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US President Trump for Free Web Journalism v. Censoring ao Attacks by Big Tech+Corrupt Establishment

Written by ACM
Friday, 12 July 2019

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*Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/(UPDATED)- Giving a Strong Boost to an Internet and Press Freedom Agenda which should, normally, interest CoE's PanEuropean Organisation for Human Rights, Democracy and Rule of Law, where USA has an Observer Status, (as well as Canada, Japan, Mexico, etc), the new USA President Don Trump Launched a Campaign to Support Free Web Journalism against Censorship and other various Attaks by "Big Tech" Corporations and/or Corrupted Establishment's Medias, starting by a "Social Media Summit" at the White House.

- Trump called "Historic" that Gathering of "so Many On-Line Journalists" in order "to Discuss the Future" of Web Medias, (according to White House's Press Service Data, including a Video of that Event, send to "Eurofora").

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- "Each of You is fulfilling a Vital Role ... : You are Challenging the Medias-GateKeepers and the Corporate Censors to Bring the Facts Straight to the ...People", he stressed from the outset, with obvious Fighting Spirit.

- "With amazing creativity and determination, you are Bypassing the Corrupt Establishment, ...and the very, very Corrupt Media", in order to "Communicate Directly with our Citizens, withOut going through the Fake News Filter", USA's new President praised.

 

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Significantly, he was Speaking only 1 Year before Crucial US Presidential Elections on 2020, and after having Won the Previous, 2016 Race, notoriously with the Help of Alternative Internet Medias, and Web Activists recently Harassed by Big Tech. Corporations, Internet Providers, and Establishment's Medias, often at the demand of National Governments and/or some International Organisations, particularly recently in Europe, (f.ex. EU Commission, since June 2016, sometimes even CoE, etc, when some Calls to Fight "Fake News" and/or "Hate Speech", risk to provoke Abuses against Dissidents and/or People's Human Rights at the Internet era).

 

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+ Moreover, "Together, You Reach More People than any Broadcast Medias or Television Network", he observed, speaking of Web Journalism and Critical "Influence" at the Internet.

- "Free Speech is a Bedrock" of Democratic Life, paticularly "in America", where the "1st Amendment's" and other People's "Constitutional Rights, Must be Protected", as he stressed.

 

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Many "Conservative" Voices in the USA have notoriously Complained to be Censored, Shadow-Blocked, and/or Otherwise Oppressed, Discriminated or Harassed by Big Internet Corporations, while, in Europe, even a French Government Majority's MP has reportedly been Excluded recently from her Parliamentary Group just for Observing the active presence of "LGBTI Lobbies" in the National Assembly !

 

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=> -That's why, "Today, I'm Directing our Administration to Explore All Regulary and Legislative Solutions to Protect Free Speech, and the Rights of Free Speech of All" Citizens, President Don Trump announced.

+ He also spoke about a planned Meeting with "Big. Tech" Corporations and Executives from Major Social Media Patforms at the Web, soon at the White House, in order to Try to Convince them to become more Neutral and Respecting Web Journalists' legitimate Rights.

>>> "We Hope to see More Transparency, more Accountability, and More Freedom !", he concluded, Lively Applauded.

 

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 Many Conservative a.o. Web Actors have often Complained to face Censorship and Biais by Big Tech. Platforms, as those Headquartered in California's currently "Liberal" Hub, but the latter denied, claiming that they Equally Respect all People's socio-Political Views. However, inter alia, there are, recently, even "Google"s Staff Members who have notoriously launched a Succesful Legal Fight at the Courts, Denouncing various Discriminations, Pressure, Bias, Threats, etc., because of their Opinions, inside that Tech. Giant. Critical News WebSites (as, f.ex., "InfoWars", etc) have been Excluded by Twitter, Facebook and other GAFA in several cases. Even President Trump's famous personal Twitter Account (often used by Many Medias, Diplomats, Politicians, a.o.) was recently Blocked by an unknown and un-controlled, Part-Time precarious Staffer : a Foreigner, Muslim from Turkey, just before he Leaves the US at the Expiration of his Visa, who Afterwards Claimed that he wasn't motivated by any Political Disagreement at all vis a vis Trump, and that the incident was a pure coincidence ! "Eurofora" has been repeatedly Targetted by a Series of various Cyber-Aggressions mainly between 2014-2018+. Additionally, in the run-up to Nowadays' White House's "Social Medias Summit", more than 55.000 Twitter Accounts went notoriously "Down", for several Hours, with the Bulk of such incidents being Concentrated in Parts of the US and Europe (mainly between London, Paris and Strasbourg), where one of "Eurofora"s active Members denounced that she faced such an abnormal Outtage even until the Next Morning, included, (See relevant Map).

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Some People have called to Regulate Big Internet Platforms (such as Google, Facebook, Amazon, Twitter, etc), as a kind of "Essential Public Utilities".

But Many Others Disagree, considering that such a move risks to play right in the hands of Big Corporations' Interests, and Urge, on the Contrary, to launch a Critical Investigation on them, from the point of view of the Oligo-Monopolistic structure of such "Big. Tech" at the Web, in order to Start Breaking such Monopolies, and Bring in some much needed Oxygen by Healthy "Competition", (according to the Best-Rated and more Popular Comments, published by Web NewsMedias close to Don Trump's political movement, such as "Breitbart" a.o.).

 

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=> In Consequence, Given also the Fact that almost All "GAFA"'s and other Relevant Big Internet Platforms are all ...from the USA, naturally, the Question arises Why Europe does not yet Launch an Original and Independent such New Web Platform, SmartPhones' Operating System, etc....

The Concept of "European Digital Sovereignity", in such circumstances, may Help Both Economy, Innovation and Democracy !

 

 

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    The incoming Swedish EU Presidency (July-December 2009) may still remain in favour of Turkey's controversial EU bid, despite June 2009 EU Elections' results, but it has "very strong demands on Turkey"'s obligation to respect EU Rules, said the Head of Swedish Foreign Ministry's Press Service, Cecilia Julin, to "EuroFora", reacting to critical Press reports.

    - "I know (that) the link is often made also to Sweden's position on Turkey"'s controversial EU bid. Indeed, "we (Swedish EU Presidency) are very much engaged in the future membership of Turkey, but not without fullfiling all the Criteria".

    - "It's very clear that we (Swedish EU Presidecny) have very Strong Demands on Turkey, in a sort of concept for Future membership of the Union, ...which will be a Long Process...", she stressed.

    This means, in particular, "the Copenhagen Criteria (on Human Rights, Democracy and Rule of Law), and also the adaptation to the Acquis of the European Union".

     - "If you listen to what Mr. Bildt (the Swedish Foreign Minister) says on Turkey at different occasions, it's very clear : We want Turkey to become part of the Union, in the Future. But we want it to fullfil all the Criteria : The Acquis of the European Union. That's very clear", she concluded.

    The Senior Official of the Swedish Foreign Ministry was reacting to critical Press Reports, from Brussels' Journalists invited by EU Commission's secretariat to Stockholm, who claimed that Bildt was abusing of a ..."Whip" (sic !) against Cyprus, by "threatening" the presence of UNO's Peace-keeping force at the "Green line" which separates the island's Government-controlled areas from the territories occupied by Ankara's army, if Nicosia didn't accept any political solution, regardless of Turkey's demands, before the end of 2009.

        Governing AKEL Party's new Secretary General, Andros Kyprianou, reacted by declaring that no-one can threat the People of Cyprus : -"We shall decide for our Future, and nobody else",  he reportedly said, asking to "keep calm". "In order to find a Solution soon, certain basic Principles must be respected", he stressed, calling those who feel an urgency to use their influence on Turkey. Other Political Parties were more critical.

    This was a reference to recently reported statements by Turkish Minister Bagis, Prime Minister Tayip Erdogan and Turkey's National Security Council (a Military-Political body), accused to push towards a partitionist "2 States" solution, contrary to UNO SC Resolutions for Cyprus' reunification.

    December 2009 is a crucial moment for EU's appraisal of Turkey's controversial EU bid, because EU Council has decided to review then Ankara's compliance with the European position on the recognition of Cyprus' Government, which was clearly set out by an EU reply of 21 September 2005 to Turkish Prime Minister Tayip Erdogan's claims, refusing to recognize even the existence of EU Member Cyprus, in controversial statements he made to London (former EU chair) on July 29, 2005.

    EU Parliament's latest Resolution on Turkey, adopted on March 2009 in Strasbourg, warned Ankara that "the non-fulfillment of Turkey's commitments... by December 2009, may further seriously affect the process of Negotiations" with the EU.

    In practice, the issue boils down to Ankara's "embargo" against Ships and Airplanes using Cyprus' seaports or airports at the strategic EU island, which traditionaly hosts one of the World's biggest Shipping flags. EU has already "freezed" 6 relevant Chapters in EU - Turkey Negotiations since December 2006, after Ankara refused to fullfil a commitment it had undertaken when EU had decided to open controversial "accession" negotiations with Turkey, back on December 2005.

    - "As far as EU - Turkey relations are concerned, it's clear that Turkey needs to fullfil its obligation of full, non-discriminatory implementation of the additional Protocol (to "EC-Turkey Association Agreement"),  This is an important issue....and should be addresseed as soon as possible as it clearly affects the pace of the accession negotiations.Issues covered by the Declaration of September 2005 will continue to be followed up, and progress is urgently awaited", warned earlier in Strasbourg the out-going Czech EU Presidency (former vice-Prime Minister Alexander Vodra).

    But the Head of the Swedish Foreign Ministry's Press Service, Cecilia Julin, dismissed "interpretations" by "some" that Foreign Minister Carl Bildt was reportedly "threatening" Cyprus with consequences on the UNFICYP, if it doesn't accept any solution until December 2009, while Turkey is reportedly delaying in an attempt to impose a partitionist "2 States" solution.

    On the contrary, Julin, stressed that "Sweden has strong demands on Turkey'"s respect of "Copenhagen Criteria and EU Acquis".

    Meanwhile, Sweden  is "concerned" about the risk of "Stalemate" in Cyprus' Talks, but is well aware that "the main responsibilities lie with the two leaders and the UNO", Europe playing only a role of "facilitator".

    After carefully verifying, the Head of Swedish Foreign Ministry's Press Service, stressed to "EuroFora" that Bildt's reference to UNFICYP "was not linked to a Threat", and dismissed those who "interpreted" it so.

    On the contrary, the Swedish EU Presidency acknowledged the fact that Peace Talks are mainly for the UN and the leaders of the Cypriot communities, EU's role being limited into that of a "facilitator".

    As for Turkey's reported attempts to impose a "2 States' solution", the Head of the Swedish Foreign Ministry's Press Service sharply replied by stressing that Turkey must respect the "EU Acquis" rules.

    In particular :

    - "Basically he (Bildt) underlined that it's the leaders of the two communities in Cyprus and the UN that have the main responsibilities for solving the problem", started to say the Swedish Senior Official to "EuroFora", referring to the above-mentioned "briefing".

    - "But the EU had a role in sort of pointing out the benefits and facilitating a little bit the outcome for the settlement of the whole Cyprus' issue", she added.

    - "And he did state the Fact, that the rest of the World (i.e. USA, etc) will, of course, look at the differend issues which are at the table, and the future of the UN Peace keeping force is part of what is at the table", she admitted.

    - "I understand that some have interpreted that as a Threat, by the Swedish Minister" "But", in reality, "it's a statement of a Fact, that, when we'll look at the differend issues, one of the issues on which we shall have to take a stand on, is the future of the UN Peace keeping force in Cyprus".

    Indeed, one of the questions usually raised for a Solution of Cyprus' issue is what International and/or European or other Guarantees, by a Peace-keeping force, might be needed afterwards, eventually for a transitory period.

    Questioned anew by "EuroFora" whether (according to critical Press Reports) this could be taken as a veiled warning that, if Cyprus didn't accept any Turkish demand for any solution whatever, it might be left alone to face Ankara's Military Invasion/Occupation, she denied :

    - "He (Bildt) didn't say it in that way"... "It was not linked to a threat, or anything like that", the Head of the Swedish Foreign Ministry's Press Service stressed.

    On the contrary, "he (Bildt) underlined that the main responsibility lies with the parties concerned on the island". "The EU can try to facilitate and show the benefits of reaching a settlement. But also, when the EU and the rest of the World (i.e. USA) will have to look at it, they will look at all the Facts on the table, and the presence of the UN Peace-keeping force is one".

    And "he (Bildt) didn't speak about that at all", she replied to "EuroFora" question on Turkey's reported attemps to impose, in one way of another, a partitionist "2 States solution".

    Asked whether Bildt's aim was to incite both parties to move forward efficiently, she agreed :

    - In fact, "the EU is really very concerned with the Stalemate in the situation. Yes !", the Head of Sweden's Foreign Ministry's Press Service anounced. That's why Bildt "was hoping for the two parties (i.e. for Turkey's also) to engage and break, a little-bit, the present stalemate, come to a solution of the issue" of Cyprus.

    But, replying  to a "EuroFora"s question on the risk, denounced by several politicians in case of strict Time Deadlines, for Turkey to provoke a stalemate and wait for the time to come to impose a partitionist "2 States' solution", she reacted by pointing at Turkey's obligation to respect "EU Acquis" :

    - "Turkey must fullfil the EU Acquis : That's clear !", the Swedish Senior Official stressed.

    More details are expected when Swedish Prime Minister Reinfeldt will debate his Programme with new MEPs at EU Parliament's plenary mid-July in Strasbourg, that he has visited already in 2008.

    Foreign Minister Carl Bildt became familiar with Strasbourg's CoE last year, when Sweden chaired the PanEuropean organization of Human Rights. As EU chairman-in-office, he will also chair the 27-member States strong EU Group inside the 47-member States strong CoE.

    Minister for EU affairs, Cecilia Malmstrom is well known at EU Parliament, where she has been an active MEP of the Liberal Group for many years, following also Press Freedom issues.

    Both have already made various statements at "EuroFora", on differend topical matters.

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