Tag Archives: totalitarian control over the media

Ukraine | Ukraine Joins North Korea As It Bans Country’s Most Popular Social Networks

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko just issued another set of targeted sanctions against Russian Internet corporations, effectively banning Vkontakte (VK.com) and Odnoklasniki (OK.ru). VK is Ukraine’s largest social network and the country’s second most visited website after Google. For VK, the Ukrainian market is the second largest after Russia. The social networks were blocked because of sanctions imposed against their parent company Mail.Ru Group.

Ukraine | Kiev regime takes Internet under control

On February 25 the president of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko signed the decree on enforcement of the decision on the doctrine of a national security.

Now the Ukrainian intelligence agencies and the Ministry of information policy which plays a role of the Ministry of the truth begin monitoring of media and the Internet regarding detection of information which can pose national threat, and also information which is forbidden in Ukraine.

UK | Stop worrying about fake news. What comes next will be much worse

In the not too distant future, technology giants will decide what news sources we are allowed to consult, and alternative voices will be silenced

Egypt’s Parliament passes new NGO law, a declaration of war on civil society

by Mada Masr

Egypt’s Parliament hastily approved a new NGO law on November 29, just a day after the State Council concluded it has no indications of unconstitutionality.

Parliamentarian and member of the oppositional 25-30 Coalition Haitham al-Hariry explained to Mada Masr that the law was not passed unanimously, but said it is difficult to know how many parliamentarians voted for or against it because of the absence of an electronic voting system.

Russia | German professor dismissed from IGFM because of interviews for “News Front”

Professor of Tübingen University in the field of earth sciences and anthropometric geography Rainer Rothfuss (Rainer Rothfuß), who held a senior position in the “Human Rights International Society» (IGFM), was dismissed from his post under pressure from German politicians for interview he gave to a news agency “News Front”. “News Front” is a popular internet news agency backing self-proclaimed republics in Eastern Ukraine.
“I agreed to give an interview to the “News Front”, because I thought that the conflict in Ukraine has such explosive force that can even turn into a very big conflict, and even the world one. I did not want to be accused that I do not want to understand some certain things and do not use the opportunity to resolve the conflict”, – Rainer Rothfuss said.
“In an interview I described the mechanisms of origin of the enemy image in this conflict. And simply closely examined the question of the role played by the NATO and the West”, – the professor said.
“It was shocking that 3 hours later the interview was published on the “News Front” I has received the first threat posed by MEP Michael Haler of the CDU (Christian Democratic Union), who threatened that IGFM may seek another circle of patrons, if it is now a new course. Due to the fact that we look too critical behind the front line of these conflicts”, – he said.
“I also talked about human rights violations in Ukraine, which began under the government led by Poroshenko, which we together with the department of international human rights organizations have demanded to tell the public. But it has never reached our media”, – Rothfuss said.
“I was called for voluntary resign in three. All references about me on the Internet were removed only because different policies intervened in the case. And it was not just Michael Haler, and Bernd Posselt of the CSU party, which no longer represented in the European Parliament. There were others, and I have written confirmation”, – the professor said.