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Here’s Alan Jones with Piers Akerman discussing our governing Marxists attempt to crack down on free speech.–as always, a pleasure to listen…..
Has Chavez inspired the Labor censors?
The Gillard Government and the Left seems to have been inspired byÂ Chavez’s punishment of the “hate media”:
How much more inspiration can our Leftists here take from the great Chavez?
Five years agoÂ a collectiveÂ of ourÂ snowfield socialistsÂ – including the ABC’s Phillip Adams, Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon , propagandist John Pilger and Kevin Rudd’s nephew Van Thanh Rudd – begged Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez to come teach Australians a lesson:
Every country has its own traditions and culture and has to find its own solutions, but what Venezuela has been able to achieve in so little time will beÂ a source of inspiration and ideas for many in Australia.
Since then this “source of inspiration and ideas” been teaching our closet totalitarians lots of lessons, such as how toÂ shoot students, close down critical TV stations,Â arrest political opponentsÂ , create anÂ energy crisis,Â unleash soaring inflation, stop inflation by arresting butchersÂ andÂ foster corruption.
Now the Gillard Government and the Left seems to have been inspired byÂ Chavez’s punishment of the “hate media”:Â
There are still brave reporters and opinion writers who dare to challenge the status quo (in Venezuela), despite the shrinking number of television and radio outlets. But they run great risks.
According to Alberto JordÃ¡n, a journalism professor at the Central University of Venezuela who once supported Mr. ChÃ¡vez, many have paid dearly for doing their work. Mr. JordÃ¡n, a columnist for the Venezuelan daily El Universal, wrote recently that under chavismo there have been 300 government-orchestrated court cases against journalists.
In multiple casesâ€”from reporting on drinking water contamination, the shortages of goods or anything that might cause “anxiety” among the populationâ€”reporters have been put on notice that they could be subject to criminal prosecution. There is nothing like the threat of doing time in a Venezuelan cell to focus a journalist’s mind on state-approved reporting.
Former Minister David Kemp quotes a leader who’d seem radical today, when free speech is under such sustained attack from government:
There are fascist tendencies in all countries, a sort of latent tyranny. And they exist, be it remembered, in radical as well as in conservative quarters. Suppression of attack, which is based upon suppression of really free thought, is the instinctive weapon of the vested interest.
And who today are the new fascists?
While you ponder, here is the latest report from the front lines ofÂ Labor’s disgraceful, dangerous and shamelessly self-interested war against a free press:
LABOR whip Joel Fitzgibbon has stepped up calls for tough new curbs on the media… Mr Fitzgibbon dismissed the changes unveiled last week to update standards for journalists, insisting last night that the latest attempt at self-regulation proved the need for government action….
Communications Minister Stephen Conroy has urged a “public interest test” for media proprietors that could put editorial standards at the heart of decisions to approve or reject mergers and acquisitions…
Caucus members have voiced stronger support for the Finkelstein proposals rather than the public interest test, partly out of anger at news coverage of the government.
Labor MPs including Doug Cameron, Steve Gibbons and John Murphy have called for stronger oversight of the media .. The Finkelstein plan would use statutory oversight of the print media for the first time to replace the Press Council with a news media council backed by government funding and legal powers.
Kemp warns the too-eager Press Council not to get too ahead of itself in cracking down on journalists:
On what possible basis can it be argued that any media organisation, let alone any individual participant in the media, should be subordinate to the views of the industry as a whole? What responsibility does any part of the media have to any other part of it, beyond the obligation to abide by general laws which apply to all? What right do some people have to regulate the views of others in a free society, even if they are in the same “industry”? What special insights into the truth do those few voices represented on the Press Council itself have, that allows them to attempt to regulate the free expression of anyone? The answer is, they have none.
The greatest service my old colleague, Robert Hill, and the others on Julian Disney’s new advisory committee to the Press Council can perform is to say that freedom of speech trumps all other issues.
From where comes this extraordinary new fear of mere words? This general conviction among the cultural elite that speech has become too free?
It seems to me vested interests are desperately trying to retain their power.
(No comments. And you’ll see a lot more such closures of debate if you don’tÂ fight back.)
Put your money where your mouth is:
The post here last month onÂ The Forbidden History of Unpopular PeopleÂ garnered a very enthusiastic response.
“It’s about arrogance, it’s about powerful people here in Australia who believe that they are smarter than you, that their opinion is worth more than your opinion, and that their thinking is better than your thinking, and if you think they’re wrong, you should just shut up.”
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