disagreement with someone else’s opinion  as abusive and harassing behaviour?

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…The chilling language was discovered just days after top feminists went before the United Nations and called on the global body to pressure governments to censor content critical of radical feminism.

Twitter’s official page for reporting harassment and abuse gives users a number of options that characterize the nature of the “abuse”.

One of the options is Twitter posts that are, “Offensive, disrespectful or in disagreement with my opinion.”

Users are then invited to provide the user ID of the account holder they are reporting, as well as further evidence of such “abuse”.

Obviously, the notion that merely disagreeing with someone’s opinion constitutes an act of “abuse” or “harassment” is completely anathema to free speech. The mere fact that this option exists should set alarm bells ringing for those who have warned of an authoritarian purge that threatens to silence voices of dissent on social media.


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It’s illegal for us to buy this NZ book, but the rest of the world can

American publishing house Polis Books plan to publish Into the River, by Ted Dawe, in hardcover and as an e-book after founder Jason Pinter heard about the New Zealand ban.

“Any time a book is banned, all it serves to do is get the book more readers,” he told Radio New Zealand’sMorning Report.

“This is how I heard about the book, to begin with – I was actually on holiday with my family, and it made me want to read the book.”

There are no plans to restrict the age of American readers, although Mr Pinter said Polis would recommend that readers be over 13, as parents tended to buy for their children and might want to be aware of its more sensitive themes.

Why don’t crazies like Family First ever consider the Streisand Effect?  Instead of saving kids from being exposed to material they deem unsuitable, they now have achieved an even greater market for the book.   Read more »

Atheism is the new hate speech


Activist Maryam Namazie was due to make a presentation to Warwick University’s Student Union on October 28, having been by the Warwick Atheists, Secularists and Humanists (WASH) group

Don’t believe in God? Then you are offensive to Muslims. Atheists have unwittingly joined the rather large club of groups of people that are offensive to Muslims. It seems that simply not believing in a higher being is offensive and in the case of Maryam Namazie ‘ highly inflammatory ‘.

The outrageously offensive topics she was intending to discuss in the mistaken belief that there is this thing called Freedom of Speech inside Universities were apostasy, blasphemy and nudity in the age of ISIS.

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Part Three in the Nicky Hager Series: What was left out of the book?

Cameron Slater Journalist and Blogger

Cameron Slater Journalist and Blogger

Like all well informed journalists Cameron has contacts inside every Political Party as well as contacts inside industry and yes even the seedier side of life. He also has an extensive network of contacts within the MSM.

It was very surprising then, that Nicky Hager’s book was missing all of Cameron’s political contacts from parties other than National and all of the journalists he regularly worked with were also excluded.

Why was all this pertinent information missing from an investigation into how political parties use the media and blogs to make themselves look good and their competition look bad?

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That Streisand Effect needs to be renamed to the Streisand Law

Just like Obama sells guns, Bob McCoskrie sells books.

Interest in reading a controversial book has risen in Rotorua after it was slapped with an interim ban.

Award-winning young adult novel, Into the River by Ted Dawe has been pulled from shelves at Rotorua District Library and local bookstores after an order by the Film and Literature Board of Review.

The move comes following a complaint from the conservative lobby group Family First which reportedly objected to the novel’s sexually explicit content, drug use and use of slang for female genitalia.

The interim ban of sale and supply of the 2013 book is the first in the 22-year-history of the Films, Videos and Publications Classification Act 1993.    Read more »

Book banning still alive and well in NZ


Bob McCoskrie is an idiot.

He has moved to have an award winning book banned after it has been on the market for more than two years. Has he not heard of the Streisand Effect? Read more »

REAL censorship in New Zealand media [UPDATED]

United we stand, divided we fall, the surrender of Charlie Hebdo

635669814468278882-050515---Indianapolis-web-only---MohammedArtExhibitCharlie Hebdo has thrown in the towel, they will no longer draw pictures of Muhammad.

Despite the worldwide horror at the massacre at Charlie Hebdo the vast majority of Media outlets acted as if their countries were already under Sharia law and refused to publish any of the satirical cartoons about Islam. If the world’s media had been united in their desire to maintain Freedom of the Press and had stood united with Charlie Hebdo in reality, instead of tweeting meaningless hashtags of solidarity a strong message would have been sent to both the Islamic terrorists and their Moderate Muslim supporters that Sharia Law has no place in Non-Islamic countries and that the Press will not be silenced.

Instead Charlie Hebdo has been hung out to dry. Used as a symbol of all that is courageous and free they have fought a lonely battle for the right to poke fun at ALL religions. A lone bastion of Press Freedom where the heaviest price possible has been paid in the blood of their fellow journalists they have finally capitulated.

I do not blame them as the mental strain and the constant threats on their life would wear down anyone. What I do find unforgivable is that they were left to fight this battle on their own. Where was the united support from the Media in the West? Bastions of free speech? They are Cabals of cowards.

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If she was really taking aim at censorship laws she would abolish them

NBR reports that Amy Adams is taking aim at out-dated censorship laws.

If she was deadly serious she’d move to abolish them altogether.

Archaic classification laws for new media are in the Minister of Broadcasting’s crosshairs.

Following news of the chief censor taking a closer look at the growing video game and online streaming industries, Amy Adams tells NBR ONLINE she has officials from the Ministry of Justice advising her on “possible ways forward to address any issues in this area that may start to arise.”

“It is far from clear how the act applies to online content,” says Ms Adams, who also holds the portfolios of communications, courts and justice.

“Current classification and standards legislation came into effect over 20 years ago so it was inevitable there would come a time when the current regime would need updating.”

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Face of the day

Today’s face of the day has had his life changed forever because of a drawing. A drawing that frankly looks like a child drew it.


I am no art critic but even as a cartoon it doesn’t impress. The offence and push back in reaction to this drawing is obscene in its intensity and violence. Last Saturday an Islamic terrorist in Denmark almost succeeded in ending the artist’s life. Who is this man that now has to lives his life under constant threat of death because of a drawing?


Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks has faced death threats for many years

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