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Trump’s negative attitude towards free speech must not be forgotten

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The NZ Government and TV 3 need to rethink their support of World Vision *UPDATED

We have been contacted by World Vision regarding this post. 

You can read their Press release on the topic here.

Due to the seriousness of the allegations World Vision says that they have already suspended operations in Gaza.


The man allegedly responsible for the theft of millions of dollars from the charity World Vision, was featured by Mike McRoberts in his videos from Gaza. Mike McRobert’s TV 3 videos helped raise money in New Zealand for World Vision and if the allegations are true, 60% of World Vision’s fundraising was funneled directly to the terrorist arm of Hamas.

World Vision received more than $7M in grants from the New Zealand Government. How much of that money ended up in Palestine is anyones guess if the claims are true.

The New Zealand government has given more than $7m in grants to World Vision over the past two years. There has been no statement from any New Zealand officials at the time of publishing about whether this support will continue or not in light of the allegations…

…The director of the Gaza branch of World Vision, Mohammed El-Halabi, was arrested by the Israeli internal secret service for allegedly diverting tens of millions of dollars of World Vision funds to the terrorist arm of Hamas.

It is reported that during the investigation El-Halabi admitted that he had been a member of Hamas since his youth, had undergone military training and had been commissioned by Hamas to infiltrate World Vision. He also reportedly admitted that his father, Halil El-Halabi, who had served as head of UNWRA’s educational institutions in the Gaza Strip for years, was a member of Hamas and used his position as a UN employee to help the terrorist organization.

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Academic cowardice from University previously known for academic freedom

The University of Cape Town was once known known for academic freedom. In fact it had a tradition of having a lecture every year on that specific topic.This year it invited former publisher Flemming Rose to give the lecture on academic freedom. He was an excellent choice as he is the former editor of Jyllands-Posten, which published the Danish cartoons in an attempt to contribute to the debate about criticism of Islam and self-censorship.

The below article was written by a previous  invitee of the University of Cape Town  in response to the decision of the University to ‘disinvite’ Flemming Rose from giving this year’s TB Davie Lecture on Academic Freedom.

What has happened is part of a disturbing trend. Western Universities  say they believe in equal rights then allow lectures to be segregated by sex to accommodate Muslim lecturers and Muslim students. They allow radical extremist Muslim speakers  on campus but ban critics of Islam.  They stand up for freedom of speech except when it might offend Muslims. Is it because of fear or is it submission? Whatever it is, it needs to stop.


Last year, I was honoured to be invited to the University of Cape Town to give the 2015 TB Davie lecture. It was a privilege to have been able to become part of the history that is the TB Davie lecture, a history of resistance to apartheid and to censorship, a history of refusing to think as one has been told to think but, rather, of challenging people to open their minds, a history of continually rethinking the meanings of freedom, and of academic freedom. It was a privilege, too, to be able to sign my name in a speakers’ book in which other signatories include such great figures as Walter Sisulu, Wole Soyinke, Orlando Patterson, Juliet Mitchell, Edward Said and Noam Chomsky.

Even though I spent but a short time at UCT, I came to have great affection for the university, and its students and staff. It comes as a shock, therefore, to discover that the UCT has decided to disinvite Flemming Rose who was to be this year’s TB Davie lecturer.

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You want the truth? You can’t handle the truth

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Before the Internet it was a lot easier to keep the public in the dark. Governments could control the information the media received and thereby control the information that the public received. These days we need the Internet because both governments and the media often try to trying prevent us from learning the truth. If it wasn’t for all the YouTube channels and citizen journalists posting photos and updates to social media we often wouldn’t know what was really going on inside other countries.

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screenshot from Youtube video made by a 16 year old German girl who tells what it is like living with mass Muslim immigration.

Governments and media often want to minimise the perceived danger that terrorism and mass Muslim migration poses to Western society. They try to pretend that everything is under control when it patently isn’t. Statistics don’t lie. Facts are not racist. Does it surprise you to learn that democratic governments like Germany are censoring Youtube and that Facebook is working hand in glove with the German government to keep us in the dark? They don’t think that we can handle the truth.  Or perhaps they know that the truth will mean that voters will put pressure on them to actually do something about the problem.

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Concede an inch of territory to the enemy and the enemy will destroy you.

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Rebel’s new political billboard banned for fear of Muslim backlash

10,000 wowsers and one woman from Australia dictate TVNZ programming

Mob rule is all the rage with wowsers and wankers dictating to private companies and other organisations what should or shouldn’t be produced, made or sold.

Now TVNZ has caved in to an online petition.

TVNZ have responded to a petition with over 10,000 signatories and ditched plans to screen a controversial British reality TV show in which participants had sex during the programme.

Sex Box,  a Channel Four show in which couples have sex inside a screened box before a studio audience then step out to discuss the experience, was due to air on TV2 next month.

But the network confirmed today they had dropped it from schedules.

“The series was initially considered to form a part of our July line-up but given the feedback we’ve taken the time to re-look at it,” said a spokesman. “On reflection, we agree it is not the right fit for inclusion in the TV2 schedule.”

“We typically get a range of viewer opinions expressed about our on-air and online content. Not everyone will agree with every decision we make but we do listen,” the spokesperson added.

TVNZ said that they were “responding to the feedback” the network had received about the show, and agreed that after “taking a closer look at Sex Box” the show was not “the right fit” for the public broadcaster.

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It looks like Obama isn’t the only one censoring language

Recently Obama had a hissy fit over people calling him out on his deliberate and continuing omission of the words Radical Islam when referring to terrorist attacks carried out by followers of Radical Islam. It turns out he is not the only one responsible for censoring language in an attempt to avoid discussing the problem. During his hissy fit he said that he did not need to name the enemy in order to successfully fight the enemy. I say if he cannot even name the enemy then he is scared of the enemy.

Voldermort in the Harry Potter series was referred to as “He who must not be named” due to the wizard community’s extreme fear of him.he_who_must_not_be_named_by_jhadha-d53qpg9

Look at the example below of how weak America’s Homeland Security Advisory Council has become. Instead of focusing on combating extremism they are issuing guidelines about what words they are allowed to use when issuing press releases.

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That didn’t take long; London’s Mayor censors women’s bodies

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I am sure that this has nothing to do with Islam’s attitudes towards women and everything to do with feminism.

London’s first ever Muslim Mayor is set to ban images of ‘unrealistic’ scantily clad women from ads on public transport, which could see the city adopt some of the most censorious policies in the Western world.

Sadiq Khan argued for the move by appropriating the language of feminism, claiming that alluring images of beautiful women could make them “ashamed of their bodies”.

Ironically, the policy is likely to please both the misogynistic Islamist and prudish, third wave feminist, whose ends appear increasingly similar.

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Free speech will be a casualty of the social media war against hate speech

Have you ever heard a person say “This isn’t free speech, it’s hate speech,” or “When does free speech stop and hate speech begin?” In America there is no hate speech exception to the First Amendment. Hateful ideas (whatever they are ) are just as protected under the First Amendment as other ideas.

One is as free to condemn Islam — or Muslims, or Jews, or blacks, or whites, or illegal aliens, or native-born citizens — as one is to condemn capitalism or socialism or democrats or republicans.

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Social Media however have banded together to create an Orwellian world where free speech that is disapproved of is labeled hate speech and is replaced with European Union sanctioned speech ie propaganda ( counter-narrative. )

Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have “signed up” to a new European Union (EU) “Code of Conduct”, pledging to help censor and “criminalise” perceived “illegal online hate speech” and “promot[e] independent counter-narratives” that the EU favors.

I fear that these “counter-narratives ” will be about ideas rather than people. As the below graphic illustrates, people have rights not ideas.

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It should not be labelled ” hate speech ” if it is open and free discussion about ideas. The new code appears to support this definition.

The IT Companies and the European Commission also stress the need to defend the right to freedom of expression, which, as the European Court of Human Rights has stated, “is applicable not only to “information” or “ideas” that are favourably received or regarded as inoffensive or as a matter of indifference, but also to those that offend, shock or disturb the State or any sector of the population”.

In reality however the practical application is not as clear cut as you would expect given the above definition. The other day I wrote about a facebook page being shut down for “hate speech. ” The page which was about Islamic genital mutilation for both men and women was clearly a page that discussed Religious/Cultural ideas.

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