May 03, 2019

It's World Press Freedom Day — Which means it’s actually censorship day

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

Freedom means being free from something — and the biggest something we have to be free from is the government.

That applies especially to the media, since while it’s important to hold corporations to account, and to hold individuals to account, and other organizations — unions, clubs, whatever — the most important political function of the media is to shine a light of public scrutiny on the government.

So when the government — especially the Liberal government of Justin Trudeau — declares that it’s World Free Press Day, that’s the moment to check to make sure your wallet is still in your pocket...

Today Justin Trudeau issued an official statement about it, a disingenuous one.

But yesterday, on the eve of World Press Freedom Day, Facebook deleted some of the biggest names in conservative punditry.

They deleted Tommy months ago; but now they deleted Laura Loomer, a Rebel alumna; they deleted Milo Yiannopoulos, a mischievous but harmless gay conservative provocateur. And they deleted one of the most influential journalists on the right, a commentator named Paul Joseph Watson, who we’ve had on the show before.

He’s harmless — never violent; always anti-violent, etc. But they just deleted him. No explanation. No reason.

All of these people were influential in getting Donald Trump elected, I might point out.

But my point from earlier stands:

There’s a merger between big government and big media.

As you know, the head of censorship at Facebook is Kevin Chan, who used to work in the Liberal Party’s leaders office. So, yeah. A merger.

Same with all the tech companies. Especially in the U.S. — they’re all jammed full of Obama former staff; Google’s senior vice president at the time, Eric Schmidt, was an actual Clinton campaign worker.

And look at this, today, from Google

Google News Initiative partners with CJF to help tackle fake news

Looking to address concerns over Canadians’ capacity to identify authoritative information online, today the Google News Initiative announced a grant of $1 million to the Canadian Journalism Foundation to bring NewsWise to voting-age Canadians. The goal is simple: help all Canadians understand the difference between fact-based journalism and fake news in the digital world.

Is that the big threat to journalism? Other journalists?

So this isn’t a press freedom announcement. It’s an anti-press-freedom announcement.

It’s promoting the demonization of journalists that the official people don’t like. Official people getting huge money to comply with the official narrative.

But let me close with a gaffe. As you know, a gaffe is when a politician accidentally says what they mean. Justin Trudeau tweeted about World Press Freedom Day. And then this MP chimed in:

Ken Hardie is a Liberal from B.C. He used to be a journalist once. And he said:

On World Press Freedom Day, remember that a “free” press is’t free. And a lot of the free stuff you see online masquerading as news… is’t. To be honest, about the most trustworthy outlets these days are the CBC (especially radio), Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star.

Well, at least we know who’s getting the $595 million in bail-out money, right?

But that’s the thing about World Press Freedom Day. It means the government doesn't get to choose which journalists are acceptable and which aren’t. It means big monopolies don’t get to choose.

It's actually the opposite of that.

Does anybody care?

Or has everybody else been bought off somehow?

NEXT: Joining me to talk more about Facebook's purge of conservative voices is Allum Bokhari, Senior Tech Editor at

FINALLY: Your messages to me!

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commented 2019-05-06 12:51:00 -0400
Apple dropped suddenly a News Spp on the front screen of my iPhone. I kept it for a couple weeks while checking the news periodically. I didn’t expect to find there Rebel Media, but after not having found a single news story from any of the "Sun"s, the verdict was clear – gone!
commented 2019-05-06 06:47:40 -0400
To trigger a Conservative lie to them. To trigger a Lieberal tell them the truth.
commented 2019-05-06 04:28:24 -0400
Just to set the record straight, Ken Hardie was never a “journalist”… He was a radio commentator in Northern Ontario and then Kamloops, then a PR flack at various levels of management at ICBC, including promoting the failed radar camera gig; then for many years at Vancouver’s rail transit authority, and then switched to politics… He was never a true “journalist”… Promoting the CBC, the Globe and Mail, and the Toronto Star indicates his understanding of “real journalism” has not changed since the ten years that I worked with him…
commented 2019-05-05 23:40:46 -0400
Its outright stupid to think you can’t get around gov’t in this society unless gov’t basically is a whopping fascist or communist state. Those regimes are often a hair trigger away from collapsing if one idea gets loose and as long as society can communicate with itself and were not all in the solitude of the matrix (even then, people broke loose) we can survive. Just put down the cell phones and talk to people where ever you go. Cashiers are a good example. They talk to entire communities. Ideas get spread.
commented 2019-05-05 23:34:20 -0400
The Left or facists or what ever they’re called these days just want to limit the market of ideas to survive. They can’t handle being dumb because they’re overly sensitive and controlling.
As long as the internet is free, the market of ideas is open. Canada wasn’t rated for having a free internet and you can thank any Canadian gov’t for that.
commented 2019-05-05 12:12:11 -0400
LIZA ROSIE commented 18 mins ago.

Right on Liza, I wonder who is more corrupt, the Canadian Government and it’s resident idiot or the Canadian Press with there resident idiots? Either way, it is the Canadian people who end up suffering.
commented 2019-05-05 12:01:28 -0400
ISIS = THE ORCS commented 12 hours ago.

ISIS = The Orcs, What you say is very scary, if these idiots feel like claiming their seventy virgins, all they have to do is dive the Plane into the ground and they will get a big hard sudden stop and so will all the passengers. I Wonder if there are any Islamic pilots flying Canadian planes.
commented 2019-05-05 11:46:10 -0400
So what Conservative press will Trudeau allow to continue to report in Canada?
Self respecting foreign outfits should take the money (since Justin is stupidly offering it) and ignore any ‘requests’.
The msm in Canada is paid by the government for ‘services’, More and more Canadians already know where and how to find the truth. Trudeau can try to bribe and hide information and bad press, but its already too late. The world already knows what a goof he and Butts and his disgusting government are. Closing the gates after the horses are out accomplishes what?
The Liberals in Canada are liars, thieves and pitiful cowards. The only way they can make any progress is through underhanded bribes and pressure tactics.
Bottom feeders.
commented 2019-05-05 01:06:43 -0400
Bobby.. you can do it man.
commented 2019-05-05 00:50:29 -0400
President Trump and Bobby Orr… at a USA and Canadian meeting of Cooperation and due Diligence of making North America Great Again!
commented 2019-05-05 00:12:15 -0400
I would trust Bobby Orr to be one hellava Leader for Canada! C’mon Bobby.. What da ya say? Show em how it’s done… Canadian style!
commented 2019-05-04 23:23:55 -0400

Get even with the left about this. Broadcast loudly the truth about how those Boeing 737 Max 8 planes were brought down by thier ISIS Orc supporting jihadist co-pilots. Both planes were “sudden jihad syndrome” events. ALLAH AKBAR was screemed in the cockpits at the end. Cockpit voice recordings confirm this.

The problem isn’t with the Boeing 737 Max 8. The problem is with ISIS sympathizing JIHADIST PILOTS.

I would fly on a MAX 8 any day, just so ling as non-Muslims were flying the plane!

Do not fly in a plane when Orcs are the pilots.
commented 2019-05-04 23:19:40 -0400
commented 2019-05-04 23:19:26 -0400
Hey Bobby Orr.. Have you ever thought about being the Prime Minister of Canada?
If so.. I’m in your camp.
commented 2019-05-04 20:48:53 -0400
The establishment and fake news MSM/ CBC / CNN etc etc and 90% of the nuetered MSM is actually terrified of real honest journalism.
It’s an Orwellian – Alice in wonderland world.
The globalist MSM narrative excludes reality and the truth
commented 2019-05-04 18:28:16 -0400
Zieg Hile Herr Trudeau, I have come to inspect das Swaztika tattooed unt your unterseaten squaten cheeken, fadenze iz forboten……..

Good comment and link HYACINTH.
commented 2019-05-04 13:37:41 -0400
HYACINTH commented 4 hours ago
“So this isn’t a press freedom announcement. It’s an anti-press-freedom announcement. It’s promoting the demonization of journalists that the official people don’t like. …”

That describes the communist left wing media.

Far Left Mouthpiece and Authoritarian Ana Navarro on Conservative Publishers: “I Want Them Shut Down! I Want Them Silenced!”
commented 2019-05-04 10:58:21 -0400
I have been worried about the amalgamation of news sources for years , along with the narrowing of subjects getting through controlled editors.
Now we have what was to be a leveling of the playing field becoming anything but.
I am very concerned. So what can be done? What can we do?
commented 2019-05-04 09:31:27 -0400
“So this isn’t a press freedom announcement. It’s an anti-press-freedom announcement. It’s promoting the demonization of journalists that the official people don’t like. …”

History is repeating itself.
“… Detailed guidelines stated what stories could or could not be reported and how to report the news. Journalists or editors who failed to follow these instructions could be fired or, if believed to be acting with intent to harm Germany, sent to a concentration camp. Rather than suppressing news, the Nazi propaganda apparatus instead sought to tightly control its flow and interpretation and to deny access to alternative sources of news. …”
“Censorship was rampant throughout Nazi Germany. Censorship ensured that Germans could only see what the Nazi hierarchy wanted people to see, hear what they wanted them to hear and read only what the Nazis deemed acceptable. The Nazi police dealt with anyone who went outside of these boundaries. Censorship dominated the lives of the ordinary citizen in Nazi Germany. …”
commented 2019-05-04 03:29:15 -0400
I can hardly wait for Justin to be voted out and the globalists no longer need him for anything, his anguish will be superb.
commented 2019-05-04 03:28:19 -0400
Rebelation damn good point.
commented 2019-05-04 02:17:20 -0400
When you guys talk about big corporate tech and big government joining forces, it sounds like you’re talking about a form of national socialism…or rather, international socialism, these days.
Allum Bokhari is always interesting and sometimes…bloody scary.
Darkness seems to be displacing the light of our Western democracies…again.
commented 2019-05-04 01:14:16 -0400
World Newspeak Day! Restriction is Freedom! War is Peace! Lies are Truth! Justin is a Canadian!
commented 2019-05-04 00:55:58 -0400
Calling it “Facebook” implies everyone except ISIS and the very few other crazies has a place in the public square. I wish they would just be honest and re-brand as “Left-Book”.
commented 2019-05-04 00:14:36 -0400
James Hall said: Why hasn’t Trump done truth a favour and droned Soros yet ?
I saw a recent US video where Soros tried to make conversation with Thump and Trump said,“Go to Hell”

No one wants to kill Soros as he should die any day now. (Like David Suzuki)
commented 2019-05-03 23:59:43 -0400
The point about Master Card is notable because an Ethno-nationalist magazine, rather critical of Jews’ role in promoting multiculturalism, was banned by payment systems. It’s not possible to use master-card or visa to purchase their work. Whatever else may be said of Kevin MacDonald, he is not a militant rabble rouser, and his instance shows the direction we’re heading.
Don’t kid yourself if you think, “Well I don’t hold THOSE views.” They’re coming for you and me next. It’s the boiling frog effect.
commented 2019-05-03 23:20:51 -0400
It world censorship day !
On a side note
Why hasn’t Trump done truth a favour and droned Soros yet ?
commented 2019-05-03 22:53:16 -0400
Ron, you’re so right about that. I owned a small business. As long as I was in business, (for years), I was opened 365. I knew someone else who owned a similar small business, but she liked to shut down for vacations whenever it pleased her and the customers were left to their own devices. I was talking to her one day, and she commented that if you tell customers you’re not available when they need you, “they don’t come back.” Customers are going to go where their needs are best met. Anyone who wants to be in business needs to be opened for business. Plus, it’s never wise to make value judgements about customers. A customer is a customer. Period.
commented 2019-05-03 22:40:53 -0400
1. George Soros is behind the attack on Donald Trump and this is a good versus evil fight. This is a Michael the Archangel vs Beelzebub battle.

2. Carbon tax:
Maybe the money spent on Kathleen Wynne’s bird killing turbines should have been spent on flood zones to prevent the flooding.
One couple, whose house is affected by the flood, finally made the point today on CBC or CTV that the flood was caused by human error.
Just like the Vancouver area, which is an earthquake zone, doesn’t mean they have earthquakes all the time, it means it’s going to happen. Yet, they still built multi-million dollar homes in these areas.
Richmond BC (airport area), South Delta, just 2 areas that would be obliterated by any form of a tsunami from an earthquake.
commented 2019-05-03 22:31:13 -0400
Today, on the Rebel, we write freely, expressing our feelings and our solutions to all the worlds problems and our biggest fear is that we may get cautioned for using inappropriate language by the Rebel staff. Tomorrow we may well be arrested for saying anything that Marxist do not like. Freedom of speech will soon be a thing of the past, we are already controlled by the double speak and censorship in our daily lives but soon it will be Jail for simple wrong speech and a death sentence for criticizing the likes of Trudeau & Co. I can remember when the Rebel was new and I used to comment about the dangers of our educational system. Unfortunately, I never realized that they had advanced so far with their brain warping of our children.

Soon The Rebel will be communicating by fax machine, a weekly news letter that will get you Life in Jail if you are caught with a copy……Enjoy Yourselves, it’s later than you think. (Line from an old song)