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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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    An "Eugenic" loophole Amendment, which might expose to Dangers reminiscent of "3rd Reich's" notorious Genetic Abuses, hidden at the last minute inside an otherwise Good, larger Health policy Package scheduled to be voted on Thursday, was strongly denounced by a coalition of MEPs from various Political Groups and Countries, in a Press Conference held this afternoon at EU Parliament in Strasbourg.

    Mainly calling to "Select Human Embryos", via "Genetic Counselling" and "pre-implantation" Techniques including "Genetic Tests", in order to "Eradicate Hereditary rare Diseases", it might open ways to Dangerous Practices in Future, they denounced in substance.

    But they also made it clear that a much larger Report inside which this Controversial Amendment "No 15" was added in dubious circumstances, officialy destinated to struggle against "Rare Diseases", and drafted by Professor Antonios Trakatellis, was otherwise "an Excellent Report", aiming at a "completely Uncontroversial target" of Health policy on which "all MEPs and Experts are united, believing that Europe should act" to protect People's Health (See "EuroFora"'s earlier News).

    The controversy came at a particularly delicate moment for the EU in relation to Citizens, at the eve of June 2009 EU Elections, and shortly before Ireland re-votes for "Lisbon Treaty"..    

- Denouncing risks of "an Eugenic demand, very similar to what we had during the 3rd Reich in Germany, but now coming from some Scientisists themselves", German ChristianDemocrat/EPP MEP Dr. Peter Liese stressed that critical MEPs were against "Eugenic" engineering with "Selection of Human Embryos", and anything which might ultimately lead up to to a "Selection of Human Race". It doesn't help to "eradicate" Human Lives, he added.


    Several Experts and NGOs expressed "Deep Concern", as f;ex. DR M.C. Cornel of the "European Society of Human Genetics", which stressed, on this occasion, that "the importance of Non-Directiveness in Reproductive issues is a Central characteristic of Human Genetics, after the Atrocities committed in the name of Genetics in the first half or the 20th Century".

     - "This is completely Unacceptable", stressed Italian Liberal MEP Vittorio Prodi, on the Controversial Amendment, also because pushes to "eliminate early Human Life", as he noted.

     - "This opens a Dangerous Road, rather a Motorway", denounced Danish MEP Mrs Margrette Auken, from the "Greens", observing that various similar attempts were made in the Past "not only in Germany, but also in several other Countries, "even at the 1970ies", "f.ex. on forced Sterilisation of Roma" People, and other criticisable situations f.ex. in the UK, in Sweden, etc. as she said.

    + Other NGOs, as f.ex. "LebenHilfe" from Berlin, added that, among various other Risks, could also be that, by exploiting the pre-implantation Genetic Diagnostics and the Selection of "healthy" Embryos, some may "propagate" several "Eugenic" aims, starting f.ex. by pushing to eradicate Human Livies which might "Cost too much" to preserve, ultimately exposing to dangers reminiscent of the "3rd Reich"'s atrocious abuses.

    In consequence, ChristianDemocrats/EPP and "Green" MEPs "decided by Majority to vote against" this Controversial Amendment, anounced to Journalists the 5 MEPs who participated in the Press Conference, representing a wide spectrum, from Liberals to "Greens" and ChristianDemocrats, and from Hungary, Italy, Germany and Danemark up to Ireland (Gay Mitchell), etc.
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    Hungarian ChristianDemocrat MEP Laszlo Surjan said "that it was "Suddenly, at the End of the Procedure" in Committee, that "appeared this (Controversial) Amendment, which has nothing to do" with the main purpose of the Report, on which all agreed.

    He denounced an "Unhonest" move, and called to "avoid this kind of unacceptable situations". Nobody should "Select People", Surjan stressed.

    - "We (MEPs) had No Chance to Discuss" this last-minute Amendment earlier added at a Committee's level, said German MEP Peter Liese

    Speaking to "EuroFora", Dr. Liese, the Spokesman of the ChristianDemocrat/EPP Group in EU Parliament, said that MEPs didn't oppose other references of the Report f.ex. on "Genetic Tests", because they were "no proposals" to impose them, while, on the contrary, there was "a Problem" if anyone attempted to "impose" f.ex. this or that Genetic Technique and "Genetic Counselling", etc. to the People on human reproduction.
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    Controversial parts of Amendment No 15 ask mainly "to lead finally to the Eradication" of "Hereditary" "rare diseases", "through Genetic Counselling .., and ..pre-Implantation Selection of healthy Embryos".

    But  EU Rapporteur Professor Trakatellis, said to "EuroFora" that fears should be alleviated by Guarantees that all this should be done only "where appropriate", when it's "not contrary to existing National Law", and "always on a Voluntary basis", according to other Parts of the Amendment.

    He stressed that the main aim was to allow "a free and informed choice of persons involved", without imposing them anything :  - "It's not an obligatory, but advisary" text, he said.

    To make that point clear, he was ready, in agreement with many MEPs, to eventually drop at least that part of the controversial Amendment which initially called for "efforts to ..lead finally to the Eradication of those rare diseases" "which are Hereditary".

    But, until late Wednesday evening, reportedly together with many other MEPs, he stood by all the rest of the controversial Amendment, (fex. on the "Genetic Counselling" and the "pre-implantation Selection of healthy Embryos"), so that critical MEPs, going from ChristianDemocrats as Dr. Liese, to "Greens" or "Ind/Dem", observed to "EuroFora" that "this was not enough" to close the dangerous loophole.

    Particularly since, as Professor Trakatellis noted himself, "this is already allowed to the U.K.", and "other National Legislations would probably follow, sooner or later" in a similar direction. As for a general call to "Eradicate Hereditary rare Diseases", this "should happen, at any case, in practice, de facto", to protect public Health.

    On the contrary, "our goal should be to help patients suffering from rare diseases, not to eradicate the patients. In case of genetic disease risk, the decision should not be guided by scenarios" made by politicians. "Perents who may decide to accept a child, even if handicapped or with genetic disease, must be respected and supported with solidarity", critical MEPs stated.

    - "Any Pressure" to "a patient or couple (who "should be able to make an informed choice consistent with their own values"),"from health Professionals, Public Health Policies or Governemental Institutions, or Society at large, should be avoided", stresses the "European Society for Human Genetics".

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Each MEP's vote will be registered !

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The Socialist Group requested a "Split vote" on the Amendment 15, first without, and afterwards with the words "lead finally to the Eradication" etc.


    But the first "split vote" leaves intact all the other parts of the Controversial Amendment, (i.e. "Genetic Counselling", "Selection of healthy Embryos", etc).

    That's why, 3 Groups of MEPs : ChristianDemocrats/EPP, "Greens/EFA", and "Ind/Dem", have asked for "Roll Call Votes", on everything regarding the Controversial Amendment No 15, and on the final outcome of the resulting Report as amended, which will register all the individual positions to be taken by each MEP.   

Something which will obviously make each MEP think twice before voting for one or another choice, to be sure that he/she will make the right choice in front of EU Citizens, particularly at these pre-Election times...


    Crucial Votes were scheduled between 12 Noon and 1 p.m. local Strasbourg time, in the middle of a long series of various other Reports, and after a long Public Debate on the larger Health policy package, from 9 to 11.50 am.

    The specific Report inside which was hidden the controversial Amendment is due to be debated between 11 and 12 am.

    So that more last-minute Surprises may not be excluded a priori...

    Particularly at the present Historic moment, when even the Institutional Future of the EU depends on the result of a second Referendum on "Lisbon Treaty", later this year, in ...Ireland, a mainly Catholic country, where People are particularly sensitive in such kind of socio-cultural and values issues...
 

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