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Journalistic self-censorship in wartime is a free speech problem

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Amnesty International report on Ukraine military endangering civilians

Suppressing and censoring speech used to mostly be the work of the government. People on the left would generally criticize and resist the power of the state to control what information they would be allowed to see, hear or read, particularly in times of war.

Canada’s Plans to Regulate the Internet

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Canada’s Plans to Regulate the Internet
Canada’s latest attempt to regulate speech comes in the form of the hotly debated bill, Bill C-11, the Online Streaming Act (though it was hardly debated in the House-–MPs rushed over 150 amendments to meet the government imposed deadline).

On the Limitations of the ‘Lived Experience’

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On the Limitations of the ‘Lived Experience’
For the better part of a decade, I immersed myself in social justice causes. I made sure I kept myself up-to-date with the latest social justice jargon, even when it was confusing and contradictory (though I wouldn’t admit to it at the time).

No, Anti-Zionism does not Equal Antisemitism

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Juden Raus (Jews Out!) board game from the 1930s - Wiener Holocaust Library
When Jews discourage debate about Israel and Jewish identity, they prevent open conversation and legitimate criticism of Israel, which leaves the field open for real antisemites to use anti-Zionist language to promote and spread their actual antisemitism.

Why the Medical Community is Abandoning Science in the Age of Denial

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Gula (Gluttony) by Pieter Bruegel the Elder. Engraving, 225 x 295 mmWhile medical schools still use some modified version of the Hippocratic Oath, many medical schools, including Harvard, Yale, and the University of Texas are now allowing students to write their own oaths. At the University of Pittsburgh, the graduating class of 2024 wrote an oath of ethics with a social justice bent.

A Story of Fake Photojournalism: The Book of Veles, Real Euros for Fake News

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The city of Veles, Macedonia This fake news story begins in Veles, a small city of 40,000 people in Macedonia. Veles became widely known in the Trump election of 2016 as a production center for false information websites. Presumably, there were hundreds of fake news websites developed by some people in Veles that generated income from ads.

Book Banning: the Secrets of Dissident Soviet Writers

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Yasha Klots - CrossroadsIn this episode, Sasha is joined by Hunter College Professor Yasha Klots for a discussion on Soviet contraband literature, censorship, and what we can learn about our current climate from the history of book banning in the USSR.

The Underground Episode 8: Why Do Mainstream Journalists Hate Free Speech

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The Underground Episode 8: Why Do Mainstream Journalists Hate Free SpeechIn this episode Sasha, Nesim and Rozali look at a Tech Crunch article about Substack's recent acquisition of the platform Letter, and the critiques of Substack for allowing certain views to be expressed on the site. They discuss the way free speech is portrayed as a dirty concept, something which militants use to hate monger, and how little or no evidence is provided for claims such as accusations of transphobia.