On the other hand there are some very real and very serious instances of what must be called victimisation that I have observed in the last few days.
- The brilliant Christine Douglass-Williams has been targeted by a Canadian Human Rights group for her supposed "Islamophobic" views and for being a contributing writer to Jihad Watch. Guess the affiliations of one of the complainants? A woman linked to Sharia supremacism: Amira Elghawaby;
- Meanwhile Robert Spencer himself, the Director of Jihad Watch has become a target of the agitation of politically motivated opponents. He has had his website's Paypal membership withdrawn and the ability to further his profits through Amazon book sales removed;
- Google is deliberately altering its search results to limit access to sites critical of Islam;
- Pamela Geller has had her website's Paypal account suspended;
- Paypal has also blocked a German anti-jihad (note: not anti-Muslim) website associated with the absolutely wonderful Michael Sturzenburger (more on him below);
- Some specialists in internet governance and cybersecurity are suggesting that "Social networks should treat far-right extremists like Islamic State". But again - what is the definition of "far-right extremist"? Who decides who is far-right and who is not? At the moment anyone right of Stalin seems to be included in this rubric;
- Britain's Crown Prosecution Service is launching a crackdown on corrosive online hate crimes. To which we'd all shout "hooray" until we realise that, again, "hate" is in the eye of the beholder. This time the Police. Their track record with the likes of Tommy Robinson is appalling, as is their handling of the Muslim rape gangs. An interested observer can hardly feel encouraged by their impartiality;
- Gad Saad put up this coverage of a 2 minute TV spot from RT of the cancellation of a talk he was involved with at a Canadian University. He was cancelled basically due to threats to the safety of the speakers;
- Put in this light one has to wonder whether the Facebook deletion of 10,000 accounts which it claims spread "fake news" so as not to interfere with the upcoming national elections, is as innocent as it might otherwise seem;
- We note that although Paypal has since restored Pam Geller's and Robert Spencer's accounts - due solely it seems to public pressure from other people closing their Paypal accounts - there are several others who have not be so lucky, such as Herr Sturzenburger.
Decisions can be made to cancel support for websites that have somehow been deemed to have fallen from grace for sometimes capricious reasons. Note this comment from the Founder & CEO of Cloudfare:~
Let me be clear: this was an arbitrary decision. It was different than what I'd talked talked with our senior team about yesterday. I woke up this morning in a bad mood and decided to kick them off the Internet. I called our legal team and told them what we were going to do. I called our Trust & Safety team and had them stop the service. It was a decision I could make because I'm the CEO of a major Internet infrastructure company. Having made that decision we now need to talk about why it is so dangerous.
Over at Legal Insurrection Dr Jacobson wrote a lengthy article on the threats to free speech and free exchange of ideas. He concludes by stating "We are at an extremely dangerous moment for freedom of speech and internet freedom. Charlottesville is being exploited by left-wing groups to destroy the free exchange of ideas, opting instead to shut down speech."
Finally I commend to you this 12 minute video interview with the courageous Michael Sturzenburger. He discusses his recent court conviction and sentence for writing an article on Facebook which included historical photos of Nazi collaboration with Muslims during WW2. This was a totally historically accurate article and the pictures were genuinely from news media of the day, yet he was given a 6 month suspended gaol sentence for publishing them. He is not permitted to say anything negative about Islam for 3+1/2 years or he may face this gaol time. Even for stating verifiable historic truth.
Things are slipping from our grasp. We need to be informed of the changing landscape. Do watch this appalling clip.