Our thanks to euro news for the video linked above. It is significant that this Euroean site, which had always been pro-US in the past, now posts such povocative material as this showing that Iran is not allowing the US to turn it against its own government. Europe is clearly no longer worshipping the beast in Washington.
Whenever I see a question on Quora suggesting that the the “authoritarian” Russians are censoring their news (as though Americans never do this!), I always simply say, by way of an answer: I would be glad to answer your question if you could first answer mine: Why is Julian Assange in jail?
I never receive an answer to this question, of course. I chose to post this translation below because there is currently heated discussion in the US press about the development of Russian social media platforms. The US side always interprets this as censorship, even suggesting that the Russians are banning US social media, although that is not happening. So far the Russian government only wants to develop and introduce social media that cannot be censored in the US. But thanks to the current virulent anti-Russian bias in the US, this Russian move to circumvent censorship is being condemned itself as “censorship.” It is all part of what the author below calls “infowars.” We have come to expect such absurdity.
In the article below, the author says a Russian social media user had her post removed because it contained a photo of General Soleimani taken before he was murdered by the US armed forces. Clearly, the purpose of suppressing these images and reports is to support the deception that Soleimani was no big deal in Iran and his murder would never turn whole countries and regions (like Afghanistan and the Indian city of Hyderabad) against the US. But such is not the case. As we see in the video linked above, millions of Iranians turned out to attend Soleimani’s funeral procession. They clearly loved him. That fact runs counter to the official ridiculous US narrative that Iranians (and other Muslims) either didn’t care about losing their hero or they were so opposed to the Iranian government that they were glad he was dead. Judging by Trump’s tweets, he seems to have bought into this twisted tale. A video of a multimillion person crowd around the casket just didn’t fit in with this narrative. The US media also stated that, on one occasion, at a protest in Iran, the protesters avoided stepping on the US flag and the Israeli flag. The implication was that, after the general was murdered, the Iranians acquired a certain respect for the US and Israel. But as we see in the video linked above, a US flag and an Israeli flag were burned by the protesters. Of course, that’s too much truth for American “democracy,” which is propped up by fantasies and censorship of narrative that gets too close to the truth.
We all like to think we are free, and learning how the psychopaths in Washington twist the truth to enslave our minds is chilling and alienating. We don’t want to be deceived but some of us can’t stand the truth either. To this group I can only say there is a special kind of freedom in knowing, just knowing, nothing else. We can be in chains but if we have made great efforts and sacrifices to seek the truth, then even if we know we’re in chains and we know why, a certain sense of freedom – and a certain peace – comes over us. It’s like Jesus said: if you know the truth, the truth will make you free. Those words make as much sense today as they did then. They were as compellingly philosophical, yet down-to-earth, as they were theological and they are an expression of both our freedom and our salvation.
We have nothing to fear but the darkness. Let's not give in to to the night.
Mezyukho believes that the Russian Federation needs to actively develop its social networks in the face of info-wars
January 19, 2020
Instagram removes posts that have a photo of General Kassem Suleimani, who was killed by the Americans, reports Deutsche Welle. The publication emphasizes that freedom of speech is harmed by this.
Commenting on censorship in American social networks, political analyst Ivan Mezyukho emphasized that today there is a real information war in these networks, and under such conditions we need to actively develop our Internet resources.
"We live in an era of major information confrontation. A real information war is going on in social media today. Of course, neither Instagram nor Facebook is a place of complete democracy and free expression of thoughts. The accounts of Russian politicians, public figures and journalists have been repeatedly blocked on contrived pretexts, and the situation with the blocking of content regarding Iranian General Kassem Suleimani is confirmation of this. I think we should go on actively developing our [Russian] social media,” said Ivan Mezyukho.
Recall that in early January it became known that Facebook blocked the account of Russian journalist Yulia Yuzik on the social network just because in her post about the slain Iranian general Kassem Suleimani, she mentioned that he was a national hero in her country. [Friends, when a government and its cohorts in media go to such lengths as these to censor information of this importance, something is seriously wrong! Think about it: if disseminating such information is banned, how long will it be before people who read or hear such information will be punished for talking about it around the dinner table?]
Mezyukho believes that the Russian Federation needs to actively develop its social networks in the face of the info-war.
The expert believes that in Russia comfortable conditions should be created for the development of social networks whose servers are located on the territory of the Russian Federation and whose owners strictly observe the norms of Russian legislation.
“The Russian Federation must create more comfortable conditions for doing business in the Internet sphere. This is also seconded by the President of the Russian Federation, which means that the federal government feels the need to restore order in this area. Since information technologies are developing very rapidly, our country needs to use potential Russian programmers and SMS people for the development of new technologies in this segment, and we have made certain achievements. Many citizens of the Russian Federation use social networks of Russian origin every day, and the percentage of such users is fairly large. I note that not every country has its own social networks that are popular at home and abroad," stressed Mezyukho.
The expert recalled that the law on sovereign Internet adopted in the Russian Federation protects the national interests of our country and the information security of Russian citizens.
"We must understand that foreign states are trying to influence the domestic political situation in the country through social media, as shown by the riots in Moscow last summer," Mezyukho concluded.
Author: Marina Kuzina
I need to point out that, despite the fact that many Russians consider Alexey Navalny a traitor (after all, he was trained in regime change at the notorious World Fellows school at Yale University), he is allowed to blog freely and uncensored in Russia, though his message is pure subversion and treachery. This fact alone should dispel the naive notion that Russia has less freedom of expression than the US. It is in many important ways just the other way around!