Category Archives: Censorship

Barrett Brown sentenced to 63 months for ‘merely linking to hacked material’

The Guardian | January 22, 2015

The journalist and former Anonymous member is also ordered to pay nearly $900,000 in what he calls a ‘dangerous precedent’ for indicting hacktivists

Facebook clamps down on fake news stories

Reuters | January 20, 2015

By Alexei Oreskovic

Facebook Inc said on Tuesday it has taken steps to clamp down on “hoaxes” and fake news stories that can spread like wildfire on its 1.35-billion member online social network.

Government should have no role in running of BBC World Service, says John Birt

The Guardian | December 18, 2014

John Birt, the former director general of the BBC, has said the government should no longer have any say in the running of the World Service after its funding was taken over by the BBC.

Facebook data requests from world governments climb by 24pc

Silicon Republic | November 5, 2014

Social network Facebook’s second report charting data requests from world governments has shown that across the board, requests have increased by 24pc, with requests from Ireland also having increased.

Rogue pastors endorse candidates, but IRS looks away

Politico | November 3, 2014

By RACHAEL BADE

A record number of rogue Christian pastors are endorsing candidates from the pulpit this election cycle, using Sunday sermons to defiantly flout tax rules.

Ex-CBS reporter: Government agency bugged my computer

New York Post | October 27, 2014

By Kyle Smith and Bruce Golding

A former CBS News reporter who quit the network over claims it kills stories that put President Obama in a bad light says she was spied on by a “government-related entity” that planted classified documents on her computer.

US pushing local cops to stay mum on surveillance

AP | June 12, 2014

By Jack Gillum and Eileen Sullivan

The Obama administration has been quietly advising local police not to disclose details about surveillance technology they are using to sweep up basic cellphone data from entire neighborhoods, The Associated Press has learned.

Citing security reasons, the U.S. has intervened in routine state public records cases and criminal trials regarding use of the technology. This has resulted in police departments withholding materials or heavily censoring documents in rare instances when they disclose any about the purchase and use of such powerful surveillance equipment.