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British police make statement declaring Britain a totalitarian state on matters of press freedom - former Tory Chancellor contradicts them.   Share:  
Thrust of argument: On the topic of Darroch, whom Craig Murray reminds us is a fully fledged war monger NATO git and pity for him is somewhat absurd, the police issued a statement ordering the press to follow totalitarian law set out arbitrarily by one random police officer rather than honouring Magna Carta and the freedoms afforded to us in our democracy. No need for a d-notice, the police officer feels, just basically do what the police officer (or perhaps any police officer ever) tells you, with no reference to law or judges or juries, or press freedom. Direction of resistance / implied resistance: To be precise the officer said: << I would advise all owners, editors and publishers of social and mainstream media not to publish leaked government documents that may already be in their possession, or which may be offered to them, and to turn them over to the police or give them back to their rightful owner, Her Majesty's Government. >>

 

 

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Removal of resistance: The Guardian tells us: << Osborne described the statement as "ill-advised .. If I were the Metropolitan police commissioner, and I wanted to maintain my credibility and the credibility of my force, I would quickly distance myself from this very stupid and ill-advised statement from a junior officer who doesn't appear to understand much about press freedom." >> Unification: They inform us << Tim Shipman, political editor of the Sunday Times, criticised the "sinister, absurd, anti-democratic statement this evening threatening journalists with arrest for printing government leaks" >> and then tell us how Shipman then followed this with some racist remarks about Russia, essentially, ruining an otherwise good observation.

In short, British society is totally ignorant, police running around behaving like they own the country and we're all basically prisoners and have to do as they say. The police officer in question apparently doesn't realise that police officers are OUR SERVANTS and work for us, the public, and cannot arbitrarily make rules for us to obey. We, the people, make the rules, via our elected representatives. Leaks and whistleblowers are the cornerstone of democracy and without them our laws are meaningless - without the right to challenge and evolve, our laws are meaningless.

Meanwhile Galloway has pointed out (see youtube link below) that the entire political class is toasting the leaking and publishing which the police criticised, yet condemns Assange for having done exactly the same thing. Galloway's video certainly humiliates those islamophobes and other racists who stand by the genocide and war crimes of the USA under all its presidents in my lifetime.
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https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/07/19/spying-on-julian-assange/

 

 

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British police make statement declaring Britain a totalitarian state on matters of press freedom - former Tory Chancellor contradicts them.

On the topic of Darroch, whom Craig Murray reminds us is a fully fledged war monger NATO git and pity for him is somewhat absurd, the police issued a statement ordering the press to follow totalitarian law set out arbitrarily by one random police officer rather than honouring Magna Carta and the freedoms afforded to us in our democracy. No need for a d-notice, the police officer feels, just basically do what the police officer (or perhaps any police officer ever) tells you, with no reference to law or judges or juries, or press freedom.

To be precise the officer said: << I would advise all owners, editors and publishers of social and mainstream media not to publish leaked government documents that may already be in their possession, or which may be offered to them, and to turn them over to the police or give them back to their rightful owner, Her Majesty's Government. >>

The Guardian tells us: << Osborne described the statement as "ill-advised .. If I were the Metropolitan police commissioner, and I wanted to maintain my credibility and the credibility of my force, I would quickly distance myself from this very stupid and ill-advised statement from a junior officer who doesn't appear to understand much about press freedom." >>

They inform us << Tim Shipman, political editor of the Sunday Times, criticised the "sinister, absurd, anti-democratic statement this evening threatening journalists with arrest for printing government leaks" >> and then tell us how Shipman then followed this with some racist remarks about Russia, essentially, ruining an otherwise good observation.

In short, British society is totally ignorant, police running around behaving like they own the country and we're all basically prisoners and have to do as they say. The police officer in question apparently doesn't realise that police officers are OUR SERVANTS and work for us, the public, and cannot arbitrarily make rules for us to obey. We, the people, make the rules, via our elected representatives. Leaks and whistleblowers are the cornerstone of democracy and without them our laws are meaningless - without the right to challenge and evolve, our laws are meaningless.

Meanwhile Galloway has pointed out (see youtube link below) that the entire political class is toasting the leaking and publishing which the police criticised, yet condemns Assange for having done exactly the same thing. Galloway's video certainly humiliates those islamophobes and other racists who stand by the genocide and war crimes of the USA under all its presidents in my lifetime.



https://www.theguardian.com/[..]-met-of-flouting-press-freedom
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1PQW4HETKtk
https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/07/19/spying-on-julian-assange/