A British police officer has been criminally charged over a George Floyd meme he allegedly shared with his colleagues in a WhatsApp group.
“Sergeant Geraint Jones, aged 47, is charged with sending the image on 30 May last year by means of a public electronic communications network, an offence contrary to section 127 of the Communications Act 2003,” a watchdog from the Independent Office for Police Conduct announced. “An altered image of George Floyd’s arrest in Minneapolis was shared within a WhatsApp group that included a number of other police officers and staff.”
“Our investigation began in June 2020 following a referral from the force,” the watchdog continued. “At its conclusion in October we sent our investigation report to the Crown Prosecution Service, which has authorized the charge.”
Sergeant Jones is scheduled to appear in court on January 28. He has been suspended from duty since June.
It’s no secret that free speech is all but dead in the United Kingdom. British elites stand out in particular for their fervent belief in neoliberal globalism and veneration of its secular saints. Their society encourages people to snitch and tattle on their fellow citizens to a higher degree than most any other Western nation.
George Floyd is also one of the neoliberal order’s foremost secular saints. Anything you say about him that isn’t equivalent to hero-worship will get you put on notice. Criticizing the intensity of his veneration and the Black Lives Matter movement itself are sufficient to get you labeled as a depraved racist and fired from your job—even in the United States.
Don’t think that hate speech laws aren’t possible in America either. If a majority of Americans and legal scholars in a decade or two come to believe that the First Amendment doesn’t protect “hate speech,” who’s to say that the laws won’t be changed to reflect that?
House Democrats Browbeat Cable Providers in Hopes of Deplatforming Fox News, OANN
Government censorship in all but name.
Two House Democrats are seeking to browbeat the primary cable providers in the United States, asking them to deplatform conservative news organizations such as Fox News and One America News Network in a tacit censorship gambit that arguably violates the First Amendment.
Anna Eshoo and Jerry McNerney, both Democrats from California, addressed the series of letters to companies such as AT&T, Amazon, Charter, and Comcast, aggressively questioning if they planned to continue offering cable packages that include OANN, Fox and Newsmax in the future, citing censorious claims of “misinformation.”
This is a violation of the First Amendment in all but name. At least in Europe censorship mechanisms are determined by democratically elected governments. In the United States, left-wing oligarchs and their servants instead make threatening backroom demands for corporate political prosecution of their opponents, with loyal operatives inside Fortune 500 corporations eager to acquiesce.
“Are you planning to continue carrying Fox News, Newsmax, and OANN on U-verse, DirecTV, and AT&T TV both now and beyond any contract renewal date? If so, why?” Reads the censorship demand to AT&T.
This may represent an actual First Amendment violation, with previous legal precedent outlawing governmental attempts to chill or influence speech without actually outlawing it. Eshoo and McNerney would face ramifications from the House Ethics Committee if free expression were still recognized, but free speech is the last concern of the authoritarian liberal Democratic Party.
Unfortunately, it’s likely only a matter of time until the global corporations establish a strict “no tolerance” policy for any and all conservative and right-wing content. In the meantime, the Right must work to build new institutions, new businesses, and new services distinct from the tyranny of global liberalism.
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