Funding of independent media is under threat: Patreon is the latest to join the establishment drive to marginalize and criminalize all dissenting opinions.
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The European Union censors via cutout think tanks … Věra Jourová, European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, told the Financial Times in June 2020 that:
To fight disinformation, we need to mobilise all relevant players from online platforms to public authorities, and support independent fact checkers and media. While online platforms have taken positive steps during the pandemic, they need to step up their efforts.
She finished with a bizarre example of official doublespeak: “Our actions are strongly embedded in fundamental rights, in particular freedom of expression and information.”
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On February 19th, 2021, Patreon closed the account of KenFM the largest independent left wing media outlet in Germany.
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In the same month, February 2021, Patreon declared it is going to deplatform Geopolitics & Empire, independent news and analysis radio show, unless it removed certain videos not just from Patreon, but from the entire internet. Simultaneously, YouTube gave it a “strike’ the first step before an inevitable ban, formally for having interviewed Mark Sircus, who described how the health responses to COVID-19 by authorities such as the CDC, WHO, Big Pharma, and national governments have amounted to medical terrorism.
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In February 2021, Patreon stated they would imminently close The Last American Vagabond, one of the best sites for well researched Covid-19 news and analysis – but distinctly different than the official narrative – unless all Covid-19 medical misinformation was removed at once.