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UK intensifies crackdown against Russian media

The UK is forcing social media, internet service providers and app stores to block content from state-sponsored Russian media outlets – RT and Sputnik news agency. “For too long RT and Sputnik have churned out dangerous nonsense dressed up as serious news to justify Putin’s invasion of Ukraine,” Tech and …

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Texas border crackdown ruled unconstitutional

Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s effort to secure his state’s border with Mexico amid record migrant flows has been thrown open to legal challenges after a judge found the Operation Lone Star program to be unconstitutional. The potentially pivotal ruling came on Thursday, when Travis County District Court Judge Jan Soifer …

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Ukraine’s Zelensky continues crackdown on critical media

Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky has continued his crackdown against dissent in the media by imposing a new set of restrictive measures against three companies that own opposition-aligned TV channels, it emerged on Tuesday. The sanctions take aim at channels UkrLive and First Independent, both of which are believed by the …

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Germany’s crackdown on RT DE & how it might backfire

European service Eutelsat said on Wednesday that it had removed RT DE from its 9B satellite, which covers Central and Eastern Europe, and is especially popular among Germans. According to the company, it acted in response to advice from Berlin and the European Regulators Group for Audiovisual Media Services (ERGA), …

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Ukraine shuts down leading independent news site Strana as part of new crackdown on journalists, judges & opposition politicians

Strana.ua, one of the country’s best-known mainstream news sites, was unavailable on Friday after officials included both its parent company and its editor, Igor Guzhva, in a new tranche of restrictions. Network service providers began blocking access to its domains. However, in a statement posted online, its journalists said that …

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China’s crackdown on Didi following its Wall St IPO shows that billionaires don’t run the show in Beijing – unlike in Washington

When a video of Mark Zuckerberg went viral on the internet showing the Facebook tycoon riding an electric surfboard while flying an American flag, it symbolized a great deal of sentiment around contemporary ‘big tech,’ as it is known. Mark’s cringeworthy Independence Day stunt illustrates his longing for patriotic acceptance …

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