For an international coalition to fight Internet censorship
An open letter from the International Editorial Board of the World Socialist Web Site to socialist, anti-war, left-wing and progressive websites, organizations and activists
23 January 2018
By James Cogan, 19 June 2018
This speech was delivered by James Cogan, the national secretary of the Socialist Equality Party (SEP) in Australia, to a rally organised by the SEP in defence of Julian Assange last Sunday in Sydney.
By John Pilger, 19 June 2018
Addressing last Sunday's SEP rally in Sydney, well-known filmmaker and documentarian, John Pilger exposed the role of Labor and Coalition governments, along with prominent journalists and editors in the ongoing persecution of Julian Assange.
By our reporters, 19 June 2018
“Freedom of thought and expression is what this kind of rally brings. They’re trying to make an example out of Assange to silence all of us.”
By our reporters, 19 June 2018
Leading up to today’s vigil at the Ecuador Embassy in London, the SEP in Britain has been contacted with messages of support, demanding freedom for WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange.
“The media and government want to keep us silent.”
By Marcus Day and George Marlowe, 19 June 2018
There is widespread support for Assange and the role he has played in exposing the crimes of American imperialism.
By Julie Hyland, 18 June 2018
Socialist Equality Party (UK) Assistant National Secretary Julie Hyland addressed recent public meetings in England, Scotland and Ireland titled “War, lies and censorship: For the building of a socialist anti-war movement.”
By Barry Grey, 13 June 2018
Coming just one day after the termination of net neutrality, the federal court ruling sets the stage for the further consolidation of monopoly control and suppression of oppositional points of view.
University of Michigan Center for Social Media Responsibility provides cover for Internet censorship campaign
By Sam Wayne and Genevieve Leigh, 13 June 2018
The new program has been established to provide the theoretical backing and material resources needed to further the ongoing efforts to censor the Internet.
By Andre Damon, 12 June 2018
The move marks a major milestone in the efforts of the US intelligence agencies, technology monopolies, and both political parties to undermine free speech.
By Mike Head, 12 June 2018
Assange’s lawyer Jennifer Robinson insisted that the Turnbull government can and must intervene on behalf of the WikiLeaks editor.
By our reporters, 12 June 2018
Socialist Equality Party member Will Marshall moved a resolution in defence of Assange at Footscray City College.
By our reporters, 12 June 2018
“Assange is a symbol of freedom of speech and justice for ordinary people. It is critical that we free him.”
By Andre Damon, 11 June 2018
Despite initially voicing opposition to the attack on Assange, the entire gamut of the middle-class “left” has either ignored, downplayed or supported Assange’s persecution.
By our reporters, 11 June 2018
Canberra must meet its obligations to protect Julian Assange, as it did for Al Jazeera journalist Peter Greste.
By Richard Hoffman, 11 June 2018
The Turnbull government must exercise its discretion to request from Britain the safe passage of Julian Assange to Australia.
Sheila Coombes, Professor Tim Hayward and journalist Vanessa Beeley demand freedom for Julian Assange
By our reporters, 11 June 2018
Three prominent individuals associated with the Media on Trial group have sent statements to the World Socialist Web Site supporting the campaign to free Julian Assange.
By James Cogan, 9 June 2018
The meeting occurred within the context of a growing international campaign to defend the WikiLeaks’ editor.
9 June 2018
“Julian Assange has worked tirelessly to support free speech and to expose abuses of power by governments.”
By Alex Lantier, 8 June 2018
Judges will be allowed to force service providers to take down material posted on the Internet simply by asserting that they believe it to be “fake news.”
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges endorses June 17 Sydney demonstration in defense of Julian Assange
8 June 2018
Assange’s “defense is the cutting edge of the fight against government suppression of the most fundamental democratic rights,” said Hedges.
6 June 2018
“Freedom of speech and freedom of the press is being defined by the treatment of Julian Assange.”
By Andre Damon, 5 June 2018
Facebook’s censorship apparatus is targeting people promoting “radical politics” because they “feel they have been ignored or oppressed,” the Facebook official told a military conference last week.
By James Cogan, 5 June 2018
Assange is not only being censored, but faces imminent danger of being forced into the hands of his persecutors.
By Marcus Day, 4 June 2018
Facebook’s new restrictions on political ads have begun to affect news and media organizations, including the World Socialist Web Site.
By John Braddock, 4 June 2018
The threatened month-long ban is part of a shift toward more authoritarian forms of rule, aimed at suppressing opposition to austerity measures and official corruption.
By our reporters, 4 June 2018
Waters emailed the World Socialist Web Site last month to convey his support for international action to defend Julian Assange.
By Robert Stevens, 1 June 2018
On the basis of a few isolated cases, an entire musical genre is being targeted on the basis that it is responsible for what is described as a “surge” in knife crime in London.
David Moore—SEP candidate for Senate in California, 1 June 2018
As part of the campaign against “Russian influence,” Facebook implemented new advertising rules that heavily favor established candidates.
“Government propaganda and the war on terror from 9/11 to Syria”
By Julie Hyland, 31 May 2018
Despite media smears and government censorship, Media on Trial held an important and successful event exposing the connection between press propaganda and government warmongering.
By James Cogan, 31 May 2018
A profound shift has taken place among a layer that previously postured as “liberal,” “left” and even “socialist.”
“The government is after him because he’s telling the truth”
By Will Morrow, 31 May 2018
Workers opposed the persecution of Assange and the broader drive to silence political dissent and censor the Internet.
By Will Morrow, 30 May 2018
The technology giant that secures the contract will administer the US military’s global operations.
By Zach Reed, 30 May 2018
It appears that reference to the CIA as an “organized crime syndicate,” and listing a portion of its crimes, were grounds for censorship.
By James Cogan, 29 May 2018
Assange’s situation stems directly from the Australian government’s refusal to protect one of its citizens.
29 May 2018
“Julian is a courageous editor persecuted for exercising a right enshrined in the United States Constitution.”
By Johannes Stern, 25 May 2018
Under the guise of fighting “fake news” and Russian interference in elections, Facebook is carrying out a vast programme of internet censorship
By Zach Reed, 25 May 2018
According to an anonymous submission to the World Socialist Web Site, a “Whistleblowing Panel” event at the Oxford Union has been censored, with no account of the meeting made available and no transcripts or a video published of it as is standard.
David Moore—SEP Candidate for Senate in California, 25 May 2018
The collaboration of tech firms like Google with the US military and intelligence agencies poses a direct threat to democracy around the world.
24 May 2018
By Johannes Stern, 24 May 2018
Fischer is leading the campaign for a massive increase in the German defence budget and an aggressive imperialist foreign policy.
By Andre Damon, 19 May 2018
The publication of this week’s open letter by leading technology academics protesting Google’s role in drone murder exposes the partnership between the major technology giants and the US military/intelligence complex.
By Zac Corrigan, 19 May 2018
Spotify inaugurated its “Hate Content & Hateful Conduct” policy by censoring the two singers based on allegations of “sexual violence.” Competitors Apple Music and Pandora Radio followed suit.
By Andre Damon, 18 May 2018
Three prominent technology scholars have published an open letter, which has now received over 900 signatures, condemning Google’s collaboration with the Pentagon’s illegal “targeted killing” program.
By Peter Schwarz, 18 May 2018
The German daily has joined the campaign to justify handing over the WikiLeaks founder to British and American authorities.
18 May 2018
The Socialist Equality Party (UK) and the International Youth and Students for Social Equality are holding a series of meetings titled: War, lies and censorship—Free Julian Assange!
By Alejandro López, 14 May 2018
The 500 new employees in Barcelona will join Facebook’s 20,000 censors working for the company’s “security” and “moderation” departments.
By James Cogan, 12 May 2018
There is almost universal and reprehensible silence on the part of organisations and individuals that once claimed to defend Assange and WikiLeaks.
By Will Morrow, 10 May 2018
Google and Amazon are assisting authoritarian governments in the Middle East aligned with Washington to censor the Internet and prevent the use of encrypted communications by their populations.
By Andre Damon, 9 May 2018
The following speech was delivered by Andre Damon, a leader of the Socialist Equality Party in the US.
By Jerry White, 7 May 2018
Facebook has disabled the Arizona Educators Rank and File Committee group, which provided a forum for teachers to oppose the betrayal of their struggles by the unions.
By our reporters, 5 May 2018
The meetings reviewed the history of the persecution of Julian Assange and WikiLeaks, including the calls by US politicians for his assassination.
“Julian Assange took an enormously courageous stand”
By our correspondents, 5 May 2018
Participants at the public meetings spoke out against Internet censorship and the persecution of Julian Assange.
US election meddling in the age of the Internet
By Alex González and Andrea Lobo, 1 May 2018
The US military-intelligence apparatus is integrating the largest technology and Internet companies to tighten the US stranglehold over Latin America.
By Will Morrow, 30 April 2018
The censorship is a clear indication that a sellout by the union and AEU is imminent.
US election meddling in the age of the Internet
By Alex González and Andrea Lobo, 28 April 2018
The United States is now engaged in advanced efforts to exploit data on every voter in the country, as well as user data from Google and the social media companies, to influence the elections of its southern neighbor.
By Andre Damon, 25 April 2018
The social media monopoly made clear that it would not let users know their content is being blocked from distribution as “fake news” because such censorship is a “sensitive issue.”
By Tom Hall, 24 April 2018
The World Socialist Web Site spoke with several of those attending the meeting “War, the Class Struggle and the Fight Against Internet Censorship,” held at Wayne State University on Sunday.
By Patrick Martin, 23 April 2018
The lawsuit filed by the Democratic National Committee is an attack on the First Amendment guarantee of freedom of speech and the press.
By our reporter, 23 April 2018
Several workers addressed the conference and expressed the growing opposition among broad layers of the working class to capitalism and the pro-corporate trade unions.
By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 20 April 2018
The Australian political and media establishment bears major responsibility for the outrages perpetrated against Julian Assange.
By Clara Weiss, 17 April 2018
The attack on encrypted communication is part of the international drive by governments to censor the Internet and expand mass surveillance.
By our correspondents, 16 April 2018
Speakers explained the connection between the attack on free speech, the drive to war and the rising struggles of the working class.
By Will Morrow, 14 April 2018
The Trump administration is collecting and monitoring the “sentiments” and personal information of journalists and “media influencers” around the world.
14 April 2018
The silencing of Assange coincides with Washington’s escalation of war in Syria and preparations for confrontation with nuclear-armed Russia.
By Andre Damon, 13 April 2018
The New York Times, Washington Post and other mainstream news outlets function not as journalists, but as propagandists for the US/NATO war drive against Syria.
By Niles Niemuth, 12 April 2018
The WikiLeaks founder and publisher has been cut off from all access to the outside world for more two weeks by the Ecuadorian government under pressure from the United States and its allies.
By Andre Damon, 11 April 2018
The vast and sweeping dangers to democratic rights posed by Facebook’s censorship measures were universally cheered by all the Democratic Congressmen.
By Niles Niemuth, 11 April 2018
It is no coincidence that Assange has been shut off from any form of communication with the outside world as the US and its allies prepare for an escalation of war in Syria and beyond.
By Andre Damon, 9 April 2018
Zuckerberg announced Friday that his company will “require people who manage large pages to be verified,” i.e., they must provide the company, and by extension the US government, with their real names and locations.
By Andre Damon, 6 April 2018
Google’s collaboration in the US government’s drone murder program expresses how the rapid development of artificial intelligence technology—with its vast potential for the enrichment of humanity—is being corrupted under capitalism.
By Alex González, 5 April 2018
The #Verificado2018 campaign was launched to allegedly protect voters from Russian meddling in the upcoming July 1 general elections.
By Andre Damon, 5 April 2018
Over 3,000 Google employees have signed a letter condemning the company’s participation in the criminal operations of the US military and the “business of war.”
By Julie Hyland, 3 April 2018
The Electoral Commission’s latest investigation testifies to the deep tensions within the British bourgeoisie over Brexit.
By Julie Hyland, 3 April 2018
Palantir’s clients include a disproportionate number of US military, state and intelligence agencies, among them the CIA, NSA, FBI and Homeland Security.
By Andre Damon, 3 April 2018
Times columnist Farhad Manjoo demanded in a recent article that the government do something to “fix” social media to keep the online “herd” from voicing their opinions.
April 8, public meeting in Chennai, India
By the supporters group of the ICFI in India, 3 April 2018
The supporters group of the International Committee of the Fourth International (ICFI) in India will hold a public meeting in Chennai on April 8 against Internet censorship.
2 April 2018
Writers, journalists, artists, film-makers and activists have called on the Government of Ecuador to restore Julian Assange’s right to free speech and end the isolating blockade it has imposed on him in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London.
By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 29 March 2018
A report in the Intercept documents the extensive use of data derived from social media to pursue immigrants.
By Will Morrow, 29 March 2018
The company, citing US government policy, has refused to process purchases of Mehring Books’ recently released pamphlet, The Struggle Against Imperialism and for Workers’ Power in Iran.
By Mike Head, 29 March 2018
Julian Assange’s confinement in the Ecuadoran embassy increasingly resembles that of a prisoner.
By Andre Damon, 28 March 2018
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, facing a media onslaught that has wiped out $80 billion from the company’s share value, has acquiesced to demands that he appear before Congress.
By Will Morrow, 28 March 2018
The bill sets a precedent for prosecuting internet platforms based on the content published by users.
By Julie Hyland, 26 March 2018
Cambridge Analytica and SCL were not acting as proxies for the Russian state but rather for significant sections of the US/UK military and intelligence apparatus.
By Andre Damon, 23 March 2018
The media, working with the intelligence agencies and leading congressional Democrats, is using the scandal as a cover for a crackdown on political opposition on the world’s largest social network.
"They want you to feel if you speak up you'll be called a traitor or a Russian.”
By a reporting team, 23 March 2018
Workers at Fiat Chrysler’s Warren Stamping Plant asserted their right to read whatever news sources they wanted without interference by the government and tech giants.
By Andre Damon, 22 March 2018
Google announced its latest censorship initiative as Facebook came under pressure from the media and Congressional Democrats to crack down on political opposition.
By Will Morrow, 22 March 2018
A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel report claims that demonstrations in Wisconsin in 2016 against a police killing were used by Russian Twitter bots to “stoke flames of racial division.”
By Kevin Reed, 21 March 2018
The revelations of the data harvesting operation has exposed the use of social media information for manipulative aims by political campaign organizations in the United States.
By Pradeep Ramanayake, 20 March 2018
The Sri Lankan government is working with the giant social media corporation to establish greater political control of the Internet.
By Will Morrow, 17 March 2018
The bill will enable the prosecution of online platforms based on content posted by individual users.
By Bill Van Auken, 17 March 2018
The Times editorial underscore the newspaper’s role as a propaganda organ for leading elements in the US military and intelligence apparatus that are pressing for war.
Public conference in Detroit April 22
12 March 2018
On Sunday, April 22, the WSWS, Socialist Equality Party and the International Youth and Students for Social Equality are holding a public conference in Detroit, Michigan to mobilize the working class against Internet censorship.
By Jerry White, 12 March 2018
The widespread use of social media by the West Virginia teachers and the growth of the class struggle internationally make clear why the US government and Silicon Valley tech giants want to censor the Internet.
By Andre Damon, 10 March 2018
Google’s admission that it is aiding and abetting the US military’s illegal assassination program exemplifies the sinister alliance of the technology monopolies with the repressive apparatus of the state.
By Trévon Austin, 10 March 2018
The move sets a dangerous precedent that will be turned against left-wing news outlets.
By Andre Damon, 8 March 2018
The company’s involvement in the “targeted killing” program shows its pivotal role in US government attacks on democratic rights.
7 March 2018
6 March 2018
By Kumaran Ira, 5 March 2018
The EU’s call for the automatic removal of online content is part of an international attempt to censor social opposition to austerity and war.
By Will Morrow, 24 February 2018
Beginning on April 23, multibillion-dollar corporations such as Comcast and AT&T will be able to restrict access to or completely censor web sites.